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Treasures from the Barn is the culmination of our friend Linda Collins' life, as a quilter, a collector and a designer.
In this amazing book, you will discover some of the favourites in her collection – 18 lovely antique quilts to reproduce and admire. From Quiltmania with text in both English and French.$64.99
Introduce your children to the wonders of science by creating projects and experiments in your very own kitchen. Entertaining to make and spectacular to behold, not only will your child learn important scientific principles, but they can even enjoy the delicious final product.
Almost everything made in this book is edible. Learn and appreciate projects like classic exploding volcano cakes, glow-in-the-dark Jell-O, singing cakes and bouncy eggs. Food expert Andrew Schloss provides you and your kids with practical and humorous projects that include step-by-step instructions, illustrated with fun full-color photos sure to appeal to kids of all ages.$29.99
The follow-up to the popular Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book iis packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks.
The book begins with all the essential techniques for dressmaking and includes instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements of each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customize the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets and details of each dress for a truly unique creation.$44.99
Used for the last 400 years to contort the female body into a variety of fashionable silhouettes, the corset has become a fascinating and hugely popular motif for modern textile artists who wish to represent the female body using the largely feminine traditions of textile and stitch.
Beginning with a step-by-step guide to constructing a simple fabric corset, the book goes on to explore more contemporary and experimental approaches to construction, from using unusual materials such as lace, metal, paper and found fibres to up-cycling or repurposing existing garments to make a statement.
This practical guide is full of exercises for creating intimate garments and wearable art in two- and three-dimensions and is packed with inspiring work and installations by other contemporary artists.$49.99
Beautifully simple slim pants that will go with practically anything. These pants close with a side zipper for a streamlined look and easy sewing.
Version 1 is ankle length, with small in-seam pockets set into the waistband.
Version 2 is cropped just below mid-calf.
Skill Level: Beginner
Multi-sized from 0 to 18$29.00
Indulge in the sentimental pleasures of stitcheries with wistful vintage artistry. Inspired by nature and stitched with the gentle romance of days gone by, noted artist Kathy Schmitz creates designs that use simple embroidery to create thoughtful keepsakes.
- Select from a variety of elegant embroidery projects, including a pillow, pincushion, wall decoration, tote bag and more
- Find success with each design – clear illustrations demonstrate how to master every featured embroidery stitch
- Revel in Kathy Schmitz's original artwork, gracefully presented throughout the book