crafting

Register now for sewing classes at Haberman Fabrics

If you’d like to learn to sew or expand your sewing skills with different projects, Haberman Fabrics is offering a wide range of classes this year. Among them are “Learn to Sew,” “Kids Sew Time,” “Hand Sewing,” “Moto Jacket,” “Bridal Veils,” “Chanel Jacket,” “Couture Stitches,” “Bed Skirts,” and “Workshop: Drapery.” Haberman Fabrics is at 905 … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway for chance to win copy of 'Cozy Knits'

It’s that time of year when you probably want to knit warm accessories, and “Cozy Knits, 50 Fast & Easy Projects From Top Designers” (Interweave/18.95) offers a unique collection of simple patterns to make it all so ‘easy.’ The book’s author, Tanis Gray, former yarn editor for “Vogue Knitting,”  has included a range of patterns for shawls, … Continue Reading →

Be part of 'It Girl Crochet' book giveaway

When it comes to unique crocheted accessories, “It Girl Crochet, 23 Must-Have Accessories” (Interweave/F+W/ $22.99) really has it going on with patterns for practical and stylish wearables. Written by Sharon Zientara, the former assistant editor for “Interweave Crochet” magazine, and currently manager at Skacel’s Makers’ Mercantile in Seattle, Washington, the book offers three different themes for … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway for chance to win 'New American Knits' book

“New American Knits” (Interweave/F+W/$24.99) by Amy Christoffers, designer of the Savory Knitting patterns, is a wonderful collection of “classic sportswear patterns” that might just take you down memory lane if you’ve ever worn casual close-fitting sweaters, and who hasn’t? Featured patterns include cardigans, pullovers, a shrug, a wrap, hats, fingerless gloves, a cowl, a hooded … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway for 'Gertie Sews Vintage Casual'

If you sew garments and vintage is your style, then “Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, A Modern Guide to Sportwear Styles of the 1940s and 1950s” (STC Craft/$35) is a book you might want to consider adding to your collection. This is the follow-up book to “Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing,” and author Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch … Continue Reading →

The American Sewing Expo returns to Novi Sept. 26-28

The much-anticipated American Sewing Expo returns to Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Sept. 26-28. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in numerous seminars and workshops with fashion and costume designers, couture specialists, corset makers and teaching professionals. New York City Fashion Institute of Technology couture professor Kenneth King and Butterick and Vogue pattern … Continue Reading →

Help!!! I need to get rid of more books

Hmmm…It’s desk cleaning time AGAIN!!! And, as usual, I need help clearing away some of my craft books! If you’re interested in helping, please drop me an email at jbrown@detroitnews.com with a list of crafts you’re interested in, and maybe I have something to send your way. Please put the word “desk”  in the subject … Continue Reading →

Make '60 Quick Luxury Knits' with Cascade Yarns

If your knitting skills are at the intermediate or advanced level and you enjoy making and wearing high-end knitted items, then “60 Quick Luxury Knits (Sixth & Spring Books/$17.95) has “easy, elegant, projects” that’ll make you the envy of fellow knitters this fall and winter. The featured patterns are designed with “The Venezia Collection from Cascade … Continue Reading →

Let 'Serge It' help you finish those raw edges

Are you thinking about purchasing a serger? Or, do you own one but need a book to help you further understand how to operate it? Or, do you simply want to expand the list of projects you make with your serger? Well, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then look no further than the book “Serge It! 24 Fun & Fresh Projects to Sew … Continue Reading →

Make 'Happy Feet' with knitwear designer Cathy Carron

Known for her skills as a fashion-forward accessories designer, Cathy Carron now shares her assortment of unique sock creations in her latest book, “Happy Feet, Unique Knits to Knock Your Socks Off” (Sixth&Spring Books/$19.99). She’s designed a collection of fun-to-wear socks, slippers, legwarmers, knee-highs and lots more. Some are embellished with paillettes at the ankles, pom … Continue Reading →