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Double Wedding Ring Patchwork: With Plastic Templates
Double Wedding Ring Patchwork
With Plastic Templates
Paperback      ISBN: 0486271420

Complete instructions for creating 10 different heirloom pieces, including multicolored crib quilt, unusual quilt with rings arranged in "Barn Raising" pattern, classically styled quilt with three mitered borders, eye-catching single ring placemat, dramatic Amish-style wall hanging with black background, and 5 other projects.

Urban Scandinavian Sewing: 18 Seasonal Projects for Modern Living: Includes Nordic Recipes & Traditions
Urban Scandinavian Sewing
18 Seasonal Projects for Modern Living: Includes Nordic Recipes & Traditions
Paperback      ISBN: 1617450154

Stitch your way to Scandinavian style as you embrace minimal, sleek design. Luxuriate in the textures of summery linens and winter wools as you sew 18 projects, from upscale home decor to wearables. You'll love the chic yet beginner-friendly stitching and embroidery patterns--the perfect way to embellish ready-mades or to sew from scratch. These projects offer beautiful, functional designs for contemporary living. Designer and author Kirstyn Cogan immerses you in her Nordic culture, with handcrafted modern items to make for your home and family--plus scrumptious-sounding recipes and scintillating tidbits about the regional traditions.

Practical Pattern Making: A Step-By-Step Guide
Practical Pattern Making
A Step-By-Step Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1770856110

More and more women are making their own clothes but there are few comprehensive references available. For the most part, dedicated sewers have had to adjust standardized patterns or muddle their way through foreign-language books.

In Practical Pattern Making two pattern-making experts and designers introduce the basic techniques of creative pattern design for clothing. It is intended to help fashion students, designers and enthusiastic sewers develop and create a variety of styles, regardless of complexity.

The book uses photographs, examples, diagrams and templates to explain all of the techniques, formulas and professional tricks to create a custom-tailored skirt, suit or dress. The tutorial style poses questions that encourage problem-solving.

Features include:

  • How to measure the body, with 13 illustrative photographs
  • Blank professional worksheets to copy and use
  • 40 scaled pattern templates with all markings
  • How to draw and mark a sized pattern with darts, pleats and so on
  • Modeling and draping to design and fit a pattern
  • Working with fabric grain and bias
  • Photos of garments in process and finished
  • The 40 garment selections begin with a basic skirt and progress from a fitted jacket and suit to an asymmetrical balloon dress, flounce dress, tissue dresses and more. All require just a few pattern pieces.
Vintage Made Modern: Transforming Timeworn Textiles Into Treasured Heirlooms
Vintage Made Modern
Transforming Timeworn Textiles Into Treasured Heirlooms
Paperback      ISBN: 1611801230
Create modern heirlooms using vintage materials--a collection of 35 innovative projects showcasing the exceptional beauty in timeworn textiles.

Vintage Made Modern is a book devoted to recycling just as generations before us have, utilizing timeworn textiles with histories of their own. With a little resourcefulness, gentle care, and some creative repurposing, the 35 innovative projects in this book breathe life back into these textiles, refresh their beauty, and create new memories. Whether it be Granny's well-worn apron, a threadbare family quilt, or a tattered tea towel you picked up at the thrift shop, each of these textiles has a tale to tell. Vintage Made Modern will have you collaborating with makers from the past and continuing stories composed long ago, with you becoming part of the narrative.
Dressmaking Step by Step
Dressmaking Step by Step
Paperback      ISBN: 1465429816

Learn how to make your own clothes with sewing techniques explained in a clear, simple way with Dressmaking Step-by-Step. Don't let dressmaking become a lost art learn how to make a dress or how to make clothes as gifts for friends with this step-by-step guide.

Compact but comprehensive, Dressmaking Step-by-Step includes classic fashions that fit in any wardrobe and can be customized to your own personal style. This is the modern sewing book for the modern sewer, a combination of dressmaking pattern book and technique guide to get you started as a dressmaker and help you grow with new techniques as you gain confidence in making your own clothes.

The Tools and Techniques section includes clear, visual guides to marking and cutting, creating darts and gathers, making waistbands, pockets, zippers, and more. Anyone new to dressmaking will love this resource, and even experts will appreciate Dressmaking Step-by-Step as a concise refresher course in the art of dressmaking and making your own clothes.

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Superhero Sewing: Playful Easy Sew and No Sew Designs for Powering Kids' Big Adventures--Includes Full Size Patterns
Superhero Sewing
Playful Easy Sew and No Sew Designs for Powering Kids' Big Adventures--Includes Full Size Patterns
Paperback      ISBN: 158923944x

Help your kids look the part for their imaginative play with Superhero Sewing and bring superheroes, pirate captains, wizards and more into your living room.

