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Discover the joys of weaving beautiful projects for your home with the rigid-heddle loom, including techniques, tips, tricks and projects. This book will give you the tools and techniques you need to weave custom textiles for every room of your home.
Learn how to make multiple towels all the same size, how to create a sturdy rug and more. All of these projects plus placemats, runners, tablecloths, trivets, pillows, curtains, throws and even shower curtains can all be made on a rigid-heddle loom with little sewing, shaping and loom waste. Home decor makes great gifts, and from a weaver's perspective, they are fun and efficient to make.
You can put on long warps to weave multiple projects, changing up each one to create something truly unique. Weaving for your home means that you can create a runner that perfectly fits the dimensions of your dining room table and then create custom placemats and napkins to go with coordinating the colours of your room.$42.99$39.99
Stitch your very own collection of the forest's cutest critters! These twelve projects--in the popular Japanese amigurumi style--show you how to create a snuggly hedgehog, a fuzzy squirrel, a delightful turtle, and more.
Over 80 full-colour photographs accompany easy, step-by-step instructions that guide you through all the stitches you need to know to create the 12 projects, making this a perfect kit for both novice and experienced crocheters.
This kit even comes with all the supplies you'll need for your first two animals: a crochet hook, a tapestry needle, four different colours of yarn, stuffing, embroidery floss and beads for eyes. You'll have your own collection of wild and wooly animals in no time!$27.99
This fun, quirky book is packed with gorgeous, colourful skirts to sew for adults and children. Choose from styles such as A-line, bell, circle, straight, gathered, wraparound and elasticated, and also learn how to add underskirts or adapt a design to create maternity wear. Features include:
- 25 different skirt projects, all of which can be easily customised using the full-size pull-out patterns given in the back
- Each design is shown made from several different fabrics and with different trims to inspire your own personal style.
- Packed with tips on stitching and choosing fabric
- A comprehensive guide to cutting and using the patterns
Look inside the book.$34.99
You are invited to attend Anna's Painting Party in the comfort of your own home. Inside, you'll find 12 of her favourite paint-along projects – from butterflies and owls to flowers and Monet's bridge – all featuring her signature sense of whimsy and colour. Each painting is broken down into easy-to-follow, fail-safe steps that guarantee great results, yet with plenty of built-in opportunities for you to add your personal touch.
There are no complicated theories or tricky techniques. Materials lists tell you exactly what you need. Step-by-step instructions tell you precisely what to do. Simply follow along, sign your name and display with pride! Like any good party, the most important thing is to have fun. Your skills and confidence will grow with every stroke!
- 12 whimsical paint-along projects spanning a variety of favourite subjects such as princesses, peacocks, and tulips
- Advice on selecting materials and setting up your painting space
- A variety of fun techniques including painted collage, stenciling, "beginner's Impressionism" and negative painting
What do you get if you cross a squid with a fish? It's a squish, of course! And how about a shark and a turtle? Why, that's a shurtle!
With over 121 possible underwater creations, silly names and strange noises to make you giggle, this new Flip Flap book is perfect for preschoolers. With a hilarious rhyming text and brilliant illustrations from Axel Scheffler, simply flip the pages to create some seriously silly animals that live under the ocean.
Recommended for ages 3+.$15.99
Follow Wendy Ward’s tutorials to make a wide range of stylish skirts. From 8 basic shapes — circle, A-line, stretch pencil, wrap, bubble, tailored pencil, front-opening and culottes — you will learn the skills to make variations that have pockets, colour blocking, gathers, ruching, darts and much more.
All the basic techniques you will need are also explained, so you’ll feel confident with essentials like inserting zippers, attaching waistbands, gathering, pleats, making buttonholes and adding linings. There are also handy hints and tips on how to take measurements and on choosing the right fabric.
Upsate your wardrobe with unique skirts that are a perfect fit. Includes three full-size pattern sheets for US dress sizes 4 to 22.$39.99