We encourage you to check out all of these fabulous prizes and don’t forget to put a few on your own holiday wish list!
By Katherine Bell
(STC CRAFT, $19.99, ISBN: 1-58479-804-1)
From the Publisher:As crafters of all ages take to their sewing machines in unprecedented numbers, many of them join a movement to distribute hope and warmth to those in need through quilting. These are volunteers who have inherited a tradition of comfort and protest, and a belief that they can make the world a better place one stitich at a time.Quilting for Peace, the follow-up to STC’s Knitting for Peace, profiles these quilters in more than 25 essays about individuals and organizations devoted to making quilts and other necessities for the needy. The efforts range from Newborns in Need, a group that makes clothing for premature babies at nearby hospitals; to Quilts of Valor, which makes quilts to honor wounded soldiers; to the Sleeping Bag Project, which distributes 100,000 homemade sleeping bags to the homeless every year. This timely book also includes 15 projects and guidelines for quilters who want to contribute to an existing effort or establish a new one.
By Sarah Neuburger
(Chronicle Books, $8.95, ISBN: 9780811869638
From the Publisher:The Small Object Sticky Notes — Make mischief out of the daily grind.8 sticky notepads (25 sheets each)
By Sarah Neuburger
(Chronicle Books, $10.95, ISBN 9780811869621, ISBN10 0811869628)
From the Publisher:The Small Object Labels and Stickers — Create monogrammed stationery, custom bookplates, personalized craft and project labels, and unique gift packaging.
By Suzuko Koseki
(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-649-9)
From the Publisher:The tradition of patchwork and quilted items goes back hundreds of years and most often conveys a sense of warmth and comfort. While the bold and bright designs in this book are meant for the modern crafter, that inherent sense of warmth is still expressed in these unique and stunning projects. Created in the distinctive Japanese craft style—and published in English for the first time—the projects in this book offer a look that is minimal, yet vibrant and full of life.Explore the techniques of patchwork sewing, appliqué, and machine quilting through thirty-five simple and stunning projects. With beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, the pouches and handbags, quilts and pillowcases, tissue cases and pot holders are perfect projects for beginner and intermediate sewers.
Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of warmth and patchwork style to your life.
By Joanne Seiff
(Wiley, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-42679-1)
From the Publisher:Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions.Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you “green-up” your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You’ll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you’ll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don’t sacrifice style for sustainability.
- 20 projects for environmentally conscious knitting
- Full exploration of green knitting product options
- From the author of Fiber Gathering
From vegan options to eco-diversity, Knit Green gives you the tools you need to green-up not only your knitting, but your whole life!
By Lisa Congdon
(Chronicle Books, $14.95, ISBN: 9780811867634, ISBN: 10 0811867633)
From the Publisher:20 cards (4 designs, 5 each), 20 envelopes (1 design), color illustrations
By Lisa Congdon
(Chronicle Books, $9.95, ISBN: ISBN 9780811867627, ISBN: 10 0811867625)
From the Publisher:Birch Forest Flexi Journal — As subtle and colorful as an autumn walk in the woods, this journal features a wrap-around landscape painting by Lisa Congdon
By Alicia Paulson
(Potter Craft, $22.95, ISBN: 978-0-307-40626-2 (0-307-40626-1))
From the Publisher:In Stitched in Time Alicia Paulson shares 30 beautiful, inventive, and thoughtful projects that encourage you to take your memories down from the bookshelf, out of the closet, or off the hard drive and bring them into your daily life. Creator of a charming line of handmade gifts and accessories called Posie: Rosy Little Things, Paulson organizes these adorable handmade mementos—each one incorporating unique elements such as photos, drawings, and other ephemera—into three sections: For the Little Ones, For Every Day, and For Special Occasions. Many projects are easy enough for the beginning sewer to complete, and Paulson explains all the necessary techniques, from hand- and machine-sewing to embroidery, appliqué, stenciling, and transferring photos to fabric.In as little as a weekend anyone can create a keepsake for the ages that will be enjoyed every day—whether it’s a quilt made from outgrown baby clothes, an apron featuring a favorite family recipe, a tote bag documenting a treasured vacation, or a stuffed animal fashioned from a child’s drawing. With love incorporated into every stitch, these sweet projects each evoke the feeling of a special time and place, and are so much more than just a commemoration of events. Whether you want to remember your family summers at the beach or a daughter’s first apartment, a perfect gift for a loved one or a memento to keep all to yourself is just stitches away.
