Related to: 'Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe'

By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Kyle Books

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Sarah Moore
Authors:
Sarah Moore
Ilex Press

Star Wars Felties

Aimee Ray
Authors:
Aimee Ray
Kyle Books

The Wild Dyer: A guide to natural dyes & the art of patchwork & stitch

Abigail Booth
Authors:
Abigail Booth

`By teaching you the foundations of natural dyeing, and guiding you through the simple stitch techniques, this book will allow you to dip in and out of projects while learning how to forage for and grow your own dye plants.' In The Wild Dyer, Abigail Booth demystifies the `magic' of natural dyeing and shows how to use the results to stunning effect in 15 exquisite patchwork and stitch projects, including a drawstring forager's bag, an apron, samplers, cushions and a reversible patchwork blanket. Focusing on how to grow or gather your own dyeing materials - from onion and avocado skins to chamomile and comfrey, nettles and acorns - as well as scouring, mordanting (using fixative) and setting up a dye vat, Abigail explains how to create effective dyes. And once you have them, how you can produce beautiful, contemporary textiles that can then be used to create projects that build on your skills.

Kyle Books

The Fox, the Bear and the Bunny: Sew Playful Kids' Clothes

Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan
Authors:
Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan
Kyle Books

Let's Go Camping! From cabins to caravans, crochet your own camping Scenes

Kate Bruning
Authors:
Kate Bruning
Kyle Books

Home Sewn

Cassandra Ellis
Authors:
Cassandra Ellis
Kyle Books

The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie: Make your own divine knickers, bras & camisoles

Katherine Sheers, Laura Stanford
Authors:
Katherine Sheers, Laura Stanford

With just a sewing machine and some inexpensive materials, you can learn how to make your own unique and beautiful bras, knickers and camisoles. Work your way up from super-easy, Tie-side knickers and Wedding Garters that can be customised in endless ways, to sewing with silk, tulle and other delicate fabrics. With more than 25 projects that can be personalised to suit your shape, size and style, from a Skirted Lace Thong and Chiffon Camisole to a Silk Soft-cup Bra and Roll-on Suspender, explore the vast scope for personal, creative expression in traditionally private items of clothing, whether making them for yourself or as a gift.

Mitchell Beazley

Learn to Sew with Lauren

Lauren Guthrie
Authors:
Lauren Guthrie
Mitchell Beazley

Makery

Kate Smith
Authors:
Kate Smith
Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Crochet

Sara Sinaguglia
Authors:
Sara Sinaguglia

Portable, pretty and quick to learn - crochet is back in vogue and Sara Sinaguglia is one of its most talented advocates. Taking her inspiration and palette from her country cottage home and the glorious Dorset landscape that surrounds it, Sara has created 35 easy-to-make crochet projects for in and around the home. The book begins with step-by-step photographs demonstrating how easy it is to teach yourself to crochet. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and her now famous apple cosies, bring a little of Sara's stylish vintage vibe into your crafting life. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning a few balls of richly coloured yarn into something individual. Never has crochet looked so beautiful!

Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Sewing with Lola Nova

Alexandra Smith
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Alexandra Smith

Sewing is at the forefront of the new craft revolution and part of its charm is the chance to rediscover the skills of our grandmothers and to recycle treasured scraps of fabric. Celebrated craft blogger, Alexandra Smith, AKA Lola Nova, has created the perfect sewing book for the new crafternooner. With 25 highly original projects arranged into chapters on Boho, Vintage, Natural, Eclectic and Whimsy, you will soon be raiding junk shops and jumble sales for material to transform into gifts, home accessories, clothes and bags. Projects include a Little Joy Dress, Lola Handbag, Into the Woods Throw, Deer Diary and Call Me Cushion. For each project there are step-by-step instructions (illustrated with photographs) that will guide the beginner through the making process, whilst Alexandra's innovative ideas will provide fresh inspiration for the experienced sewer. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning junk-store fabrics into something beautifully handmade.

Mitchell Beazley

Wild Colour

Jenny Dean
Authors:
Jenny Dean

Jenny Dean's Wild Colour is the modern classic title on traditional dyeing methods. A celebration of the wealth of natural dyes that can be obtained from over 60 species of plants from common marigolds to rhubarb. Part one introduces the concept of natural dyeing and demonstrates how easy it is to get started. All the techniques are explained with step-by-step sequences and photographs. Colour charts help you to work out which method is best for each dye plant and material.Part two reveals the wide range of plants that you can use for natural dyeing. Colour swatches show the tried and tested range of colours you can extract from each plant.

Kyle Books

Sew It Up

Ruth Singer
Authors:
Ruth Singer
Spruce

Cosy Country Decorating

Aimee Ray

Aimee Ray has been an artist all her life, she loves all types of art and crafts and is always trying something new. Aimee is the author of the Doodle Stitching hand embroidery books and has contributed to many other craft book titles. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband and two children.

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith is the owner, designer and maker of Lola Nova. She writes the blog, Lola Nova - Whatever Lola Wants at http://lolanovablog.blogspot.com/ with subscribers from all over the world. She operates the Lola Nova Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/lolanova. She is a self-taught seamstress and designer and has taught private sewing lessons and led public workshops. Her work and tutorials were featured in the launch issue of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes, and she is now a regular contributor. She lives in a little green cottage in the Pacific Northwest United States with her family, some chickens, the Buddha cat and an ever-changing population of fish.

Anna Tillman

Anna Tillman was knitting scarves for her teddy bears by the time she was six years old, and began her knitting career at Rowan Yarns. She launched her own online yarn shop, Web of Wool, in 2002 and made the virtual store into an actual shop in 2004. Anna is the author of Knitted Dog Coats, also published by Hamlyn.

Genevieve Brading

Genevieve Brading is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss & Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.

Jenny Dean

Jenny Dean has been working with natural dyes for four decades. She lectures on natural dyeing and has written widely on the subject. Her books include Colours from Nature and A Heritage of Colour.

Sara Sinaguglia

Sara Sinaguglia is thirty-something mother of two living in Dorset, with a cat, two hens and several bantams. When not crocheting, sewing or knitting, she's running a cookery school with her husband, a Sicilian chef.With a background in design, interiors and antiques, Sara stumbled on crochet when she moved from London to the country. With a cottage in the middle of the woods, shelf edgings and crocheted blankets seemed to fit the eclectic mix of local auction room finds and mismatched tableware. Keen to stick to natural fibres and fabrics she realized she would need to produce her own work to avoid acrylic fibres in garish hues. After learning to crochet she picked up linens, cottons and yarns and started creating. She now sells her crochet creations via etsy and teaches crochet workshops. Her work was featured on the front cover of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes. Visit Sara's blog: http://onechurchillsgreen.typepad.com/