Welcome to the artful world of Japanese master embroiderer Reiko Mori, a place where embroidery embodies charm, grace, and true elegance. Choose from more than 40 picturesque motifs, many grouped into enchanting vignettes to mix and match; then use the motifs in 11 projects, including totes, fabric-covered boxes, and more. Learn 16 embroidery stitches to create designs for holidays (a wreath and tiny ornaments); seasons (chubby bees buzzing around dimensional daisies); and everyday occasions (an antique sewing machine and scissors). Themed chapters include flower, marine, and Christmas collections, as well as an assortment of Ms. Mori’s signature black-on-linen designs. Embroidery
enthusiasts will love re-creating this utterly distinctive and captivating collection of jaw-dropping designs.
Fat quarters are a perennial favorite--why not have favorite quilt patterns to go with them? This all-new collection of fat-quarter-friendly designs takes the popular fabric cut in new directions. Try fresh spins on classic quilt blocks, such as Jacob’s Ladder, Churn Dash, and Pinwheel. Or, take a page from nature’s design book and turn fat quarters into fabric flower gardens or sparkling stars. Dive into a variety of fun techniques, including traditional piecing, English paper piecing, and fusible applique. With well-known designers leading the way--including best-selling authors Christa Watson and Katja Marek—it’s easier than ever to have fun with fat quarters! Patterns require as few as 16 or up to 39 fat quarters per project. 64 pages
Pretty. Petite. Playful. Pinnies! Inspired by a 30-day sewing challenge on Instagram, these patchwork pincushions stitch up pronto and are perpetually addicting—no quilter can make just one. And why would they when the pinnies are so easy to create? Simply sew, quilt, turn, and stuff! Best-selling author Carrie Nelson packs these pinnies with personality and shares adorable ways to use and display them as singles or in pleasing piles. Quilters will want to put a pin in the philosophy behind making Carrie’s delightful pincushions: to sew just for the joy of it. 40 pincushion projects (plus variations) are super-quick to sew and delightful to display. Techniques used are similar to quiltmaking techniques, so quilters will instantly be up to speed. Even beginners with basic sewing experience can whip up these pincushions in a flash. 96 pages
Imagine a world where every rip in a pair of jeans, every snag in a sweater, and every tear in a tea towel becomes an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creativity. With this fun introduction to unconventional mending techniques in a format that's half how-to guide, half idea book, anyone can give worn and torn items a new life. Start by learning hand-mending methods, including boro (an age-old Japanese mending technique), embroidery, patching, and darning; then rev up the sewing machine for fast mends that put the pedal to the metal. With limited supplies, a limited budget, and limited time, anyone can create attention-grabbing details with visible mending--35 examples make it easy to get started!