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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.

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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
Barnes & Noble
Books-a-Million
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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31 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: Monster Knits!

Time for another Goodreads giveaway, Crafters! On Friday we shared with you an adorable Owl Knit from Monsters Knits for Little Monsters. We know there are so many other cute animal knits waiting to be made so we’re going to give away some copies this week.

Monster Knits for Little Monsters is an adorable collection of animal-themed hat and mitten sets for babies and toddlers from ages six months to three years, that kids will love and adults can’t help but fawn over. These cute coverall hats kMonster Knits for Little Monsterseep your child’s head, ears, and neck warm and toasty, and have a practical pullover design so that they can’t tug it off easily. Also included are knitting patterns for matching mitten “paws,” socks, and scarves. Featuring bears, owls, frogs, foxes, sharks, robots, dinosaurs, bunnies, and even Shrek-like ears, there are loads of delightful ways to dress up your child in charming creations that are quick and easy to knit. Each project contains step-by-step instructions, plus information for finishing touches to make your projects stand out. A knitting refresher course is given in the back of the book for complete beginners, covering tools, yarns, and all the techniques and stitches you’ll need to create the projects. And a Create Your Own Design section will inspire knitters to let their imagination run wild to create personalized accessories that their little monsters are sure to love and cherish.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Monster Knits for Little Monsters by Nuriya Khegay

Monster Knits for Little Monsters

by Nuriya Khegay

Giveaway ends September 04, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

You can enter to win through Wednesday. Of course if you’re not the type to take risks you can buy your own copy today!

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Indiebound
Walmart

Check out our August and September titles:

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24 Aug

Goodreads Giveaway: Stencil It!

How can it be Sunday already? It feels like just yesterday I was looking through Stencil It for some tips for Freebie Friday. If you enjoyed the tips on how to stencil with paints then you will be very pleased that this week you can win your own copy of Stencil It!

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Not only does this book come with 15 stencils that were specifically designed for the book, but Stencil It is filled with 101 ideas of how to stencil nearly everything in your home. In addition to these one-of-a-kind stencils are tips to achieve that breathtaking effect you’re looking for. These tips come from the author, Helen Morris. Helen is the founder of The Stencil Library which boasts a catalog of more than 4,000 stencils. Helen and her husband, designer Michael Chippendale, have developed a wide range of designs, techniques, and media, successfully stenciling materials such as glass, mirror, concrete, fabric, wood, plaster, paint, and paper.

Helen demonstrates some of these techniques and illustrates the stunning effects that can be achieved. Using a range of different paints, as well as crayon, metallic leaf, varnish, and plasterwork to create a textured finish, she presents a collection of diverse projects for every surface in your home. In themed chapters—”Flowers & Foliage,” “Figurative,” “Birds & Beasts,” and “Architectural & Decorative Details”—there are trailing leaves and falling blossoms, letters to spell out words and stars that can be applied in endless patterns, pretty butterflies and cute dogs, as well as signature decorative details from different periods and countries.

With Stencil It you learn how each stencil can be used in different configurations, sizes, or colorways to create dramatically different looks. The stencil templates included with the projects and all the other designs featured are available from The Stencil Library. So act fast! You have through Wednesday to enter to win your own copy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Stencil It by Helen Morris

Stencil It

by Helen Morris

Giveaway ends August 28, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 Can’t wait for fate? Take matters into your own hands and buy it today!

Amazon
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Indiebound
Walmart

 

Check out our August and September titles:

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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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