Craft Focus - February / March 2021 (Issue 83)

84 Bookstand Stock your shelves with the latest craft-related book releases EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD TRANSFERS COLLECTION By Dr Annette Collinge £25 9781782217206 Search Press An important though largely forgotten part of the Embroiderers’ Guild legacy is the huge collection of hot-iron transfers dating back to the early 20 th century that were created by members of the Guild. They fell out of favour in the 1960s and the Guild stopped producing them. Many transfers were stored away and haven’t been seen since those times; others were simply thrown away. Recently rediscovered and made available for the first time in over half a century, this collection includes 90 original designs ranging from the early to mid-20 th century. This treasure trove of design inspiration is presented in two separate books enclosed in a hardback folder. The Reusable Iron-on Transfers book includes 90 designs that you can cut out and store in the pocket inside the folder after use. This is accompanied by a handy Stitching Guide that includes 26 beautifully worked examples to inspire your colour, thread and stitch choices, as well as information on tools and materials, using an embroidery hoop, and 18 embroidery stitch diagrams. We say: Such an important collection of beautiful, historically significant iron-on transfer designs from the Embroiderers’ Guild. A great addition to your bookshelf. Embr oidery THE ULTIMATE ORIGAMI BOOK £12.99 9781497101258 Fox Chapel Publishing Everything you need to learn how to make origami is all right here! From fish, and boats to butterflies, birds, and even Mount Fuji, this exciting, all-in- one origami book features 20 step-by-step projects with clear illustrations to show you how to make stunning paper creations. With every origami project comes a special border design that matches with beautifully patterned, high-quality craft paper in the back of the book so you know which one to use. With 300 colourful and perforated pages to easily pull out and fold, the possibilities are endless with this one-of-a-kind paper folding guide! We say: Includes step-by-step instructions and easy-to- follow diagrams for every project, with the paper included, what’s stopping you? NORAH GAUGHAN’S TWISTED STITCH SOURCEBOOK By Norah Gaughan £21.99 9781419747564 Abrams & Chronicle Books Master the simple and addictive art of the twisted stitch. The basics are easy to learn, and the design possibilities (and twist combinations that come to light once you begin) are almost endless. The book starts with a treasure trove of twisted stitch variations, starting with patterns made from diagonals and building from there − adding horizontal and vertical elements, combining twisted stitches with lace or polygon knitting, and pushing boundaries with patterns that twist stitches in every row for more advanced textures. The book offers 125-plus stitch patterns, along with guidance on how the twists are engineered and how knitters can create designs of their own. Readers can test their newfound skills with the 15 garment patterns included - irresistible designs for hats, wraps, sweaters, and more. We say: Norah’s always-clear instructions are presented in a conversational, easy-to-understand voice that proceeds naturally as one twisted stitch leads to the next. Origami Knitting