29 September 2009
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Leopard in Leaves
Make a real statement with this classic wardrobe essential. Rachel Hyde shows how to adorn a handmade, or shop bought, waistcoat with colourful appliqué.
Grecian Style Dress
Stylish, fashionable and easy to sew, this mini dress from Rosemary Simpson looks fabulous in trendy animal print. Wear it over jeans or with stilettos and gold jewellery for a sassy look.
Handle when Hot
It’s time to start thinking of Christmas and cooking up a storm in the kitchen so Jennie Rayment has some tips on lining and making oven mitts that keep the heat away!
Firey Fringed Sweater
Betty Barnden transforms a plain sweater with a fun fringing and as a fi nal touch has added a fringed fl ower for a hot autumnal look
Henry the Horse
June McCrary Jacobs provides the pattern for a handsome horse to make for children. They can help too with preparing the mane and tail.
Amber the dog
Make Isabel Manson’s cosy cushion for your bedroom or kitchen. It’s a pet that needs no feeding or walking and is quick and easy to make
Crafty Cubs – Quick Kit Bag
Make a multitude of ten minute kit bags to sell at craft and Christmas fairs. The 2nd Waterlooville Cubs decorated theirs with fabric pens
Wonderful World of Blogs
Kate Hopper has searched the web to find out about blogging and talked to textile artists who have found it addictive!
Snuggle up in a cosy coat in winterweight wool or fun fur, Ruth Cox has picked the latest designs to stay warm in style
Sew and Swish Again
Visitors to the Knitting and Stitching Show Harrogate this year are in for a treat! Sewing World will be there with a Swishing Studio and stream of Learning Curve workshops
This month Julie Bonnar turns the spotlight on three craft enthusiasts with great ideas
Heide Goody has the perfect answer for the perennial problem in the run up to Christmas which echoes up and down the land of, “I have nothing to wear”
Fit a Zip
Invisible zips are terrifi c and a firm favourite here. So just in case you haven’t been hooked yet, Lorna Knight provides a simple step-by-step guide to a concealed zip insertion with tips on upsidedown zips for bodices
A Cup Full
Some say we are lucky to be well endowed, but a full bust can cause fitting problems. Wendy Gardiner shares her recent success with fitting a bra-style bodice
Style File – a Parisian Wardrobe
Look to Paris for style tips this season. Sue Locke provides the pattern numbers and sewing tips to create the look that’s dominated the catwalks
A gracious long slender neck might not be a personal attribute, but certainly it’s possible to create the illusion with the clever pattern choices selected by Sue Locke
Whether you want to trim a jacket, sweater, bag or scarf, you can make a fun fringe with some knitting yarn, a ruler, some fusible web and your sewing machine. Tips by Betty Barnden.
Take Up Tips 2 – Lined Jacket Sleeves
Judith Turner shows how to shorten sleeves on lined jackets whether they are plain or featured
In the first of a series on using an Embellisher, Lynne Williams explains what it is all about and shows how to get started by making an autumnal cushion cover
Restyle and recycle curtains following Lorraine Lillywhite’s tips on adding to the length to give them a new lease of life