By Linda Permann
(Potter Craft, $24.95, ISBN: 978-0-307-45196-5 (0-307-45196-8))
From the Publisher:Does last season’s skirt need a little more flash? Want to breathe new life into your favorite tee? If you love crochet and quick, gratifying projects, Linda Permann will show you how to turn your old duds into a new wardrobe with yarn, a hook, and inspired ideas! By adding trims, embellishments and lace–or even changing the design of a garment–with simple crochet stitches, you can give your clothes a whole new look. These fun-to-make projects are a great second chance for clothes from your closet or thrifty finds–and they’ll even look great with the gems already in your yarn stash. When someone asks, “Did you make that?” you will love to answer “Yes!”Plus, Linda shares new ideas for accessories and home decorating with projects that include earrings, aprons, and pillows. She’ll guide you through color theory (to keep your clothes and yarn in harmony), help you develop an eagle eye for embellishable clothes (so that you can reap all the benefits of thrifty finds), and share all the details you need to know to customize each project to your own size and style. With helpful how-to instructions and illustrations, 20 inspired projects, and a stitch dictionary of extra trims, motifs, and patterns, you’ll have all the tools you need to embellish anything and everything–just the way you like it.
By Quilting Arts
(Interweave Press, Item #: SM0910, SM0905, SM0800)
From the Publisher:Stitch is a special issue sewing magazine all about creating with fabric and thread. Whether you are new to sewing, have been sewing for years, or are returning to sewing after a long hiatus, Stitch will give you a fresh perspective on sewing. It is packed to the brim with original projects by innovative designers, from wearables to home décor to fabric gifts. Stitch also brings you news, trends, products, designer profiles, and inspiration from the exciting world of sewing and textiles. From Japanese craft books and Project Runway to classic designer fashion and modern home décor trends, from fiber art to Etsy.com, vintage to fashion-forward—our focus is on contemporary sewing that celebrates the handmade lifestyle.
By Wendi Gratz
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-377-1, ISBN13: 9781600593772)
From the Publisher:Absolutely A-line…absolutely adorable! The classic, always fashionable A-line undergoes a charming reinvention at the hands of stitching whiz Wendi Gratz and a host of talented designers. Working off a single, simple pattern, they demonstrate the versatility of the basic form by creating over two dozen adorable variations—all just for little girls.The 26 projects, all captivatingly photographed, feature a range of structural adaptations and styles. Some have pockets, others have sleeves, and still more have embellishments such as appliqué, piecing, embroidery, and quilting. And there aren’t only dresses, but also jumpers, smocks, tops, and skirts. The book includes the full pattern, with children’s sizes from three to eight.Because the A-line dress is one of the easiest garments to sew, it’s the perfect canvas for crafty moms and grandmoms who want to make unique clothes for the special girls in their lives.
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By Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
(Lark Books, $22.95, ISBN: 1-60059-315-1, ISBN13: 9781600593154)
From the Publisher:These irresistible and simple sewing projects—more than 30 of them—come from the freshest indie craft designers around! And that sets them apart from other collections for small fry; every blanket, bib, bonnet, and more is fashioned from contemporary fabrics and features a modern, slightly edgy aesthetic that moms and dads will really appreciate.The adorable, stylish creations range from a pair of tiny flowered shoes tied with a ribbon to a pair of witty bibs for boys and girls. A brightly striped sunhat glows with the warm colors of summer, while a sweet blankie showcases the stitched outline of a doggie in an airplane with a border of little bones. Other projects flaunt lovely embroidered and appliquéd embellishments.A “Sewing 101” section makes a great intro for beginners or a helpful refresher course. It features valuable tips specifically for baby projects, including laundry-friendly fabrics and safety advice on adornments.
