Thursday, October 11, 2018

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                     SEPT/OCT 2018 BLOG

                     "It is through art and through
                                          art only,
                              that  we can realize our perfection."
                                        - Oscar Wilde -

Oscar Wilde had a way with words and he never minced them and his wonderful observations were nearly always on target.  His observation on art I thought was brilliant.  He was a writer of plays and fiction and won acclaim in his lifetime. He also suffered great indignities that ended up breaking him and he died in poverty. But his art lives on.  His plays are still produced, his books still in print.  He realized his perfection through his art. 

Needlework is an art too.  When I was setting up bookshops at those great needlework seminars I got to see those fabulous needlework juried exhibits where needleworkers got to show off their perfection in the art of the needle.  I'm glad I didn't have to judge those shows as I found the pieces so perfect I couldn't have chose one above the other. 

I hope the books I select for this blog help with your inspiration so you can discover your own perfection through the art of the needle. 

Don't forget to look for the discount code below that entitles you to a 20% discount on any new book we offer.

UNIQUE BARGELLO by Jean Hilton is Finally Back in print!

All of Jean Hilton's books are fabulous. But this book I've had so many requests for I had to make sure all of you who have been asking for it know it is available.  She wrote in the introduction that she began satin-stitching when she was eight years old. Then, she adds, came satin stitching with crewel embroidery. "What is bargello, "she continues, "but stepped satin stitch?"  She goes on to add that today we don't have to use wool, that there are a plethora of threads waiting to stimulate our creative urges.

What makes her book on bargello "unique" is the fact that this is the first time, to her knowledge, that bargello designs with parallel miters had never been done before so she included some of those with traditional designs. The book is full of her color graphed designs and plenty of tips and directions.  Have fun!  $49.95

Jean was a master of the art of needlepoint designing and teaching. She never considered a mistake, a mistake. She saw those as an opportunity to "run with it" to see where that error will lead you. Occasionally that error can lead to a new combination of colors and fibers, to a new pattern of stitches, or to a new way of thinking. She says to see an example of a mistake developing into a new stitch, see the Plaited Rays in her books, Stimulating Stitches.  So I've included that and some of her books and patterns to stimulate your artistic creativity in needlework.

Jean Hilton's Needlepoint Stitches - This was her first book done in the late 1980's and is still requested today.  In this tidy graphed book she shares some of her favorite stitches with her students and followers.  Jean was very clear in her instructions and tips so this is a great place to start learning her craft.  $29.95

Jean Hilton's Stimulating Stitches - This is a follow-up to her first book where she shares her discovered several fascinating variations of the stitches that book. Some she planned, others she stumbled on due to "mistakes".  What she was always encouraging was opening your mind to see new possibilities with your stitching. Try it, You might like it!  $29.95

Jean Hilton's Borderlines - This is her collection of borders shown on the front cover, inside cover, and back covers as well. She includes neat information on how to choose the right border for your project.  To use this book you must have a hand mirror to follow the instructions in the text. And answer three questions: What size border does the needlework require? Does the border serve a purpose other than anchoring threads and does it unify the needlework. Do the selected colors and stitches complement those in the central portion of the design?  All designs are graphed and she gives you more information for each border. $39.95

Jean Hilton's Light 'n Lacy - Here Jean brings needlepointers 30 delicate designs for beginning and advanced stitchers with a unique alphabet and five name tag designs.  Each design was named for a flower that her son, Kurt, loved and tended in his teens. He passed away at age 27 and she created these for him.  As always she includes graphed designs and neat information. $39.95

Puzzle Purse - This is a personal favorite of mine. I could relate to what she went through to select colors and stitch it. Her hubby had to endure most all of the chairs in their family room covered with her threads and charts and other needlework stuff.  I laughed at that.  For me it is my writing pages and books, research, etc.  I've seen this stitched and it is gorgeous!  $39.95

18 Little Guys and Rockaway - Tony Minieri has taken five of Jean's Little Guys and made an octagon design using these 3" squares into a memorable piece of needlepoint. With this book you can do the same selecting the five Little Guys you want to use in your own piece. All the Little Guys are shown in color but of course you can select your own colors if you prefer.  $35.95


Yes, why not?  What a gift to leave your family! So many people are scrapbooking today.  My daughter, Donna, finished a magnificent scrapbook for her granddaughter Kenzie, (my great granddaughter) before her and her husband left for Oklahoma in September to celebrate Kenzie's thirteenth birthday. This massive tome took Kenzie from her birth through her 12th year.  What fun scrolling through the pages and seeing all the wonderful details Donna included.  We shared that at our monthly dinner night at Black Angus. It made me think about all the diaries I've kept over the years but now I want to do something more with all the family pictures I've kept forever. I want to write up my family's life with those pictures so the younger generations can see where and who they came from.  Not an actual genealogy but full of personal memories: stories I remember and stories my grandparents and parents would tell. But I don't plan to stop at that. I will include pictures of the great needlework that has been handed down through the family and needlework I've done and family recipes. 

