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Casual or dressy, the Capri Pant features front darts, a fly-front closure, side back elastic, optional no-gape inseam pockets and a cute little vent over the back calf. Those who need to do seat adjustments will appreciate the handy seam down the back leg.
Suggested Fabrics: Medium to heavyweight knits or stretch woven fabrics. Cotton, wool, silk, polyester and rayon including blends with Spandex are ideal.
Multi-sized: 14 – 24$27.00
Big Embroidery is all about stitching beautiful designs up fast using yarn instead of embroidery thread. Nancy Nicholson has created a collection of stunning designs based on traditional crewel work, and adapted them for a modern audience using everyday yarn.
Crewel embroidery is traditionally done using 2ply wool and stitched onto linen. Nancy shows how to get beautiful results using different types of yarn and fabric, including upholstery fabrics, woollens and tweeds to create a collection of stunning quick-to-stitch projects.
Choose from home decor items such as cushions, bags, wall hangings and table runners, as well as ideas for embellishing clothing. The book shows readers how to do all the key embroidery stitches with a stitch library featuring easy-to-follow diagrams of all the basic crewel embroidery stitches in detail.$35.99
Jen Lucas presents a dozen lacy shawls to knit three ways: some are wedges, some are crescents and others are half-circles. And they all start at the top!
Cast on just two or three stitches and watch your shawl grow row by row. Both charted and written instructions for making each shawl are included, so you can choose your favourite way to follow along.
Next, unleash your inner designer with templates for wedge, crescent and half-circle shawls, along with 18 stitch patterns to mix and match in mesmerizing one-of-a-kind projects. Beautiful outdoor photography features each project in a nature setting, and each shawl is shown on a model, so you can see options for wearing the shawls you make.$39.99
Sakiori is an approach to rag weaving used by Japanese peasants to cope with the scarcity of new cloth for clothing and household textiles. In modern times, there is instead an overabundance of cloth filling up thrift stores and being discarded. Weavers can use this source of “rags” to make useful and surprising new cloth. Depending on the fabric used, results can be rugged and utilitarian (like cotton rugs) or fashionable and delicate (like silk scarves).
The book begins with an overview of the history and context of sakiori in Japan, followed by methods and tips for successful rag weaving with a variety of materials and looms, including rigid heddle looms as well as floor looms. Charts and worksheets make it easy to find the information weavers need to get started, and 21 projects with instructions and drafts provide inspiration and ideas.$47.99
This relaxed-fit dress has asymmetric side flare, deep bottom band, back yoke with centre back seam, long tapered sleeves and narrow hems.
Suggested Fabrics Light to medium-weight knits, 2 or 4-way stretch
Multi size XS – XXL$35.00
Modern Mark Making will spark the interest of the calligraphy novice by introducing a new approach to lettering, one that combines a lively combination of traditional lettering styles, fun and scripty modern styles, and artsy street-style lettering, along with project ideas that incorporate creative lettering.
The book demonstrates the uses of traditional and cutting edge lettering tools, from classic calligraphy pens to bling-producing metallic foils and glue pens. It introduces a wide array of lettering styles with complete alphabets sample artworks that show an application.
Fully stepped-out illustrations breakdown each letterform, taking the reader through each stroke. A large collection of gallery images that provide further inspiration for how to use creative lettering in artwork.$34.99$14.99