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    The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric
£25.00
1 in stock
For burgeoning dressmakers the almost endless array of fabrics is what both entices the would-be fashion designer and maker to dress handmade, but it is also what confuses and potentially intimidates the first time sewist when stepping into the haberdashery. Each chapter in this book focuses on a type of fabric and demystifies its properties, suitability and uses as well as providing all the instructions and pattern pieces needed to make a collection of universally appealing garments from that fabric type. Many of the garments contained in the book appear in the show, either as technical challenges designed and set for the contestants by the author Claire-Louise Hardie or as projects chosen and made by the contestants. The chapter on cotton explains the properties of this common fabric and gives a variety of designs including a classic sleeveless shell top, capri trousers, summer dress and beach shorts. This is followed by chapters on wool and natural fibres, knits and stretch fabrics and the luxury fabrics, including lace and sheers. As well as the core chapters and garment instructions, this book also includes all the information you need to get started with your sewing machine and understand both your equipment and the pattern pieces. Claire-Louise’s ultimate guide to fitting your own clothes will ensure a perfect fit and stunning results.
A-Z of Sewing for Smockers A-Z of Sewing for Smockers
£12.99
1 in stock
Book Description This how-to guide focuses on garment construction for smockers, with hints for creating heirlooms. Part of the bestselling A-Z series of specialist needlework books, this extensive how-to text focuses on garment construction for smocking enthusiasts and is the ideal companion to the AZ of Smocking. Presented in an easy to use style, this book is overflowing with hundreds of step-by-step photographs and invaluable hints for creating beautiful heirloom garments from blouses to bridesmaids' dresses. Table of Contents 4 General information 4 Equipment 9 Fabrics 16 Fabric requirements 17 Interfacings and linings 17 Machine sewing thread 18 Patterns 20 Transferring markings 21 Techniques 22 Binding 23 Blocking and shaping 28 Gathering 30 Heirloom sewing 37 Piping 39 Pleating 42 Pressing 42 Seams 48 Understitching 48 Topstitching 49 Construction 50 Assembling the garment 60 Armholes 63 Button bands 65 Collars 74 Fasteners 83 Hems 92 Inserts 94 Interfacings 95 Linings 96 Necklines 103 Plackets 107 Sashes, belts and cummerbunds 115 Sleeves 125 Your finished garment 126 Index Show More + About the Author About Country Bumpkin Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines. Press yarnsandfabrics.co.uk The A-Z series presents time and tested crafts that are beloved by many. This is a new edition. Turn your smocking into an heirloom. It's for people who already know how to smock, but want to know how to put a garment together. The book is aimed at the construction process of creating traditional garments, using clear step-by-step instructions with photographs. It contains techniques for piping, pleating, attaching lace, sashes and more but is not a how to smock book. There is a materials section, techniques and construction. The photographs are good and the instructions are professional
A-Z of Smocking A-Z of Smocking
£12.99
1 in stock
The A-Z of smocking is designed to reveal every secret and answer every question you have on this timeless art. Over a thousand step-by-step photographs bring smocking within reach of anyone who can thread a needle. This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It is bursting with hints, ideas and inspirational photographs. There is full advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. Interspersed throughout the book there are helpful hints for all the stitches and techniques, and beautiful photographs of smocked garments to inspire the reader to pick up a needle. A complete manual for the beginner through to the advanced smocker Over 1000 step by step photographs The most comprehensive smocking book available
Build A Bag: Occasion Bags  by Debbie Shore Build A Bag: Occasion Bags by Debbie Shore
£15.99
15 in stock
Book Description Create 15 stunning occasion bag designs using the two reusable plastic templates New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new series with a difference! The 15 occasion 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 bags 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; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie’s trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates. Table of Contents Introduction 6 Understanding the templates 8 Materials 12 Tools 14 Hardware 16 Techniques 17 Debbie’s top tips 24 Glossary 25 The Projects 26 Curved flap handbag 28 Round flap handbag 34 Scalloped flap handbag 38 Bow clutch 44 Curved flap clutch 48 Scalloped flap clutch 52 Zip clutch 56 Cosmetic bag 60 Fringed handbag 64 Patchwork clutch 68 Piped handbag 72 Slim clutch with scalloped flap 76 Triple pocket handbag 80 Chain strap clutch 84 Zipped purse 88 A little extra something 94 Index 96 About the Author About Debbie Shore Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com. Press The Sewing Directory Debbie Shore has released two new bag making books in a new series of books with Search Press the Build a Bag series. The first two books focus on Tote Bags and Occasion bags, each book containing instructions for 15 projects as well as tips on making your own variations of these designs. I hear that future books include backpacks and satchels. What differentiates these books from other bag making books is they both come with full size reusable plastic templates, so you can use them repeatedly without the wear and tear you normally get from paper patterns. They are thin plastic templates with slots for you to draw through to mark the shape of your bag, the flap or zip positioning. The templates are also transparent, so you can fussy cut your fabric. Each book has a handy plastic pocket inside the front cover to safely store your templates, so they dont get bent or damaged. Both books start with a guide to using the templates, to the tools and techniques you will need to make the bags (with step by step instructions and colour photos) and some tip tips from Debbie. The bags themselves range in size and complexity and include clutch bags, large totes and handbags. Some of them do look quite similar with just a detail like the bag flap changed but theres still several different styles and sizes contained in the books. The projects teach you different bag making techniques including adding zips, making pockets, sewing different shaped bag flaps, making piping, bag closures, making quilted bags, adding details like bows or applique etc. In her bag making tips Debbie lets the reader know which bag is the easiest one to start with. As with all her books the project instructions are easy to follow and have clear photos for every stage to help guide the reader. These books are ideal for