As I mentioned I've got my childhood diaries (I wasn't good on finishing the year out) but I love looking over my childish scrawl and what I thought was important to me then. My adult journals were more complete and it interested me to see what I wanted to accomplish, where I was stuck, happy moments and disappointments, books and movies I loved.  Sometimes rereading my journals I uncover painful times, my mistakes as well as triumphs and this stops me dead and helps me get back on track with things I never finished or dealt with. Lots of my short stories come out of those pages - a scene, a character, a dialogue from a movie, remarks about the times.

I love to read published diaries and letters from people in history. I feel like I'm living in their world and seeing it from their eyes. Vincent Van Gogh not only left us his painting masterpieces but he also wrote letters to his brother describing how he saw color, other art, people, and how he viewed his own work.  He is an impressive writer.  He put down his honest feelings where he's been and what he was planning on doing so you come to know the real man.   He is one of my inspirations for my book projects.

Does a book project sound interesting? I hope so. What a pity it would be that after we're gone all the information on the family and the needlework they and we've done goes with us.  I know what I'm working on is going to take a goodly number of volumes to cover this family history correctly so I want to create the actual books all the pictures and information will go into.

I hope this inspires you to follow suit and create your own books.  If you need help with ideas I've included some great books to get you going in the right direction.

Ekrem, Erica - Bound: Over 20 Artful handmade Books - Bind a book beautifully with these whimsical and stylish projects from an extraordinaire bookbinder. With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of repurposed materials, Erica has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. Choose from these categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. Make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art. $19.95
                Note: Her latest book on Handcrafted Journals is in the Potpourri of Books section.

Golden, Alisa - Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures and Forms - In the digital world, books may seem like an endangered species, but bookmaking is more popular than ever. In as little as an afternoon, beginners will be on their way to folding, gluing, and sewing handmade books in a variety of shapes and styles, from rolled scrolls to Jacob's ladders, folded flexagons to case bindings. Complete with photos of the author's own master books and statements by more than 40 established book artists, this collection is sure to inspired.  $19.95

Krause, Dorothy Simpson - Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists' Books - Discover what happens when you add artmaking and bookbinding together. This book explores the basics of surfaces, images and words in order to create provocative works of art with layers of meaning. Whether you're altering a pre-made book or creating your own, here you'll find both the instruction and inspiration to get it done. In addition to learning mixed-media  techniques - such as how to age paper, transfer images and make your own monoprints - you'll be given step-by-step instructions for numerous book structures for numerous book structures including: Single-fold and Bi-fold books; Simple and extended accordions; Perfect bindings; Side-sewn books; Single and Multiple books; Boxes - Unbound Collections. $32.99

Nerjordet, Arne and Carlos Zachrison - Make Your Own Ideabook with Arne and Carolos: Create Handmade Art Journals and Bound Keepsakes to Store Inspiration and Memories - A keepsake; a treasure trove; a work of art; a source of inspiration; a method of organization; a peek inside the chaos and creativity of our own minds. A ideabook can be any one of these, or all of them, or something else entirely: a collection of memories, a way to store recipes or patterns, a genealogical, a planner for a wedding or renovation of a garden.  The sky's the limit! With Arno and Carlos's wit, style, and trademark handcrafting genius to guide you, learn how you can make and enjoy your own ideabooks.  $22.95


Ekrem, Erica - Bound by Hand: Over 20 Beautiful Handcrafted Journals - Following her successful Bound comes this stunning collection of 21 projects for handmade journals, some using repurposed and found materials. The author provides instructions for making accessories like tassels, and for adding decorative inking, stamping, and stitching. Each beautifully artistic journal - including a refillable booklet for a prolific writer - is designed for a specific purpose or hobby, and features inspiring journaling prompts.  Lots more.  $19.95

Forster, Carolyn - 20 to Stitch: Mini Quilt Blocks - If you want a small patchwork project then look no further. This little book has an astounding 60 variations to stitch based on 20 different designs. The 20 mini-blocks measure five inches square and all constructed from basic shapes including squares, triangles and rectangles. Mini quilt blocks are ideal for making small patchwork projects such as bags, pincushions, coaster, and placemats, for incorporating into larger blocks, or for forming motifs with a larger quilt design. Each of the 20 projects is accompanied by the number and size of each shape in the block and instructions on the order in which to put the shapes together. Includes techniques on how to cut the shapes using a rotary cutter and ruler, design ideas and instructions for a simple coaster.  $9.95

