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  • W I Books 1st 1982
    4to stapled softcover, ex college lib, 128pp VG+ 120 gms
    (Order reference 10007A).

     
    £4.00
  • Cornwall Books 1st 1985
    large 4to, wr + chps to d/w edges + closed trs o/w F/VG+
    1000 gms
    (Order reference 10114A).

    A History of Thimbles is the most authoritative and comprehensive survey that has been written to date concerning thimbles and their history, and it may well prove to be the definitive work on the subject. The book is aimed both at collectors who want a guide to help them identify their thimbles and find out more about them, and at those who desire a more general history of the subject. Many collectors will be gratified to find that an entire chapter has been devoted to the more popular Dorcas thimbles and that considerable attention has been paid to base metal and to plastic thimbles. It is the author's contention that iron and brass thimbles are in some ways more important than thimbles made of precious metals. Other collectors will welcome the layout of the book which, by having separate chapters for each of the four main thimble producing countries as well as separate chapters for each of the materials from which thimbles are made, provides a ready means of reference.

    Readers will also appreciate the large number of illustrations, including some taken from manufacturers' catalogues, which have never appeared before.

    More advanced collectors will revel in the older and rarer material, while at the same time coming to realize that there is always something new to learn and that however good their collections, they remain far from complete. The book will also appeal to students of social history because of the surprisingly important place which thimbles came to acquire in the household as well as their role as an objet de galanterie.

    But the value of this book is not limited exclusively to its subject matter or the specialized research that lies behind it. Its value also rests on the fact that its author is an active and experienced collector, an enthusiast keen to pass on his knowledge, and someone who is prepared to advise others on every aspect of thimble collecting—including what to look for when buying and what to avoid, how to care for thimbles and even what museums to visit.

       

    £80.00
  • Methuen rep 1966
    8vo, minor chips + wear to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG+ 330 gms
    (Order reference 10136)

    Originally published to cover the requirements of the G.C.E. Ordinary level and the Royal Society of Arts School Certificate syllabuses for Needlework, but suitable for anyone wishing to carry out home tailoring and repairs.

     

     

    £3.00
  • Frederick Warne 1st 1975
    16mo, v v min bmps to bds, v v sl wr + v sl dulling to d/w, prize plate to 1/2 title p, book v slightly cocked top to bottom o/w VG++/VG++ 170 gms
    (Order reference 10355).

     
    £5.00
  • David & Charles 1st 1997
    4to, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w M/F 695 gms
    Order reference 10369)

    Add an entirely new dimension to cross-stitch embroidery - easy to achieve spray-paint effects combined with delightful cross-stitch designs - 30 highly original design ideas used in a wide variety of attractive practical projects - an innovative book that will appeal across the range, from beginners to experienced stitchers.

     

     

    £4.00
  • B T Batsford 1st 1994
    4to pb 112pp F 370 gms
    (Order reference 10740).

     
    £7.00
  • J & P Coats 1968
    16mo, stapled softcovers 24pp F 30 gms
    (Order reference 10841A).

     
    £1.50
  • B T Batsford rep 1994
    4to pb 112pp F 385 gms
    (Order reference 11326).

     
    £7.00
  • Hobby House Press 1998
    4to, glazed pictorial boards M 920 gms
    (Order reference 11621A).

    A huge selection of patterns and outfits have been created to dress over 30 types of dolls in authentic clothing. With 300+ projects to sew for dolls as diverse as the Crissy family, Charmin’ Chatty, the Dionne Quints, Miss Seventeen, Patsy, several sizes of hard plastic dolls, and more. The dolls and fashion styles range from 1900 to the 1990s! Step-by-step instructions are given for each outfit.
     

     
    £95.00
  • Prentice Hall Press 1989
    4to 415pp F+/VG++ 1285 gms
    (Order reference 11658).

     
    £22.00
  • Dorling Kindersley 1996
    4to, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w, v,v min bmps to bds, v v min wr + crsing to d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 1600 gms
    (Order reference 11850).

    Whether you are just starting out or are a confident sewer wishing to add a professional touch to your work, this is the only sewing book you will ever need.