By Valerie Peterson, Janice Fryer
(Storey Publishing, $14.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-440-0)
From the Publisher:Take your cookie decorating to impressive new heights! With more than 60 fabulous designs for Christmas cookies, plus festive cookies for New Year’s and Hanukkah, Cookie Craft Christmas gives you the inspiration and simple instructions you need to create show-stopping treats for holiday parties, cookie swaps, and special gifts.
(Sew Lola, $8.00, Listing # 33129514)
From the Designer:Last year, my Mary Jane Stocking design was featured on Etsy’s blog and got a 2nd place on Etsy’s Holiday Stockings Contest.This pattern is easy to follow and fast to make! You may sell the stockings you make from it.
1. PDF Mary Jane Stocking Pattern
2. PDF Step by step instructions with color pictures and a list of materials needed.
Finished stocking measures:
17″ height, 12″ width at the shoe, 6.5″ top opening.
By Cal Patch
(Potter Craft, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-45139-2 (0-307-45139-9))
From the Publisher:
If you’ve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you’re simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing.
Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks. Finally, in Design-It-Yourself Clothes, former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. If you want to wear something you can’t find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if you’ve reached a sewing plateau and want to add pattern drafting to your repertoire, Design-It-Yourself Clothes is the book you have been waiting for.
In five key projects (each with four variations)–a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants–Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it’s much simpler than you think. Patch covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer, from designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier.
But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing–so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.
By Amanda Blake Soule
(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $21.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-595-9)
From the Publisher:For many of us, our home is the center of our life. It is the place where our families meet and mingle, where we share our meals and share our dreams. So much more than just a space to live, our homes offer us a place of comfort, nourishment, and love for us and for our children.
In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog SouleMama.com, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”
Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.
More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.
Better Homes and Gardens
(Wiley, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-50395-9)
From the Publisher:
Deck the halls with tons of ideas and projects that help make the season bright
Whether you incorporate handmade items as part of your decor, celebrations, or gift giving, adding a personal touch to Christmas makes the holiday season even more special. Christmas Ideas is packed with easy and inspirational ways to help beautify and personalize your holiday season. You’ll get ideas for festive decorating schemes, stunning themed trees, quick-to-make ornaments and cards, appealing gifts, and easy crafts. So before you adorn your home or begin penning your Christmas cards, turn to this gorgeous book for
- Projects that bring a handmade touch to holiday decor, gifts, and celebrations
- Step-by-step instructions for craft projects
- Ideas for holiday entertaining including kitchen-tested recipes
- Gorgeous color photos that offer inspiration and guidance
Christmas Ideas is a treasure-trove of holiday merriment—a perfect source for creating unforgettable Christmas celebrations and traditions you’ll be proud to share with family and friends.
From the Designer:Pattern for making your own adorable apple pincushion. An A5 8 page pattern and instructions. Full colour throughout with clear photography and instructions outlining steps to create the pincushion.
By Junko Okawa, UONCA
(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $19.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-717-5)
From the Publisher:Ruffles, buttons, and lace are the perfect ingredients for little girls’ clothes; add some unfinished hems and plenty of room to run and play, and you have garments full of fanciful charm and practical playfulness. The twenty patterns in this book—from simple dresses with ruffled sleeves to blouses with crocheted lace and pants with sewn-on legwarmers—are of simple construction, yet full of the personality and details that little girls love.With beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams, this book offers a treasure trove of whimsical outfits for girls ages four to seven. Full-size patterns are included in four sizes so that you can make the perfect fit.
Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of carefree style to your child’s life.
By Kaari Meng, Photographs by Jon Zabala
(Chronicle Books $29.95, ISBN: 9780811868334, ISBN: 10 0811868338)
From the Publisher:
French General: Handmade Soirées — With Handmade Soirées, every hostess can add French charm to her next meal with family and friends. Entertaining becomes effortlessly chic with these 24 table and decorating projects from tastemaker Kaari Meng. Organza chair covers dress up a summer fÃªte; fabric wine totes and roll-out place mats make picnics practical; and all of these projects make guests feel cherished. Plus, Kaari shares the secrets of hosting, including how to set an elegant table, collect and care for vintage dishes and textiles, arrange flowers, and much more. The patterns, how-to illustrations, and step-by-step instructions ensure that beginning and seasoned crafters alike will find it trÃ¨s simple to achieve polished results. With an exquisitely scalloped cloth spine and 80 dream-worthy photographs, Handmade Soirées is as pretty as the projects it proffers.