Houghton, Lizzie - Felting Fashion: Creative and Inspirational Techniques for Felt Makers - Offering a breathtaking array of techniques for creating wearable felt masterpieces, felt maker, Lizzie Houghton, shows you how to produce a variety of these wearable pieces. She provides detailed patterns  and templates for constructing every type of garment from corsages and hats to scarves, jackets, and lavish full-length coats. The in-depth instructions cover both lightweight, contemporary Nuno and traditional felts, along with methods for dyeing wool, ruching, and embellishments.  $19.95

James, Rosie - Stitch Draw: Designs and Techniques for Figurative Stitching - To make a fresh artistic statement, turn on your sewing machine and use it to draw! The author is a leading exponent of stitching, guides newcomers through the ins and outs of this hot look. She lays out a repertoire of techniques, including transferring drawing to cloth, working with transparencies, stitching on photographs, using multicolored threads, layering images, and creating pleasing composition.  $19.95 (discount code: JRJ18)

Luhanko, Douglas and Kerstin Neumuller - Indigo: Cultivate, Dye, Create - Explore the gorgeous possibilities of dyeing with indigo! This wonderful and practical takes you through growing this plant; mastering warm or cold dyeing; making multicolored projects; and troubleshooting potential problems. Create intricate moyo-sashi and hitome-sashi , patchwork quilts, resist-dyed patterns, and more. Both beginners and advanced dyers will feel inspired to work with these innovative recipes and unique projects. $21.95

Lyne, Sonia - Mini Hoop Embroideries: Over 60 little masterpiece to stitch and wear - Stitch dozens of different embroidery designs in these cute mini embroidery hoops by the author. Following the simple instructions inside, create over 60 masterpieces in a wide range of styles, using these little hoops as your canvas - from classic embroidered flowers and applique animals, to abstract stitch n' paint shapes and tasseled creatures. Then frame your stitched art and turn it into eye-catching jewelry or simply display them at hleome. Throughout the book Sonia gives you tips on color variation, as alternative hoop shapes you could use from her mini hoop kits. So learn to stitch your art and turn it into wearable jewelry, necklaces, brooches ad more.  $15.00

Nelson, Carrie -  Pin Pals Book - This best selling author packs 40 adorable pinnies with personality. Pincushions are quick to stitch and so addicting - bet you can't make just one. Simply sew, quilt, turn and stuff. Even beginners with basic sewing experience can whip up these pincushions in a flash.  $22.00

Nico, Brooke - Simple Shetland Lace: 6 Knitted Stitches, 20 Beautiful Projects -  Explore traditional Shetland lace knitting with this expert teacher. She shows how three simple motifs - Feather and Fan and Old Shale; Acre and Razor; and Horseshoe and Leaf- can yield lovely items that range from fashion, to accessories, to home décor. Step-by-step photos and accessible instructions help beginners grasp each stitch, and the projects grown progressively more difficult as knitters become more skilled.

Ray, Aimee - Doodle Stitching: The Christmas Collection Transfer Pack: 100 Holiday Embroidery Designs to Celebrate the Season - Featuring winter scenes, whimsical snowmen and reindeer, decorative borders, and more, this Christmas-themed collection combines designs from Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motifs Collection with completing new patterns. Each enchanting transfer can be reused five times, and there is a handy envelope at the back to store your cutouts. An introduction teaches beginners all the basic techniques.  $14.95

Rhiannon, Helen - Sew Perfect Pets - 18 fresh and functional animal-related designs to sew for your family and home. From useful items such an owl doorstop, a snake draught excluder and a sheep hot water bottle cover through to an elephant tea cozy, fox pillows and more, there is a cute creature for every room. For the kiddies, the author has included beautiful cat and dog toys and an animal-shaped apron. Key techniques and basic materials are detailed at the beginning of the book, and all of the projects include easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Templates for all of the animals are provided on a fold-out sheet at the back of the book.   $19.95

Schultz, Carolyn - 20 to Craft: Tassels - The 20 projects in this book include a wonderful variety of tassels, made using a range of easy techniques and a few inexpensive materials. The author has put her jewelry-making expertise to good use to create lovely bag charms, decorative key fobs and fashionable jewelry. There are folk-inspired tassels created using colourful threads and frayed fabric strips, leather tassels and small simple tassels combined with beads and ribbon used to make colourful earrings and brooches. The basic tassel-making technique couldn't be easier and is explained in the beginning of the book, and all the projects have easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. The materials used are easy to come by and can be sourced from scraps and left-over fabrics, yarn and thread.  $9.95

