This practical step-by-step guide to haute-couture embroidery covers everything from machine and hand stitching, to tambour beading, goldwork and monogramming.
Whether you are interested in adding monogrammed initials to your favourite bathrobe, stitching a flower on your favourite jacket, adding sparkling beads to a new dress or creating a goldwork embellishment, Fashion Embroidery teaches you how to add a unique touch to your clothes. With hand-drawn designs, catwalk photographs and step-by-step guides, this book is perfect for beginners looking to personalise their own clothes, as well as more experienced embroiderers who want to apply new techniques to different fabrics.
- An inspirational overview of the fashion industry with examples of embroideries and embellishments by a variety of couturiers
- Demonstrates the basics of three main techniques – goldwork, tambour beading and embroidery stitches including silk shading, satin and stem stitch
- Explains the basics of materials; how to pick the right fabric, what tools to use, where to source materials, what types of wire or beads to use and terminology
- Perfect for fashion students, textile artists and those who want a more unique look to their clothes
Do you long to make beautiful quilts but have such a busy life you can never find the time? Imagine creating a quilt top – maybe even your first – in just a weekend!
This jelly roll quilt pattern collection includes 15 contemporary quilts, which are easy enough to piece in a weekend. Jelly rolls are a fantastic shortcut to patchwork and quilting: you can avoid the hours of cutting and preparation required for making a quilt and go straight to the fun bit – the sewing!
Pam and Nicky Lintott are jelly roll experts, having written numerous books and hundreds of patterns, and they have developed a brand new collection of quilt patterns for jelly roll lovers and quilters looking for a stunning quilt pattern that comes together in super-fast time.$36.99
Japanese stitch patterns are eye-catching and much sought after by devotees, but before now, they often seemed out of reach, whether locked behind Japanese-only instructions or tangled up in difficult-to-decipher illustrations.
Japanese Stitches Unraveled offers 160+ rare patterns inspired by these elusive and intricate Japanese stitch designs, along with fully illustrated charts, familiar symbols and clear instructions for every single stitch.
Each stitch pattern receives Wendy Bernard's unique four-direction makeover – top-down, bottom-up, back-and-forth and in-the-round. To showcase the knitting in action, she also includes instructions for six garments as well as her famous formulas for knitting without a pattern.$44.99
For debonair gentlemen who eschew denim in favour of tweed, and feel that grooming and gallantry should not be consigned to history, this book will prove extremely diverting.
Featuring a cornucopia of elegant garments and accessories to sew, this beautifully illustrated tome is full of inspiration and charm. Including beautiful garments such as pyjamas, waistcoat, trousers and jacket, plus indispensable accessories such as cravat, flat cap and wallet there's something for every fellow who's looking to be more urbane than urban.
Whether you make these smart projects for yourself or a loved one, this selection of spiffing sartorial gems will put a spring in anyone's step.$34.99
Design the dolls of your dreams with this amazing book of crochet patterns.
The flippable pages and mix-and-match format make it easy to build a character with the exact hairstyle, outfit and accessories you want. Put them together in a million different ways to create a countless number of dolls, from one that looks like a family member or friend to another that resembles your favourite pop star. Or make a single perfect doll with an extraordinary wardrobe: the options include princesses, ballerinas, soccer players, astronauts, surgeons, and more.
Step-by-step instructions help even beginners grasp all the crochet techniques, and a 30-page gallery presents a selection of finished dolls to inspire you.$32.99
Slip into serenity through your stitches with this collection of 24 beautiful, meditative mandalas by Carina Envoldsen-Harris.
The book offers 12 large and 12 smaller mandalas to embroider, which Carina explains how to make through simple, beautiful stitch diagrams and keys. Only 10 stitches have been used to create all the mandalas, and each one is explained and accompanied by clear, step-by-step diagrams at the beginning of the book.
In addition, there are notes on what you need in your basic embroidery kit from fabrics through to needles and thread which means those new to embroidery can start their journey to mindfulness right away. With Carina's gentle guidance beginners can also learn how to display their creations in embroidery hoops, including the much-loved Dandelyne hoops which the 12 mini mandalas can fit inside perfectly.
If you are less confident about jumping straight into embroidery or are pressed for time, 24 corresponding black and white motifs can be found on transfer sheets at the back of the book, which you can iron onto your chosen fabric multiple times. There is also a final, mystical mandala template included for you to transfer, allowing you to test your new embroidery skills and develop your new-found creativity.
Look inside the book.$29.99