those new to bag making and will help readers grow their bag making skills and confidence as they work through the projects. The plastic templates are a brilliant idea and a great bonus. I look forward to seeing the next books in this series. myshelf.com If you need a bag for a special occasion (or any occasion for that matter) you can make one quickly and simply with this book. Undo the elastic band on the cover - where you can also find a useful imperial/metric ruler and discover how inside On the inside of the front cover is a pocket containing two reusable plastic templates. With these you can make all fifteen bags in the book with not as much sewing know-how as you might think. The book opens by explaining how to use the templates before discussing fabric options and listing what you need to get started. This book would appeal to most levels of expertise but is particularly useful for anybody of improver level. That is, somebody who knows the very basics of sewing but would appreciate the glossary of terms and helpful section on techniques such as making fabric flowers, zipped pockets and straps. Each project has a large photograph of the finished item plus a list of what you need, section on how to use the templates and a good number of steps with photographs. All measurements are in imperial and metric and use is made of the attractive hardware options available now such as metal fasteners, handles, D-rings etc which lift a bag out of the homemade category and into the handmade one. Choose from handbags, purses and clutches with a variety of shaped flaps, pocket options and fancy details to cover all the occasions you can think of. Many make use of scraps left over from other projects, ideal for the greener crafter as well as anybody who hoards fabric and/or wants to make a bag to match an outfit they have made. This is a lovely book for the keeper shelf and my favorite to date from this talented author. The Collection 2018 New from Debbie Shore - the first book in her brand new Build a Bag series. Create 15 stunning occasion bag designs using just two reusable, templates (included with the book). The two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus simple to position with no need to pin. Debbie also gives clear advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.
Build A Bag: Tote Bags by Debbie Shore Build A Bag: Tote Bags by Debbie Shore
£15.99
11 in stock
Book Description Create 15 stunning tote bag designs using the two reusable plastic templates. New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new bag-making series with a difference! The 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 tote bags 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; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie’s trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates. Table of Contents Introduction 6 Understanding the templates 8 Materials 12 Tools 14 Techniques 16 Debbie’s top tips 26 Glossary 27 The Projects 28 Simple 30 Crafty 34 Curved flap 38 Knot 42 Patchwork 46 Piped 50 Patch pocket 54 Purse with flap 58 Purse with zip 62 Foldaway 66 Quilted 70 Beach bag 74 Drawstring bag 78 Double pocket 82 Bow 88 A little something extra 92 Index 96 About the Author About Debbie Shore Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com. Press The Sewing Directory Debbie Shore has released two new bag making books in a new series of books with Search Press the Build a Bag series. The first two books focus on Tote Bags and Occasion bags, each book containing instructions for 15 projects as well as tips on making your own variations of these designs. I hear that future books include backpacks and satchels. What differentiates these books from other bag making books is they both come with full size reusable plastic templates, so you can use them repeatedly without the wear and tear you normally get from paper patterns. They are thin plastic templates with slots for you to draw through to mark the shape of your bag, the flap or zip positioning. The templates are also transparent, so you can fussy cut your fabric. Each book has a handy plastic pocket inside the front cover to safely store your templates, so they dont get bent or damaged. Both books start with a guide to using the templates, to the tools and techniques you will need to make the bags (with step by step instructions and colour photos) and some tip tips from Debbie. The bags themselves range in size and complexity and include clutch bags, large totes and handbags. Some of them do look quite similar with just a detail like the bag flap changed but theres still several different styles and sizes contained in the books. The projects teach you different bag making techniques including adding zips, making pockets, sewing different shaped bag flaps, making piping, bag closures, making quilted bags, adding details like bows or applique etc. In her bag making tips Debbie lets the reader know which bag is the easiest one to start with. As with all her books the project instructions are easy to follow and have clear photos for every stage to help guide the reader. These books are ideal for those new to bag making and will help readers grow their bag making skills and confidence as they work through the projects. The plastic templates are a brilliant idea and a great bonus. I look forward to seeing the next books in this series. Postcard Reviews I always get excited when Debbie Shore brings out a new book. The 'Build A Bag' series is absolutely amazing. A brand new concept that is both original and simple, the 15 projects are stunning. The book and the reusable templates come in a folder and can be removed for easier usage. As always, the projects are beautifully presented and the instructions are simple to follow. the step by step instructions come in both a visual and written format, and with additional hints and tips they can be adapted and embellished to your own design. Each project has a coloured diagram to show what piece of template to use. For both a beginner and an advanced sewist, this is one book that will be forever loved. The bags as you would expect are amazing, and all are absolutely useful. I can imagine my friends are going to love them. They are a perfect gift idea. The only problem is knowing which to sew first!!
Complet Machine Embroidery Manual> Complet Machine Embroidery Manual>
£12.99
1 in stock
This book will get sewing machine users thinking about machine embroidery, using ready-made designs, in a whole new light. It provides everything you need to know, from the types and formats of embroidery design available, how to get them off the internet and into your machine, how to stabilize fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use these designs creatively for beautiful results. It will also help you make the most of the built-in embroidery stitches that most sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about! Also included is an invaluable quick reference section, with expert advice on troubleshooting some common problems, and a guide to what to look for if you are thinking of buying one of these fabulous machines.