Thittical, Kim - Hot Textiles - Soldering irons, heat guns, and even household irons can add astonishing texture and variety to fabric.  Renowned textile artist, Kim Thittical, covers a stunning selection of techniques for using this equipment. With instructions for hot and cold foiling, painted and plain Bondaweb (fusible, webbing), bead making from synthetics, three-dimensional designs, embossing powders, and more, this is a must book for textile artists. $19.95


Conte, Cate - Cat About Town - Maddie James has arrived on Daybreak Island just off the coast of Massachusetts, eager to settle down and start her own business - and maybe even fall in love. When a stray orange tabby pounces into her life, she is inspired to open a cat café. When her new furry friend finds the dead body of the town bully all eyes turn to the newcomer. Who is this crazy-cat whisperer lady who's come to town? On top of that she has two eligible bachelors who think she is the cat's pajamas. But how can she even think about happily-ever-after while a killer remains on the loose and on her path.  $7.99

Eliott, Lauren - Murder by the Book - Addie Greybourne loved working with rare books at the Boston Public Library - she even got to play detective, tracking down clues about the mysterious old volumes. But she didn't expect her sleuthing skills to come in so handy in a little seaside town.  Addie left some painful memories behind in the big city - including the unsolved murder of her fiancé and her father's fatal car accident. After an unexpected inheritance from a great aunt, she's moved to a small New England town founded by her ancestors back in colonial times - and living in spacious Greybourne Manor, on a hilltop overlooking the harbor. Best of all, her aunt also left her countless first editions and other treasures - providing an inventory to start her own store. But there is trouble from day one. The grumpy woman who runs the bakery next door. A car nearly runs Addie down. Someone steals a copy of Alice in Wonderland. Then Addie's friend Serena, who owns a tea shop, is arrested - for killing another local merchant. Addie decide she is not going to let them close the book on this case without a fight.  $7.99

Greenlaw, Linda - Slipknot: A Jane Bunker Mystery - This is the first by the author of a new series that takes place in Down East Maine. Before becoming a writer she was the captain of a swordboat. She now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine where she captains a lobster boat. and gets rave reviews for her writing.  $7.99

Griffo, J.D. - Murder on Memory Lake - Alberta Scaglione's spinster aunt had squirreled away a fortune in a secret lake house in Tranquility, New Jersey. More surprisingly, she's left it all to Alberta. So now she suddenly has a beautiful view, surrounded by hydrangeas, honeysuckle, and her cat Lola. But it isn't as peaceful as it sounds. There's a body in the water and Alberta and it belongs to Alberta's childhood nemesis. Alberta suspects foul play and when her estranged grandmother show up it only makes sense for them to team up and investigate.  $7.99

Klein, Libby - Class Reunions are Murder - Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy but there is no way on earth she wants to attend her twenty-fifth class reunion especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until her best friend practically drags her to the event. Using the dreaded reunion to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny. Then the unexpected happens. Barbie's dead body is found lying right in front of Poppy's old locker. Now she is singled out as the killer it's up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name.  $7.99

Klein, Libby - Midnight Snacks are Murder - Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her Aunt Ginny remodel her old Victorian house into the Butterfly House B and B in Cape May, New Jersey is already going on all eight cylinders.  But then Aunt Ginny - who is a handful awake - is sleepwalking because of a sleeping medication and helping herself to her neighbors snacks and knickknacks. Even more alarming is the murder of the local humanitarian and the police suspect the "Snack Bandit".  Now Poppy must work tirelessly to uncover the real murderer and put the case to rest.  $7.99

Randall, Shari - Curses, Boiled Again! - This first in a brand new mystery series set at the Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack in Mystic Bay, Connecticut, where the fish is always fresh, the folks always friendly, and murder is on a roll. Allie Larkin was living the dream as a ballet dancer when a bad fall put her out of business. Now she is back home in Mystic Bay helping her Aunt Gully get her restaurant off the ground. Nothing would help Gully more than winning the local food festival's Best Lobster Roll contest. The competition is sure to be a killer - especially after one of the contest judges dies after eating a roll from one of Gully's biggest rivals. With Gully as the prime suspect, Allie is not going to let her innocent aunt go down for the crime. $7.99

Randall, Shari - Against the Claw - Welcome back to the seaside village of Mystic Bay where someone has been found sleeping with the fishes. Ballerina Allie Larkin is still back home, healing from a broken arm and lending a hand at her aunt's Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack, But now that the famous restaurant is branching out, help is needed more than ever - evcn on the lobster boat. The last thing she expects to find once she's out in the bay, however, is the body of a dead beautiful woman. Allie takes it upon herself to learn what happened. But how can she crack this case when everyone seems dead-set on keeping their secrets below the surface?  $7.99

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Thursday, August 16, 2018




Time for another book adventure. Have fun perusing though this website. What I love about books, you not only learn something new but they take you to a new place. The real world drops away and you are transported to a new place that stays with you while you turn the pages. Have fun! 

