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  • Painting Imaginary Flowers

    Discover a fresh, fun approach to painting unique flowers!

    With plenty of mixed-media techniques throughout for building up luscious texture and colour, even beginners can achieve happy results. Ten demonstrations show the versatility of this approach – from large-format pieces, to work in a series and even Zen doodle landscapes.

    Never again will you be stuck for ideas or dependent on a photo. Every flower you paint will be unique, personal and fresh from your imagination!

  • Pin Pals

    Carrie Nelson packs 40 adorable pinnies with personality! Pincushions are quick to stitch and so addicting – no quilter can make just one. And why make just one when they're so easy to create?

    Simply sew, quilt, turn and stuff! Display them as singles or in pleasing piles. You'll want to sew just for the joy of it.

  • Quilt Big

    Approaching quilting in a big way, Quilt Big takes the inherent beauty found in single block patterns and creates big, bold quilts, quickly and easily. Whether you're simply short on time or intimidated by complex quilts, the book will show you how super-sizing your blocks make for faster finishes and so much more.

    In this block book and design resource, you'll find:

    • 22 big blocks to show off your favourite fabrics in fantastic ways
    • Step-by-step guide to scaling traditional blocks to oversized designs
    • 17 quilt designs featuring bold, super-sized blocks – these 15, 18 and 24 inch blocks are interchangeable for one-of-a-kind finished projects!
    • Block patterns designed in a way that no specially sized templates are needed

  • Red & White Quilts

    Generations of quilters have been captivated by the simple beauty of red-and-white quilts. Today's quilters are no different. Whether it's humble patchwork or more complex designs, a quilt stitched in only red and white fabrics speaks to the hearts of so many quilters.

    In Red & White Quilts, 14 of our generation's top designers share their takes on red-and-white quilts, ranging from vintage-inspired beauties to more modern styles. From patchwork to appliqué to English paper piecing, designers including Lisa Bongean, Sue Daley, Kim Diehl, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Carrie Nelson, Camille Roskelley and Jen Kingwell offer a one-of-a-kind collection sure to inspire you to create your own legacies in red and white.

  • Sew Beautiful Quilted Bags

    In Sew Beautiful Quilted Bags, Japanese quilt artist Akemi Shibata combines elegant yarn-dyed fabrics with colour prints to demonstrate her signature patchwork style. With an astounding 28 designs, youll discover a trove of unique bags to make in all shapes and sizes including purses, pouches, shoulder bags, backpacks, sewing cases, cross-body bags, totes and more!

    Learn how to incorporate multiple techniques into the same project to create sophisticated, multifaceted designs featuring patchwork, appliqué, embroidery, beadwork and hand quilting. Full of ingenious Japanese construction methods, youll learn how to create beautifully finished bags that can be considered works of art.

  • Shibori for Textile Artists

    Shibori is one of the world’s richest textile traditions. Commonly associated with Japan, it is in fact a technique long used in Africa, India and South America. In this practical guide, textile artist Janice Gunner shows how to combine traditional Japanese, African and Indian shibori methods with contemporary techniques to create stunning textiles that are bursting with rich, intricate patterns and bold colour.

    Various techniques are covered – from tied and stitched designs to ideas for wrapping, folding, clamping, pleating and binding. Simple and safe instructions for a range of dyeing techniques are also included.

    Practical information is accompanied by clear instructions and diagrams, aimed at quilters, embroiderers and textile artists of all abilities. Stunning quilts and embroideries throughout demonstrate the full potential of the technique, alongside practical advice on turning your shibori textiles into beautiful quilts, hangings and textile art.

  • Simple Reflections: A Journal for Memories and Musings

    Relax, unwind and make time in your busy day for a little reflection with quilt designer Kim Diehl at your side. Kim's gathered photographs of favourite quilts and more to share with you in this dazzling journal, packed with visual inspiration to enjoy year-round.

    Among gorgeous photos of Kim's work, you'll find plenty of space to jot notes, write memorable events and record inspiration wherever it may strike. Kim's included seasonal recipes too! You'll love bringing the beauty of Kim's quilts with you wherever you go – a handy take-along size makes it easy to do. Patterns not included.