Debbie Shores SEWING ROOM SECRETS Debbie Shores SEWING ROOM SECRETS
£9.99
9 in stock
Step into Debbie Shore’s sewing room, where she will share with you her expert tips, techniques and trade secrets for successful sewing. In this first book in her new Sewing Room Secrets series, Debbie Shore walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, revealing her top tips and providing in-depth and helpful guidance every step of the way. Starting by looking at sewing room essentials, Debbie then guides you around your sewing machine and explains all the tools and materials you might need, including wadding/batting, interfacing, fabrics and threads. There’s a handy troubleshooting section to reassure and guide you when you encounter problems. Debbie covers the key techniques you need to know, including inserting zips and piping, using shirring elastic, free-motion embroidery and appliqué. Debbie’s focus is on craft and home items, but she also includes some dressmaking and quilting tips for those looking to explore other areas. The ten beautiful projects help you learn the techniques as you progress through the book, beginning with a simple pincushion before moving on to a pillow cover, a tablet case, a drawstring bag, a sewing machine mat and more.
Half Yard Vintage Half Yard Vintage
£9.99
1 in stock
Sew 23 beautiful, vintage-style items that will bring a touch of elegance to your home and make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Create beautiful accessories including a lacy pillow cover, a bucket-style wash bag, a dressing table cover and cones for displaying posies of dried flowers; sew gorgeous projects perfect for an afternoon tea including a tea cosy, made-to-measure tray cover and a cake frill; and create accessories for a vintage Christmas with a stocking, advent calendar and wreath. Using half-yard pieces of fabric and Debbies friendly, easy-to-follow advice, vintage style has never looked better!
Hlaf Yard Kids - Debbie Shore Hlaf Yard Kids - Debbie Shore
£9.00
12 in stock
The latest title from sewing guru Debbie Shore has arrived and it’s her most fun yet! Packed with 20 colourful, inventive projects, it contains something for children of all ages. It contains a fold-away easel for a budding artist, a magnetic fishing game for an intrepid naturalist, and a colourful backpack for the young explorer. Why not make some spooky Halloween bunting to get ready for trick-or-treating, make a pirate cuddle pillow for a swashbuckling bedroom, or line up some funky monkey skittles for a game or two? The book contains all the guidance a beginner sewer will need containing useful tools and techniques sections at the beginning, and plenty of tips throughout while its fresh, exciting designs will also inspire experienced sewers.
How to Sew How to Sew
£7.99
Out of stock
How to Sew If you’ve always fancied taking up sewing but didn’t know where to start, this guide for the absolute beginner is for you. This simple-to-follow project-based book takes you through the basic techniques of this fun and creative craft. You’ll learn everything you need to get started, including how to do the necessary stitches, how to make seams and how to work with patterns and templates. Each skill is accompanied by a stylish project to make, including an apron, covered coat hanger and cushion. Susie Johns began her publishing career as a magazine and partworks editor before becoming a freelance writer and designer. She is the author of more than 30 craft books on a range of subjects including knitting, crochet, papier mâché and embroidery. Susie has also contributed to a number of magazines and has made several television appearances demonstrating various crafts. Susie is a qualified teacher and runs workshops in drawing and painting, knitting and crochet, embroidery, and 3D design. Read her blog at: www.susieatthecircus.typepad.com
Making Childrens Clothes - Emma Hardy Making Childrens Clothes - Emma Hardy
£12.99
Out of stock
Expert seamstress Emma Hardy explains how to make beautiful and unique clothes for your children with these 25 simple and practical designs. Make charming clothes for your children by combining a few easy-to-learn stitches with great fabrics and trims choose from the different projects, including party frocks and pinafore dresses, simple shirts and elasticated trousers, sleepwear, and accessories such as hats, bibs, bootees and aprons. There are clothes for young boys and girls, toddlers and babies, all with full-size paper patterns provided. Packed with useful tips and sewing techniques, Making Children’s Clothes is a comprehensive guide to creating fantastic items that any child will love to wear.
Making Luna Lapin> Making Luna Lapin>
£15.99
Out of stock
Making Luna Lapin Welcome to the charming world of Luna Lapin, a quiet and kind rabbit with impeccable taste. Follow Luna as she leaves her home in the meadow and heads to the big city to apply for a job at La Clairière magazine. Learn how to make Luna herself and then move on to create the fabulous clothes and accessories collection. Luna's brother Alfie, another immaculately dressed rabbit, also makes an appearance, helping Luna to celebrate her birthday in style. Choose from a collection of 20 patterns including a perfectly tailored wool coat, a matching tweed skirt and bag, a Liberty print dress and the perfect pair of soft brown, lace up boots.
Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses Pattern Making Templates for Skirts & Dresses
£12.99
1 in stock
Pattern Making Templates for Skirts and Dresses is the ultimate resource for demystifying the pattern making process. Packed with useful advice and practical instructions, this book is a must-have for anyone looking to create their own customised pattern templates for womens clothes. With its jargon-free text and easy-to-use downloadable blocks, this accessible title gives you all the expert information you need to perfectly adapt and fit each one to your body exactly. You will then learn how to transform your blocks into different pattern types, from pencil skirts to pinafores, and godet skirts to full-length gowns. Answering a whole host of common questions about making skirts and dresses, this title takes into account key priorities such as styling, fit, and functionality.