The next blog, September/October 2018 I'm going to add in a great selection of out-of-print needlework books. These do not get a 20% discount but they are at a great discounted price already.  Hope you enjoy this addition.

But remember your 20% discount on the new titles and items in all issue.  Just find the discount code in one of the articles and give us a call with your order.  Or just call to say hello or with  a question. I will make time for you.

Now I happily leave you to your reading


Sue Spargo is considered the best of the best in quilting.  I know her book, Creative Stitching is a best-seller and so are her colorful, wonderful designs.
This is a needleworker on the go!  She was born in Zambia, Southern Africa and ended up living in England. As she writes on her website, "The stark contrasts between the arid beige and browns of the African bushveld and the lush greens of southern England have become a rich source of ideas. I am influenced by the energy and color of traditional African designs. These early experiences combined to stir my love of "primitive" arts and crafts."  She has lived in many states that have inspired her. Now she focuses on design of quilted items using textural fabrics and embellishments - workshops and retreats - creating books and patterns. Her other passions are her four children, tending her flowers and traveling to exciting destinations. 

My question is: How does she fit all that in her life?  Does she sleep? You really need to visit her website to see the glorious work of her hands.  Whether you hand stitch or quilt it is worth your time.  Her site is delicious and full of ideas.

Below, I've included some of her work.  Don't forget you get a 20% discount on any new book or item in this entire blog. 

Creative Stitching 2nd Edition - This book is based on her years of experience teaching thousands of students of all skills levels. Sue designed this book to help needleworkers  learn dozens of stitches that can be immediately applied to any project. This second edition includes a new chapter - Stitch Variations, over twenty new stitches, new highly detailed illustrations & photographs, updated section on needles and thread, spiral bound for convenience,  7 1/2" x 6" for quick easy reference anywhere you go.  216 pages.  $32.00

Stitches to Savor - This hardcover 144 page coffee-table book of inspiration is full of photographs showcasing Sue's quilts that shows close-ups in stunning detail that reveal multilayered richness of her work of various combinations and a variety of embellishment. See patterns and shapes in a whole new way. Patterns not included.  $36.95

WILD TULIP SAC - This is one of her neat projects - a pieced wool zipper bag accented with a wool and cotton applique design. The finished bag is 12x8. How cute is this!  $10.00

FOLK TAILS BOOK - Wool Applique quilt with layering and embroidery.  Sue's wonderful design is a story of Africa is deeply embedded in her soul. As she writes, "These childhood memories continually fill my mind, the beauty of the land that is rich with wildfire and wild land. She says she can feel the hot African sun and dry breezes on her skin, the warm, rough sand beneath her feet, the smell of the bushveld - dusty and dry and filled with scent of the animals that live there." She says she heard the songs of a thousand birds during the day and the silence of a pitch black night that at times was broken by the roar of a lion that shakes your body. This is a quilt of those memories. Along with the design she incorporated everything she's came to love as a designer of 12 years. Her love of vibrant colors, hand dyed wools, creating dimension and embroidery.  You really need her Creative Stitch book for the embroidery stitch instruction.  $32.00

Stitches to Savor 2019 Calendar - This is her third calendar in the series. A 3"x 6" sized at-a-glance calendar format and show off the days with each great stitch.  $22.99

FINALLY AVAILABLE: Creative Thread by Jo Dixey - Jo is a Royal School of Needlework trained, professional embroiderer.
In this book she brings embroiderers 20 abstract projects inspired by the faces and forms we see around us: people. The projects range from small embroidered cards to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple applique for a scarf to an embroidered jacket all based on the theme of people. Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and technique, Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book. along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3-D effects.   $19.95


Lots of good books for you to enjoy!  Grab your favorite drink and sit back and take a look.  There should be something that appeals to your interests whether embroidery, textiles, applique, beading, sewing and more.  There are a couple of titles that have just come back in print and I'm doing a dance they did.  I tell you if they had a different title when first printed - they're really great books but you don't need two copies.  discount code: (kken18)

Got your drink?  Good.  Now just scroll down.