  • Sketchbook Explorations

    The artist's sketchbook offers an exciting platform to explore a host of mixed media techniques. Using a combination of paper, textiles, found objects, pencil, ink and paint, Shelley Rhodes shows how a sketchbook can act as an illustrated diary, a visual catalogue of a journey or experience or as a starting point for more developed work.

    Whether out on location or in the studio, she explores every stage of the creative process, from initial inspiration to overcoming the fear of a blank page, manipulating paper and images and incorporating 'found' objects to build a sketchbook that is both beautiful and inspiring. Sketchbook Explorations is the ideal companion for everyone from the beginner to the more experienced artist looking for exciting techniques to expand their repertoire in mixed media.

    The book explores:

    • Why work in sketchbooks? The importance and joy of working in a sketchbook
    • Ways of recording and investigating ideas that inspire
    • Techniques in mixed media from found objects and layers to three dimensional sketching
    • Creating on location
    • Using electronic devices to develop ideas

  • Stitch Draw

    Now in paperback, textile artist Rosie James shares ideas and techniques on using the sewing machine's needle and thread almost as a pencil. The book covers:

    • How to set up your machine
    • How to tackle drawing (with exercises that will help even those who are afraid to put pen to paper)
    • Transferring drawing to cloth, working with transparency, different surfaces and adding fabrics and colour
    • Photography, with details on using photographs in textiles
    • Putting it all together with layering images, playing with scale, repetition and composition.

    Tips and advice throughout show textile artists how to expand their repertoire and how to use figurative stitch to really showcase their creativity. Includes illustrations by the author and other leading artists that will inspire both professionals and those new to stitching.

  • Thomas W. Schaller, Architect of Light

    The first and only collection of work from this popular contemporary artist, Thomas W. Schaller: Architect of Light features 150 of his finest paintings – buildings, bridges, boats, people and other scenes from around the world.

    In a series of essays, Schaller ruminates on his journey as an artist, what drives him, and the "truths" he's discovered along the way. He offers not only sage insight on composition, color and other technical aspects of painting, but also provocative perspective on more fundamental struggles for the artist, such as overcoming self-doubt and honing one's own, unique voice.

  • Turnabout Patchwork

    Start with a simple block. Slice, turn and sew slices back together. Then watch the magic happen! It's hard to believe such complex-looking quilts can come from such easy-to-sew blocks, but turnabout techniques transform even the most basic blocks into showstopping quilts. In some cases slicing isn't even necessary – just turn units as directed for unique designs!

    Each chapter focuses on a single block; just follow along to sew, slice, turn and sew again. Find several design options for each block, along with a total of 23 quilt patterns, so you can make lap quilts, runners and more with the turnabout blocks you create.

  • Vintage Legacies

    You'll love learning how Carol Hopkins uses her signature Civil War colour palette in larger quilts, each more stunning than the last.

    Fourteen patterns ranging from lap-size to twin pay tribute to Southern belles, men's work shirts from the Civil War era, First Lady of the United States Mary Todd Lincoln and more. Interesting tidbits about nineteenth-century life round out this gorgeous collection that will inspire you to think big!

  • Vintage Patchwork

    Create a dozen tiny treasures with ONE pack of 10"-square precut fabrics! No extra fabric needed (except for backing) – every last scrap is put to beautiful use. Stitch eight little quilts to hang on walls, display on tables, or tuck into baskets and nestle on bookshelves. Four petite pincushions will add a warm, cozy feel to even the smallest of spaces. Perfect for gift giving too!

    Make projects one at a time or cut fabrics for all 12 projects at once for oodles of sewing fun – handy cutting diagrams included on a pullout sheet make it easy. A swatch guide provides a simple way to organize and plan where to use each 10" square.

  • Visual Guide to Art Quilting

    Start on the path to art quilting success! For anyone inspired to make art quilts, this visual reference will help you gain the practical tools and inspiration you need to translate your ideas to fabric.

    Features include an introduction to surface design (including dyeing and printing on fabric), embellishing quilts, working in a series and quilting by hand and machine, all from some of the biggest names in quilting arts, with step-by-step photos and illustrations.