Sew Advent Calenders Sew Advent Calenders
£9.99
Out of stock
Count down to Christmas with Debbie Shore. Sew unique, personalised advent calendars for your loved ones, and fill them with their favourite festive treats and handpicked goodies that theyll really treasure. There are 20 designs included, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike, along with a treat-filled calendar for the family dog! The book contains all the techniques needed to make the calendars, and every project is shown clearly step-by-step, with helpful tips and advice throughout. Using Debbies friendly and easy-to-follow instructions, its time to get crafty and create a new festive family tradition! Table of Contents Introduction 6 Sewing Essentials 8 Sewing know-how 12 Adding treats 15 Counting down 16 The Calendars 18 Triangle Pockets 18 12 Days of Christmas 22 Christmas Cottages 26 25 Steps to Christmas 30 Felt Pyramids 34 Twig Pouches 36 Lace Pocket Calendar 40 Pleated Pockets 44 Calendar Girl 48 Snowman Calendar 52 Quick Cones 56 Calendar Cubes 60 Advent Bunting 62 Treat Bags 66 Four-week Calendar 70 Santa Express 74 Snowball Calendar 80 Promise Tree 84 Canine Calendar 88 Hanging Mittens 92 Templates 95 Index 96
Sew Cute Creatures Sew Cute Creatures
£10.99
1 in stock
Sew 12 cute and cuddly characters using this fun, colourful book. Choose from Pippa Puppy, Sally Seahorse and Patty Piglet to Miranda Mermaid and Peter Pirate - or make the whole set. Created in an adorable amigurumi style in a gorgeous range of colourful fabrics, these toys would make perfect collectibles as well as cuddly playmates. All the full-size templates are provided in the book, and the instructions are clearly illustrated and easy to follow. The projects are ideal for beginners and can be sewn by machine or by hand.
Sew Perfect Pets Sew Perfect Pets
£12.99
11 in stock
Want to show your love for animals in your sewing projects, but feel you need to sew more practical pieces for your home? Look no further than this gorgeous book by designer Helen Rhiannon! In Sew Practical Pets, 18 whimsical and imaginative animal-themed projects have been designed not only to add character and colour to your home, but also to serve as functional items that will last for years to come. From useful items such an owl doorstop, a snake draught excluder and a sheep hot water bottle cover through to an elephant tea cozy, fox pillow and doggy oven mitt, there is a cute and handy little creature for every room. For kids (and the child within us), Helen has also included beautiful cat and dog toys and an animal-shaped apron. Key techniques and basic materials are detailed at the beginning of the book, and all of the projects include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Templates for all the animals are provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book. For sewers of all abilities, bring a touch of playfulness and practicality to your home today with these fresh faux animals that you'll soon love as much as the real guys!
Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle
£12.99
1 in stock
Book: Sew Pretty Christmas Home-style • Simple instructions, colour photographs and illustrations accompany each project. Create quirky and cool projects for each room in your home! • Book from the Tilda Range
Sew Small 19 Little Bags Sew Small 19 Little Bags
£19.99
2 in stock
A place for everything and everything in its place - make bags to hold brushes, chargers, journaling supplies, money, flip-flops and more. Sew 19 simply embellished projects (with full-size patterns), including a card holder, coin purses, earbud holder, small wallets, pouches and organisers. These cute and useful bags are perfect for holding and organising all of your little things. Personalise the organisers with adorable embellishments and appliqués and use up your scraps, trims and other odds and ends in the process. Whip one up in an afternoon or bring your handwork with you - small pieces make these projects fun and easy to work on anywhere. Great to give as gifts or keep for yourself, these tiny bags will bring a smile to anyone's face. 'This is a fabulous glossy book with 19 projects to make. Sew Small has missed nothing out. It is easy to follow and each project can be done in a few hours or more.' Tracy Shepherd at Postcard Reviews '... I love making bags of various kinds... so when I saw this book, I thought I'd give it a go to see if it might have some different kinds of projects for me to make, and I wasn't disappointed!' https://janetgranger.wordpress.com 'The instructions have plenty of diagrams showing what to do and everything is laid out with double spacing giving it an airy, easy to read appearance.' www.myshelf.com
The Overlocker Technique Book The Overlocker Technique Book
£12.99
2 in stock
From hemming and seaming, to decorative stitching, get the best from your machine. For fast and professional edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you simply can’t beat a serging machine. This all-skill-level book is the perfect guide to make sure you get the most out of your new machine (or out of that old serger that you’ve never got the hang of!) Photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the essential techniques, showing you how to set up your machine, how to adjust the settings to get the best results on a range of different fabrics, and how to edge your fabrics quickly with perfect results. The troubleshooting section provides tips and quick fixes for skipped stitches, snapped threads, and uneven stitching. Also includes a buyer’s guide to different sergers, providing you with advice on finding the right machine for you.
