Synopses & Reviews
From ultra-feminine and vintage chic to whimsically colorful and downright oddball, these pincushions redefine the form. And thats sure to attract the many creative sewers and crafters who have chosen these small, charming canvases as the perfect vehicle to showcase fabulous fabric, simple embellishments, and novel ideas. Nearly 30 projects from a pool of talented designers provide plenty of inspiration, and theres information on materials and adornments, stuffing options, and what makes a successful, functional pincushion. All thats needed are beginning hand-sewing skills to stitch up such unique creations as tiny flowerpot and ladybug pincushions made from a bottle-cap base; a beehive complete with honey bee-topped pins; a selection of heirloom pincushions with vintage trim, lace, and buttons; or elegant silk fruit suited to a centerpiece as much as a sewing basket. Still others, like a tropical fish, a pair of cacti, or a crazy striped rooster, can double as plushy toys without the pins.
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Patchwork is back, and making a splash on fashion runways, in the hottest magazines, and on the coolestand#160;indie craft blogs. Anyone can get started with these 30 fabulous projects from a pool ofand#160; talented designers. Create funky ornaments, a silk scarf, a yoga mat carrier, and more. An introduction teachesand#160; the basic techniques, and all the projects appear in full-color photos.
Potholders are perfect canvases for showcasing fabulous fabric, simple embellishments, and novel ideasand#8212;as these charming projects prove! All that's needed are basic sewing skills to complete a darling butterfly-shaped potholder with rickrack antennae or a bright red one with embroidered flames and and#8220;Caliente!and#8221; stitched on it. The introduction presents a vast range of textiles, embellishments, and beginner techniques.
It's hip to be crazy for coziesand#8212;and this Pretty Little collection elevates the cozy from humble to cool. Thirty-two colorful, modern, and playfully feminine projects include covers for iPods, cell phones, and cups, plus wraps to cuddle such delightfully unexpected objects as a French press, video game controllers, and pot or pan handles. An overview of sewing basics, embellishment techniques, construction methods, and fabrics make the crafting easy, even for beginners.
This charming collection will appeal to every crafter who wants to give a gift that's personal and handmade with love. It features adorable presents to sew and decorate for brides, babies, housewarmings, birthdays, and hostesses-with-the-mostess. Created by top designers, these irresistible projects include a notebook cover, and#8220;Leaf it Aloneand#8221; trivet, wedding portfolio, doll, and and#8220;Gentle Waves Pillowand#8221; for a newborn.