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In this first book in her new Sewing Room Secrets series, Debbie Shore walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, revealing her top tips and providing in-depth and helpful guidance every step of the way.
In her characteristically friendly and easy-to-follow style, Debbie begins with a section on sewing room essentials. This is your first peek into Debbie’s sewing room, where she guides you around your sewing machine and explains all the tools and materials you might need, including wadding/batting, interfacing, fabrics and threads. There is also a troubleshooting section to reassure and guide you when you encounter problems.
The second section covers the key techniques you need to know, including inserting zips and piping, using shirring elastic, free-motion embroidery and appliqué. Debbie's focus is on craft and home items, but she also includes some dressmaking and quilting tips for those looking to explore other areas.
The ten beautiful projects help you learn the techniques as you progress through the book, beginning with a simple pincushion before moving on to a pillow cover, a tablet case, a drawstring bag, a sewing machine mat and more.
Look inside the book.$26.99
The Frankie Shirt is an A-line, six-button shirt with underarm dart, back inverted pleat, diagonal back seams with vent openings and stand up or turn down collar. It has three-quarter length sleeves with diagonal seams and asymmetric vents and offset bottom hems.
Suggested Fabrics Lightweight to medium-weight, shirt-weight linen, cotton, silk.
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL$35.00
This workbook is a super-sized collection of drills, exemplars and practice sheets for a variety of modern lettering styles, flourishes and other decorative elements, and motivational and inspirational quotes.
- Find essential how-tos for lettering with graphite and coloured pencils, brush pens, fine-line markers and more
- Use the guided worksheets to try your hand at several modern styles, from simple to elaborate
- Progress to lettering beautiful and inspiring quotes that feature a mix of styles and tools
- Worksheet pages are perforated so they're easy to remove and work on
A clear, comprehensive guide to colour mixing for the artist using oil paints.
It begins with simple colour theory and a colour wheel, with a template provided so that readers can paint their own; a vital step towards understanding colour. There is vividly illustrated guidance on complementary, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and factoring in local colour. There follows an array of essential colour mixes using widely available Winsor & Newton colours.
A beautifully presented and practical guide to understanding and mixing colours.
Look inside the book.$19.99
Flossie Teacakes' Guide to English Paper Piecing draws together many disparate strands, offering up a deeper exploration of this precision patchwork craft, providing everything quilters need to know on a practical level to begin navigating fussy cutting and English paper-piecing.
This most comprehensive guide features:
- Patterns for original rosettes on which to learn the practicalities of English paper-piecing
- Step-by-step instructions covering everything from templates, paper choice, magic mirrors, how to mock up layouts, glue/thread basting and more
- Finished examples that demonstrate the fussy cut and rosette piecing techniques
The fascinating story of the Scott sisters, who transformed nature into art in their extraordinary paintings of butterflies and moths, is told here for the first time. With their collecting boxes, notebooks and paintbrushes, Harriet and Helena Scott entered the masculine worlds of science and art and became two of nineteenth-century Australia’s most prominent natural history painters.
Transformations tells the complete story of the sisters – their early lives in colonial Sydney, their training as naturalists and artists on the isolated Ash Island in the Hunter River near Newcastle and their professional triumphs. This is a rare pictorial record of two talented and determined women who transformed nature into art in their extraordinary paintings of Australian butterflies and moths.$49.99