Warm Fuzzies Betz White Warm Fuzzies Betz White
£9.99
3 in stock
Transform Cast-Off Sweaters into Sweet Felted Treats"Warm Fuzzies" is filled with more than 30 cute and colorful projects made from wool sweaters, including cozy pillows and throws as well as stylish hats, scarves and handbags. There's something to make for everybody, including all the beloved "little creatures" in your life. Your pup will look adorable in the Haute Dawg Doggie Sweater, and your favorite princess will adore the Teacup Jumper with the playful mouse finger puppet tucked in the pocket. There are plenty of projects for grown-ups, too, like the Rainbow Bag with rows of colorful waves and the Rustic Throw with reverse applique leaves. The best thing about these projects is how easy they are to make and there's no knitting involved! Simply throw old wool sweaters into the wash, then cut them apart to sew into felted goodies. Start with the sweet Cupcake Pincushions–they're so easy, and so very cute!" (less)

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For burgeoning dressmakers the almost endless array of fabrics is what both entices the would-be fashion designer and maker to dress handmade, but it is also what confuses and potentially intimidates the first time sewist when stepping into the haberdashery. Each chapter in this book focuses on a type of fabric and demystifies its properties, suitability and uses as well as providing all the instructions and pattern pieces needed to make a collection of universally appealing garments from that fabric type. Many of the garments contained in the book appear in the show, either as technical challenges designed and set for the contestants by the author Claire-Louise Hardie or as projects chosen and made by the contestants. The chapter on cotton explains the properties of this common fabric and gives a variety of designs including a classic sleeveless shell top, capri trousers, summer dress and beach shorts. This is followed by chapters on wool and natural fibres, knits and stretch fabrics and the luxury fabrics, including lace and sheers. As well as the core chapters and garment instructions, this book also includes all the information you need to get started with your sewing machine and understand both your equipment and the pattern pieces. Claire-Louise’s ultimate guide to fitting your own clothes will ensure a perfect fit and stunning results.
Book Description This how-to guide focuses on garment construction for smockers, with hints for creating heirlooms. Part of the bestselling A-Z series of specialist needlework books, this extensive how-to text focuses on garment construction for smocking enthusiasts and is the ideal companion to the AZ of Smocking. Presented in an easy to use style, this book is overflowing with hundreds of step-by-step photographs and invaluable hints for creating beautiful heirloom garments from blouses to bridesmaids' dresses. Table of Contents 4 General information 4 Equipment 9 Fabrics 16 Fabric requirements 17 Interfacings and linings 17 Machine sewing thread 18 Patterns 20 Transferring markings 21 Techniques 22 Binding 23 Blocking and shaping 28 Gathering 30 Heirloom sewing 37 Piping 39 Pleating 42 Pressing 42 Seams 48 Understitching 48 Topstitching 49 Construction 50 Assembling the garment 60 Armholes 63 Button bands 65 Collars 74 Fasteners 83 Hems 92 Inserts 94 Interfacings 95 Linings 96 Necklines 103 Plackets 107 Sashes, belts and cummerbunds 115 Sleeves 125 Your finished garment 126 Index Show More + About the Author About Country Bumpkin Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines. Press yarnsandfabrics.co.uk The A-Z series presents time and tested crafts that are beloved by many. This is a new edition. Turn your smocking into an heirloom. It's for people who already know how to smock, but want to know how to put a garment together. The book is aimed at the construction process of creating traditional garments, using clear step-by-step instructions with photographs. It contains techniques for piping, pleating, attaching lace, sashes and more but is not a how to smock book. There is a materials section, techniques and construction. The photographs are good and the instructions are professional
The A-Z of smocking is designed to reveal every secret and answer every question you have on this timeless art. Over a thousand step-by-step photographs bring smocking within reach of anyone who can thread a needle. This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It is bursting with hints, ideas and inspirational photographs. There is full advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. Interspersed throughout the book there are helpful hints for all the stitches and techniques, and beautiful photographs of smocked garments to inspire the reader to pick up a needle. A complete manual for the beginner through to the advanced smocker Over 1000 step by step photographs The most comprehensive smocking book available
Book Description Create 15 stunning occasion bag designs using the two reusable plastic templates New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new series with a difference! The 15 occasion 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 bags 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; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie’s trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates. Table of Contents Introduction 6 Understanding the templates 8 Materials 12 Tools 14 Hardware 16 Techniques 17 Debbie’s top tips 24 Glossary 25 The Projects 26 Curved flap handbag 28 Round flap handbag 34 Scalloped flap handbag 38 Bow clutch 44 Curved flap clutch 48 Scalloped flap clutch 52 Zip clutch 56 Cosmetic bag 60 Fringed handbag 64 Patchwork clutch 68 Piped handbag 72 Slim clutch with scalloped flap 76 Triple pocket handbag 80 Chain strap clutch 84 Zipped purse 88 A little extra something 94 Index 96 About the Author About Debbie Shore Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com. Press The Sewing Directory Debbie Shore has released two new bag making books in a new series of books with Search Press the Build a Bag series. The first two books focus on Tote Bags and Occasion bags, each book containing instructions for 15 projects as well as tips on making your own variations of these designs. I hear that future books include backpacks and satchels. What differentiates these books from other bag making books is they both come with full size reusable plastic templates, so you can use them repeatedly without the wear and tear you normally get from paper patterns. They are thin plastic templates with slots for you to draw through to mark the shape of your bag, the flap or zip positioning. The templates are also transparent, so you can fussy cut your fabric. Each book has a handy plastic pocket inside the front cover to safely store your templates, so they dont get bent or damaged. Both books start with a guide to using the templates, to the tools and techniques you will need to make the bags (with step by step instructions and colour photos) and some tip tips from Debbie. The bags themselves range in size and complexity and include clutch bags, large totes and handbags. Some of them do look quite