Armstrong, Carol - The Big Book of Pretty and Playful Applique - Carol's stunning garden quilts and charming critters have changed the way many needleworkers now applique. Now her best flora and fauna are together in a single book of blooming flowers and birds in flight to household pets. She uses her favorite technique, "Lightbox Applique," on flora, birds, and woodland creatures. She lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her cabinetmaker husband. This is a treasure trove of applique delights.  $27.95

Cardon, Jenny Wilding - Visible Mending: Artful Stitchery to Repair and Refresh Your Favorite Things - Rip in your jeans? Snag in a sweater? Tear in a tea towel? 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 new life. Start by learning hand-mending methods, including boro, embroidery, patching and darning. Then rev up the sewing machining for fast mends that puts the
pedal to the metal. Even with not much time to spare, you can create eye-catching repairs with visible mending - 35 examples and more than 150 photos make it easy to put your unique mark on everything you mend!  $23.99 

Collinge, Annette Dr. - Embroidered Treasures: Birds - The Embroiderer's Guild in the UK was founded in 1906 and has collections from all over the world. These wonderful works which somehow survived through the ages, could be said to be one of the most important groups of embroideries assembled in one place. This fantastic book showcases the Embroiderer's Guild huge collection of embroidered birds through the ages. From the subtle shades seen in crewelwork and the Buratto lace of Europe to the glittering silk, metal and beetle wing designs of China, Japan and India, author Dr. Annette Collinge presents a beautiful array of stitchwork. Featuring full-color photographs and extended captions, items are shown also in full, along with detailed images to show off the stunning stitched birds at their best. These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as badges, postcards, aprons, wall hangings, dresses, cushion cover and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century. Collected from many different countries, this exquisite book is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public.  What inspiration!  $29.95 in hardback. 

Cope, Peter - The Smithsonian Photography Guide: Shoot* edit* experiment* share - Make the most of your smartphone camera! This enlarged, updated edition of The Smartphone Photography Guide features all the latest information on take, manipulate, and share brilliant photographs and videos. It cover the Top 10 Rules for picture taking, delves into popular genres and provides Pro Tips, "Try This" panels, and jargon-buster boxes that explain technical terms. Suitable for all general smartphone users, platform agnostic, compatible with iOS, Android, and windows phones.   $17.95

Brown, Cassie - Kew Book of Sugar Flowers: How to make beautiful floral cake decorations - I know, I know, this has nothing to do with needlework BUT it does have lots to do with inspiration and creativity.  In this delicious book Cassie teaches you how to craft stunning, authentic-looking flowers and foliage using flower paste (gum paste). Through clear and concise step-by-step instructions, Cassie explains every facet of crafting sugar flowers, from gaining an appreciation of the flower itself, to preparing the flower paste and coloring it to wiring the flowers into an attractive and realistic bouquet. Choose from ornate orchids to delicate daisies. The method for crating each individual flower is demonstrated in stunning detail beginning with an 'exploded flower' photos that illustrates each of the components and working through the techniques and tricks that Cassie herself applies to create her stunning floral displays. This book is endorsed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew giving credit to the stunning realism of the flowers she has recreated.  $24.95 

Essam, Katie - The Textile Artist: Layered and Stitched Pictures - The author's fresh, modern style uses unique combinations of traditional techniques, and in this book she shows you how to create beautiful textile art inspired by the beauty in everyday. Learn how to draw inspiration from animals, birds, gardens, beach huts, and the scenes that surround you and create gorgeous stitched pictures. $29.95

Gula, Kristen - 200 Embroidered Flowers: Hand Embroidery Stitches and Projects for Flowers, Leaves and Foliage -  Learn how to stitch your favorite flowers, leaves and foliage, and learn from this is a collection of tutorials for 200 embroidered flowers and foliage that includes roses, daisies, daffodils, pansies and buttercups as well as more exotic blooms. There are ten projects for home décor and accessories. $24.95

Heptinstall, Joanna - Sewing Lampshades: How to create your own tailored and pleaded lampshades - Sew 18 beautiful tailored, pleated and loose lampshades to suit your style. Included are 18 fully illustrated step-by-step projects, featuring tailored, pleated and loose -cover designs. Each technique is covered in full detail from measuring your fabrics, choosing a frame shape, calculating your seams, creating a shade, adding trims and choosing a stand. The projects require few specialist tools, can be easily customized to suit your home décor, and cover a wide range of styles, sizes and fabrics. Learn the tricks of the trade from an expert.  $22.95

Ishii, Sachiyo - 20 To Knit: Tiny Christmas Toys to Knit - All the projects by the ever-popular Sachiyo bring us  irresistibly cute knitted Christmas toys for knitters of all abilities. All the projects are accompanied by a clear, easy-to-follow pattern and fun photography. There is a useful page of basic techniques at the start of the book, including making up, stuffing and simple, decorative surface stitching.  These wonderful mini knits range from a polar bear, angel, penguin and robin to a Christmas pudding, bauble, snowman and Santa with his sack and many more cute and quirky Christmas ideas, all bursting with character.  $9.95

