I’ve been browsing the latest sewing and quilting ebooks, and there’s a great selection available! Here are some of my favourites…
This book features no less than 100 unique and clever ways to use your embroidery hoops! Embroidery hoops are no longer just a tool to aid your stitching – you’ll be amazed at the versatility of this essential craft accessory. From table decorations and wall displays to hanging mobiles, toys and games, the project ideas seem endless! I was inspired by the innovative ways you can decorate your hoop with a range of techniques too, using paints, wood stains, collaged papers, tapes, braids and trims. It was difficult to choose my first project, but I think this cute storage hoop for all of my crafting tools is just perfect!
Inspired by her popular patchwork and quilting classes at Cowslip Workshops, Jo Colwill has compiled this collection of her favourite projects so that everyone can enjoy the Cowslip experience! It’s easy to make these gorgeous quilts and cushions with clear step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams and clever tips and tricks. Jo covers a wide range of techniques including needle-turn applique, embroidery and hand quilting to embellish and enhance the designs. I really like the Wobbly Dog Quilt included in the book – the colours are so vivid and it’s a really striking design.
Make your family celebrations even more special with these beautiful hand-sewn decorations. Mandy Shaw’s designs make each project unique, whether it’s a fun fabric birthday cake or festive bunting for Christmas. All of the projects come with step-by-step instructions and stitch diagrams for both right- and left-handed stitchers, so even beginners can create these fantastic projects with ease. Kirstie Allsopp, who has written the foreword, says that this book “captures Mandy’s contagious energy and enthusiasm as well as her unique style, making it a must for any crafter, new or experienced”.
Lucie Summers teaches how to turn simple blocks and techniques into stunning contemporary quilts. Learn how to interpret print, pattern and shapes into unique quilting ideas and experiment with a range of innovative techniques for impressive, professional results. Covers techniques such as square piecing, basket weave, half-square triangles, chevrons, quarter circles and portholes. The design for this quilt was inspired by chunky rope and woven wicker furniture, but the pink, red and black colour palette makes it look really dramatic!
If you’re relatively new to crafting, knowing where to start can be challenging. This book includes 101 quick and simple projects perfect for beginners, from gifts and favours to cards, decorations and cakes. The ideas are split into handy occasion-themed sections, including the most popular celebrations of weddings, birthdays and Christmas. I love the fact that the project ideas cover loads of different crafts – including sewing, papercraft, knitting and cake decorating – so you can try your hand at everything! There’s a beautiful celebration bunting project included in the book, which would be great for any occasion!