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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 15 March 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844489077
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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Start to Stitch


by Miriam Edwards & Claire Buckley

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Book Description

by Claire Buckley, Miriam Edwards and Nancy Nicholson.

Textile craft is easy and fun! This book will give you the techniques and confidence to make loads of fantastic decorative and practical pieces, ranging from cushions to bags to mobile phone cosies. There are full instructions on the materials and methods for four classic textile crafts embroidery, appliqué, quilting and patchwork.

This book is based on the following books published by Search Press:
Start to Appliqué by Nancy Nicholson, 2008
Start to Embroider by Claire Buckley, 2008
Start to Patchwork by Nancy Nicholson, 2009
Start to Quilt by Miriam Edwards, 2008

24 Fantastic projects and dozens of variations
Clear step-by-step instructions make each technique easy
A fun, practical and enjoyable introduction to textile craft

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Materials 6
Appliqué 12
Appliqué techniques 14
Brilliant Brooch 18
Skirt Trim 22
Perfect Picture 26
Beady Bird 30
Throw Cushion 34
Pretty Pocket 40
Felt Bag 46
Embroidery 52
Embroidery techniques 54
Peacock Picture 66
Funky Book Cover 72
Magic Bag 78
Heart Purse 84
Lucky Charms 90
Patchwork 94
Patchwork techniques 96
Pet’s Blanket 98
Pin Cushion 104
Beautiful Belt 108
Patchwork Pillow 112
Heart Decoration 118
Crazy Bird 124
Zigzag Bag 128
Quilting 134
Quilting techniques 136
Notebook Cover 140
Fun Phone Pouch 144
Sashiko Bag 152
Beady Bag 158
Cat Wall Hanging 164
More books to read 174
Useful websites 174
Glossary 175
Index 176

About the Author

About Miriam Edwards

Miriam Edwards comes from a long line of dressmakers and tailors. Her mother taught her to make clothes for her dolls and then for herself, and alter she did the same for her own children. Miriam discovered patchwork when she went to the National Parchwork Championships with friends in 1992. She was enthralled by what she saw and came home weighed down with fabrics. She soon started attending classes and made her first quilt in 1993. In 2001 she became a Young Quilter's Representative, and she now holds regular children's workshops. Her patterns have been published in Patchwork and Quilting and Fabrications magazines.

About Claire Buckley

Claire Buckley has been a teacher and textile designer for 20 years, teaching in secondary schools as well as exhibiting her work in galleries. She is the Chairman of the Young Embroiderers Guild. Her designs use embroidery for fashion and accessories and she often uses recycled materials. Her projects for children have been featured in magazines as well as on the internet.


Love to Make

September 2015

This book is aimed at children and teenagers but we think many of the projects would appeal to adult learners too. Start to stitch introduces the reader to the techniques of applique, embroidery, patchwork and quilting. Beginning with a definition of each craft there are 24 projects provided for practice and idea for lots more creations. Each craft ends with the question 'What next?' giving suggestions for design changes and additional uses -all in all, a great book for those who enjoy making things by hand.

Craft Focus

Dec 13/Jan 14

Young stitchers will love this book as it explains in simple terms how to make lots of fun items, from a brilliant 3D brooch to a decorative border for a skirt.

Library Journal, USA

Nov 13

This omnibus edition by textile teacher and designer Buckley, quilter Miriam Edwards, and art teacher Nancy Nicholson incorporates material adapted from the authors earlier books on appliqué, embroidery, patchwork, and quilting and provides an introduction to each of the four crafts. Designed to appeal to tweens and teens, the projects feature bright colors, whimsical themes, and sparkly embellishment. Most of the directions include step-by-step color photographs, ensuring that novice sewists will know how each phase of the project should look. The embroidery section is the standout; the close-up, color photos of basic stitches will be useful to any beginning embroiderer, regardless of age. Verdict Though the book is oriented toward tweens and teens, the overviews of each topic are extremely useful, and parents may enjoy making the lively, colorful designs with older children.Nanette Donohue, Champaign, P.L., IL


Aug/Sep 13

A collection of projects from the 'Start To...' series of books, this is aimed squarely at the younger market. The shiny foils and wrappers from chocolates are used to make a 'Funky Book Cover' and there are ideas for embellishing with buttons, beads and sequins. Simple appliqué is used to upcycle a skirt or a pair of jeans and the magic bag (it uses one pair of handles to close it and another pair to open it!) is sure to be popular. Every single project is illustrated with loads of step-by-step photos, so it would be the perfect introduction to simple sewing. Or, if you're looking for things to make, perhaps with your children or grandchildren,this could be just what you need.

Machine Knitting Monthly

June 13

Young sewers will love this book. It explains the techniques to make loads of decorative and practical things from applique brooches to zigzag bags. There are full instructions an materials and methods for four classic crafts-embroidery, applique, quilting and patchwork.

East Kent Embroiderer's Guild

May-June 13

This bright and cheerful volume is brimming with lots of cool projects, designed to appeal to the young person in your life. After an introduction to tools and materials chapters follow covering Applique, Embroidery, Patchwork and Quilting, each containing at least five projects. Lots of clear step-by-step instructions will guide the user through each project with suggestions for taking the ideas further. This is the perfect book for any budding sewing enthusiast.

Sewing Directory, The

Apr 13

This book is a compilation of 4 previous book published by Search Press which introduce the reader to appliqué, embroidery, patchwork and quilting. Each of the 4 sections of the book give an introduction to the basic techniques and stitches, before then going into several projects. There are 24 projects in total in the book. All the projects and techniques are accompanied by step by step photos giving a good visual guide, as well as written instructions. The book is aimed at children/teenagers but I think many of the projects would appeal to adult learners too. The projects include several different bags, cushions, notebook covers, a phone pouch, pet quilt and cat wall hanging. This book is a useful guide for children or adults looking to master the basics of appliqué, quilting, patchwork and embroidery.

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