Just a bit of winding, tying, trimming and fluffing is all it takes to make anyone feel creative!
Adorable Pom Pom Animals features lessons, diagrams and step-by-step instructions on how to make 30 different toys, fashion accessories and home decor items in different shapes and sizes – from miniature poodles and bunnies small enough to wear on a brooch or bag to larger bears, monkeys and parakeets big enough to fill the palm of your hand or hang in your car.
In this charming little book, you will learn how to:
- Select the right yarns to create the correct texture for each animal
- Use stitching and trimming to sculpt and define the designs
- Hone your needle felting skills to give each creation its own personality
Take an in-depth look into the quilting process of award winner Margaret Solomon Gunn.
Patterns with easy-to-follow instructions are included for making three of Margaret's most well-known, award-winning show quilts. The book chronicles Margaret's journey for of the three quilts from design inspiration to finished product, providing tips and insight on how the well-designed, pieced and quilted masterpieces were created.
Line drawings, thread suggestions, quilting instructions and detailed photographs are provided of the quilting designs for key areas on each quilt. The three patterned designs will appeal to all skill each levels.$44.99
Starting with the basic skills and techniques, here is guidance on every element of the art of painting on silk, including setting up your studio space, painting on preconstructed clothing and framing your art. Complex layered looks, plein air painting and landscapes, critiquing, seeking authenticity, intuitive improvisation, and much more are included.
The authors, founders of Silk Painters International, give thorough guidance on how to push yourself out of your comfort zone to evoke emotions in your art. Most importantly, enjoy learning unusual, innovative frames of mind to intensify your creative freedom, bringing new energy to your work.$59.99
These 15 tote bag designs are created using the rigid plastic templates contained within the book; these two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus they are simple to position and use there is no need to pin them.
The 15 totes are each made using different techniques, pockets, straps and fastenings, to create 15 very different results. The templates can also be used for your own further design variations, as you mix and match the techniques covered within the book using Debbie's advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.
Each project is explained using hertrademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates.
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Watch a YouTube clip about the book.$39.99
In this visually stunning book, the author reveals how you too can create beautiful pictures using felt.
She takes you through every step of the process, including the materials and tools, the feltmaking process itself and how to put together four fabulous felt paintings of your own. There is guidance on stitching, including both hand- and machine-stitching, as well as how to use colour and introduce texture in the form of different fibres and threads.
There are numerous examples of Moy's work through the book, and by the end you will not fail to be inspired to create gorgeous felt paintings of your own.
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Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature – from sumptuous silks and floral patterns, to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, the two have long been entwined. Yet this reverence is sometimes combined with a damaging need for raw materials. From the seventeenth century to the present day, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on the natural world and the devastating effect of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, skins and exotic feathers.
Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have a different impact on the world around us, and this book discusses the need for a more responsible fashion cycle. But which has the greater environmental impact – a leather handbag or a white cotton t-shirt? Consider the effects of land clearance, insecticides and water consumption – not to mention washing after every wear – and the answer may not be completely clear. Fascinating and beautifully illustrated, this book will stimulate an important and timely debate.$49.99