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Needlework & fabric crafts

See below for a selection of the latest books from Needlework & fabric crafts category. Presented with a red border are the Needlework & fabric crafts books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Needlework & fabric crafts books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Girls Style Book

Girls Style Book

Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2020

Sew cute and original clothes for your little girl with this stylish sewing book. Popular Japanese author and designer Yoshiko Tsukiori brings unique new designs and style to the do-it-yourself sewist that make it easy to create the kind of clothes little girls adore. Japanese Sewing book Girls Style Book (in English) offers 24 full-sized patterns in five sizes for some of the cutest dresses, tops, outfits and accessories for girls from ages 4-10. Already loved by aficionados of Japanese fashion, this book has something for every girl's taste: relaxed, comfortable clothes that are as fun to wear as they are to look at. Projects include a wide variety of DIY-sewing dresses, tops and pants. Balloon-skirted dress with matching mini-bag Classic pinafore jumper with matching bolero jacket Pretty A-line tunic with matching pants Straight and simple sundress Summery camisole top with matching pants and hat The patterns can be adjusted to suit your little girl's shape and size. Clear, concise diagrams and instructions make these children's clothes so easy to sew, the hardest part will be deciding what to make first! There's nothing quite like dressing your little girl in clothes she adores--made with love, made by you.

Joyful Mending

Joyful Mending

Author: Noriko Misumi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Joyful Mending shows you how to fix old items of clothing, linens and household objects by turning tears and flaws into beautiful features. Simply by applying a few easy sewing, darning, felting, or crocheting techniques, as well as some sashiko and other favorite embroidery stitches, you can repair your favorite pieces in a transformative way. These techniques don't just save you money, but make your life more joyful, fulfilling and sustainable in an age of disposable fast fashion. Author Noriko Misumi teaches you her philosophy of mending and reusing items based on the age-old Japanese concepts of mindfulness and Wabi Sabi (an appreciation of old and imperfect things). In her book, she shows you how to: Repair any kind of fabric that is torn, ripped or stained-whether knitted or woven Work with damaged flat or curved surfaces to make them aesthetically pleasing again Create repairs that blend in, as well as bold or whimsical visible repairs Darn your handmade or expensive gloves, sweaters and socks to make them look great again The joy to be found in working with your hands and the personal artistry you discover within yourself lie at the heart of this book. While nothing lasts forever, there's pleasure, as well as purpose, in appreciating age and imperfection. Joyful Mending allows you to surround yourself with the things that truly give you joy, whether they were given to you by a loved one, picked up in your travels or simply have a special place in your heart.

Caticorn Crafts

Caticorn Crafts

Author: Crystal Allen Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/01/2020

Get ready for a whole lot of fun with purr-fectly meowgical caticorn crafts! What's better than a sweet fluffy kitten? A sweet fluffy kitten with a unicorn horn! From the creator of the website Hello Creative Family comes the ultimate book of caticorn crafts. Projects include: *Smitten Kitten Caticorn Ombre Picture Frames *Cotton Candy Caticorn Bath Bombs *Better Than A Ball of Yarn Rainbow Pom-Pom Pencil Toppers *Sleepy Kitty No-Sew Sleep Masks *Meow-gical Unikitty Flair Pins *And much more! With material lists, templates, step-by-step photos, and easy-to-follow instructions (along with a whole bunch of glitter, rainbows, and cat puns), this book is filled with magical projects that crafters of all ages and experience levels will enjoy! It's guaranteed to provide hours of enchanted fun. Keep your caticorn crafts for yourself or give them as handmade gifts to brighten someone's day! What are you waiting for? Let's get crafting!

Needle Felting for Beginners

Needle Felting for Beginners

Author: Roz Dace, Judy Balchin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2020

Learn from experienced crafters Roz Dace and Judy Balchin how to master the art of needle felting. Perfect for beginners, this fun, felty book teaches a different technique in each project. The authors take you on a journey, building up your skills from basic needle felting to confidently using armatures. They share their secrets with you and teach you how to capture expression and character in faces, as well as how to create realistic figures or more exaggerated caricatures. You can sculpt miniature teacup worlds, endangered and garden animals and even your friends and family - it's all covered. With twelve varied projects to get stuck into, you just need to choose where to start. Beginners will love this much-needed guide to a fascinating craft.

