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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 07 February 2014
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210405
  • Stock: 2 in stock
  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: $13.99
  • Series: Twenty to Make
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Twenty to Make: Stitched Fabric Brooches


by Alex McQuade

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Book Description

Textile expert Alex McQuade shows the reader how to make twenty quick, simple sewing projects that are modern, quirky and totally on-trend. These pretty accessories require minimal sewing and only small pieces of fabric, so are ideal for beginners.

The latest in the Twenty to Make series, Stitched Fabric Brooches shows readers how to create contemporary layered brooches and corsages. Textile expert Alex McQuade uses a range of materials, from linen and lace to buttons and ribbons some vintage or recycled for her signature look, which includes themes such as birds, hearts, dogs, cupcakes and flowers. The book will show how to combine a range of colours and fabrics to beautiful effect, and provide alternative suggestions to encourage readers to experiment for themselves.

A new sewing and jewellery title for the Twenty to Make series
The projects will be based on layered and stitched fabrics and lace, with added embellishments such as buttons and beads and the use of some recycled fabrics
A new author with a fresh, contemporary style; projects include on-trend themes such as birds, hearts, dogs, cupcakes and flowers

About the Author

About Alex McQuade

Alex McQuade has a passion for fabrics, embroidery and haberdashery. She studied Textile Design at De Montfort University, Leicester, and worked in the textile industry and for the Laura Ashley design service before creating her own textile and art collection in 2010. Alex’s inspirations range from animals and the great outdoors to steam fairs and rusty tractors. She creates her brooches from a variety of new and vintage fabrics including felt, linen, lace and ribbon as well as found and recycled materials. These are embellished with free machine and hand stitching to create Alex’s unique style. Alex lives in Leicester, visit her website

Love to Make

October 2015
If you are familiar with the Twenty to Make series then you will know how good it is and what great value. Alex McQuade loves creating fabric brooches and corsages. Here she uses a variety of odds and ends to make some beautiful and truly wearable items to add to your wardrobe giving new life to your favourite outfits. This includes a cute little scottie dog- which is a real favourite of ours. This book gives you some great ideas for brooches to make as gifts for family and friends too.

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June 14

If you havent discovered the Twenty to Make series this is a delightful place to start! Whatever level of expertise you have you will find something here for you, with techniques and step-by-step instructions this little book is packed with inspiration. A creative and beautiful little gem. Highly Recommended!


June 14

Twenty to Make: Stitched Fabric Brooches contains twenty beautifully effective badges, brooches and corsages from textile designer Alex McQuade. These designs are brilliant additions to your wardrobe and would make lovely gifts for friends and family. Each project lists the materials and tools required and most use either machine or hand embroidery. Step by step instructions are given as well as full size templates for the shaped designs like the Scottie dog brooch and the sweet cupcake design. As these projects are all reasonably small, they are perfect for using up those leftover fabric scraps and spare buttons and they could easily be personalised by using your favourite fabrics and colours.

Mar 14

Make brooches and pins out of scraps of fabric for the ultimate upcycling experience! You dont need much to make a whole lot of pretty shabby chic style adornments just basic sewing materials, scraps of fabric and pin backs. As with all the titles in this series inside these covers are twenty projects, although there are an extra twenty as each project has a suggestion of how to change it slightly. Many of these pins are round in shape, inspired by flowers, tractor wheels and rosettes, others are in fun shapes such as a Scottie dog, snail, butterfly, house, heart and holly leaves. A lot of the fabric has been obtained from old garments or household items, and close inspection of the photos show blankets, lace, tweed, felt and more, Buttons, washers, wire, sequins, yarn and other materials are pressed into service, showing that recycling can be a lot more fun than just going to the local tip. Each project has a page-sized photo while opposite are instructions, a list of tools and materials plus an idea of how to alter the basic idea. Although a badge maker is hinted at as an option, it is possible to make everything in the book just using what most stitchers already own. You dont even need a sewing machine to make most of the items, and the templates are all given at the back a fun and innovative addition to the series.

Crochet Addict UK

Mar 14

If you are familiar with the 20 to make series then you will know how good a series they are for a fantastic price. Stitched Fabric Brooches is another fantastic addition to the set. You get varying designs using different fabrics and techniques to bring you some unusual and beautiful additions to your wardrobe. The different designs, colours, fabrics & looks are a good mix. But give you a fantastic handmade look. I love how cute they look and the designs don't clash with your outfit. They either make you smile or give you an add on to set your outfit off. The techniques you will need to use are explained at the start of the book and all the different designs have written instructions. I would of preferred a few how-to pictures for a few of the designs but they are all simple enough to be able to get the look yourself. The little dog brooch is my favorite! He is just so cute. I love the use of different odds and ends to make something beautiful. I think up-cycling is fantastic when you make something beautiful for the different bits. For such a fantastic price you can't complain at all the different ideas you get. I am sure with the patterns and instructions you can use them to make hundreds of different looks. Just using a slightly different fabric, colour or bits and bobs

you can get any of the brooches to match or contrast with your outfit. They are also fantastic to make for family and friends. Overall a good book with lots of different designs and ideas.

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