Are you ready to win some books? One winner gets all three titles with your comment on today’s post. Win DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection, Handmade Fabric Flowers: 32 Beautiful Blooms to Make and Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts.
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Author: Rosie Martin
Publisher: Laurence King Publishers
Rosie Martin is the director of creative fashion label DIYcouture, which showcases her signature method of explaining sewing with colourful, visual instructions. Rosie also runs clothes-making workshops in London. She has also styled and made costumes for music videos on both sides of the Atlantic and worked as a machinist for Kylie Minogue’s dance troupe.
Author: You-Zhen Lu
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Now you can learn all the secrets to making handmade fabric flowers from an accredited expert in the field. Translated into English this guide showcases complete instructions for making 40 gorgeous flowers— roses, peonies, daises, pansies, and more— using heat tools and a range of stunning materials like silk, lace, velvet and ribbon. Each flower is accompanied by step-by-step directions and full-color, close-up photographs, plus clear, illustrated diagrams and full-size flower templates. The beautiful photography also provides inspiration for how to use the blooms as corsages and brooches, embellishments for headbands, fascinators, and bracelets or even to brighten up a room.
A comprehensive tools and techniques section introduces crafters to the specialized instruments and the trade secrets behind the starching process utilized to manipulate the fabric and to construct the flowers in the book. As the process is broken down into simple steps, even complete beginners will be able to follow, making this book perfect for new flower crafters or for more experienced ones looking to improve their techniques.
Author: Mary Elizabeth Kinch + Biz Storms
Publisher: That Patchwork Place
Mary Elizabeth and Biz present an exciting follow-up to their best-selling Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts! Large, striking quilts with small pieces invite you to slow down and savor the creative process. “Batch work” methods keep you organized from start to finish.
– Enjoy rarely seen photos of antique quilts, plus a brief historical perspective on small-piece designs.
– Choose from 10 eye-popping quilt patterns that spotlight reproduction fabrics.
– Find expert cutting and stitching advice and inventive construction techniques.