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Inspired by items on our Pinterest page of the amazing chairs and poufs that can be made by knitting and crocheting, we were delighted to hear about a fabulous new book by Anne Weil called Knitting Without Needles (see Anne’s website for further info). There are thirty patterns to finger and arm knit rugs, poufs, scarves, cowls and more. We just love this chunky knitting art form which, by the very nature of it, are really quick to knit up. Most items can be knitted up in an hour which is an absolute bonus if you tend to look at knitting and crocheting and think ‘When will I ever have time to do that?!’ I really hope Anne does a tour of the UK as she has done in the States, but for now, we can pour over her fabulous book and arm ourselves (geddit!) with enough wool to make a pouf or two!
If you ever browse haberdashery and fabric websites, you’ll undoubtedly have seen the gorgeous items (scissors, pins, needles etc) made by the fab Merchant and Mills. We have been long time lovers of their products and equally love their Merchant and Mills Sewing Book. The first part of the book is a comprehensive overview of the art of sewing and dressmaking so is a brilliant resource for any sewing project if you need a refresher on a certain technique no matter how basic or advanced. The book then works you through 15 projects of increasing difficulty utilising different sewing techniques that build upon each other. A brilliant book that will become a staple for all your sewing needs. (BTW, they have a new book out called Workbook which we haven’t looked at yet, but can’t wait to!).
Another staple in on our sewing bookshelf is Sew U by Wendy Mullin. Wendy offers help setting up your sewing room and goes over everything you need to know about sewing and then gets down to the business of sewing by focusing on three basic elements of a woman’s wardrobe: skirts, shirts and trousers. There are plenty of tips for customising to really make your projects your own. Tissue-paper patterns are included for the basic piece of clothing but she’ll show you variations that can be created with slight pattern changes. If you want to follow an A-Z of sewing techniques, you can’t go wrong with this book.
Having recently visited The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace, we couldn’t really not mention Kirstie’s Vintage Home. 30 simple handmade projects that can be made by reusing, recycling, upcycling and making do and mending. There are a good few projects that can be made by sewing and crocheting and what I really like about it, is the really useful list at the back of the people and places that Kirstie used in the making of the book. I’ve found some great shops as a result of that list.