By Bridgett Artise and Jen Karetnick
(Potter Craft, $24.95, ISBN:978-0-307-40527-2 (0-307-40527-3))
From the Publisher:Fashion designer Bridgett Artise believes in second chances—a philosophy that extends all the way to her clothing line, B. Artise Originals. Fashion gave her a second chance at happiness and success, and, in turn, she gives vintage garments that have lost their luster another chance at being fashionable. Mixing contemporary clothing with the best elements of a vintage piece—like the collar of a funky fifties housedress or the pockets of a seventies-style jacket—and piecing them back together in a whole new way, she creates one-of-a-kind garments that are both trend setting and timeless.An old-fashioned ruffled shirt with terrific buttons, plus an inexpensive tank top, can become a unique top. A poodle skirt and that so-last-year’s knee-length cardigan sweater can be turned into anything from a mini-poncho to a structured tube top. With fashions for every season, Born-Again Vintage contains patterns for:
- Pants that pair perfectly with winter boots and a sweater dress that’s sexy and simple
- A cropped jacket + sweater corset that are perfect for a flirty spring fling
- Dresses + bags to keep summer easy and breezy
- Pretty-in-a-blink dresses + accessories for a big night out
Born-Again Vintage updates the trends of fashion eras gone by and brings the unparalleled quality of vintage into a new age. Complete with a vintage shopping guide, handy style tips, and ideas for reinventing disused cast-offs, Born-Again Vintage is a must-have for vintage shoppers and sewers alike.
By Lark Books
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-376-3, ISBN13: 9781600593765)
From the Publisher:It’s hip to be crazy for cozies! This latest entry in the successful Pretty Little series elevates the cozy from humble to cool, as crafters everywhere embrace it as the latest sewing craze. Thirty-two cute projects, created by a pool of talented designers, show just how great a comeback can be: they’re colorful, modern, and playfully feminine. In addition to the usual suspects—including covers for iPods, cell phones, CDs, and cups—there are wraps to cuddle such delightfully unexpected objects as a French press, scanner, video game controllers, and a pan handle. An overview of sewing basics, embellishment techniques, construction methods, and fabrics make the crafting easy, even for beginners.From the Pretty Little series
By Linda Kopp
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-57990-878-0, ISBN13: 9781579908782)
From the Publisher:What’s the big new phenomenon, with legions of devotees? Making lovable stuffed monsters! Influenced by the popularity of Japanese animé and video game culture, urban illustration and design, and the do-it-yourself craft movement, these designer plush toys are everywhere—even museum stores. Yet they’re simple to sew. Just take fabric, a needle and thread, and stuffing, combine a touch of cuteness with a dash of utter weirdness, and you’ve got one of the oddest, most irresistible creatures ever. And these 30+ projects—including furry, green-lipped Monkey; Greggles, who sports a coif of tentacles; and flirtatious Polly, who has her three eyes on every guy—are as much at home in a trendy loft studio as in a child’s room. They’re unabashedly handmade, but bold, colorful, and very modern. A thorough Basics section provides all the fundamentals, from fabric selection to stitches to the ins and outs of the construction process. And, as a bonus, there’s a handful of profiles of select plush designers with photos of their work.
From the Artist:
A needlecase to sit prettily on your work table. Handmade from linen, with a fabric flower applique on top. 4 felt layers to store plenty of needles.
Approx: 5 x 12 cm
(Interweave Press, $14.99, Item #: QG0900)
From the Publisher:Quilting Arts Gifts is a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine devoted to the art of gift-giving!
