Craft Focus - June/July 2020 (Issue 79)

74 Bookstand Stock your shelves with the latest craft-related book releases THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE: SUSTAINABLE STYLE Caroline Akselson & Alexandra Bruce £27 9781787135369 Search Press The BBC2 primetime series, The Great British Sewing Bee , is set to return to the nation’s screens in 2020. The companion book to the sixth series of this flagship BBC2 show, The Great British Sewing Bee: Sustainable Style accompanies sewers at all levels on their creative journey to reduce, reuse and recycle - ultimately creating their own considered closet. Starting with the essentials, sewers will learn how to maintain and care for their sewing machine, find out the secrets to using an overlocker (and what to do if you don’t have one) and the key to pattern matching. With a guide that demystifies the fitting process, and with expert sewing tips on making alterations, you’ll be able to choose from 27 projects, for both women and men, that will ease you into the world of sustainable sewing. We say: This book is an indispensable reference to a more considered approach to sewing, that will encourage you to create long-lasting projects to cherish. MACRAMÉ FOR THE MODERN HOME Isabella Strambio £12.99 9781782218364 Search Press This gorgeous book will show you how to create breathtaking works of wall art and statement home décor all made using simple macramé knots, natural dyes and 100 per cent recycled materials. Start by learning 18 key knots and 8 beautiful patterns, all shown clearly using step-by- step photography. Learn how to use natural dyes and how to pre-treat and dye your string. Key safety advice is given, as well as helpful tips for working with large pieces of macramé, knotting from an irregular-shaped support and keeping an even tension. We say: We love how the book is divided into four chapters: Macramé on the wall, Macramé to hang, Macramé for indoors & outdoors, and Macramé to decorate. Sewing Macrame KEEP CALM AND COLOUR ON: THE SELF-ISOLATION EDITION £5.99 978 1 78783 770 6 Summersdale Is self-isolating driving you mad? Do you need something soothing to distract you from the news? It sounds like Keep Calm and Colour On: The Self-Isolation Edition is the book you need. Discover some peace and tranquillity within its pages where you’ll find a range of beautiful patterns and intricate designs to colour in and quieten your mind. With 46 different designs you can bring to life with colour, this is your antidote to the stress of these uncertain times. We say: Adult colouring in is a great way to relax, unwind, and de-stress! These lovely designs are sure to while away a few hours of the day. C olouring