similar with just a detail like the bag flap changed but theres still several different styles and sizes contained in the books. The projects teach you different bag making techniques including adding zips, making pockets, sewing different shaped bag flaps, making piping, bag closures, making quilted bags, adding details like bows or applique etc. In her bag making tips Debbie lets the reader know which bag is the easiest one to start with. As with all her books the project instructions are easy to follow and have clear photos for every stage to help guide the reader. These books are ideal for those new to bag making and will help readers grow their bag making skills and confidence as they work through the projects. The plastic templates are a brilliant idea and a great bonus. I look forward to seeing the next books in this series. myshelf.com If you need a bag for a special occasion (or any occasion for that matter) you can make one quickly and simply with this book. Undo the elastic band on the cover - where you can also find a useful imperial/metric ruler and discover how inside On the inside of the front cover is a pocket containing two reusable plastic templates. With these you can make all fifteen bags in the book with not as much sewing know-how as you might think. The book opens by explaining how to use the templates before discussing fabric options and listing what you need to get started. This book would appeal to most levels of expertise but is particularly useful for anybody of improver level. That is, somebody who knows the very basics of sewing but would appreciate the glossary of terms and helpful section on techniques such as making fabric flowers, zipped pockets and straps. Each project has a large photograph of the finished item plus a list of what you need, section on how to use the templates and a good number of steps with photographs. All measurements are in imperial and metric and use is made of the attractive hardware options available now such as metal fasteners, handles, D-rings etc which lift a bag out of the homemade category and into the handmade one. Choose from handbags, purses and clutches with a variety of shaped flaps, pocket options and fancy details to cover all the occasions you can think of. Many make use of scraps left over from other projects, ideal for the greener crafter as well as anybody who hoards fabric and/or wants to make a bag to match an outfit they have made. This is a lovely book for the keeper shelf and my favorite to date from this talented author. The Collection 2018 New from Debbie Shore - the first book in her brand new Build a Bag series. Create 15 stunning occasion bag designs using just two reusable, templates (included with the book). The two easy-to-use templates are durable, reusable, wipe-clean and perfect for fussy cutting, plus simple to position with no need to pin. Debbie also gives clear advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs.
Book Description Create 15 stunning tote bag designs using the two reusable plastic templates. New from Debbie Shore, this is a brand new bag-making series with a difference! The 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 tote bags 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; Debbie gives advice on how to adapt and create your own unique designs. Each project in the book is explained using Debbie’s trademark style and step-by-step photography, and there is also a comprehensive techniques section and a guide to using the templates. Table of Contents Introduction 6 Understanding the templates 8 Materials 12 Tools 14 Techniques 16 Debbie’s top tips 26 Glossary 27 The Projects 28 Simple 30 Crafty 34 Curved flap 38 Knot 42 Patchwork 46 Piped 50 Patch pocket 54 Purse with flap 58 Purse with zip 62 Foldaway 66 Quilted 70 Beach bag 74 Drawstring bag 78 Double pocket 82 Bow 88 A little something extra 92 Index 96 About the Author About Debbie Shore Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. She is now a bestselling author and has written 12 books for Search Press, with several more underway. Debbie was voted Sewing Designer of the Year in the Immediate Media British Craft Awards 2017. She lives in Lincolnshire. Visit her website www.debbieshoresewing.com. Press The Sewing Directory Debbie Shore has released two new bag making books in a new series of books with Search Press the Build a Bag series. The first two books focus on Tote Bags and Occasion bags, each book containing instructions for 15 projects as well as tips on making your own variations of these designs. I hear that future books include backpacks and satchels. What differentiates these books from other bag making books is they both come with full size reusable plastic templates, so you can use them repeatedly without the wear and tear you normally get from paper patterns. They are thin plastic templates with slots for you to draw through to mark the shape of your bag, the flap or zip positioning. The templates are also transparent, so you can fussy cut your fabric. Each book has a handy plastic pocket inside the front cover to safely store your templates, so they dont get bent or damaged. Both books start with a guide to using the templates, to the tools and techniques you will need to make the bags (with step by step instructions and colour photos) and some tip tips from Debbie. The bags themselves range in size and complexity and include clutch bags, large totes and handbags. Some of them do look quite similar with just a detail like the bag flap changed but theres still several different styles and sizes contained in the books. The projects teach you different bag making techniques including adding zips, making pockets, sewing different shaped bag flaps, making piping, bag closures, making quilted bags, adding details like bows or applique etc. In her bag making tips Debbie lets the reader know which bag is the easiest one to start with. As with all her books the project instructions are easy to follow and have clear photos for every stage to help guide the reader. These books are ideal for those new to bag making and will help readers grow their bag making skills and confidence as they work through the projects. The plastic templates are a brilliant idea and a great bonus. I look forward to seeing the next books in this series. Postcard Reviews I always get excited when Debbie Shore brings out a new book. The 'Build A Bag' series is absolutely amazing. A brand new concept that is both original and simple, the 15 projects are stunning. The book and the reusable templates come in a folder and can be removed for easier usage. As always, the projects are beautifully presented and the instructions are simple to follow. the step by step instructions come in both a visual and written format, and with additional hints and tips they can be adapted and embellished to your own design. Each project has a coloured diagram to show what piece of template to use. For both a beginner and an advanced sewist, this is one book that will be forever loved. The bags as you would expect are amazing, and all are absolutely useful. I can imagine my friends are going to love them. They are a perfect gift idea. The only problem is knowing which to sew first!!