Inside this third annual issue, you’ll learn how to:
- Create 20 festive gift projects, including holiday gift cards, a scarf made from colorful quilted scraps, framed art quilts for nature lovers, fiber jewelry, silk paper pockets ideal for presents, embellished and embroidered bracelets, a fabulous tote bag, a hand-sewn mug cosy, camera case, a legal pad folio, personalized art bookmarks, and much more.
- Decorate with 14 home décor ideas including six unique styles of ornaments to personalize your tree, colorful quilted Hanukkah coasters, table runners, no-bake cookies for winter greetings, fabric and wire wreaths and garlands, and more.
- Find the newest and best gadgets and tools recommended by our editors. These are perfect ideas for gifting (or keeping!)
Quilting Arts Gifts isn’t just for the holidays, though. Do you have a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion on the horizon? Our jewelry, wearables, tote bags and purses, are ideal gifts for almost any occasion.
By Amy Karol
(Potter Craft, $21.95, ISBN: 978-0-307-45183-5 (0-307-45183-6))
From the Publisher:ABOUT THIS BOOK
You’ve bent all the rules with sewing, so now what? It’s high time you made your own fashions even more you with Amy Karol’s next craft revolution: Bend the Rules with Fabric.Using simple, high-impact techniques:
â€¢ silk screeningâ€¢ photo transferYou’ll learn everything you need to know to turn a plain piece of fabric or a garment into the perfect showcase for your personality.
In this follow-up to the wildly popular Bend-the-Rules Sewing you will see how easy it is to alter fabric, making and using your own custom stamps; make stencils that will totally transform totes and tees; rescue tired clothes with a new dye job; and use appliqués to spruce up anything that needs a little TLC. With Amy’s familiar, friendly tone and valuable advice, you’ll see every piece of fabric as blank canvas for your artistic vision!
By Saori Yamazaki
(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $21.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-716-8)
From the Publisher:
Every item is a little sweeter when it’s made with materials that are just right, and the soft, warm, and durable nature of wool felt makes it the perfect material for the little ones in your life. The twenty-five felted projects in this book—from soft play mats and warm wool vests to snuggly teddy bears and cozy baby booties—will add a touch of warm and fuzzy delight to your baby’s life.
Using just two easy techniques—wet felting and needle felting—you can easily transform raw wool into innumerable objects that will please your baby’s senses and last as your child grows. Clear step-by-step instruction and detailed diagrams make felting easy for beginners, while the unique projects and beautiful color photographs will inspire all crafters.
Make the projects in this book and add a touch of warmth to your nursery, crib, playroom, and beyond.
- woolen baby booties—a practical and lovely item any baby will need,
- flying bluebirds mobile—a classic gift that both babies and parents will appreciate,
- musical clatter balls—a safe toy that will entertain for hours,
- warm bottle cover—to help insulate baby’s bottle,
- mama’s bag—a capacious holder for diapers, cell phones, and lunch.
By Jenny Hart, Photographs by Aimée Herring
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811867016, ISBN: 10 0811867013)
From the Publisher:Embroidered Effects — Embroidery empress Jenny Hart taught her legion of fans the basics with the best-selling Stitch-It Kit and Sublime Stitching. Now she takes stitchers one step further with instructions and diagrams for more than 35 stitches, some published here for the first time. To top it off, Embroidered Effects includes dozens of original (and reusable) iron-on transfers. With lots of project photos for guidance, even beginners can learn how to stitch faux tattoos on their shirt sleeves, cheeky fan dancers on their shower curtains, and many more fun projects.
By Kata Golda
(STC CRAFT, $19.95, ISBN: 1-58479-798-3)
From the Publisher:With no more than felt and thread, Kata Golda creates toys and practical items for the home that are undeniably charming, stylish, and sweetly imperfect. Her whimsical creations have been selling at high-end boutiques for several years, and now, in Kata Golda’s Hand-Stitched Felt, she shows crafters of all skill levels how to make 25 of her favorites.Ranging from children’s finger puppets and a tooth-fairy pillow to photo “brag” books, messenger bags, and curtains and blankets, most of these projects can be completed in an hour or less. They are made from basic shapes of wool felt sewn together and customized with unique details, all using simple, large stitches. Step-by-step instructions and templates, along with adorable photos and hand-drawn illustrations, make each project simple to replicate. Playful tutorials, such as how to personalize projects with a variety of facial expressions, add to the charm of this delightful book.
