The perfect resource for those looking to transforming a dress or blouse into an heirloom garment. The traditional practice of smocking is explained clearly in step-by-step instructions illustrated with full colour photographs, and all eventualities are accounted for. Update a beloved shirt or create a child's first bridesmaid's dress - the possibilities are endless.- A concise guide to smocking techniques
- Over 900 full-colour illustrations and photographs
- A handy companion guide to A-Z of Smocking
- A valuable addition to the keen needleworker's library of A-Z guides
This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It is bursting with hints, ideas and inspirational photographs. There is full advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. Interspersed throughout the book there are helpful hints for all the stitches and techniques, and beautiful photographs of smocked garments to inspire the reader to pick up a needle.
With its beginnings in seventeenth century England, stumpwork is today making a revival. Come join us for an exciting journey into the world of raised embroidery.
There are over 400 clear step-by-step photographs and instructions presented in five easy to use sections and 20 stunning designs from around the world. Each design is beautifully presented with colour photography, easy to follow instructions and full size pattern. There is expert advice on the materials and tools you need to ensure success and enjoyment, and tips and hints to help you perfect your stitches and techniques.
These pretty crochet patterns come in striking shapes and are absolute delights to behold. Several of the 18 intricate designs include raised stitches, giving them an irresistibly touchable look. Step-by-step instructions and color photos are included.
- Luna the Baby Dragon
- Lucy the Giraffe
- Schnitzel the Dachshund
- Dust Bunny
- Basil T. Koala
- Marcel Monkey
- Olive Octopus
- Bella la Batty
Embroidery for today's styles. If the word...needlework- makes you think of grannies, great aunts and overly precious samplers, then prepare to be proven wrong with this book of bright and funky designs that show how stitching has become seriously stylish. Adventures in Needlework brings embroidery up-to-date using traditional techniques alongside bold colors, graphics, and striking contemporary ideas.
From cute cushions to gangster bling, these unique projects bridge the gap between craft and interior design, embracing the revival of "homemade" things as something to be proud of. Four main techniques of canvas work, applique', silk shading and goldwork are covered, with three projects progressing in difficulty for each. All the tools, materials and stitching techniques needed are carefully explained, along with general instructions for making up cushions, bags and framing canvases. Complete beginners will be able to get started right away, while more experienced stitchers will be inspired and challenged.
Popular quilt designer Rita Weiss presents 11 stunning afghans made with the new 16 oz. size skeins of yarn. These beautiful designs include solids and patterns of eye-appealing colors
For the experienced crocheter or an enthusiastic beginner, Leisure Arts presents a new volume of Afghans for All Seasons, which features a selection of wraps for each month of the year. The step-by-step instructions have been tested by experienced crocheters for accuracy and clarity, and general instructions, along with instructions for advanced pattern stitches, help to ensure success every time.
"Haute homespun out of the Deep South." That's how Vogue magazine has described the fashion of Natalie Chanin. Alabama Stitch Book brings us a collection of projects and stories from her clothing and lifestyle company, Alabama Chanin, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled cotton jersey.This long-awaited book from Chanin begins with her story. After living in New York and Vienna for over 20 years, she began to transform cotton T-shirts into high fashion using the needlework skills she learned as a child in Florence, Alabama. When she moved home, Chanin hired local women (many of whom had worked in the state's now defunct textile factories) to stitch her couture collections with her. What follows is a step-by-step guide to the stitching, stenciling, and beading techniques used in the 20 projects showcased in the book: T-shirts, skirts, and corsets that are sold at chic shops around the world, plus a journal cover, sampler quilt, and tablecloth, among others. Also included are a pullout stencil, perforated postcard for bead-embroidery, and reusable patterns. Throughout are Robert Rausch's beautiful photographs set against the back roads, farms, and homesteads of the rural South.
Named a Best Reference Book of 2017 by Library Journal
The best-selling fabric guide for sewers just got better. Fully updated to reflect new fabrics and notions as well as changes in sewing tools and techniques, All New Fabric Savvy is chock-full of essential information that all garment and home dec sewers need to work with 107 different types of fabric.
Organized alphabetically, the 107 fabrics include:
- old favorites like cotton, wool, and knits
- new synthetic options like faux fur and leather, oilcloth, and ripstop.
- more than 475 photographs and 110 illustrations
Includes a comprehensive set of appendices covering everything you need to know about working with fabric. All New Fabric Savvy guarantees success for sewers of all stripes by removing the confusion inherent in working with the many types of fabric available today.