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Spectrum offers a fascinating visual analysis of the colour palettes used in furnishing fabrics and wallpapers from the 15th century to the present day. Presented in chronological order, the earliest detail is taken from an early 15th-century embroidery in brick red, dusky pink, sage green, mustard yellow and smoky blue, the last from a graphic wallpaper design of 2009 that combines orange and yellow on a dramatic, dark background.
Next to each pattern is a colour grid, which shows the relative proportions of the colours used, each labelled with its CMYK number – a worldwide standard printing code for colour that precisely identifies it. The grid gives a clear understanding of the ways colours have been expertly combined at different periods to create the beautiful designs we admire and emulate today.
This unique sourcebook will provide inspiration for all designers, both amateur and professional.$49.99
Gina is perfect year round with optional slit front, 3/4 to long sleeves and floppy pocket.
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL.
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.$35.00
A capsule wardrobe is timeless, stylish and effortlessly chic. Composed of go-to pieces that can be dressed up or down, it is the perfect antidote to the overstuffed drawers and ill-fitting cheap outfits that are the result of years of fast fashion on the high street.
In this practical but inspiring book, the authors present sewing patterns and instructions for the five key pieces that will form the basis of your own capsule wardrobe:
- A great shift dress
- Well-fitting trousers
- A simple yet stylish skirt
- A light blouse
- A jersey vest
Their focus is on quality and fit – all the patterns can be adapted to fit and suit you perfectly, whether you prefer long, short or cap sleeves, high or low waistbands, and slim, straight or wide legged trousers. Once you've created your items you can then mix and match them to create a variety of looks and styles. Aimed at advanced beginners, the book guides you through how to measure yourself and all the techniques you will need.$39.99
Kaffe Fassett has returned to his American roots. Using the collection of American vintage quilts in Britain's American Museum in Bath as his inspiration, Kaffe has chosen 18 different quilts as the basis for his 20 new designs in this book. Designs feature both his latest fabrics and his much-loved classics, mostly from the Kaffe Fassett Collective but also his latest collection of Artisan fabrics.
- An introductory section features the original quilts that inspired Kaffe, and tells the reader something about their provenance
- New designs demonstrate Kaffe's vivid and unique colour combinations, giving new meaning to familiar block patterns such as Tumbling Blocks, Starbursts and Log Cabins
- Each pattern contains full step-by-step piecing instructions and detailed diagrams
- Photographed in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania
In this delightful book, Sue Stratford provides patterns for 21 charming birds for you to knit. Using simple techniques and basic stitches, you'll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can create your own flock of characterful knitted birds.
Whether you choose a seagull, puffin, flamingo, bullfinch or parakeet, your bird will take on a personality all of its own and no sooner will you finish one than you'll want to start on another little feathered friend to keep it company. As well as the birds themselves, there are ideas for how to display them, and at the end of the book are instructions for a hanging nest, a felt nest box, branches, flowers and leaves, in addition to all the templates you need to make them.
Look inside the book.$34.99
In a world where suburban nature is declining and diversity is shrinking, Habitat is a practical guide for those who want to encourage insects, reptiles, frogs, birds and animals into the garden.
The author shows how to design, plant and maintain fauna-friendly landscapes, stressing the importance of understanding how all aspects of the backyard ecosystem are interlinked in order to create a truly authentic and effective habitat. This information-packed resource includes a detailed plant directory; information on what plants (native and exotic) suit what creatures and why; and advice on how to factor in the shelter, nesting, food and water requirements of different types of wildlife.
A practical projects chapter features step-by-step instructions for soil testing; making compost tea; building and planting a frog pond; and constructing nesting boxes and insect hotels.$39.99