Melissa Lowry was inspired to create these plush characters when searching for safe kids’ toys that fit her modern style. As a result, each doll is designed with both playtime and design trends in mind.
The doll’s friendly features are made with easy-to-learn needle felting techniques, which means soft, cuddly toys, without any sharp plastic components. Choose from a wide variety of whimsical animal characters, including a whale, a cat, a seahorse, a fox and even a unicorn. The projects are easy to personalize with quick patterns for dresses, suspenders and hats in a trendy mix-and-match colour palette. The book features comprehensive step-by-step instructions and traceable sewing templates.
Each animal comes to life with its own narrative backstory and personality traits, so kids can imagine and play.$29.99
An exquisite collection of toy sewing patterns to make stuffed animals to treasure, from popular toy designer Gingermelon.
These stunning dolls are easy to sew and then embellish with simple hand embroidery stitches to beautiful effect. The dolls and their cute outfits all use small amounts of fabric, so are great for using up scraps.
With step-by step instructions and full guidance on the embroidery stitches and full-size pattern pieces to trace from the page, this super-accessible book will help you make future heirlooms that will stay in the family for generations.$39.99
Japanese Knitting Stitches presents 150 exquisite knitting and crochet stitches from one of Japan's most prolific and innovative designers. Keiko Okamoto's designs range from classic to ethnic to quirky in colours ranging from earthy to vivid and she is recognized around the world for her colourful and textural stitches
An introduction by veteran Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm explains the ins and outs of using the Japanese-style knitting charts and executing the stitches in a way that is simple and easy for all knitters to understand. Full instructions and diagrams for crochet and knitting projects offer a chance to put these stitches to use. These projects include:
- A cardigan with charming crocheted strawberry garland
- A multi-coloured, fringed neck wrap
- A pair of funky, sculptural arm-warmers toasty and multi-textured
- A charming Fair Isle knitted basket bag
- A pair of fluffy, cuffed mittens
- An elegant A-line textured wool sweater suitable for any body type
- A chic Nordic-patterned short coat
This book will be a prized addition to every knitter's library, and a favourite reference for years to come!$29.99
Now in its 18th year of publication, That Patchwork Place's quilt calendar is a favourite of quilters worldwide.
Show off a love of quilting year-round and enjoy sewing along each month too: the calendar spotlights 12 swoon-worthy quilts plus a 28-page pullout booklet that includes complete directions for making each project. Chosen from recent best-selling Martingale books, the featured quilts come from much-loved designers including Lissa Alexander, Betsy Chutchian, Kim Diehl, Carol Hopkins and Stacy West.
Whether it graces the kitchen, office or sewing room, this perennial favourite is perfect for ringing in a brand-new year with gorgeous quilts.$29.99
Maggie Grey's WOWbook 4 features some wonderful artists.
- Sue Brown makes an impression with her method for gum arabic transfer printing
- Wendy Dolan creates a colourful Gaudi-inspired panel using layered fabrics, paint and stitch
- Anne Hellyer has double-vision with her appliquéd and machine embroidered seaside village
- Amanda Hislop shows us the folding forms for her printed and stitched abstract tree landscapes
- Anne Kelly transforms a pre-loved sewing box with collage, in memory of her grandmother
- The ‘Inspired by’ feature continues with the letter B – textile artists Carolyn Saxby, Suzette Smart, Janette Bright, Shirley Sherris and Rachael Singleton show us the inspiration behind their work
- In the celebrity interview, guest editor Lynda Monk talks to Sandra Meech about her work
Tunisian crochet is a great way of producing stunning creative textiles and in this gorgeous book Emma Guess will show you how. Offering the perfect challenge for seasoned and new crocheters alike, Emma takes you from the absolute basics of Tunisian crochet. She then demonstrates how to develop your skills to create unique designs and textures.
Accompanied by clear, step-by-step photography you’ll learn the basic stitches, then how to combine stitches and colour changes to create exciting new textures. There are three easy projects to practise your new skills, followed by ten stylish and modern projects for you to create. You can make a beautiful chunky blanket, a pair of mittens and matching scarf, a stylish shoulder bag, a chevron cushion and more. Emma’s unique style is fun, exciting and instantly alluring and these sleek and sophisticated projects will complement your home and make lovely gifts.
Look inside the book.$26.99
Make mesmerizing bargello quilts with the easy-to-follow instructions and charts included in Strip-Pieced Bargello. It's like quilting by number!
- Sew strips of fabric together
- Slice the strip sets into segments
- Arrange segments into swaths of movement and colour
- Create the illusion of curves using only straight strips!
Start with as few as four (or as many as 24) fabrics to sew a table runner, wall hanging, tote, tree skirt or larger quilt. Armed with Judith's tools, tips and techniques, as well as her smart methods for staying organized, you'll be ready to make your first – or your 21st! – bargello beauty.$39.99
Sheryl Johnson, owner of Temecula Quilt Co, returns with her interpretations of authentic quilts from yesteryear, sharing patterns for 14 little quilts that capture the make-do spirit of quilters from the past.
From beginner-friendly blocks and scrap-friendly samplers to beautiful appliqué and crazy piecing, Sheryl's designs invite you to play with classic blocks, unexpected block pairings and distinctive color blends.$39.99
Rosie Sanders, often described as the best painter of the world's most famous fruit, has devoted years to researching this book and submitting the apples to hour upon hour of meticulous observation. In 144 beautifully detailed watercolours she depicts the unrivalled range of form, colour and texture which characterize such varieties as Beauty of Bath, Peasgood Nonsuch, Cox's Orange Pippin and Egremont Russet.
Painted with their blossom, twig and leaf, Rosie offers detailed descriptions of each apple's aroma, flavour and season as well as something of the history of each variety. The book is enhanced by a practical essay on apple growing by Harry Baker, fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing.$39.99
Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen.
This Revised Edition includes updated maps, artwork and species accounts, reflecting current knowledge of the biology and distribution of Australia's birds. It features around 4700 specially commissioned colour illustrations of over 900 species, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate. A new easier-to-use index is also included.
The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia's magnificent and unique birdlife.
About the Authors Peter Menkhorst is a principal scientist with the Victorian government and has forty years' experience in ecological research and the survey and management of Australian mammals and birds. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Danny Rogers is an ornithologist specializing in shorebird ecology and patterns of feather molt in birds, and works for the Victorian government environment department. Rohan Clarke is a lecturer in vertebrate ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Jeff Davies is a Melbourne-based artist who specializes in portraits of Australian birds and their environments. Peter Marsack is an award-winning wildlife artist based in Canberra. Kim Franklin is a freelance artist and illustrator who has exhibited worldwide and is based in Adelaide.$49.99