This book will get sewing machine users thinking about machine embroidery, using ready-made designs, in a whole new light. It provides everything you need to know, from the types and formats of embroidery design available, how to get them off the internet and into your machine, how to stabilize fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use these designs creatively for beautiful results. It will also help you make the most of the built-in embroidery stitches that most sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about! Also included is an invaluable quick reference section, with expert advice on troubleshooting some common problems, and a guide to what to look for if you are thinking of buying one of these fabulous machines.
Step into Debbie Shore’s sewing room, where she will share with you her expert tips, techniques and trade secrets for successful sewing. In this first book in her new Sewing Room Secrets series, Debbie Shore walks you through every aspect of machine sewing, revealing her top tips and providing in-depth and helpful guidance every step of the way. Starting by looking at sewing room essentials, Debbie then guides you around your sewing machine and explains all the tools and materials you might need, including wadding/batting, interfacing, fabrics and threads. There’s a handy troubleshooting section to reassure and guide you when you encounter problems. Debbie covers the key techniques you need to know, including inserting zips and piping, using shirring elastic, free-motion embroidery and appliqué. Debbie’s focus is on craft and home items, but she also includes some dressmaking and quilting tips for those looking to explore other areas. The ten beautiful projects help you learn the techniques as you progress through the book, beginning with a simple pincushion before moving on to a pillow cover, a tablet case, a drawstring bag, a sewing machine mat and more.
Sew 23 beautiful, vintage-style items that will bring a touch of elegance to your home and make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Create beautiful accessories including a lacy pillow cover, a bucket-style wash bag, a dressing table cover and cones for displaying posies of dried flowers; sew gorgeous projects perfect for an afternoon tea including a tea cosy, made-to-measure tray cover and a cake frill; and create accessories for a vintage Christmas with a stocking, advent calendar and wreath. Using half-yard pieces of fabric and Debbies friendly, easy-to-follow advice, vintage style has never looked better!
The latest title from sewing guru Debbie Shore has arrived and it’s her most fun yet! Packed with 20 colourful, inventive projects, it contains something for children of all ages. It contains a fold-away easel for a budding artist, a magnetic fishing game for an intrepid naturalist, and a colourful backpack for the young explorer. Why not make some spooky Halloween bunting to get ready for trick-or-treating, make a pirate cuddle pillow for a swashbuckling bedroom, or line up some funky monkey skittles for a game or two? The book contains all the guidance a beginner sewer will need containing useful tools and techniques sections at the beginning, and plenty of tips throughout while its fresh, exciting designs will also inspire experienced sewers.
How to Sew If you’ve always fancied taking up sewing but didn’t know where to start, this guide for the absolute beginner is for you. This simple-to-follow project-based book takes you through the basic techniques of this fun and creative craft. You’ll learn everything you need to get started, including how to do the necessary stitches, how to make seams and how to work with patterns and templates. Each skill is accompanied by a stylish project to make, including an apron, covered coat hanger and cushion. Susie Johns began her publishing career as a magazine and partworks editor before becoming a freelance writer and designer. She is the author of more than 30 craft books on a range of subjects including knitting, crochet, papier mâché and embroidery. Susie has also contributed to a number of magazines and has made several television appearances demonstrating various crafts. Susie is a qualified teacher and runs workshops in drawing and painting, knitting and crochet, embroidery, and 3D design. Read her blog at: www.susieatthecircus.typepad.com
Expert seamstress Emma Hardy explains how to make beautiful and unique clothes for your children with these 25 simple and practical designs. Make charming clothes for your children by combining a few easy-to-learn stitches with great fabrics and trims choose from the different projects, including party frocks and pinafore dresses, simple shirts and elasticated trousers, sleepwear, and accessories such as hats, bibs, bootees and aprons. There are clothes for young boys and girls, toddlers and babies, all with full-size paper patterns provided. Packed with useful tips and sewing techniques, Making Children’s Clothes is a comprehensive guide to creating fantastic items that any child will love to wear.
Making Luna Lapin Welcome to the charming world of Luna Lapin, a quiet and kind rabbit with impeccable taste. Follow Luna as she leaves her home in the meadow and heads to the big city to apply for a job at La Clairière magazine. Learn how to make Luna herself and then move on to create the fabulous clothes and accessories collection. Luna's brother Alfie, another immaculately dressed rabbit, also makes an appearance, helping Luna to celebrate her birthday in style. Choose from a collection of 20 patterns including a perfectly tailored wool coat, a matching tweed skirt and bag, a Liberty print dress and the perfect pair of soft brown, lace up boots.
Pattern Making Templates for Skirts and Dresses is the ultimate resource for demystifying the pattern making process. Packed with useful advice and practical instructions, this book is a must-have for anyone looking to create their own customised pattern templates for womens clothes. With its jargon-free text and easy-to-use downloadable blocks, this accessible title gives you all the expert information you need to perfectly adapt and fit each one to your body exactly. You will then learn how to transform your blocks into different pattern types, from pencil skirts to pinafores, and godet skirts to full-length gowns. Answering a whole host of common questions about making skirts and dresses, this title takes into account key priorities such as styling, fit, and functionality.
