Craft Focus - Page number 80 - October/November 2021 (Issue 87)

80 Bookstand Stock your shelves with the latest craft-related book releases RSN: GOLDWORK Techniques, projects & pure inspiration By Emi Nimura £17.99 9781782217039 Search Press Author Emi Nimura is a Graduate Apprentice and expert teacher with the RSN; she provides the reader with a thorough grounding in goldwork stitches and techniques, three beautiful projects and numerous inspiring finished pieces. The book features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage. It reveals the history and context of goldwork, the materials and tools that are used, and provides clear, highly illustrated instructions that will allow the reader to achieve the technical expertise that goldwork demands. We say: There are numerous examples of Emi’s exquisite work throughout the book, together with a range of finished works by other embroiderers that showcases the diversity of goldwork design in both a traditional and a contemporary context. Goldwork MAKING WALDORF CRAFTS By Nina Taylor £16.99 9781912480395 Hawthorn Press Making Waldorf Crafts is a recipe book to guide young people through making things on their own (with a little help or guidance from an adult, if needed) with plenty of pictures to follow. Techniques include spinning, knitting, sewing and weaving and the projects and techniques are accompanied by stories and anecdotes with a narrative that children won’t be able to resist. From disappearing rabbits (that’s slip knots, of course) and knitted donkeys, here’s everything you need to encourage small hands to learn sewing, knitting and weaving skills that will improve children’s cognitive development and manual dexterity for life. The author’s charming anecdotes and teaching tips alongside the clear illustrations, are invaluable for anyone who finds themselves guiding children to learn with their hands. We say: As school curriculums are under more pressure to fulfil academic goals, these projects will provide opportunities to develop dexterity, hand-eye co-ordination and creativity with a series of tried and tested, age-appropriate projects to gradually build up skills. FRISIAN WHITEWORK Dutch embroidery from Friesland By Yvette Stanton £17.99 9781800920248 Search Press From Friesland in the Netherlands, this is a style of counted embroidery dating from the 1600s. It was traditionally used on men’s shirt collars, household linen, and samplers. Whitework is usually stitched in white thread on white fabric and most Frisian whitework is worked this way. However, this technique can also have touches of colour, and some samplers are worked entirely in coloured thread. Alphabets, figurative motifs and geometric shapes are common, and they are interpreted in a wide variety of stitches, such as satin stitch, eyelets, whipped back stitch, and chain stitch; some also with cutwork and drawn thread work. Yvette guides you though the stitches and techniques of Frisian whitework with clear step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams, ensuring you’ll have the confidence and skills to master 10 original projects, from small through to large, with a range of useful and beautiful applications. We say: What a treat, to explore how Frisian whitework featured on clothing and other textiles, and study the many photographs featuring historical examples. Fascinating! Making Embroidery THE MENDING DIRECTORY By Erin Eggenburg £15.99 9781800920361 Search Press Clothing repair through visible mending is a movement that now has hundreds and thousands of followers, and Erin Eggenburg is one of the leading proponents. The patterns are organised by skill level, from beginner to expert, and each project includes a photo of the completed, stitched pattern, as well as step-by-step diagrams showing how to recreate the design. Comprising over 50 hand-stitched mending patterns, you can give worn clothes a new lease of life by using these beautiful designs to repair your clothes and other fabric items. We say: Through her beautiful stitch designs, Erin shows you how to hand stitch or darn your clothes and other fabric items to mend them, rather than discard them. Stitching