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Sew simple, sew better, sew by the numbers! With these pure, pattern-free projects, there's no need for photocopying, piecing and taping.
It's as easy as 1, 2 ,3: just measure and cut a few squares, a couple of rectangles, the odd triangle and the occasional circle...then start stitching them together. Even novices can quickly make sweet sundresses and girls' pinafores; messenger bags and backpacks; patchwork pillows and a mega-plaid quilt. This is the stress-free way to create exactly what you want!$29.99
Isn't Mila gorgeous? A sweet and perfect shirt for any time! Make in cotton or linen! Pockets and sweet buttons... with loops! No button holes!
Sized Small, Medium and Large. Small fits size 4–6, Medium 8–10 and Large 12–16.
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.$26.00
This book encourages parents and their kids to play outdoors with an assortment of chalk recipes and interactive games and activities.
The first half of the book details a bevy of chalk recipes, from glow-in-the-dark chalk, fizzing chalk, and scented chalk to chalk foam, chalk goo paint, and ice chalk. Readers will then discover a variety of activities and ways to use their favourite chalk recipes.
From classic games to 3D chalk projects such as chalk volcanoes, chalk powder bombs, chalk rockets, chalk hair dye, and more, parents and children alike will be delighted by the multitude of exciting ideas.$26.99
Create beautiful, layered paper dioramas with this clever art activity book. With a combination of drawing, colouring and craft skills, children are taken page-by-page through creating four seasonal landscape scenes.
The front of the pages contain line illustrations, created by Anouck Boisrobert, to which children can colour in and add detail. On turning the page to view the reverse side, cut lines will become visible, with instructions on which area of the page to cut away. As each page is finished in turn, a layered landscape is slowly created. Flipping back to the first page will reveal the completed seasonal scene in all its glory!
The activities will help children develop scissor skills, as well as offering a magical new twist on colouring books. Recommended for ages 7+.$21.99
This captivating book reproduces arguably the most extraordinary primary source documents in fashion history. Providing a revealing window onto the Renaissance, it chronicles how style-conscious accountant Matthäus Schwarz and his son Veit Konrad experienced life through clothes, and climbed the social ladder through fastidious management of self-image. These bourgeois dandies' agenda resonates as powerfully today as it did in the sixteenth century: one has to dress to impress, and dress to impress they did.
The Schwarzes recorded their sartorial triumphs as well as failures in life in a series of portraits by illuminists over 60 years, which have been comprehensively reproduced in full colour for the first time. These exquisite illustrations are accompanied by the Schwarzes' fashion-focussed yet at times deeply personal captions, which render the pair the world's first fashion bloggers and pioneers of everyday portraiture.
The First Book of Fashion demonstrates how dress – seemingly both ephemeral and trivial – is a potent tool in the right hands. Beyond this, it colourfully recaptures the experience of Renaissance life and reveals the importance of clothing to the aesthetics and every day culture of the period.$59.99
This is an award-winning guide to thread techniques is now in paperback! Discover the amazing versatility of thread with this superbly illustrated guide to the basic techniques, and beyond. Be inspired by the surprising evolution of thread from a device used to hold fabric together into a creative tool that beautifies projects with designs, colours, textures, structures and more.
Whether you're expanding your knowledge of traditional techniques, or experimenting with thread painting or moulding thread structures, this is your one-stop guide to everything you need to know, including: dozens of techniques illustrated with step-by-step photos; more than a dozen original projects to practice on; a reference guide to materials and equipment; a gallery of inspirational thread projects; and much, much more!$39.99