    The Complete Book of Sewing covers every technique you need for dressmaking and sewing for the home, from choosing the right fabric, through pleating and lining, to achieving couture finishes. With this practical sourcebook at your fingertips, you will be able to create your whole wardrobe or give a room a fresh look with new curtains and cushions.

    Each technique is illustrated with step-by-step colour photographs so that you can see exactly what to do. Throughout the book, supplementary artworks and special tip boxes make the techniques even clearer and show you shortcuts and "tricks of the trade".

    The Complete Book of Sewing shows you which tools you need for each technique and includes invaluable information on using a sewing machine or overlocker; how to choose a pattern, alter it to fit and apply it to your fabric; and how to identify the fabric hat is best for your needs.

    Whether you want to patch your favourite jeans, create a pair of curtains or alter a tailored jacket, The Complete Book of Sewing is the place to start.

     
    £10.00
  • B T Batsford 2nd paperback edn 1986
    4to pb 120pp VG++ 345 gms
    (Order reference 11900).

     
    £2.00
  • Marshall Cavendish 1984
    4to, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w F+/F 990 gms
    (Order reference 12324)

     

     

    £5.50
  • Quantum Books 2004 4to, glazed pictorial boards in a
    similar d/w, v v min indent to fr bd + d/w o/w F+/F 850 gms
    (Order reference 12326).

    This is the book for everyone who enjoys home sewing—a comprehensive manual for all types of sewing, from making clothes, to curtains, to fine needlework. Each technique is fully explained and accompanied by clear illustrations, many of them in colour.

    Opening with a chapter on sewing machines—how to choose one, how to operate it, and the other essential sewing equipment which will be needed—the book then moves on to discuss fabrics. There is a detailed directory of the numerous fabrics available, with information on how they are made and what they are suitable for, as well as hints on how best to care for each fabric. "Basic Sewing Techniques" explains the different methods that are used to make garments and furnishings for the home, dealing with hand sewing and the constructional elements of sewing: seams, hems, shaping and fastenings. Here, as throughout the book, each step of the way is carefully explained and illustrated.

    For many people, an interest in sewing arises out of the desire to need to make clothes for themselves and their family: the garments are individual, less expensive, fit better, and there is an enormous choice of fabrics and colours available today. "Making Garments" takes you through the intricacies of paper patterns, and gives instructions on making collars, sleeves, waistbands and soon, while the following chapter describes how to add a personal touch to your sewing. Choice of colour and pattern, and techniques of decoration such as embroidery and applique are covered, all helping you develop your personal style.

    The final chapter deals with items of home furnishing—bedlinen, tablecloths, curtains and cushions—and shows you how to coordinate colour schemes successfully. The book is completed with an index.

    Easy to understand, comprehensive in scope, and generously illustrated throughout, The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques is an essential addition to every homemaker's bookshelf.

       

     

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  • David & Charles 1985
    4to pb 136pp VG++ 505 gms
    (Order reference 13397).

     
    £2.50
  • Workbox Enterprises 1st 1991
    8vo, glazed pictorial boards F 380 gms
    (Order reference 13961).  

     
    £6.50
  • Shire Publications 1st 1978
    8vo stapled sftbk 32pp, v v min wr to cvr o/w VG+ 80 gms 
    (Order reference 14995).

    £3.00
  • Shire Publications rep 1993
    8vo stapled sftbk 32pp, v v min wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG+ 85 gms 
    (Order reference 14996).

    £3.00
  • Chancellor Press 1986
    4to, 592pp VG++/VG++ Facsimile of original 1870 edition 1125 gms
    (Order reference 15037)

     

    £10.00
  • Singer (?) nd c. 1920s
    8vo 3 fold colour leaflet, minor splitting, creasing & wear overall o/w VG 10 gms
    (Order reference 15130)

     

    £6.00
  • The History Press 1st 2009
    4to pb 256pp, top right hand corner of 1/2 title page clipped o/w VG++ 680 gms
    (Order reference 15187)

     

    £6.00
  • Longman 3rd edition 4th impression 1973
    4to paperback 289pp. Slight wear to edges of covers o/w VG 495 gms. Ex hospital library
    (Order reference 15215)

     

    £5.50
  • A & C Black reprint 1968
    4to softback 32pp. Thin card covers dulled. Neat name to front cover o/w VG 100 gms
    (Order reference 15267)

     

    £5.00
  • Coats Sewing Group 1962
    8vo 52pp VG++ 110 gms
    (order reference 15268)

    44 page book all about machine stitches and how to improve them. Produced by Coats sewing group. Contents include: needle sizes, thread selection, tension, stitch lengths swing needle and stitch charts.

