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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
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
Written for both beginning and experienced needlecraft enthusiasts, this reference volume shows how to make virtually every basic stitch and describes each stitch's common uses.
The first part describes the many different needlecraft styles – crewel, quilting, needlepoint and dozens more. The second part is a stitch directory, presenting easy-to-follow diagrams that show how each stitch is accomplished. The book's chapters cover:
- Fabric Embellishment – surface embroidery, beadwork, needlepoint and more
- Fabric Construction – patchwork, quilting, various styles of appliqué and more
- Fabric Manipulation – smocking, hemstitching, cutwork and more
- Part Two chapters – illustrate more than 20 stiches (including surface embroidery stitches, cross stitches, knotted stitches, straight stitches, pulled and drawn threadwork stitches, needlepoint stitches, looped stitches)
Sue Heaser shows readers how to create intricate silver charms – from keys and padlocks to fairies and animals – using metal clay. The book features:
- Step-by-step instructions for 50 beautiful projects
- An overview of the necessary tools and materials
- Guidance for essential skills like molding, finishing and firing
- Design methods for beginners as well as more experienced sculptors
- Ideas for creating your own signature pieces
A beautifully illustrated publication with a fashion-forward feel, Fashion Crochet contains 30 crochet projects for a range of accessories and clothing items. Utterly contemporary and stylish, the projects incorporate a wide cross-section of techniques from granny squares and knotwork to lace and hairpin crochet.
This inspiring and chic book is divided into chapters on accessories, such as shawls, scarves, bags, hats, jewellery and decorative items, and separates, such as dresses, skirts, tops and beachwear. Each project is accompanied by fashion photographs showing the inspiration for the piece, and offers ideas on how to wear the item.
Essential tools and techniques are clearly explained – from crochet hooks, working stitches and how to measure tension to adding embellishments and finishing off – with line drawings provided for more complicated techniques.$34.99$14.99
A lush bouquet of blossoms perfect for embellishing your favourite clothing or accessories.
Breeze through this gorgeous collection featuring a colourful palette of simple spiralling roses, saucer-sized poppies, delicate lilacs, an assortment of vegetables and more. All are shown full-size and in scale complete with stitched leaves and embroidered stems. Each flower pattern has full instructions, yarn requirements and a suggested skill level.
An additional section serves as a refresher course with basic techniques and provides inspiration for embellishing your finished flowers with beads, buttons and sequins. You can also learn how to use the flowers in a range of fun projects, from customizing clothing and accessories, to decorating gift-wrapped packages.$39.99$17.99