Synopses & Reviews
New from the author of ECO CRAFT: a unique approach to stitchery!
Meet the most creative power tool in a stitcherand#8217;s arsenal: the ordinary sewing machine! Cutting-edge author Susan Wasinger turns it into a source of fun and experimentation with more than 20 innovative projectsand#151;some with surprising variations.
Susan encourages sewers to play with their machines, giving them eye-opening techniques to try: stitch without thread to puncture non-fabric materials; use leather needles to sew through layers of fused felt; reorient seams to transform flat projects into 3-D. and#160;Along with the familiar fabrics and recycled garments, she gets into the spirit of exploration with unexpected materials, from paper and tire tubes to neoprene. And with the skill level set at beginning to intermediate, every crafter can join in!
Bags and Totesand#160;and#160;
Home dand#233;cor and gift itemsand#160;
Wearables, such as hats and other accessories
Part nostalgia, part modern and#147;slow movement,and#8221; Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating beautiful pieces the old-fashioned way. This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile, as they carry their projects along with them just as knitters do. And with more than 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and aprons to practical totes and pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results while they experience the simple joys of traditional sewing.
Who knew taking care of the planet could look so good? Eco Craft shows how, with 30 truly beautiful home dand#233;cor projects that elevate environmental consciousness to stylish new heights. Every idea is amazingly clever: who would ever have imagined that plastic six-pack can holders could become a chic Moorish-inspired filigree tri-fold screen? Or that glass baby food jars would make a charming candle chandelier? Every project features at least one beauty shot in a modern home setting, easy-to-follow instructions, and step-by-step color photos, while handy icons spotlight the key techniques, materials, and the estimated time to complete each project.
Sew simple, sew better, sew by the numbers! With these pure, pattern-free projects, thereand#39;s no need for photocopying, piecing, and taping. Itand#39;s as easy as 1,2,3: just measure and cut a few squares, a couple of rectangles, the odd triangle, and the occasional circleandmdash;and then start stitching them together. Even novices can quickly make sweet sundresses and girlsand#39; pinafores; messenger bags and backpacks; patchwork pillows and a mega-plaid quilt. This is the stress-free way to create exactly what you want!and#160;
About the Author
Susan Wasinger designs houses, products, books, and magazines. Her work has been featured in Metropolitan Home, Stitch, Natural Home, and Piecework magazines as well as on HGTV. She is the author of several books, including Eco Craft, The Feisty Stitcher, Sewn by Hand, and Artful Halloween (all Lark). Susan lives in Boulder, CO.