Books of the Week!

I just love these New Books on Sewing and Fashion!

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd has recently released the following Crafter books and they are a must-read!


The Little Guide to Mastering Your Sewing Machine: All the Sewing Basics, Plus 15 Step-by-Step Projects
Sylvie Blondeau

For everyone who dreams of sewing but suffers from the common fear of how to use the sewing machine, your worries are over! Thanks to this step-by-step method, illustrated with nearly 200 photos and drawings, you’ll painlessly discover all the basic techniques, and even how to sew on a button. You’ll then very quickly be able to put your new sewing machine skills intopractice with the 15 special projects designed for beginners. This handy guide has a fold-out stand and is set up as a spiral flip book, ready to sit on your sewing table. Cheerful and encouraging, the guide walks you through the functions and accessories of the machine, along with the equipment you’ll use with it, the choosing and cutting of fabric, the different kinds of stitches, how to sew pieces together, and more. Train yourself to sew straight, to make a hem, to add bias binding, piping, and zippers. Then create a reversible hat, a sewing-machine cover, a table runner, a shopping bag…from there, the possibilities are endless.

I really like this one because it makes sewing seem so much easier!

Size: 10″ x 7″ | 198 color photos & b/w illustrations | 80 pp

ISBN13: 9780764349706 | Binding: hard cover

About the author: Sylvie Blondeau is a French artist specializing in craft and illustration. She teaches sewing classes to adults and to teens, and is the author of several sewing and craft books, including Appliqué for Little Ones.

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Bags for Fashionistas: Designing, Sewing, Selling
nani coldine

This do-it-yourself book for stylish handbags features 25 projects with more than 500 illustrations. Sewers of all skill levels will gather the information they need to create many kinds of bags, from casual to romantic, as well as ideas for jazzing up your old bags. Handbag styles include clutches, totes, makeup cases, and a roll-up pencil case. They’re made with a variety of styles, including lovely vintage, charming felt, and ’80s graphics designs. Chapters include adding accessories and prints to your bags, and each section ends with an interview with a handbag designer. A wealth of tips and information is also provided for adding zippers, making the perfect lining, developing your own variation of the handbag model, and enlarging and copying design patterns and templates. See how creating your own handbag can be fun and rewarding, and also fashion-forward.Size: 10″ x 7″ | 198 color photos & b/w illustrations | 80 pp

Size: 9″ x 10″ | 582 color illustrations | 152 pp

ISBN13: 9780764349126 | Binding: soft cover

This one has really cool projects! My teenage niece is really enjoying this book and has already completed two or three of the projects. She says that they are really easy and she loves the illustrations.

About the author: Nadine Kulis is the designer and illustrator behind the name “nadi coldine.? After completing her fashion studies in London and Antwerp, she founded the handbag label nani coldine and created the design company of the same name. Her handbags were published in InStyle and Elle, and are selling all over the world. After many years of experience in several countries with regards to production, she now manufactures her limited editions in Germany. Nadine and her team also provide many fashion companies with bag designs and trendy ideas. Her love of the craft and her passion for unusual and creative designs and bags are still her main source of motivation and balance the commercial aspects. With Bags for Fashionistas, she proves that making things by yourself is not only rewarding but also classy and chic. Nadine currently lives and works in Cologne. She runs her own bag blog: More information about nani coldine can be found on her website:

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Fashion Design Techniques: The Basics and Practical Application of Fashion Illustration
Zeshu Takamura

Covering the basic principles and the creative techniques behind making effective design drawings—the central pillar of fashion design—this guide is perfect for students as well as for professionals working in all branches of the garment and fashion industries. From hand drawing to using software applications, it explains how to create drawings that clearly and precisely illustrate the shape, material, pattern, color, and other elements of garments. Patterners, retailers, and fashion design students will rejoice in these comprehensive instructions for making design drawings understandable and expressive.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 1,200 images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350474 | Binding: soft cover

This one is must-have for any one interested in Fashion!

About the author: Zeshu Takamura is Professor of Advanced Fashion Design and Head of the Fashion Illustration Laboratory, Faculty of Fashion Science, at Bunka Gakuen University’s Graduate School in Tokyo. A graduate of the Faculty of Education of Tokyo Gakugei University and the Department of Dress Design of Kuwasawa Design School, he is active in fashion illustration, design, and research at publishers, agencies, and apparel manufacturers. His many publications include Roots of Street Style, Fashion Design Archives, and Fashion Illustration Techniques: A Super Reference Book for Beginners.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.



The next are wonderful picture books from Sky Pony Press!

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THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO GOBBLED A SKINK by Tamera Will Wissinger (author) and Ana Bermejo (illustrator) is a wonderfully humorous take on the classic nursery rhyme. This story will delight children, adults, and all those who like fishing. It’s perfect for reading aloud and sure to be read (and perhaps even sung) again and again.

This is such a cute story and the illustrations are delightful! Young children will just love this one and laugh out loud!

OLD LADY: Amazon, B&N, IndieBound


PUDDLE JUMPERS by Anne Margaret Lewis (author) and Nancy Cote (illustrator) is a happy picture book that celebrates the simple, pure joy of jumping in a rain puddle. Nancy Cote’s cheerful illustrations are full of kid appeal, a perfect match to a story that captures the magic of being a child. Let your imagination take you on your own adventure the next time you encounter an irresistible puddle. With a rainy winter coming up, this is a perfect book for every child’s library!

I just love the Illustrations in this wonderful picture book! This one is a must-read for every young child!

PUDDLE JUMPERS: Amazon, B&N, IndieBound

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the books mentioned in this post. No other compensation was received.

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