How to Make Cloth Dolls

How to Make Cloth Dolls

Author: Jan Horrox Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

Containing 6 wonderful step-by-step projects and ideas for many more, this highly practical guide is aimed at those who are new to doll making, as well as more experienced needlecrafters. It contains the best of Jan Horrox's previous titles: Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls and Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls. Jan's beautiful dolls are exquisitely made, yet by breaking the process down into easy-to-follow steps, they become surprisingly easy to achieve. Full of character and life, Jan's dolls are made using a wide range of colourful fabrics, trims, ribbons and buttons and are ideal for using up scraps and oddments of materials. There are clear, step-by-step instructions for making hands and feet, making hair, and needlesculpting and painting the exquisite faces to really bring the dolls to life. There are also instructions for making webbed fingers and delicate fairy wings as well as a mermaid's tail. Full-size templates for all the body pieces are supplied at the back of the book. With 6 projects to choose from, including fairies, wood nymphs, mermaids, witches and a steampunk doll, this book provides all the means and inspiration you need to make your own gorgeous dolls.

Machine Embroidered Art

Machine Embroidered Art

Author: Alison Holt Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

This is a must-have instructional and inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery. Drawing on new material, as well as that previously published as The Beginner's Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers, The Beginner's Guide to Machine Embroidered Landscapes, Machine Embroidered Seascapes and Machine Embroidered Woodlands, this book provides a showcase of Alison Holt's exquisite machine embroideries. Learn how to create beautiful machine-embroidered pictures of all aspects of the landscape, from formal gardens and flowers to romantic seascapes, landscapes and woodlands using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. Information on silk painting and colour mixing is also included. All the techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions, with numerous helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results. This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; achieving perspective; light and shade; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. There are stunning step-by-step projects so that the reader can put into practise his or her newly-acquired skills.

Take Two Fat Quarters: Gifts

Take Two Fat Quarters: Gifts

Author: Wendy Gardiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2020

Who knew just two fat quarters can be used in so many ways? For the birthday that's on the way, or a festive holiday that needs more sparkle, conquer that pile of odd fat quarters you've stashed away and make 16 fun gifts for your loved ones - from children's clothes and toys, to bags and make-up pouches. Start off with an easy-to-follow crash-course on the essential techniques you'll need - from adding a zip and bias binding to creating patchwork. Then, jump straight into your stash and get stitching! Each project includes inspiring photography, instructive hand-drawn illustrations and heaps of handy hints and tips from popular best-selling sewing expert, Wendy Gardiner. Ideal for sewists of all abilities, this is the ultimate, affordable stash-busting project book that will get you making practical, colourful items too.

Needle Felting - A Complete Course

Needle Felting - A Complete Course

Author: Lori Rea Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2020

The Ultimate Thread Guide

The Ultimate Thread Guide

Author: Becky Goldsmith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2020

Always choose the right thread! This amazing reference guide features a handy thread use key (organised by thread manufacturer) that shows the most common uses for each and every thread, helping you determine which one is right for your project. Plus, get the inside scoop on thread types and fibres, thread weight, choosing the correct sewing machine needle, and how thread is made.

kraft-tex Creations

kraft-tex Creations

Author: Lindsay Conner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2020

Print, paint, stamp, and stitch... it's never been so fun to design as it is with kraft-tex! Discover the incredibly durable paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews just like fabric. Modern designers share twelve clever kraft-tex projects plus six bonus ideas, from bags and wallets to coasters and embroidered bracelets. Whether or not they've used kraft-tex before, mixed-media artists and craft sewists will love its creative versatility.

Natural Dyes

Natural Dyes

Author: Linda Rudkin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2020

This book is part of the popular Textile Handbook series and is a complete how-to-do-it guide to obtaining a wide range of colours from natural dyes. It is suitable for the beginner as well as for the more experienced textile artist. The dyeing can be done in the home or the classroom with plants from the garden or bought in a local store. It is a comparatively cheap process that will also satisfy the craft person's desire to use 'green' methods in their work. Most books on natural dyes only deal with wool for weaving. This book will also cover yarns for embroidery. The book will be filled with step-by-step sequences, useful tips and the author's own work to show the amazing variety of colours that can be achieved by using natural materials. All in all, this is a comprehensive guide to using natural dyes that will also be an inspiration to all who want to explore the use of these dyes in imaginative ways.

Stitch, Fibre, Metal & Mixed Media

Stitch, Fibre, Metal & Mixed Media

Author: Alysn Midgelow-Marsden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2020

Alysn Midgelow-Marsden shows how to use both textile-based and mixed media techniques to create beautiful artworks using metal in the form of shim, foil and woven fabric alongside many other materials. She shares her expertise in an inspiring variety of techniques from free machine stitching to gilding, embossing, needle felting, beading, printing, applique, making stitched foil fabric and using dry decal transfer images. There are seven beautiful projects to inspire and instruct textile artists everywhere, including a lampshade, bauble pods, decorative panels and a tablet cover. Artists can take inspiration from the individual surfaces that make up the pieces, the completed projects, and from the developments from each project, which have full, instructive captions. This is an invaluable resource for textile artists looking for new and beautiful ideas. This book was previously published as part of the Textile Artist series.