Needle & Craft Sale

  • Text in Textile Art

    The creative potential of text in textile art is unlimited, and words can engage the viewer and express ideas that the fabric can't otherwise convey.

    Sara Impey, one of the world's best-known textile artists and an innovator in using text in her work, presents the definitive guide to the technique. She illustrates its myriad possibilities for self-expression, both historically and in the contemporary scene, and explores a wealth of practical techniques, from hand- and machine-stitching to photo transfer and computers.

    Includes valuable information on copyright to help protect your work.

  • The Boot
    This elegant showcase of cutting-edge boots by the worlds greatest footwear designers, contains in-depth features on the most important shoe designers working today-including Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs-with photographs and drawings of recent creations, giving insight into their inspirations and techniques. From riding boots to knee-high stilettos, from ankle boots to thigh-high lacers, the book explores the obsession, the fetish, and the fashions associated with this iconic form of footwear.
  • The World According to Karl

    Karl Lagerfeld is a modern master of couture. He is also famously outspoken: his wise, surprising statements pop up like offbeat news flashes.

    This collection of quotations pays homage to Lagerfeld's pronouncements on fashion, women, art, politics, love and life high and low. Created with the full approval of the designer himself, this cornucopia of Lagerfeld's maxims is required reading for us all today as we negotiate the trickiest curves of modern life.

    Cultivated, unpredictable, provocative, sometimes shocking, Lagerfeld's bons mots are always impossible to ignore.

  • Treasures from the Barn

    Treasures from the Barn is the culmination of our friend Linda Collins' life, as a quilter, a collector and a designer.

    In this amazing book, you will discover some of the favourites in her collection – 18 lovely antique quilts to reproduce and admire. From Quiltmania with text in both English and French.

  • Un Monde de Quilts

    Travel the globe with these 25 quilt projects no passport required! Cassandra Ellis presents quilt projects that are historically rooted in cultures around the world.

    Using time-honoured techniques, she strips quilting back to the basics to inspire you both aesthetically and practically. The quilts vary in size, difficulty, and fabrics, so you can mix and match elements to create a design that s at once unique and personal.

    The second part of the book is a Quilt Masterclass reference to guide you through the quilting process from start to finish.

    From Quiltmania with text in French only.

  • Uncommonly Corduroy

    Celebrate the velvety goodness of corduroy with this collection from popular blogger Stephanie Dunphy. So versatile and easy to use, corduroy is what's hot and these exciting designs show what to do with it!

    • Choose from 17 fun projects, including quilts in different sizes, a variety of stylish bags and a scarf
    • Try corduroy alone, use it with traditional quilting cottons or combine it with other fabrics such as flannel
    • Find projects for skill levels from beginner to experienced and for tastes ranging from traditional to modern

  • V&A Pattern:  Digital Pioneers

    This series of pattern books presents the range of the Victoria and Albert Museum's superb collections. Beautifully designed, accessible, and informative – perhaps a little quirky – they are a repository of ideas for designers of all kinds, but also a collection of desirable gift books.

    Digital Pioneers – after World War II computers offered the opportunity to explore innovative ways of creating images that would demonstrate an unexpected purity in their natural patterning, symmetry and order.

    A CD of all the images shown – to be redrawn, reworked or even licensed for further use – is included.

  • Victory Girls

    Talented sisters Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson collaborated to bring you this stunning collection of their latest work – quilts, rugs and stitcheries. Their inspiration was the brave women who kept the American home fires burning during World War II.

    Laurie offers an eye-popping 9-block appliqué quilt to commemorate the achievements of these Victory Girls. Two other clever quilts are included – one pieced, one embroidered with kitties, along with designs to embellish a denim jacket. Polly provides basic rug hooking instructions and designs for four primitive rugs.

  • Vintage Knits for Him & Her

    Vintage Knits for Him & Her contains a fabulous collection of garment knitting patterns, styled by top European fashion magazine Marie Claire. The 30 designs are all inspired by classic knitwear design from the 1950s to the 1970s, but are fully updated for today's knitter, using modern yarns in contemporary colourways that will appeal to 21st century tastes and will be fun to knit and even more fun to wear!

    Each pattern features advice on yarn choice, detailed knitting instructions and easy-to-follow charts and diagrams for intarsia, design detailing and shaping.

    • The 1950s chapter evokes the spirit of Dior's 'New Look' and Mad Men. The highly wearable patterns include a men's rib stitch cardigan and women's off the shoulder ribbed mohair jumper, short sleeve cardigan, wrap top, garter stitch belted cardigan, two instarsia fitted sweaters and a beautifully feminine twinset.
    • The 1960s chapter features designs inspired by Pierre Cardin and Andre Courreges. The patterns include a men's zip-up cardigan and a smart contrast-trim cardigan and women's monochrome geometric instarsia mini skirt and jumper, striking mini dress, oversized button coat, belted zip-up cardigan, rib stitch belted jumper, ribbed roll neck mini jumper-dress, striped three-quarter sleeve jumper and a geometric instarsia sleeveless mini dress.
    • The 1970s chapter is packed with fun designs, some of which would also be suitable for costume parties. Patterns include a men's fringed cardigan and long intarsia belted cardigan and women's striped poncho, rainbow stripped hooded top with muff-style pocket, bow-front sweater, a roll neck oversize check jumper and more!

    This stylish collection is sure to delight knitters and make it easy for you to knit up vintage-style garments that will remain firm wardrobe favourites for years to come!

  • Vintage Modern Crochet

    In Vintage Modern Crochet, five classic crochet lace techniques are reinvented in stunning, compelling ways. These vintage-inspired creations are all you need for a one-of-a-kind wardrobe!

    You'll fall in love with this collection of tunics, cowls, shawls, pullovers and even a crochet dress – all thoroughly wearable and on-trend, yet timeless. Each technique-themed chapter features a fascinating introduction: learn about pineapple lace, Bruges lace, filet lace, Irish crochet and Tunisian crochet. Each design also features a "Technique Tidbit" that will give you valuable insight into working the pattern.

  • Vintage Pattern Selector

    The Vintage Pattern Selector is a practical sewing book with all the techniques and information needed to mix and match clothing styles from the 20th century.

    The book shows you how to choose the right fabric, colour palettes, styles and patterns in order to create contemporary pieces that reference these timeless styles and designs. Wear a 1960s style shift dress with a classic 80s blazer. Match a 40s' cowl neck blouse with 70s' style tapered trousers.

    Accompanied by a CD with printable patterns for a range of dress sizes, this book is a comprehensive guide to creating contemporary outfits from vintage styles.

  • Welcome Home

    Cheryl Wall's featured quilt depicts homes, each with a unique personality, made up of different pieced blocks and some appliqué.

    Also included is a second charming quilt and several smaller projects, such as a wall hanging and a table runner, which include a variety of techniques including embroidery and working with wool.

  • Wool Toys & Friends

    This volume teaches and illustrates fun, needle-felted projects to add to your collection of wool pets. The instructions include wet-felting and various embellishment techniques along with the needle felting and discusses the ways that folk art and nature inspire the projects.

    Heirloom hand-crafted wooden or cloth toys, birds and other animals have inspired and influenced the projects which have been translated into needle-felted art.

  • Yves Saint Laurent Style
    This quality volume beautifully presents 160+ ensembles that show why Saint Laurent was the most influential designer from 1958–2002. Viewing them in 2008 we see the proof of his one mantra: fashion changes, but style remains.

    Colour fashion plates show the finished garment(s) & drawings (often with fabric swatches) reveal how the original inspiration was developed.