New books

New books (and not-so-new, but new to us) available in store.

Sewing in a Straight Line author Brett Bara notes, "Sewing in a Straight Line is a collection of 26 projects for home decor, gifts, quilts, clothing and accessories that can all be made by simply sewing straight lines. My inspiration for this book came after many years of people telling me they’d love to learn to sew but they just didn’t know where to start. One day it hit me that so much of what I sew is super easy to make — in fact, much of it is sewn with straight lines only. And anyone can sew a straight line! So I set out to make a book that would show readers that they can make cute projects even with very simple skills. (via Brett Bara)

Carry Me showcases the unique design sensibility and clever projects captured in Japanese craft books with 20 handbags featuring clever construction, unique details, and simple sewing techniques. Sophisticated photography shows off each bag to the fullest, with helpful detail shots of closures, handles, linings, and design details. Readers will find a variety of bag styles including a wool tweed travel bag perfect for a weekend getaway, a stylish denim bag with grommet and zipper details, a roomy tote bag with contrast lining and inside pockets, a laptop bag featuring a unique patchwork design, a striped book bag with matching book cover project, a wool messenger bag with flower detail, a soft luggage tote with inside compartments and luggage tag, plus much more. Each project offers detailed instructions, step-by-step illustrations, and easy-to-follow construction diagrams. A section on tips and techniques shows how to give each bag a professional look and add embellishments. Matching companion projects such as change purses, drawstring bags and wristlets, give crafters lots of variation ideas on each bag. A pull-out pattern section bound inside the book makes it handy to create all of the projects easily. Perfect for beginning and experienced sewers alike, this book will inspire you to start sewing your own handbags right away! (via Interweave)

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