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Let expert sewer Nancy Zieman teach you how to sew, serge and fit patterns confidently with this comprehensive collection of books. Inside, you'll find: Three complete books--Sew with Confidence, Serge with Confidence and Pattern Fitting with Confidence Inspirational projects to sew and serge Straightforward illustrations and clear instructions
Join renowned Australian designer Lynette Anderson in a magical place where the flowers are always blooming, the bees are always buzzing, and the charms of a country cottage are just a few stitches away! Playful patchwork, applique, and embroidery transform simple projects into fanciful pieces to use, display, and cherish. Zoom in for Lynette's enchanting details: tiny prairie points, mini appliqued hearts, and petite embroidered flowers delight at every turn. Create small quilts, pillows, and pouches, plus a journal cover, pencil case, sewing caddy, and framed delights. Lynette's hand-drawn watercolors round out this dreamy book, chock-full of ways to enjoy every stitch.
Bring your cosplay dreams to life with your own two hands! The Best Cosplay Tutorial Guide Ever! Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. You can do it no matter what your experience level with this, the first full step-by-step technique book on cosplay--with no sewing! Internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (a.k.a. Svetlana Quindt) shows you how to easily create elaborate costumes and successful props out of items available at your local arts and craft or hardware stores: turn foam into a realistic axe, create a breastplate from scratch and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You will even learn the best and most accessible techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla! Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills you need to bring all your favorite characters to life no matter the genre, Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Tutorials cover design planning, fabricating body armor, 3D painting techniques and more. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in all future fandom projects spanning video games, books, anime, movies and even your own original characters! Includes: How to choose a costume and find good reference art A short shopping list of necessary materials and tools for beginning cosplayers Basic safety tips A beautiful photo gallery featuring inspiring images from other cosplayers Next steps--how to grow your workshop, take professional photos, participate in contests and join the cosplay community
What better way to celebrate and appreciate the natural beauty of flowers than to recreate it into glorious felt that can be adorned, worn or used as decorative embellishments? Gillian Harris, bestselling author of Complete Feltmaking and Carnival of Felting, invites you to learn the fundamentals of felting while making bright and colourful blooms. Flowers in an array of colours from near and far are included, from simple white daisies and lilies, cheery yellow daffodils, sunflowers and primroses, to striking red roses, tulips and poppies. If you prefer something more dramatic, there are vibrant pink cherry blossoms, fuchsia, carnations, rich purple irises, pansies and passionflowers. With little more than a selection of wholesome Merino wooltops, you'll soon become adept at fashioning realistic looking petals resplendent with delicate details, as well as crafting stems, seedpods and leaves to give your felt flowers a fantastic finishing touch. Felting Fabulous Flowers contains all the simple tips, tricks and easy techniques you need to create impressive, vibrantly coloured decorations to be proud of in just a matter of hours. Word count: 15,000
Nobody does a handmade Christmas like Mandy Shaw! Learn how to decorate your home with unique and personal touches with this gorgeous collection of sewing patterns from the Queen of Christmas Craft. Featuring Mandy's signature Redwork designs and cute folk-inspired characters, this charming book brings Mandy's best-loved Christmas projects together into one volume. With inspiring lifestyle photography, step-by-step instructions and full-size templates, you'll learn to sew wreaths, garlands, pennants, hanging decorations and more, and bring some of Mandy's sparkle to your own magical Christmas.
Discover a fresh take on a traditional craft in this ultimate introduction to the art of punch needling. Giving this forgotten craft a modern twist is author Arounna Khounnoraj (aka Bookhou). One of Canada's most sought after mentors and creatives, she has caused a social media storm with her beautiful images and videos featuring her modern interpretation of this craft. In Punch Needle Workshop she shows you how to create your own floral and abstract designs, teaches the basic stitches and guides you in mastering punch needling through a stylish collection of 20 homeware and accessory projects. It won't take long to ace, as this is one of the most straightforward crafts to pick up - all you need is your hands, a ball of yarn, some fabric and a punch needle. Discover how to create stunning cushions, wall art, bags, a blanket and an impressive rug with the help of illustrated step-by-steps, pattern charts and inspirational project photography. Each piece highlights Arounna's beautiful botanical and abstract pattern work, sense of colour and combination of stitches, which bring this age-old technique bang up to date. Arounna also shows you how to develop and translate your own designs into beautiful pieces to feature around your home. So once you have mastered the basics, you can begin to design your own creations... the possibilities are endless.
An acclaimed rawhide braider of horse gear, Luis Ortega elevated his craft to collectible art and influenced a generation of gear makers. This book is the most comprehensive overview of his life, art, and career and the first book-length work on rawhide braiding in North America, charting changes in horse gear over five decades.Chuck Stormes and Don Reeves introduce readers to an itinerant cowboy who strove for a level of craftsmanship and artistry above what the market expected - and to be the best in his field. Although grounded in the Spanish vaquero tradition, Ortega's work was shaped by his quest for excellence and an intuitive sense of how to fashion humble items into objects of lasting beauty. Ever a private man, he viewed his craft as a calling yet rarely sought attention even after his reputation was established. More than a biography, the book is a richly illustrated overview of this expert braider's art. Some 100 illustrations, 70 in color, offer close-ups of Ortega's work that depict the intricacy of his reins, quirts, and other pieces. From eight-strand reatas to figure-eight hobbles, the beauty, functionality, and painstaking care of his output shine through in every piece. This elegant volume allows readers to better understand the Hispanic foundations of the American cowboy as it portrays the work of a man recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Master Traditional Artist. It will stand as a definitive work on Ortega and a tribute to his craft.
In a survey taken primarily from literary sources, this volume reveals the essential link between the human spirit and the art of connecting threads. Whether looking at stories about clothing made in the Garden of Eden, a mediaeval manuscript, or modern fiction and poetry, the author traces the importance to humankind of a craft that has never ceased since it began thousands of years ago. The author's conception of threadwork throughout is generic, including all kinds of work done with thread, yarn or fibre. In the author's view, threadwork becomes more than a garment, a rug, or a tapestry on the wall. It is often a bond shared with contemporaries and with ancestors, a links between humans and cultural beliefs, even a tie between humankind and the Divine. This age-old association of interwoven fibres and humanity is found today in a metaphor that is used to convey the concept of shared traditions, values and beliefs - the fabric of society. A rip in the fabric can be alarming; mending it is necessary to avert instability and even chaos. The volume discusses work such as: stories from biblical traditions; Greek and Roman myths; Piers Plowman ; the Bayeux Tapestry and other mediaeval textile evidence; French manuscripts; selections of poetry by English writers such as Robert Burns and William Blake; and novels by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton, D.H. Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Mary Boykin Chesnut, Edith Wharton, Margaret Mitchell and Alice Walker.