I thought that today I would list some of the books I have found useful in my crafting.
Ribbons and Bows: Step-by-step Instructions for Over 50 Projects by Christine Kingdom. This is a book I need to spend some more time with as it shows so many techniques. There is a chapter on weaving which has some lovely project in it including cushions, table mats and coasters. In the Embroidery chapter there is a beautiful Picture Frame project and a card you would be proud to produce.
There are also chapters on: Applique and Patchwork, Bow Making, Rose making, Cutting and Glueing
There are well over 40 projects from Christmas Garlands to a Log Cabin Quilt and from a Bridal Head-Dress to a Wall Organiser. Lots to inspire here!
Hearts, Sewing, Cooking, Baby Bunny, Garden, Buttons, Travel
There are about 22 projects.
Sew! comes with a kit to make a small bag which, if you are new to sewing, will give you an insight into the techniques involve or, if you have been sewing for some time, gives you and immediate project to make.
The book is divided into "Basics", including Essential Equipment, Sewing Machines, Making the Patterns, Hems and Edges, Seams, Fastenings, Ties & Handles, Applique & Quilting and Decorative Details. There are also 41 projects and the templates needed to complete these.
Again the book is divided up in a very useable way. In "Basics" this time there is Essential Equipment, Machine Know-how, Sewing Basics, Traditional Techniques, Hand Applique, Embroidery & Embellishments, Embroidery Stitches and Choosing Fabrics. Add to this the 33 project and the templates required and this is such a good resource.
In this book, particularly, I feel Cath has shown that lovely combination of age old techniques and her beautiful fabrics.
Heirloom Embroidery: Inspired Designer Projects with Beautiful Stitching Techniques by Jan Constantine is, much as the title says, about embroidery. However in this book, how the embroidery is used on the projects it the important bit for me. A quick count gives me 26 separate projects with a little applique and some beautiful embroidery patterns. Jan's books show an elegance which I would love to think I could reproduce.