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New Tatting is a fantastic book for getting started in the craft and to discover tatting's traditional beauty with a more modern inflection.
You will explore modern colour and a fresh approach to tatting with incredible step by-step photos and beautiful projects. This book appeals to people who have never tatted before as well as tatters looking for something new and inspirational.
Anyone interested in making lace will find that New Tatting offers everything needed to get started.$42.99$39.99
In the ’50s and ’60s, Simplicity released their popular line of Jiffy sewing patterns, which had minimal pattern pieces and simple constructions, yet were chic enough for fashion-conscious customers. This approach appeals now more than ever as stylish women are continuously looking for ways to fit their love of sewing into busy lives filled with family, work, school and countless other obligations.
Gertie Sews Jiffy Dresses is Gretchen Hirsch’s modern reinvention of this simple idea, focusing on easily mastered sewing skills, minimal pattern pieces and fabulous designs. And the best part? You will end up with a sparkling wardrobe of easy-to-wear, fun-to-style dresses that will fill busy modern lives with retro charm.$49.99
Textile Landscapes is a creative guide ideal for textile artists of all levels to make unique and beautiful work inspired by the world around us.
Cas Holmes begins with the basics – keeping a sketchbook to generate ideas, painting and stitching on cloth and on paper, and working digitally:
- Inspiring Landscapes looks at urban and urban space, the changing seasons and great landscapes as well as intimate spaces and travel diaries
- Painting and Marking with Cloth explains the practical aspects of painting and dyeing cloth and how to make connections between paint, print, dye, stencil and stitch
- Stitch-scapes looks at the different forms of landscape, experimenting with photographs and prints and how to translate those images using ink, stitch, abstract and collage techniques and then at how to transform the image using digital techniques
- On Closer Inspection covers using elements and details from landscape and the environment as found objects and for research
- People and Place explores the relationship we have with the outdoors and the built environment, as well as personal interpretations of place
The book includes artworks by the author that explore the UK, USA and Australia, as well as works by other internationally renowned textile artists.$42.99
This book contains not only 116 beautiful and useful patterns, but also detailed and simple directions telling you what materials to use, how to work each pattern and illustrations of the finished pieces. It will start you working on projects you never thought of tatting before, and it will give you many new ideas for pieces of your own.
The book starts with a brief explanation of stitches and a short, general section on materials. The patterns begin with simple projects – edging, beading, insertions, trimming, borders – and then go on to more complicated flower, butterfly, alphabet and geometric designs for collars, yokes, doilies, handbags, jabots, baskets, pillowcases, aprons, scarves, necklaces, lamp shades, baby bonnets, a serving tray cloth, a belt buckle, a table scarf and many more.$18.99
In 101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic, experienced and talented artist Mia Tavonatti provides artists with the essential skills required to render realistic surfaces in oil and acrylic.
Artists will discover tips and tricks for working with both mediums, as well as a variety of techniques, including blending, layering, working with oil and acrylic mediums, creating an underpainting, and more. In addition to valuable step-by-step instructions, general colour recommendations offer a quick start guide. This helpful guide includes an index for fast and easy reference, while a short gallery at the end of the book represents various textures in finished works of art.$22.99
Aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the increasingly popular art of calligraphy and lettering, this practical introduction showcases many fine examples in the Victoria & Albert Museum's collection, and will give readers a new understanding and appreciation of letterforms.
Fifteen beautiful step-by-step projects each take their cue from a different technique or tradition. Detailed instructions lead readers through the essentials of classic calligraphy styles such as Gothic and Italic lettering, on to vintage-inspired signwriting and chalkboard design and even into the elegant, image-led worlds of illuminated capitals and zoomorphic calligraphy.
The projects include a handmade booklet, banner, menu, gift tags, a monogram stamp, greetings cards and more. Each project offers tips on how to take steps towards developing one's own designs. This book is packed with inspiration and practical advice to enable anyone to find new creative direction through the timeless arts of calligraphy and hand-lettering.$34.99