Count down to Christmas with Debbie Shore. Sew unique, personalised advent calendars for your loved ones, and fill them with their favourite festive treats and handpicked goodies that theyll really treasure. There are 20 designs included, from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, for both adults and children alike, along with a treat-filled calendar for the family dog! The book contains all the techniques needed to make the calendars, and every project is shown clearly step-by-step, with helpful tips and advice throughout. Using Debbies friendly and easy-to-follow instructions, its time to get crafty and create a new festive family tradition! Table of Contents Introduction 6 Sewing Essentials 8 Sewing know-how 12 Adding treats 15 Counting down 16 The Calendars 18 Triangle Pockets 18 12 Days of Christmas 22 Christmas Cottages 26 25 Steps to Christmas 30 Felt Pyramids 34 Twig Pouches 36 Lace Pocket Calendar 40 Pleated Pockets 44 Calendar Girl 48 Snowman Calendar 52 Quick Cones 56 Calendar Cubes 60 Advent Bunting 62 Treat Bags 66 Four-week Calendar 70 Santa Express 74 Snowball Calendar 80 Promise Tree 84 Canine Calendar 88 Hanging Mittens 92 Templates 95 Index 96
Sew 12 cute and cuddly characters using this fun, colourful book. Choose from Pippa Puppy, Sally Seahorse and Patty Piglet to Miranda Mermaid and Peter Pirate - or make the whole set. Created in an adorable amigurumi style in a gorgeous range of colourful fabrics, these toys would make perfect collectibles as well as cuddly playmates. All the full-size templates are provided in the book, and the instructions are clearly illustrated and easy to follow. The projects are ideal for beginners and can be sewn by machine or by hand.
Want to show your love for animals in your sewing projects, but feel you need to sew more practical pieces for your home? Look no further than this gorgeous book by designer Helen Rhiannon! In Sew Practical Pets, 18 whimsical and imaginative animal-themed projects have been designed not only to add character and colour to your home, but also to serve as functional items that will last for years to come. From useful items such an owl doorstop, a snake draught excluder and a sheep hot water bottle cover through to an elephant tea cozy, fox pillow and doggy oven mitt, there is a cute and handy little creature for every room. For kids (and the child within us), Helen has also included beautiful cat and dog toys and an animal-shaped apron. Key techniques and basic materials are detailed at the beginning of the book, and all of the projects include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Templates for all the animals are provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book. For sewers of all abilities, bring a touch of playfulness and practicality to your home today with these fresh faux animals that you'll soon love as much as the real guys!
Book: Sew Pretty Christmas Home-style • Simple instructions, colour photographs and illustrations accompany each project. Create quirky and cool projects for each room in your home! • Book from the Tilda Range
A place for everything and everything in its place - make bags to hold brushes, chargers, journaling supplies, money, flip-flops and more. Sew 19 simply embellished projects (with full-size patterns), including a card holder, coin purses, earbud holder, small wallets, pouches and organisers. These cute and useful bags are perfect for holding and organising all of your little things. Personalise the organisers with adorable embellishments and appliqués and use up your scraps, trims and other odds and ends in the process. Whip one up in an afternoon or bring your handwork with you - small pieces make these projects fun and easy to work on anywhere. Great to give as gifts or keep for yourself, these tiny bags will bring a smile to anyone's face. 'This is a fabulous glossy book with 19 projects to make. Sew Small has missed nothing out. It is easy to follow and each project can be done in a few hours or more.' Tracy Shepherd at Postcard Reviews '... I love making bags of various kinds... so when I saw this book, I thought I'd give it a go to see if it might have some different kinds of projects for me to make, and I wasn't disappointed!' https://janetgranger.wordpress.com 'The instructions have plenty of diagrams showing what to do and everything is laid out with double spacing giving it an airy, easy to read appearance.' www.myshelf.com
From hemming and seaming, to decorative stitching, get the best from your machine. For fast and professional edging, hemming, seaming, and decorative stitching, you simply can’t beat a serging machine. This all-skill-level book is the perfect guide to make sure you get the most out of your new machine (or out of that old serger that you’ve never got the hang of!) Photographs and step-by-step instructions guide you through the essential techniques, showing you how to set up your machine, how to adjust the settings to get the best results on a range of different fabrics, and how to edge your fabrics quickly with perfect results. The troubleshooting section provides tips and quick fixes for skipped stitches, snapped threads, and uneven stitching. Also includes a buyer’s guide to different sergers, providing you with advice on finding the right machine for you.
Transform Cast-Off Sweaters into Sweet Felted Treats"Warm Fuzzies" is filled with more than 30 cute and colorful projects made from wool sweaters, including cozy pillows and throws as well as stylish hats, scarves and handbags. There's something to make for everybody, including all the beloved "little creatures" in your life. Your pup will look adorable in the Haute Dawg Doggie Sweater, and your favorite princess will adore the Teacup Jumper with the playful mouse finger puppet tucked in the pocket. There are plenty of projects for grown-ups, too, like the Rainbow Bag with rows of colorful waves and the Rustic Throw with reverse applique leaves. The best thing about these projects is how easy they are to make and there's no knitting involved! Simply throw old wool sweaters into the wash, then cut them apart to sew into felted goodies. Start with the sweet Cupcake Pincushions–they're so easy, and so very cute!" (less)