Craft Focus - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 88)

77 MAKING CLOTHES AT HOME DAVID & CHARLES Learn to paint outstanding fashion watercolours with expert guidance from a leading fashion illustrator in the book Watercolor Fashion Illustration. Watercolour is a wonderful medium for figure and fashion as it creates loose, impressionistic results that capture the essence of a look without getting too bogged down in the details. In this complete course, professional fashion illustrator Francesco Lo Iacono shows you how to master creating delicate, beautiful fashion illustrations. PARAFFLE Each starter kit contains a quality organic and Fair Trade tote bag, complete with everything needed to stitch an eye-catching design. Suitable for beginners, the detailed guide gives instructions (with photos) and tips for each stage of the project. Designed by Sammy Bishop in Paraffle’s Edinburgh HQ, and packaged in a sustainably sourced presentation box, Tote Bag Kits make a gorgeous gift for creative types. Available in more than 20 nature-inspired designs, each kit includes a tote bag, embroidery hoop, DMC thread and thread organiser, a Paraffle pattern pre-printed on adhesive transfer paper, fusible interfacing, needle, and detailed instructions. The RRP is £25. +44 (0)7468 535 475 SEARCH PRESS Niina Laitinen is one of the most popular knitting designers in Scandinavia. This stunning collection of sock designs is inspired by the four seasons. Each of the 20 gorgeous patterns in Knitted Socks from Finland is accompanied by a beautiful description of the Finnish countryside that evokes the spirit of the Nordic seasons. The designs feature elements of nature in the shape of leaf patterns and beautiful lace and cable textures, to gorgeous colourwork featuring a geisha, a butterfly and heart patterns. They’re knitted with the changing moods of the seasons in mind and include lightweight ankle-length designs for spring and summer, and heavier knee-length patterns for the colder winter weather. All the patterns have detailed charts to follow and range in difficulty from easy to more complex designs suitable for more advanced knitters. +44 (0)1892 510 850 KNITTING FEVER Blue Faced Leicester hails from Leicestershire in the English Midlands and is so named because the sheep’s face appears to have a blue tint due to the dark skin underneath the short white hair. Spun from 100 per cent BFL wool, and put up with a ‘Shetland twist’ it’s a superior hand-knitting yarn because of its soft and lustrous qualities. As such, the resulting yarn yields hard-wearing garments, like sweaters and other outerwear. However, the wool is not just strong, it’s soft − and because the wool of the Blue Faced Leicester is curled – rather than crimped – the resulting fibre has excellent drape.