By Linda and John Meyers
(STC CRAFT, $27.50, ISBN: 1-58479-808-4)
From the Publisher:What some view as trash, Linda and John Meyers see as raw material. The wife-and-husband team—subscribers to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethos—have perfected a design strategy that will save you money, help the planet, and provide hours of DIY fun. The strategy? First, visit a yard sale, construction-site dumpster, or even your own attic. Select something that somebody (even you) thought had outlived its usefulness. Then, transform that castoff into a piece that’s interesting and usable.In this witty book, they apply their ingenious approach to seating (a chair made from pool noodles), lighting (a lamp from discarded pastry bags), storage (an umbrella stand from industrial steel pipe), tables (a wall-mounted table from a rusty basketball hoop), and all manner of decorative objects (Astroturf pillows, a pickle-jar terrarium). These super-clever authors show you that with a little ingenuity and elbow grease, everything old becomes new again.
By Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
(Lark Books, $22.95, ISBN: 1-60059-383-6, ISBN13: 9781600593833
From the Publisher:Sweet Nothings and sexy somethings: that’s what’s in this delicious collection.Lovely lingerie is one of the trendiest items with the hip sewing crowd—and these creative designs are adventurously fun, extraordinarily pretty, and wonderfully sensuous. With everything from low-rise panties and camisoles to comfy PJs and slinky robes to choose from, women will delight in discovering their personal style—and even adding their own flair to the delectable garments.A basics section covers everything stitchers need to get started!
(Interweave Press, $7.99, Item #: SU0909)
From the Publisher:Studios – Fall 2009 – Show off your ArtAttract customers & gain exposure through Open StudiosWhether your goal is to find a community of like-minded artists, sell your work, or just set a deadline to force yourself to create a lot of art (or even clean your studio), an Open Studios event can help you achieve it.
The Fall 2009 issue features collaborative studio spaces, Open Studio events and how they can benefit your art, how to decorate your studio with rich fall colors plus tips and tricks for making your space hospitable!
By Sarah Neuburger
(Chronicle Books, $16.95, ISBN: 9780811869645, ISBN: 10 0811869644)
From the Publisher:The Small Object Thumbprint Notecard Set — With this mini stationery kit, it’s okay to be all thumbs! Just add your thumb to the ink pad, stickers, and step-by-step instructions provided and turn these notecards into one-of-a-kind works of art with a host of charming thumbprint characters giving life to the scenes on each card. This sweet little set is ideal for all kinds of correspondence, from children’s birthdays to grown-up greetings.
By Kayte Terry, Photographs by Jennifer Causey
(Chronicle Books, $19.95, ISBN: 9780811867344, ISBN: 10081186734X)
From the Publisher:Appliqué Your Way — Appliqué Your Way goes beyond traditional quiltwork with 35 sweet stitching projects from crafter extraordinaire Kayte Terry. Master decorative stitches, create original templates, and much more. The book is designed for easy use with a lay-flat Wire-O binding and a handy back pocket that holds pattern and template pieces. No more wrestling with a copy machine to enlarge or shrink! Stitchers will find everything they need to create a Gone Dotty A-line Skirt, a Reverse Appliqué Market Tote, a Felted Faux Bois Scarf, and 30+ more projects ranging from the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic.
By Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins
(Storey Publishing, $20.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-449-3)
From the Publisher:Look at all you can make with just one yard of fabric! 101 fun and stylish sewing projects range from clothes and accessories to toys, pet beds, baby items, bags, home décor, and much more. All projects require no more than a single yard of fabric, and most can be completed in just a few hours. Simple step-by-step instructions, plus templates and pattern pieces where needed, make it easy to create something wonderful!