     

    £2.00
  • Longman 2nd impression 1972
    small 4to paperback. Ex hospital library with usual stamps. Very, very minor wear to edges of covers, tiny area of abrasion to front cover o/w VG++ 305 gms
    (Order reference 15304)

     

    £8.00
  • Methuen Educational 3rd edition reprint 1970
    8vo, wear + dulling to boards. Ex hospital library, inscription to front pastedown o/w VG+ 300 gms
    (Order reference 15309)

     

    £4.00
  • Frederick Warne 1st 1975
    v v min bmps to bds, v min crsing to d/w with 1 tiny tr, price clipped o/w VG++/VG++ 170 gms
    (Order reference 3177A).

     
    £10.00
  • Mitchell Beazley 1st 1978
    large 4to VG++/VG++ 1275 gms
    (Order reference 3304A).

     
    £8.50
  • BCA 1974
    4to, sl sunning to top edge of bds, sunning + fading to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 745 gms
    (Order reference 3330A).

     
    £6.50
  • Collins 1st 1981
    4to pb 71pp, wr + rbs to edges of cvrs o/w VG++ 230 gms
    (Order reference 3337A).

     
    £3.50
  • Peacock Vane 1st 1983
    sm date to fep o/w F/F 645 gms
    (Order reference 3477).

     

     
    £10.00
  • Chancellor Press 1986
    8vo, very slight sunning to boards, very small hole to front of d/w + very slight creasing o/w VG+/VG+. Facsimile of 1870 edn 1145 gms
    (Order reference 3513)

    Isabella Mary Beeton (nee Mayson; 1836-1865), universally known as Mrs. Beeton, was the principal author of Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management and is the most famous cookery writer in British history. On a visit to London, she was introduced to Samuel Orchard Beeton, a publisher of books and popular magazines, whom she married on 10 July 1856. She began to write articles on cooking and household management for her husband’s publications. In 1859-1861, she wrote a monthly supplement to The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine. In October 1861, the supplements were published as a single volume, The Book of Household Management. She also wrote Beeton’s Book of Needlework, which comprises descriptions and instructions on needlework.

     

    £10.00
  • BCA 1974
    4to, min wr to bd edges, d/w sp sl sunned o/w VG+/VG+ 750 gms
    (Order reference 3523A).

     
    £4.50
  • Orbis reprint 1986
    large 4to, very minor wear to board edges, minor wear to d/w, d/w spine very slightly sunned, small name + date to front free endpaper o/w VG+/VG+ 1180 gms
    (Order reference 3538)

     

    £5.00
  • Caxton 1988
    large 4to, v min wr to bd edges, v min wr to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG++ 1400 gms
    (Order reference 4006).

     
    £5.50
  • Paddington Press 1st 1978
    4to, v v min bmps + wr to bds, v v min crsing to d/w 1540 gms
    (Order reference 4419).  

     
    £35.00
  • Colour Library Direct 1998
    lrge 4to, glazed pict bds, d/w price-clipprd o/w F/F 1550 gms
    (Order reference 4483).

     

     
    £12.50
  • Odhams nd (late 40's/early 50's)
    large 8vo. Very, very minor bumps to boards, chips, wear + slight creasing to d/w o/w VG+/VG- 1070 gms
    (Order reference 4609)

    Packed with all manner of needlecraft information. From Dressmaking, embroidery, lace making, knitting, crochet, soft furnishings, mending, & toy making techniques outlined & demonstrated.

     

    £10.50
  • Simon & Schuster 4th imp 1989
    4to 414pp, min bmp tom bds o/w VG++/VG++ 1280 gms
    (Order reference 5095).