Superhero Sewing presents easy sewing projects for encouraging and satisfying your child's love of richly imaginative play. Lane Huerta, a mom and the owner of Lovelane Designs, a noted independent maker of imaginative, silk-screened playwear, shares her creative know-how and adapts her charming designs for sewers and other crafters.

Following an overview of essential materials, tools, and techniques, Superhero Sewing offers 20 projects in five playful themes - heroes and heroines, pirates, fairies, magicians, and animals - with color palette suggestions for both boys and girls. Each project is marked with a level of difficulty -- no sew, easy, or intermediate -- and two full-size pull-out patterns sheets are included.

Whether you have a young heroine that needs cuffs that give her super strength, or a pirate sea captain that needs his hat specially made, Superhero Sewing has plans for ever situation.

Modern Crochet: Crochet Accessories and Projects for Your Home
Modern Crochet
Crochet Accessories and Projects for Your Home
Hardcover      ISBN: 1909342688

Modern Crochet offers a new and exciting take on this popular craft. Clear and colourful, the book is full of ideas and inspiration for the thread and hook. Molla Mills demonstrates how to crochet a variety of home furnishings, including rugs, cushions and storage baskets, as well as stylish accessories and jewellery for both you and your friends. The book introduces the tools and yarns you will need, then outlines basic crochet techniques, and follows with over 30 projects for you to make. With step-by-step guides and fully illustrated instructions, there are crochet ideas for a wide range of yarns, colours and creations, from trendy laptop bags and cases for your mobile phone or tablet to beautifully decorative lampshades, delicate earrings and cute hair accessories. The stunning graphic designs and patterns will bring a modern edge to any crocheted article. Mills is a Finnish designer whose products have been exhibited worldwide, and this book was inspired by her popular Virkkuri blog.

Understanding and Using a Sewing Machine
Understanding and Using a Sewing Machine
Paperback      ISBN: 1785004999

With accessible and clear instructions, this book teaches and builds upon basic skills to build up a repertoire of techniques and ideas, until you are able to design and adapt your own ideas and develop an individual sewing style. It guides you though winding the bobbin, threading the machine up correctly, and adjusting the settings. It discusses the skills necessary for making simple projects, such as measuring, cutting, pinning, tacking, and understanding fabrics, and goes over common techniques for inserting a zip, taking up a hem, and more. There are several gorgeous projects with step-by-step instructions to provide practice and inspiration.

Pirates and Pompoms: How to Make Children's Toys and Costumes
Pirates and Pompoms
How to Make Children's Toys and Costumes
Paperback      ISBN: 178067743x

The Playtime Idea Book is packed with projects for creative parents. Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you'll keep children entertained with make-believe pirate, forest-animal and circus worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required.

Focusing on these three popular themes (pirates, animals and the circus), projects include: eye patches and a telescope, stuffed animal friends, circus ringmaster's hat and a big-top canopy den. Each project includes a simple template and illustrated step-by-step instructions.

Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.
Crafting the Resistance: 35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist
Crafting the Resistance
35 Projects for Craftivists, Protestors, and Women Who Persist
Paperback      ISBN: 1510731385
Knit, sew, and craft your way to self-empowerment.
Are you a Nasty Woman ready to smash the patriarchy with a needle and thread? Proudly proclaim your feminism with your very own DIY Bleeding Heart T-shirt? Or stage a protest with the rest of the girls, wearing knitted Pussyhats?
Be part of the revolution by reclaiming the "domestic" arts of knitting, sewing, and more--to channel your feminist rage. With pictures, step-by-step instructions, bonus patterns, and tips for crafters of all skill levels from beginner to advanced, Crafting the Resistance is the book for women's rights activists on a DIY path to self-determination.
Put your homemaking and protesting skills to the test with thirty-five girl-powered, easy-to-make, kickass projects such as:
"Snowflake" knitted wristers
  • "Bleeding Heart" T-shirt
  • Clear vinyl protest tote bag to speed up security screenings
  • The Pussyhat as knitted hats, holiday ornaments, throw pillows, and cat beds
  • "Nasty Nag" zippered pouch
  • Well read bookmarks
  • And More

  • Take politics into your own hands, literally, and craft your message out into the world. Including an essay and quotes on the history and importance of craftivism, Crafting the Resistance is the ultimate book for political crafters, DIY activists, empowered protestors, and any woman--or man--who is part of the resistance.