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Craft books by local authors to start the New Year with!

Feeling the January blues? Gift yourself a little slice of creativity with one of our great books by a local author! Whether you're exploring a new craft or expanding your knowledge base, you're bound to learn something new & exciting!

Bargello by Nerrisa Pratt

Bargello: 17 Modern Needlepoint Projects for You and Your Home by Nerrisa Pratt

Master the colourful bargello stitch with 17 projects and learn how to incorporate it into your home!

Starting with the basics, Nerrisa Pratt introduces you to this iconic stitch, explores its historical roots and shows you how to grow in confidence so you can build up to creating your own designs.

From cushions and lampshades to plant pot covers and bags, this craft is extremely versatile and can add instant colour and texture to any interior thanks to its graphic style.

Work to Weekend Wardrobe by Rachel Pinheiro

Work to Weekend Wardrobe by Rachel Pinheiro

Revitalise your wardrobe with this capsule collection from sewing expert Rachel from the House of Pinheiro! The collection includes the perfect separates to take you through the working week to the weekend.

Rachel includes a main pattern for every day of week and then offers variations for how to dress it up for a meeting or down for the weekend. There will also be advice on how to change the look of the pieces through fabric choices and styling tips, as well as a techniques section featuring Rachel's tips on how to get the best fit for your body type.

Sew on the Go by Mary Jane Baxter

Sew on the Go: A Maker's Journey by Mary Jane Baxter

In 2016, Mary Jane Baxter did what many people dream of: she quit her job at the BBC, rented out her flat and headed for the hills. Her home for the next few months was an upcycled 1986 Bedford Bambi campervan with a top speed of 60mph. She set off around Europe searching for inspiration, travelling from Belgium right down to the Cinque Terre in Italy then around France and up to Scotland. Armed with her trusty hand-cranked Singer, she spent a summer sewing on the go, foraging in flea markets, meeting artists and hosting pop-up events to help fund her trip. Like creatives the world over she decided to see where her travels would lead her and returned with a head full of new projects.

Fortunately, there's no need for you to give up your job, wave goodbye to your family and rent out your house in order to re-ignite your own creativity; Mary Jane has done all the hard work for you. Sew on the Go is her guide to carving out more creative space in your life. From decorating your own budget-conscious bolthole to achievable projects including clothes and fashion accessories, beautiful gift ideas and child-friendly makes, this book is the ideal companion for those who dream of devoting more time to their craft!

Stretch Yourself by Tilly Walnes

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics by Tilly Walnes

Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch! offers perfect proof that easy-to-wear clothes can be seriously stylish with a collection of outfits that combine the comfort of stretch fabrics with Tilly Walnes signature look.

The book includes complete, full-size patterns. Even experienced stitchers are often wary of working with stretch knit fabrics, but in this book Tilly demystifies the techniques needed and shows how to sew stretchy makes on a regular sewing machine no need for a fancy overlocker. However, if you are already an overlocker owner, the book offers a user-friendly introduction to threading and stitching with this machine too.

Aimed at dressmakers who have grasped the basics and want to expand their sewing horizons, Tilly's tried-and-tested, learn-as-you-make approach is structured around five made-to-measure, speedy-to-sew garments.

Tilly's friendly instructions and the clear step-by-step photographs are accompanied by lots of tips and tricks to make your sewing a breeze, and the multiple variations and ideas will help you customise your garment to suit your own style.

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Mandalas to Embroider by Carina Envoldsen-Harris from Polka & Bloom

In Mandalas to Embroider, Danish bourn designer Carina Envoldsen-Harris has carefully created 24 exquisite, meditative mandalas that you can stitch in a hoop that will delight and inspire anyone who loves embroidery and making beautiful things.

Slip into serenity through your stitches with Carina's guidance.
You will learn to embroider 12 large and 12 small mandalas, using just 10 stitches. Following the delicate patterns in these stunning motifs will help soothe your mind and treat yourself to some tranquility.

Patchwork & Quilting Basics by Jo Avery

New Patchwork & Quilting Basics by Jo Avery

Build your quilting skills from the ground up. Learn to complete your first quilt from basic pieced strips, squares, and triangles. Established teacher Jo Avery guides you through twelve projects to whet your appetite for quiltmaking and take it a step further. Graduate to intermediate projects with major style as you try out foundation paper piecing, appliqué, and curves. Before long, you'll have the confidence and expertise to tackle virtually any quilt pattern!

Jo Avery has been sewing and quilting since she was a child, and began writing her blog myBearpaw a decade ago. Her love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn appliqué and embroidery combined with a passion for colourful improv piecing allows her to embrace both traditional and modern quilting. She is a regular contributor to a number of quilt publications and this is her first solo book. Jo enjoys inspiring others through her studio workshops and the annual sewing retreats she organises.

Baskets: Projects, techniques and inspirational designs for you and your home by Tabara N'Diaye

Baskets: Projects, techniques and inspirational designs for you and your home by Tabara N'Diaye

Baskets are a simple but stylish way to organise your home! These hard-working multitaskers not only provide practical storage solutions but they are also decorative and instantly add texture and warmth to any room. Handled, woven, lined, coloured, patterned and lidded - there are so many options when it comes to choosing the baskets you display around your home to fit your needs and style.

This book will teach you how to master the versatile art of basketry. Each of the four chapters tackles the different materials and their subsequent techniques, including grasses, rope, twine and cane. Learn how to add pattern and colour to your woven wonders as you create a colourful collection of 15 storage accessories of your own. The projects include laundry baskets, baskets with lids, rope bags, a picnic basket, a gorgeous woven lampshade and a stylish collection of patterned tableware. 

Discover more about this tactile craft as Tabara N'Diaye explores its history and origins through her Senegalese roots. With clear instructions accompanied by the beautiful lifestyle photography and illustrations throughout, Baskets demystifies the art of basket-making for makers at all levels.

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