Stylish and practical techniques that make sewing simple.
Sewing Machine Basics
Author: Jane Bolsover
Publisher: CICO Books
In the climate of “make do and mend,” sales of sewing machines have soared, but many are only accompanied by a difficult-to-understand technical manual. Here, Jane Bolsover provides a comprehensive guide for beginners. Starting with an essential overview of the sewing machine, learn how to thread it and wind bobbins, why tension is important, and which needles to choose. There's information on the basic sewing kit you will need, plus advice on which fabrics to choose and how to cut out. The chapters then build into a complete sewing course, and at the end of each chapter is a simple project to consolidate the skills you have just mastered. The projects include items for the home, including a cushion cover and a lampshade, stylish accessories, such as bags and scarves, plus great clothing basics, such as an A-line skirt and a simple shift dress. Also included at the back of the book are two full-size pull-out paper pattern sections.
Sew Step by Step
Author: Alison Smith
Need to learn how to shorten a hemline? Eager to make some cushion covers or a simple tunic dress? Sew Step by Step will come to your rescue. A compact version of DK's The Sewing Book, here all the essential basic techniques and tools are clearly explained so you can start sewing with confidence. With no projects, just all the information and guidance you need to get going, this book is sure to whet your creative appetite and leave you equipped and inspired to make beautiful, personal pieces. Packed with easy-to-follow techniques, from sewing on a button to personalizing a garment, Sew Step by Step brings these traditional, practical, and artistic crafts up to date with advice on contemporary styles and new materials, introducing these immensely satisfying skills to a whole new generation. So what are you waiting for? With the help of this book you can learn a skill that expresses your individuality and flair, will save you money, and will create objects you can cherish for years.
Quilting For Dummies
Author: Cheryl Fall
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Get the know-how you need to create beautiful quilts and decorative quilted items Quilting is a fun hobby -- but where do you begin? From selecting fabrics and designing a quilt to stitching by hand or machine, this friendly guide shows you how to put all the pieces together -- and create a wide variety of quilted keepsakes for your home. We'll have you in stitches in no time! Discover how to * Select the right fabrics and threads * Design your masterpiece * Use quilting software * Save time with rotary cutters and other cool tools * Quilt by hand or machine * Get creative with applique
'You will hear it for yourselves, and it will surely fill you with wonder...' In this selection from Marco Polo's famous travel book, the intrepid Venetian describes the customs of India, recounts the story of the king who died eighty-four times and explains how to retrieve diamonds from snake-infested caves... Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Marco Polo (1254-1324). Polo's Travels are available in Penguin Classics.
A Stab in the Dark
Author: Lawrence Block
Publisher: Harper Collins
Book description to come.
By the Block
Author: Siobhan Rogers
Publisher: Interweave Press
Simple, sophisticated quilts sewn "by the block." Today's quilters have many demands on their time but still want to create beautiful quilts. By the Block shows the time-poor quilter how to make sophisticated, complex-looking quilts that are based on easy-to-assemble quilt blocks. The 18 quilts in the book feature modern fabric choices and clever design, but all use standard quilting techniques that are in virtually every quilter's skill set. Author Siobhan Rogers has designed quilts ranging from crib- to king-size for beds as well as several large projects suitable for hanging. Four of the quilts have colorway variations that show the versatility of the basic design. The book is organized according to technique such as log cabins, half-square triangles, or curved piecing, but each project offers a new twist on the traditional methods of piecing and constructing quilts. Some of the quilt blocks are oversized, which help the quilter work efficiently, and the author offers additional timesaving tips.
Here is the ultimate reference for fitting test garments and transferring accurate adjustments to patterns! No matter what size or shape you are, wearing garments that fit perfectly makes you look and feel better. Rather than making commonly accepted changes to a commercial pattern, the method presented in this guide focuses on the way a test garment fits the body. The fabric is manipulated to improve the fit, and then those specific changes are made to the pattern. The result: patterns that fit perfectly! With The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting, you'll learn: - The importance of a fitting axis and how to use it during a fitting - How to recognize fitting issues, such as drag lines and folds - How to manipulate fabric to solve common and unusual fitting problems - How to transfer the fitting changes to your pattern easily - Basic pattern-making skills to ensure accurate alterations See the fitting process from start to finish on basic garments, fitted on real people. Then follow fitting solutions on different body types. The lessons you learn will help you fit any body.
This established text covers the full range of obstetric ultrasound examinations that a sonographer would be expected to perform in a general hospital or secondary referral setting, and is the only text that combines the practicalities of learning how to perform these examinations with the information needed to carry them out in a clinical setting. It encourages students to think about their practice and provides the sonographer with the necessary tools to provide a 'gold standard' service.
Name All the Animals
Author: Alison Smith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Recounts the author's teenage experience of losing her beloved older brother in a car accident, a loss after which she managed her grief by engaging in self-destructive behaviors until her forbidden love for another girl helped her define herself beyond her brother's death. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Vol. III of IV.
The Puppy Bible
Author: Alison Smith, Claire Arrowsmith
Comprehensive and simple to use, The Puppy Bible is uniquely structured to provide the best guidance for raising a happy, healthy pet. The week-by-week planner takes you from before your puppy arrives to beyond six months, shows how he is developing, and tells you exactly what to do and when to do it. The front section is cross-referenced with expert advice in the second half of the book that encompasses every area of care, including training, health, diet, socialization and first aid, as well as troubleshooting for any concerns over your dog's welfare. Clearly illustrated throughout, this is an indispensable guide to your puppy's first six months.