The follow-up to the hugely successful Sewing Machine Basics.
Sewing School Basics is a complete sewing course for first-time stitchers. The book begins by telling you which pieces of sewing kit you need to buy, explains which fabrics to use, and how to use paper patterns. The second part of the book is a structured course of 12 workshops, which build from the most basic hand-sewing techniques through to more advanced dressmaking skills. At the end of each workshop, there is a step-by-step project, which reinforces the skill mastered in the workshop. The projects range from simple hand-embroidered cushions to a lined throw, and from a shirred sundress to an organdie pleated skirt. Techniques include embroidery, patchwork, quilting, dressmaking, and curtain-making, and there are useful tips and shortcuts throughout the book.
Jane Bolsover has over 20 years’ experience as a designer and writer specialising in sewing and crafts. She was sewing editor on Essentials magazine, contributes to magazines, has written several books on soft furnishings, and now works as a consultant for a major textile and craft show company, for whom she organises craft demonstrations, workshops and displays. She is the author of Sewing Machine Basics (published by CICO Books) and holds workshops through Rowan at Liberty of London and John Lewis stores. The author is based in Dorking, Surrey.