By Meg McElwee
(Interweave Press, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-59668-161-3)
From the Publisher:Get liberated! Meg McElwee, author of the popular Sew Liberated blog and boutique sewing pattern line, teaches you how to transform sewing by adding personal touches with appliqué details combined with embroidery, beadwork, buttons, ribbons, and more.Sew Liberated is the first how-to book of its kind to resurrect the art of applique for today’s generation of sewists looking to imbue their work with creative style.You will learn hand- and machine applique techniques for use outside the traditional quilting context, plus how to create fabric collages.Applique, a technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto clothing, bags, quilts, and other creations, allows you to take embroidery to a new level; it’ an ideal format for those with some sewing experience to break away from the constraints of sewing patterns and create uniquely personal designs.
Explore the history of applique and how it was rediscovered in the fiber arts, learn appliqueand embroidery techniques, and create 20 modern, stylish sewing projects ranging from aprons, skirts, pillows, bags, totes, a duvet cover, a wall clock, blouse, baby quilt, scarf, and much more. Projects range from simple to advanced in difficulty.
Step-by-step instructions, color photographs, and comprehensive how-to embroidery instructions make Sew Liberated and all-in-one resource and guide. Sew Liberated provides you with all levels of new techniques, creative challenges, and a full range of projects ranging in difficulty and time commitment.
By Rashida Coleman Hale
(Interweave Press, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-59668-142-2)
From the Publisher:Sewing doesn’t have to be complicated to achieve innovative results. Create sophisticated patchwork projects in the popular Japanese zakka style — the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary — by combining linen and print fabrics using simple quilting techniques.I Love Patchwork! offers a modern approach to this sewing technique that will appeal to beginning to intermediate sewers and quilters.You will learn basic sewing, quilting, and patchwork techniques combined with applique and stamping to create inventive, useful projects. Learn how to buy, work with, and care for linen, plus how to choose colors for maximum effect.Patterns range from a travel sewing kit, sewing machine cover, fabric covered box, table runner, apron, eco bag, towels, calendar, lap quilt, tote bag, mobile, pillow, pencil cases, shoulder bag, and much more.
All projects use natural linen paired with colorful patchwork; in addition to simple fabric piecing techniques, projects include many types of easy embellishments such as ribbons, buttons, stamping, applique and hand and machine embroidery.
These sophisticated projects are small enough to work up quickly using bits of fabric from the your stash, with charming design details that are easy and fun to make.
From home decor and gift items to wearable accessories and baby items, all projects require only basic sewing skills to get stylish results.
Gwyn HugSet 1: Women’s ClothesFabric yardage requirements printed on 5 cards:
- JacketsCard size: 3â…œ” x 2â…›” (Credit card size)
- Sometimes the perfect fabric catches your eye and demands to be bought, but you do not have a particular pattern in hand. How much should you buy?
- These reference cards will help you estimate as accurately as possible, by providing tables that summarize actual fabric requirements from real patterns, broken down by outfit size and fabric width.
- Over 2,000 patterns were used to build the tables, including patterns from Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, Vogue, Burda, Neue Mode, Kwik Sew, Hot Patterns, & New Look.
A beautiful hand-made business card case by Jennifer Ladd.
Jennifer Ladd (one of our board members) has generously contributed a $25 gift certificate to her shop. She makes some of the coolest bags and clutches around. This would make a great gift for a very good friend.
By Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith
(Chronicle Books, $22.95, ISBN: 0811867064
From the Publisher:“Wallpaper Projects: More than 50 Craft and Design Ideas for Your Home, from Accents to Art By Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith.
Wallpaper Projects — Like a roll of wallpaper, this home decor book is both lovely to look at and entirely practical to use. It showcases contemporary and vintage patterns, plus instructions for over 50 wallpaper projects ranging from quick scrap crafts (book covers) to more involved design upgrades (headboards) to big impact makeovers (walls, window shades). Design experts Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith share photographs of stylish interiors, foolproof instructions, shopping resources, and ideas for designing your own wallpaper. The reverse of the book’s jacket features a pattern designed by artist Lena Corwin—enough paper to complete one of the book’s quick scrap crafts right away.
Beautiful wristlet keychains, key fobs, purses and more. Great gifts for anyone on your list.
Lovely pillows, linen bags and accessories. Handmade wallets and matching cell phone holders.