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How can you free up storage space, reduce the cost of batting, and save time quilting? It’s eas – just create reversible quilts!
Interested in a challenge now that you have found three good reasons to make two-sided quilts? In Vicki Hodge’s Button Box Quilts, she has created and paired up 20 of her favourite quilt tops to create 10 reversible quilts.
Included with the detailed pattern instructions and photos, Vicki meticulously walks you through her entire creative process leaving no stone unturned. Harmonizing colours, motifs, scale, machine quilting and fabric stashes…Vicki’s innovative teaching approach is a delight for any designer! In order to successfully complete her projects, Vicki provides you with valuable guidelines, hints and, most of all, a great reason to look on the back of your quilts!
From Quiltmania with text in English and French.$64.99
Now in paperback, textile artist Rosie James shares ideas and techniques on using the sewing machine's needle and thread almost as a pencil. The book covers:
- How to set up your machine
- How to tackle drawing (with exercises that will help even those who are afraid to put pen to paper)
- Transferring drawing to cloth, working with transparency, different surfaces and adding fabrics and colour
- Photography, with details on using photographs in textiles
- Putting it all together with layering images, playing with scale, repetition and composition.
Tips and advice throughout show textile artists how to expand their repertoire and how to use figurative stitch to really showcase their creativity. Includes illustrations by the author and other leading artists that will inspire both professionals and those new to stitching.$29.99
Follow crochet blanket designer Rachele Carmona through her unique collection of crochet blankets inspired by the work of popular independent artists. The Art of Crochet Blankets will help you create your own colourful crochet blankets as unique works of art for your home! Inside this one-of-a-kind crochet blanket guide you'll find:
- Details on how to translate art to hook with 18 bold and unique crochet afghan patterns
- Modern quilts, fabric designs, tapestry weaving, digital art and more become the source of one-of-a-kind projects for a more artful home
- Biographies and beautiful photos profiling 6 inspiring modern makers – Tula Pink, April Rhodes, Maryanne Moodie, Fransisco Valle, Maud Vantours and Caitline Dowe-Sandes
- Inspiration that lies beyond the world of crochet
A new and up-to-date edition of Compendium of Beading Techniques by award-winning jewellery designer Jean Power.
Here are the answers to all your beading questions and dilemmas. Jean has added 50 brand new techniques in this edition to keep you up to speed with the latest methods and style in the jewellery-making world.
Step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions will guide you through each stage of your work. Techniques are organized in the order you need them, from using the right tools and materials to finishing tips for neat, professional results. Learn about creative knotwork using thongs and thread, quick and easy stringing, how to show off display beads, mixing vintage and modern styles, incorporating charms, and rescaling and designing your own patterns. For trickier areas, troubleshooting tips and advice are on hand to help you on your way.
Look inside the book.$36.99
Meet the Moda Blockheads! Six celebrity quilt designers – Lisa Bongean, Betsy Chutchian, Lynne Hagmeier, Jo Morton, Jan Patek, Carrie Nelson – unite to share this compendium of 48 stunning quilt blocks plus six spectacular sampler-quilt patterns to showcase the beautiful blocks you make.
Along with imaginative interpretations of each 6 inch block – from traditional patchwork inspired by history to whimsical appliquéd scenes from nature – you'll enjoy loads of sewing tips from the pros that you can use for as long as you quilt.$39.99
This brand-new collection includes both classic and new stitches, reflecting the modern crocheter’s thirst for new ideas and innovative techniques. As well as popular traditional stitch styles such as ridges, cables and ripples, there are complex Tunisian stitches, trellis and picot, plus textured patterns like bobbles and puffs for those who like to add some 3D fun to their designs!
This is the only stitch guide to combine clear, photographic step-by-step instructions, charts and examples of the stitches. The book also includes feature spreads that explore ideas for yarns and colours, along with the multiple ways you can use your newly learnt stitches in garments, accessories and homewares.
This is a book packed full of instruction, ideas and inspiration that crocheters everywhere can dip into time and time again.
Look inside the book.$39.99