Ishii, Sachiyo - Sew Your Own Felt Advent Calendar - Sew your own felt calendar with 24 cute little felt toys to delight your family. Sachiyo starts by showing you how to make the basic calendar, and then provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and templates for 24 tiny felt toys to place in the pockets. These cute little Christmas-themed projects are quick to make using just a few pieces of felt, stuffing, thread and ribbons, and make perfect little gifts for children and adults alike.  $14.95

Kim, Minki - Diary in Stitches: 65 Charming Motifs -6 Fabric  and Thread Projects to Bring You Joy - Artist Minki Kim turns her own daily sketchbook challenge into 65 stitchable drawings to mix and match. Embroider and applique the whimsical, easy-going motifs and share like a patchwork pouch, a statement pillow, and a sweet wallhanging. Minki's uplifting designs, plus an extra gallery of small project ideas for anyone who wants to add personality to their home and personal accessories.  Minki is a fabric and pattern designer and discovered sewing as a creative outlet to capture the beauty of ordinary moments.  $25.95

Lincecum, Steffani - Sewing Machine Magic: Sewing expert, Steffani Lincecum, shares 30+ years of experience on how to handle a sewing machine with greater ease and confidence and explains how to easily find and use the right presser feet and other accessories, for your machine whether you bought it retail or in a garage sale. You'll learn the logistics of managing thread, how to achieve the proper stitch formations for every project, and how to troubleshoot a variety of common sewing problems. Learn to use more than 30 presser feet and other basic and more specialized tools designed for maximum efficiency. 10 fashion and home décor projects show some of the way to use some of the feet and accessories.  $22.99

Malone, Chris - Animal Attraction: 14 Clever Quilted Creations for Animal Lovers - Here's 14 animal projects perfect for every season or any room using easy fusible applique and easy piecing. use these whimsical projects for gifts or simply make them because you love them. Whether you like farm animals or safari you'll find something you'll just have to make. Technique tutorials included in this book: Raw-Edge fusible Applique Making Yo-yos Padded Applique Over 20 design tips given throughout the book.  $14.95

Patek, Jan - Sleigh Bells: Stitch a Folk -Art Quilt Full of Winter Fun - Make a dozen cute quilt-block designs featuring whimsical snowmen, quaint cottages, towering trees, wonky stars, joyful angels and kids bundled up for wintertime quilt. At queen-size, this cozy quilt can be showcased anywhere - and cuddled under anytime. Use Jan's needle-turn technique, or any favorite applique method, to make each block. For quick coordinating projects, turn single blocks into pillows, wall quilts, table toppers, and more! Full-size patterns included.  $18.99

Pullen, Fiona - Making and Marketing a Successful Art and Craft - Successful craft business owner Fiona Pullen, owner of The Sewing Directory, explains how to turn your hobby into a fulfilling and rewarding commercial success. This is a revised and updated edition of Craft a Successful Business, for those wanting a craft business including giving advice on the importance of identifying markets, focusing on a USP (unique selling point), assessing the competition, making sure the price is right and setting goals. Also included are sections on product photos and videography, branding and legal matter.  Particular emphasis is placed on online selling, with detailed information on markets, blogging, using social media and the importance of analytics and SEO (search optimization).  Information on offline selling is included too, with notes on selling at craft fairs, trade fairs and markets, selling through retail outlets, running courses and workshops, and featuring work in the media.   She shares insights and advice from dozens of successful business professionals including Debbie Shore, Torie Jayne and Laura Strutt.   $19.95

Stanton, Yvette - Smoyg: Pattern Darning from Norway -  Learn how to create 13 beautiful embroidered pieces by award-winning embroiderer Yvette Stanton, inspired by traditional Norwegian embroidery. This great how-to guide full of colorful images and enticing projects to help you discover the beauty of Norwegian pattern darning.  This pattern darning is a simple technique, and beginners through experienced stitchers.  Yvette includes the history of this technique and where it featured on traditional clothing and textiles. You will learn the stitches and techniques of this pattern darning with clear step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams.  $29.95

Rose, Tilly - Stitched Memories: Telling a Story Through Cloth and Thread - Learn how to create unique textile art using vintage  cloth and embroidery to tell a story and preserve memories. Tilly shows you how to make 15 gorgeous projects, including cloth journals, lavender hearts, framed collages, wall hangings and miniature quilts. All of the designs have a story to tell and are made using a plethora of vintage fabrics, threads, lace, ribbon, buttons, beads, photographs and other found items.  She incorporates a range of exciting techniques, all explained through clear instructions and step-by-step photos, including layering cloth, stamping, applique, embellishing patchwork, free motion embroidery and photo transfer.  $19.95