     

     
    £22.00
  • David & Charles 1st 1997
    4to, glazed pict bds in similar d/w M/VG++ 700 gms
    (Order reference 5167)

     

     

    £8.50
  • Odhams Press no date (1950s ?)
    large 8vo, no d/w VG+ 1075 gms
    (Order reference 5338)

     

    £5.00
  • HP Books 1983
    large 4to pb 176pp, v min wr to edges of cvrs + 1 tiny crse o/w VG++ 515 gms
    (Order reference 5410).

     
    £6.00
  • Guild 1986
    4to, glazed pictorial boards in similar d/w, v v vmin bmps + wr to bds o/w VG++/VG++ 800 gms
    (Order reference 5418).

    This is the book for everyone who enjoys home sewing—a comprehensive manual for all types of sewing, from making clothes, to curtains, to fine needlework. Each technique is fully explained and accompanied by clear illustrations, many of them in colour.

    Opening with a chapter on sewing machines—how to choose one, how to operate it, and the other essential sewing equipment which will be needed—the book then moves on to discuss fabrics. There is a detailed directory of the numerous fabrics available, with information on how they are made and what they are suitable for, as well as hints on how best to care for each fabric. "Basic Sewing Techniques" explains the different methods that are used to make garments and furnishings for the home, dealing with hand sewing and the constructional elements of sewing: seams, hems, shaping and fastenings. Here, as throughout the book, each step of the way is carefully explained and illustrated.

    For many people, an interest in sewing arises out of the desire to need to make clothes for themselves and their family: the garments are individual, less expensive, fit better, and there is an enormous choice of fabrics and colours available today. "Making Garments" takes you through the intricacies of paper patterns, and gives instructions on making collars, sleeves, waistbands and soon, while the following chapter describes how to add a personal touch to your sewing. Choice of colour and pattern, and techniques of decoration such as embroidery and applique are covered, all helping you develop your personal style.

    The final chapter deals with items of home furnishing—bedlinen, tablecloths, curtains and cushions—and shows you how to coordinate colour schemes successfully. The book is completed with an index.

    Easy to understand, comprehensive in scope, and generously illustrated throughout, The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques is an essential addition to every homemaker's bookshelf.

       

    £6.00
  • Hamlyn 1st 1986
    4to, glazed pictorial boards in similar d/w VG++/VG++ 805 gms
    (Order reference 5886).

    This is the book for everyone who enjoys home sewing—a comprehensive manual for all types of sewing, from making clothes, to curtains, to fine needlework. Each technique is fully explained and accompanied by clear illustrations, many of them in colour.

    Opening with a chapter on sewing machines—how to choose one, how to operate it, and the other essential sewing equipment which will be needed—the book then moves on to discuss fabrics. There is a detailed directory of the numerous fabrics available, with information on how they are made and what they are suitable for, as well as hints on how best to care for each fabric. "Basic Sewing Techniques" explains the different methods that are used to make garments and furnishings for the home, dealing with hand sewing and the constructional elements of sewing: seams, hems, shaping and fastenings. Here, as throughout the book, each step of the way is carefully explained and illustrated.

    For many people, an interest in sewing arises out of the desire to need to make clothes for themselves and their family: the garments are individual, less expensive, fit better, and there is an enormous choice of fabrics and colours available today. "Making Garments" takes you through the intricacies of paper patterns, and gives instructions on making collars, sleeves, waistbands and soon, while the following chapter describes how to add a personal touch to your sewing. Choice of colour and pattern, and techniques of decoration such as embroidery and applique are covered, all helping you develop your personal style.

    The final chapter deals with items of home furnishing—bedlinen, tablecloths, curtains and cushions—and shows you how to coordinate colour schemes successfully. The book is completed with an index.

    Easy to understand, comprehensive in scope, and generously illustrated throughout, The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques is an essential addition to every homemaker's bookshelf.

       

    £6.00
  • Arco Publishing 1st 1977
    8vo, v v min mrks to bds, min wr to d/w o/w VG+/VG+ 375 gms
    (Order reference 5997).

