sewing books

Favourite books from my shelves

A list in progress ...

Beautiful patchwork projects to pore over.

Last-minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts

 Home makes with a pared-back aesthetic.

 Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing


Coveted books on my wishlist

For when I have the time to learn dressmaking properly

Design-It-Yourself Clothes

Judging a book by its cover here! I had a lovely anchor book of crewel embroidery stitches as a child, which I've mislaid somewhere over the years. This looks like a lovely little book of inspiration as I'm keen to do more handstitching. 

The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery

Another book judged by its cover (though like The New Crewel above, you can search inside over on amazon). I really like the textural quality to the wool on linen in the cover image.

Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts! Embroidery (Crafts)

Such a pretty volume of hand-embroidered designs.

Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners

For eye-poppingly gorgeous quilts.

Because I really want to print my own fabric after a brief stint of silk screen printing for GCSE textiles many moons ago.
Lotta Prints: How to Print with Anything, from Potatoes to Linoleum

After my first foray into stretch stitching I'm keen to get a better finish and use my overlocker more. 
 Sew U Home Stretch

A fantastic resource for adapting and understanding patterns and their construction.

How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns: From Shop-bought Patterns to Drafting Your Own: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing with Confidence

Including 5 adaptable sewing patterns, and a wealth of dressmaking expertise.

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

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