Various Authors - The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery - New from the Royal School this book is a rich source of embroidery techniques, stitches and projects, covering eight key subjects in detail: crewelwork, bead embroidery, stumpwork, canvaswork, goldwork, whitework, blackwork and silk shading. Containing all the trusted bestselling content from the RSN Essential Stitch Guide series, plus a new section on mounting your finished work. Fully redesigned and integrated, the original eight titles have been given a new lease on life in this larger format.  400 pages.  $35.00


Turpin-Delport, Lesley and Nikki Delport-Wepener - Just Stitch - Stitch 12 exquisite embroidery projects with original fauna and flora designs in a variety of threads to create a 3-D effect. The book is filled with novel concepts in mixed-media embroidery and offers many interpretations and techniques, with striking examples of textured finishes. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful, commissioned photos, it offers 12 color themes to help embroiderers understand and play color, along with inspiring projects to encourage you to produce your own creative work. Also included are an extensive stitch glossary and templates for the designs.  Previously published as Embroidered Flora and Fauna.  $24.95

Niekerk, Di Van - Monograms and Words - Welcome to the wonderful world of stitched calligraphy. Each letter is beautifully reproduced in watercolor, with clear instructions for transferring the designs on to fabric. The step-by step demonstrations show you the basic techniques, accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams and close-up photos of the embroideries. There are numerous gorgeous designs, including embroidered cards, plaques, boxes, journals, baby clothes and more.  Previously published as Embroidered Alphabets.  $24.95

Niekerk, Di Van - A Perfect World in Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork - Di includes innovative ideas for combining ribbon embroidery and stumpwork with other crafts to create unique and special projects. The magnificent sampler includes 60 different elements: flowers and creatures from all over the world, many of them never embroidered before. With step-by step instructions and clear photos, this lavishly illustrated book is an ideal learning tool for beginner embroiderers, yet offers more advanced embroiderers several new and exciting techniques. This book before this reprint sold over 91,880 copies English language editions worldwide excluding South Africa where she resides.  $25.95


Beadadventures is a great way to travel the world and learn beading at the same time.  Visit places you've dreamed about with master beaders and authors and have a wonderful adventure. 

This October 10th-22nd 2018 you could join Maggie Meister and Heather Kingsley-Heath for a tour of Northern Italy of northern Italy including Ravenna, the home of some of the most spectacular wall mosaics you will ever lay your eyes on. I've been there so I speak from experience.  Maggie Meister beside being a master beader has written the wonderful book:

Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance" 20 Beaded Jewelry DesignsThese are all her projects that draw on patterns and motifs as diverse as classical Roman arts, Middle Eastern textiles, and European architecture.  $27.95

Or if you want to stay closer to home: Spend three days in a retreat-setting with Sherry Serafini, often referred to as the "rock star" of bead embroidery,  on Orcas Island, Washington from October 26-28, 2018. This retreat is for experienced bead embroidery artists looking to go to the next level. 

If you can't make this trip you can immerse yourself in her mind-blowing books and make wonderful bead embroidery jewelry: 

Inspired Bead Embroidery: New Jewelry designs by Sherri Serafini - Sherry offers 15+ exciting new projects that combine her textured designs with eye-catching focal beads. This gorgeous 128 page hardback book includes the aesthetics behind Sherry's work, from stitches and materials to color theory. Sherry's textured, dimensional projects include earrings, cuffs, collars and incorporate seed beads, cubes, triangles, drops, daggers, cabochons, leather, fiber, and more. Each project includes concise instructions. The end of the book provides even more inspiration for experienced beaders looking to take their work in new, more exploratory direction.  $24.95

Art of Bead Embroidery: Techniques, Designs,and Inspirations - This book was created with her friend Heidi Kummli and in-between these covers they share their secrets for creating beautiful beadwork. They discuss tools, adhesives, and materials and has an illustrated guide to favorite stitches. Includes gorgeous jewelry and art pieces for those seeking design ideas.  $21.95

Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewelry Projects - She explains the fundamentals behind her work and shares 25 beautiful projects. The stunning designs range from a Spiked Angel Brooch to a "Bling Ring", and each one features a fabulous focal-point cabochon and a scintillating crystal rivoli.  $19.95

If this tempts your creative self go visit and see their other travel and beading plans. Yes, there is much more!


I hope you enjoyed your visit. If this is your first visit I'd like to introduce you to our business of 26 years. We have set up bookshops for the ANG, EGA, and a variety of other needlework organizations as well as creating this blog and a website.

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