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28 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: Simple Knitting by Erika Knight

On Friday we gave away a free knitted notebook project from Erika Knight’s Simple Knitting: A Complete How-to-Knit Workshop with 20 Projects. If you’ve completed that project and want more, well, you’re in good company. Luckily, we’re giving away twenty copies of Simple Knitting on Goodreads this week. But you’d better get clicking because the contest ends Thursday.


Acclaimed knitwear designer Erika Knight turns her attention to the novice knitter in Simple Knitting, a workshop-based book that teaches you how to knit by creating a beautiful collection of items. With each of the twenty projects you learn a new skill, and build upon the techniques learned with the proceeding project until you have mastered a wide repertoire of skills and amassed an enviable collection of gorgeous knitwear.

For example:

  • Master basic knit, purl stitches, and variations by creating a simple scarf, dishcloth, or notebook cover
  • Learn shaping and finishing techniques by knitting up a ribbed watch cap, fingerless mittens, or a pair of striped socks
  • Lastly, perfect your skills for fully fashioning garments while creating a simple V-neck sweater or a classic cardigan complete with handy pockets.

Erika explains all the essential information to successfully knit up these projects and also discusses broader design principles such as building a color palette, providing readers with a unique opportunity to learn design secrets from one of the world’s most highly-respected knitwear designers.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Simple Knitting by Erika Knight

Simple Knitting

by Erika Knight

Giveaway ends October 02, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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22 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: 75 Exquisite Trims to Thread Crochet

 

On Friday we posted the Maple Leaves trim pattern from Caitlin Sainio’s 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet. To be honest, it was difficult to choose only one pattern to share. There were numerous trims perfect for fall: oak leaves and acorns, corn husks, pumpkins, and even apples! Immediately after posting I felt blogger’s remorse about only choosing one pattern to post, but rules are rules.

Luckily, we are giving away twenty copies of 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet on Goodreads this week. The contest ends Thursday so don’t miss your chance to learn the other 74 patterns in this guide to thread crochet.
75 exqWith this comprehensive guide to thread crochet the possibilities for making stunning decorative edgings are endless. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet has both written directions and easy-to-follow charts, plus gorgeous full-color photographs. Pattern instructions include information for the finished dimensions, thread required, and the number of colors needed for each trim. For beginners there is a review of crochet basics and for experts a wide variety of edgings, some more complicated, and an easy-to-use cross-reference format. 75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet also offers plenty of ideas on how to add your crocheted trims to sweaters, table runners, and even curtains. And with 75 patterns to choose from you can be sure you will find the perfect trim.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet by Caitlin Sainio

75 Exquisite Trims in Thread Crochet

by Caitlin Sainio

Giveaway ends September 25, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Don’t feel lucky? Buy your copy today!

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14 Sep

Goodreads Giveaway: The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

On Friday we warmed you up with a motif-style embroidery design for our Freebie Friday from The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan and today we’re back with the Goodreads Giveaway.

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Included in The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.

Enter to win your own copy on Goodreads here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible by Elizabeth Keegan

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible

by Elizabeth Keegan

Giveaway ends September 18, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Can’t wait? Order your own copy here:

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12 Sep

Freebie Friday – The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz Keegan

The hardest part about beginning something new, something technical, is finding the right guidebook for it. The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible by Liz  Keegan is the perfect book for beginner (and experienced!) embroiderers. Today’s FREEBIE FRIDAY is a motif-style embroidery design, the ones most frequently used with embroidery machines.

 

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Motif-style embroidery design

9781250048257

ELIZABETH KEEGAN launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.’s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. Elizabeth lives in the U.K.

More about The Sewing Machine Embroiderer’s Bible:

Here is all the help needed to get the most out of your sewing machine’s embroidery functions, including details about the types and formats of available designs, how to get these designs off the internet and onto your machine, how to stabilize your fabric, which threads and needles to use to get the best results, and of course how to use the patterns creatively for stunning results. It also provides guidance for making use of the built-in embroidery stitches that modern sewing machines offer, but which are mostly forgotten about and underused. The focus is non-brand specific, so you can follow along no matter what model you have. A comprehensive section covers the details of editing, organizing, and saving your designs to transferring designs between your computer and sewing machine, downloading from the internet, and much more.

Also included are step-by-by step instructions showing how to create a wide variety of embroidery designs from heirloom, free standing, 3D, fancy lettering, trapunto, and everything in between, plus how to use and place your designs exactly where you want them on any project. “Idea Files” provide inspiration with close-up images of the designs used in a variety of ways. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, this guide will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine. 

Don’t forget to check out our Goodreads Giveaway on Sunday!

Can’t wait? Order your own copy here:

Amazon
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Indiebound
Walmart

Check out our new September and October titles!

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2 Sep

Happy Pub Day!

It’s nearly fall! (I know this because I’m currently sipping my first pumpkin spice latte of the year, despite the fact it’s 90 degrees outside.) And fall is the perfect time for ribbon-making, to prepare for things like Halloween costumes, holiday parties, Christmas gifts, and for festively adorning your grande pumpkin spice latte on your sweltering walk to work.

So it’s a good thing it’s finally pub day for Deanna Csomo McCool’s wonderful new book 50 Ribbon Rosettes & Bows to Make: For Perfectly Wrapped Gifts, Gorgeous Hair Clips, Beautiful Corsages, and Decorative Fun!

This delightful collection of more than 50 decorative ribbon projects—some classic, some whimsical, some elegant—will prove irresistible for anyone with an interest in ribbon making. With many sizes, colors, and designs to choose from, you can craft a rosette or a bow as a charming addition to an outfit, a gift box, or even a bouquet of flowers.

The projects are grouped into four main chapters: a beautiful collection of hair accessories and jewelry; some eye-catching gift wrapping ideas and presentation boxes; a wide range of floral designs; and a sweet gallery showing additional uses for your new ribbon creations. dated v2_.indd

Each design features written instructions accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations, and absolutely no experience is necessary: you will pick up all the expertise you need as you progress through the book. The author, mother of two daughters, began sewing bows so that her girls would feel like princesses. She designs sewing patterns and blogs about ribbon crafts, sewing, quilting and other fiber arts at www.sewmccool.com.

Buy your copy now!
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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with expert sewing machine embroiderer Liz Keegan, author of The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible. Liz launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.'s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, Liz's new book will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.


The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible

Project of the Month

Pencil Case






Happy September! It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those who want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case--one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!

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