Sewing Machine Basics
Author: Jane Bolsover
Publisher: CICO Books
In the climate of “make do and mend,” sales of sewing machines have soared, but many are only accompanied by a difficult-to-understand technical manual. Here, Jane Bolsover provides a comprehensive guide for beginners. Starting with an essential overview of the sewing machine, learn how to thread it and wind bobbins, why tension is important, and which needles to choose. There's information on the basic sewing kit you will need, plus advice on which fabrics to choose and how to cut out. The chapters then build into a complete sewing course, and at the end of each chapter is a simple project to consolidate the skills you have just mastered. The projects include items for the home, including a cushion cover and a lampshade, stylish accessories, such as bags and scarves, plus great clothing basics, such as an A-line skirt and a simple shift dress. Also included at the back of the book are two full-size pull-out paper pattern sections.
With cameos on Fashion Week runways and in designer store windows, the starry-eyed Jess Brown rag doll has captured the hearts of many. In this book, Brown shares her sought-after doll pattern for the first time and shows how to sew, customize, and accessorize each doll for a true modern heirloom. More than a craft how-to book, The Making of a Rag Doll reveals the creative process behind these whimsical dolls, placing emphasis on quality sustainable materials and handwork made to last for generations. The book brims with gorgeous lifestyle photography, includes two patterns, and features instructions for nine accessories such as a little apron and cute-as- can-be knickers.
Simple Sewn Gifts
Author: Helen Phillips
Publisher: David & Charles
Stitch 25 Fast and Easy Gifts from the Heart Every one of these gorgeous gift ideas is so simple to make up, leaving you free to get creative with the embellishments. Yo-yos, appliqué, embroidery and other stitching techniques add that essential touch of personalization and care to every project. They also provide the perfect opportunity for you to try your hand at new decorative tricks on a small and easy scale.
Sweetly Stitched Handmades includes 18 original designs that incorporate Amy Sinibaldi's love for patchwork and embroidery, natural linen, and a carefully chosen color palette of patterns and prints. The projects range in difficulty so that a beginning sewer may easily complete a few projects from start to finish, while others are more difficult and a more advanced sewer may be challenged to learn some new techniques. Projects include a color-block baby quilt, a crayon-castle caddy, a jam-jar pincushion, an airmail tote bag, and a simple "Home Sweet Home" embroidery.
Keep the smile on your child's face while putting an end to noisy escapades. No need to stifle curiosity or squelch creativity—this guide helps you put together the perfect quiet-time book for car rides, waiting rooms, and church meetings. With 25 simple patterns and step-by-step instructions, even amateur crafters can create custom-made activities that are sure to keep your childrens' brains active and their hands happy.
Sewing Clothes Kids Love
Author: Nancy Langdon, Sabine Pollehn
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
A collection of patterns for making kids' clothes utilizes a variety of fabric styles and decorative embellishment—including embroidery, patchwork and trims--with variations for long and short hemlines and sleeves, various necklines and adjustable lengths and ranging in size from 18 months to kid's size 12.
Two paper dolls of the ill-fated French Queen and her dressmaker, Rose Bertin. Fifteen sumptuous costumes, plus meticulous, accurate notes on each ensemble.
Fun of the Fair
Author: Melanie McNeice
Publisher: David & Charles
Provides instructions for creating five different hand sewn stuffed toys, including an elephant, seal, and lion.
24 charming puzzles, each with three words hidden in a matrix of letters, and illustrations corresponding to the words. Ideal for building spelling and word-recognition skills. Solutions.
Author: Debbie Bliss
Children of all ages will love the charming knitted toys featured in renowned knitwear designer Bliss' latest imaginative collection. Many of the projects can be completed in a matter of hours, and clear instructions, easy-to-follow charts, and a full-color photo for each original project mean that even less-experienced knitters will have no difficulty following the patterns.
Author: James Walters
Publisher: Courier Corporation
"An outstanding guide for crocheters of all levels, this volume covers all aspects of crochet stitches and technique. The perfect introduction to the craft, the down-to-earth guide is also a terrific resource for more experienced practitioners seeking todevelop new design ideas. Profusely illustrated with drawings, diagrams, and photographs"--
A Ride on Mother's Back
Author: Emery Bernhard, Durga Bernhard
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Explores the ways in which people from a variety of cultures carry their young ones, and describes what children see and learn as they are carried.
The Dolls' Dressmaker
Author: Venus Dodge
Publisher: David & Charles Publishers
Provides patterns and instructions for making underwear, dresses, shirts, trousers, jackets, coats, baby clothes, hats, shoes, and accessories for dolls. Bibilog
Yarn, Yarn, Yarn
Author: Susanna Zacke, Sania Hedengren
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Are you crazy about yarn? Of course you are! Follow interior decorators Susanna Zacke and Sania Hedengren as they redesign their world with vivid colors and playful patterns. Their exciting new crafting guide, Yarn, Yarn, Yarn, offers delightful and creative projects guaranteed to inspire and personalize your home, wardrobe, accessories, and more. Don’t buy a spool of ribbon when wrapping presents for the holidays—crochet an ornate cord instead! Protect your laptop with a crochet cover, and make a matching one for your iPhone. Make a shawl for a friend made of colorful granny squares, and crochet teddy bears for the kids. All while the ring on your finger is ornamented with a radiant crocheted flower. Featuring stunning photographs and step-by-step instructions for projects of all shapes, sizes, and sorts, Yarn, Yarn, Yarn is perfect for everyone in love with knitting, crocheting, and decorating with yarn.