Maggie Righetti shares her knitting know-how and good fashion sense so that no matter what your knitting level, you can overcome the fear of failure, adapt already-existing patterns, and plan and create sweaters that really fit and look terrific.
Topics and techniques include: understanding the nature of yarn and pattern stitches; how to tell whether or not a sweater will look good on you – before you start; and, start-to-finish instructions for thirteen classic sweaters. Each technique is illustrated with clear diagrams, sketches, or photographs.
Complete with conversion charts and a personal-measurements record-keeping section, Sweater Design in Plain English takes the guesswork out of every creative knitting effort.$39.99$17.99
Livia Cetti ups the ante with a host of grander and more intricate new flowers and projects – more blooms, more petals, stronger stems, and bigger, bolder arrangements!
The author will teach you how to play with size, shape, colour and texture to create 25 vibrant single stems in a variety of natural shapes – globes, spikes, bells, saucers, rectangles, cones and arcs – including hydrangeas, coral charm peonies, honeysuckles and paperwhites. Then, you'll use these elemental shapes to build the 15 bright, abundant arrangements including bold wreaths, bountiful bouquets, fantastical gilded wall art and blooming garlands.
Introducing new, never-before-seen techniques for dyeing paper and creating mouldable leaves and petals, this gorgeous guide is perfect for crafters of all skill levels interested in making realistic and unique home decor, gifts, accessories and entertaining essentials.$34.99
Maggie Grey works on a theme of story-telling in her latest book. In some cases, there are travellers’ tales to be told in the form of stitched, mixed-media panels that make up a diary of a journey. These are busy, bustling pieces designed to bring back memories. Myths and legends also feature in the book, telling tall tales. Ideas are shared on the construction of pieces and step-by-step sequences cover many of the techniques used.
Some of these techniques are old favourites, others new but they combine to produce colourful pieces that could record many of life’s special moments: the trip of a lifetime, a special event, a family history or a tall tale from your imagination.
Photographs and inkjet prints give a very personal aspect and Maggie has lots of ideas for new methods for presenting them. These are augmented by small areas of stitching and this is a great way to use up the samples that we all have tucked away in the cupboard. Put together with the photographs, these provide texture and contrast for some interesting and rewarding pieces. In many cases, the panels act as a springboard for further stitched pieces – a useful bonus.$39.99
Explore a life lived in stitches and witness the aesthetic evolution of a treasured quiltmaking artist.
Revel in this dazzling self-curated collection of Gwen Marston's more than five-decade passion for quiltmaking. From her early pieces inspired by Mennonite quilts to her innovative work with appliqué and texture to her exploration of modern design, Gwen's aesthetic has remained a glorious marriage of freedom in construction, expert use of unexpected colours and negative space and happy design surprises.
See more than 80 quilts representing more than 40 years and a variety styles – all united by a common thread: the artist Gwen Marston.$49.99
With step-by-step photographic guidance, Elizabeth Moad shows you how to make simple, yet effective, paper flower embellishments, from greeting card adornments to floral bunting and decorations that will brighten any home.
Learn how to apply simple folding techniques such as kirigami and teabag folding to create beautiful blooms for any occasion. There are 21 projects in all, ranging from straightforward concertina-fold flowers to elaborate and elegant paper roses.
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This invaluable guide pays homage to the silk, satin and lace (or sometimes the Lycra and pvc) that has evolved to become the 'bare essentials' of every woman's wardrobe.
Offering practical advice and tips on what to wear in every situation and occasion from your wedding day to a romantic assignation or even a little nocturnal naughtiness, Tracy Martin also advises on how to obtain that seam-free silhouette and avoid those lingerie fashion faux pas that every woman dreads.
Beginning with the fascinating history of lingerie from the bustles and bloomers of the Victorian age to the more current, racy and bold burlesque style, this book is crammed full of information, facts and anecdotes as we celebrate how lingerie has literally shaped women's lives as well as their figures.$19.99$9.99