Crafting trendsetter Suzanne McNeill shows how to use vintage embroidery to add a nostalgic touch to anything you sew. Throughout the years, women have decorated their world by stitching artistic designs onto quilts, pillows, linens, laundry bags, potholders, and more. Now you can give new life to these charming motifs of olden days. Inside this book you'll discover a treasure chest of authentic embroidery patterns from the classic magazines and needlework catalogs of days gone by. From birds and bunnies to flowers and fruit, hundreds of retro-cool designs are accompanied by gorgeous color photographs, stitching advice, and four step-by-step projects. You're sure to find the perfect inspiration here for creating either a thoughtful gift or a new family heirloom.
This book contains 32 pretty vintage designs for the home and for your loved ones. With beautiful projects perfect for any skill level to choose from including garlands, potholders, blankets, clothing accessories and trims for pillows or towels there is something for everyone in this book.
Rip in your jeans? Snag in a sweater? Tear in a tea towel? They all present an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creativity With this fun introduction to unconventional mending techniques in a format that's half how-to guide, half idea book, anyone can give worn and torn items new life. Start by learning hand-mending methods, including boro, embroidery, patching, and darning. Then rev up the sewing machine for fast mends that put the pedal to the metal. Even with a limited budget and not much time to spare, you can create eye-catching repairs with visible mending--35 examples and more than 150 photos make it easy to put your unique mark on everything you mend Video
The author spent four summers (1930-33) living and working among the Navajo, during which time she learned the principles of weaving. In this book she takes readers through the same process, introducing the careful details, the personalities she encountered, and the materials and methods of weaving in the Navajo style.
The spinning of the yarn, the dyes, the equipment, the weaving processes, the designs and colors, even the tensions and textures of the final product are all part of weaving a Navajo blanket. The author guides readers through each step, from choosing the wool through carding and spinning warp and weft yarns, building and setting up a loom, creating a design, and carrying out the actual weaving. Although the emphasis is on typical blanket weaving, the author also covers the related arts of saddleblanket weaving, warp weaving, scalloped edge weaving, double-faced weaving, and sandpainting tapestries. She also comments on history, patterns, symbolism, the effect of the market, and other matters that affect the Navajo weaving style. In five appendixes she reviews the implements and materials of weaving, Navajo materials for natural dyes, weaving terms, and simple lessons in learning to weave a Navajo blanket. Nearly 100 photographs and line drawings illustrate the processes and finished work.
Crafters, whether they want to start from scratch or gradually add Navajo elements to their other weaving skills, will learn from this book the authentic steps of Navajo weaving. Collectors, ethnologists, and others will learn more about materials, techniques, and related matters that will help them in judging, appraising, and enjoying the processes that go into weaving a Navajo blanket.
More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind--a feeling of relaxation and freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, like the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby's Bloomers, take a few hours; others, like the Weekend-Away Travel Bag and Trapeze Sundress, require a day or two--but all of them capture that weekend feeling.
And because weekends are often the most fun when they're social, Ross features ideas that encourage us to share our stitching and our time, such as a recipe for soup to simmer while sewing, then serve to guests later in the day, and tips for transporting a sewing machine to a friend's house for an afternoon of social stitching.
The sewing instructions are beautifully illustrated, and patterns for the projects are included on pullout sheets.
The Only Crochet Survival Guide You'll Ever Need
Learn shortcuts like how to change yarns halfway through a project.
See how professionals finish their crochet for a polished look.
Decipher the magic that makes crochet charts work.
- - Read crochet patterns like a pro
- - Learn when and how to fix your mistakes
- - Avoid finishing fiascos
GREAT PROJECTS TO MAKE
Practice your skills on six projects including the Time's Square Bag, Granny Square Mug Blankies, Bubble-Wrap Scarf, and more. Pages of fabulous, get-organized tips will have you crocheting in no time.
Add a Handmade Touch to Any Room with Cheerful EmbroideryUpgrade your needle art with Meghan Thompson's charming, fanciful felt embroidery projects. When Meghan was decorating her daughter's nursery, she realized that the perfect finishing touch was a whimsical felt unicorn--so she embroidered one. From there, she dove headfirst into felt embroidery, incorporating fun fabrics that add dimension and texture to hoop art and bring projects to life. Now she shares 30 fun designs and all her know-how, tips and tricks with you. With step-by-step instructions and photos to guide you, it's easier than ever to create colorful llamas, elephants and other cute animal projects that you'll be proud to display on your walls or gift to friends and family. Tear-out templates assist you in following irresistible foodie-approved patterns reminding you "Donut Worry" or proclaiming "Love You a Latte." And flora-inspired designs featuring cacti, fiddle leaf figs and daisies are simple to stitch and add some earthy flair to any room's d cor. Whether you're an embroidery pro or are just starting out, Meghan offers all the instruction you need to master embroidery stitches, work with templates, personalize your projects with names or dates and display your finished masterpieces.
- At the Aquarium
- Down on the Farm
- At the Bakery Brighten a room with flowers that won't wilt, bring cheer to your table with colorful fruits that won't attract flies, and add cuddly friends to a baby's collection of favorite toys.
Make your "white Christmas" dreams come true next holiday season with a wide variety of Christmas ornaments and tree accessories crocheted using white bedspread weight cotton thread. The 47 designs include garlands, tree toppers, skirts, and ornaments.