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Sewing is longer the preserve of housewives. More and more people are making or customising their own clothes, curtains or accessories but few have been taught the basic sewing skills. This book contains everything you need to kw. It covers both hand and machine techniques used in crafts, dressmaking and soft furnishings, illustrated with full-colour photography and with tips, masterclasses and projects. Written by an accomplished textile designer and teacher, this is an enjoyable and easy-to-use book with a -nsense approach. Ruth will show you how to put in an invisible zip, make your own trimmings and how to alter clothes using pleats and gathering as well as decorative techniques such as appliques. Projects will demonstrate these skills and include clothes, cushions, toys and bags.
Ruth Singer is a textile designer-maker specialising in hand-embellished textiles for fashion and interiors. She designs and makes fashion and interior accessories and bespoke home textiles including curtains and hangings, using traditional hand techniques with recycled and organic fabrics. Her work includes pleating, applique, layering, and folding to create rich embellished and sculptural effect in fabric. Ruth has exhibited her work widely in the UK and in 2006 was selected as sone of the best new designer makers of the year by the British Crafts Council. Ruth originally trained in museum studies, with the intention of being a costume curator to indulge her love of historic clothing. She worked in museum education for several years, most recently at the V&A as adult education officer and now combines her business with freelance teaching and writing.