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The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions. Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice.
Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down, including:
- Using simple techniques inspired by traditional practice (including hand-stitch rhythms)
- Reusing and re-inventing materials (reuse even old textile projects)
- Limiting your equipment
- Mending revisited (practical and decorative techniques)
- Project ideas and resources that help towards making a more sustainable textile practice
Richly illustrated throughout, and showcasing work from the best textile artists who work in this way, this is a truly inspirational book for those looking to reconnect with their craft and to find a new way of working.
About the Author Claire Wellesley-Smith is a textile artist living and working in Yorkshire, UK. She teaches exetensively, working in adult education, schools, community-based projects, museums and galleris. Her workshops involve sustainable stitch, repurposed cloth, and traditional techniques.$39.99
From glittering lakes to calm harbour shores to foamy surf and turbulent waterfalls and rainy city streets to snow covered lawns and frozen ponds, you'll find the inspiration and techniques to guide you on a water-filled watercolour journey.
- 11 step-by-step demonstrations for painting puddles, streams, rivers, raging oceans, snow and more
- 8 bonus demonstration videos to help you achieve realistic water paintings
- More than 30 techniques for creating accurate shadow and light, reflections of objects and wave types
First published in 1956, We Made a Garden is the story of how Margery Fish, the leading gardener of the 1960s, and her husband Walter transformed an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset, England. It has been hailed as everything from a blueprint for the creation of a modern cottage garden to a feminist manifesto.
A quirky classic, this book details her creation of a landmark cottage garden, as well as her battles with her husband in the process, who preferred the standard suburban approach. In this beautiful and timeless work, she recounts the trails and tribulations, successes and failures, of her venture with ease and humour.
Topics covered are colourful and diverse, ranging from the most suitable hyssop for the terraced garden through composting, hedges, making paths to the best time to lift and replant tulip bulbs. Her good sense, practical knowledge and imaginative ideas will encourage and inspire gardeners everywhere.$24.99
Nala is a simple jacket or coat that can be made with a lining or without.
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.
Multi-sized: XS – 2XL
Fabric Suggestions: Medium weight for the outer layer and lightweight for the lining$28.00
Take the intimidation out of machine quilting classic feather motifs with this easy-to-follow handbook! Discover a new technique in each chapter, along with projects for practice.
- Choose from 14 projects that show you how to quilt straight-spine feathers, plus wreaths, curves and cables
- Learn to draw motifs or use the designs provided
- See how different quilting designs can change the look of a quilt; a gorgeous photo gallery shows examples
- Bonus feather patterns – no drawing required – are provided for long-arm quilting machines
Reuse, recycle and repurpose the clothing you love, creating new, one-of-a-kind garments.
Every one of the 21 inspiring projects in this book can be sewn quickly, even by beginners. The descriptive photo instructions make it easy to follow the process step-by-step.
Sew a length of chiffon onto a top to create a unique dress. Change a beloved sweater by giving it a great new neckline. Revamp an old linen shirt into a trendy halter top. That favourite pair of jeans that’s got holes worn in its knees – transform it into a denim skirt. Give a T-shirt a dramatic lace yoke, turn out-of-style pants into ever-stylish chinos, and much more.$32.99