     
    £12.00
  • Merehurst 1st 1993
    square format 4to, top r h cnr of fep mssg, glazed pictorial boards in similar d/w VG++/VG++ 990 gms
    (Order reference 6230).

    £13.50
  • Alphabooks 1st 1982
    4to, v min wr to bd edges, uncompleted 'this book belongs to' plate to fr pastedown, v v min wr + sunning to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 635 gms
    (Order reference 6252).

     
    £10.00
  • B T Batsford 1st 1976
    4to F/VG++ 465 gms
    (Order reference 6805).

    An enormous variety of effects can be achieves by manipulating the tension or speed, using various types of fabrics and fitting different attachments to the modern domestic zigzag/straight stitch sewing machine. This is the first book to explain, with the help of some superb photography by Terry Waddington, how these effects can be achieved. The result is an important contribution to the use of the sewing machine.

    The book includes sections on Straight Stitch, Zigzag Stitch, Straight Stitch and Zigzag Stitch, Unusual Fabrics and Threads, and Attachments. There is also a book list for further reading and names and addresses of suppliers of equipment and materials,

    Anne Butler emphasises that the examples are only starting points, and that the embroiderer herself will discover many more effects which can be produced by experiment both with the machine and with the materials that are used.

       

    £15.00
  • Hamlyn rep 1992
    large 4to, v v min spotting to bds + inside d/w, v v min wr to d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 1285 gms
    (Order reference 6955).

     
    £12.00
  • S D L Ltd no date
    8vo stapled book 84pp F 140 gms
    (Order reference 6989).

     
    £5.50
  • A & C Black revised 2nd edn revised by Patricia Wardle 1967
    8vo, inscr to fep, d/w price-clipped o/w VG++/VG++ 560 gms
    (Order reference 7159).

     
    £18.00
  • Ward Lock 1st 1989
    4to paperback 131pp F 590 gms
    (Order reference 7918A).

     

     
    £8.00
  • Simon & Schuster 1st 1979
    4to, v v min bmps to bds, sl wr + crsing to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 555 gms
    (Order reference 7945).

     

     
    £16.00
  • Coats Sewing Group 1968
    4to stapled magazine type booklet 42pp VG+ 100 gms
    (Order reference 7993A).

     
    £4.00
  • B T Batsford 1st in pb 1981
    4to pb 120pp, sl wr + sunning to cvrs, tiny area of delamination to btm corner of fr cover o/w VG+ 365 gms
    (Order reference 8281).

     
    £3.50
  • BCA 1980
    4to, v min crsing to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG+ 870 gms
    (Order reference 8320).

     
    £9.50
  • PAR 1st 1989
    4to, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w F/VG++ 840 gms
    (Order reference 8366).

    This is the book for everyone who enjoys home sewing—a comprehensive manual for all types of sewing, from making clothes, to curtains, to fine needlework. Each technique is fully explained and accompanied by clear illustrations, many of them in colour.

    Opening with a chapter on sewing machines—how to choose one, how to operate it, and the other essential sewing equipment which will be needed—the book then moves on to discuss fabrics. There is a detailed directory of the numerous fabrics available, with information on how they are made and what they are suitable for, as well as hints on how best to care for each fabric. "Basic Sewing Techniques" explains the different methods that are used to make garments and furnishings for the home, dealing with hand sewing and the constructional elements of sewing: seams, hems, shaping and fastenings. Here, as throughout the book, each step of the way is carefully explained and illustrated.

    For many people, an interest in sewing arises out of the desire to need to make clothes for themselves and their family: the garments are individual, less expensive, fit better, and there is an enormous choice of fabrics and colours available today. "Making Garments" takes you through the intricacies of paper patterns, and gives instructions on making collars, sleeves, waistbands and soon, while the following chapter describes how to add a personal touch to your sewing. Choice of colour and pattern, and techniques of decoration such as embroidery and applique are covered, all helping you develop your personal style.

    The final chapter deals with items of home furnishing—bedlinen, tablecloths, curtains and cushions—and shows you how to coordinate colour schemes successfully. The book is completed with an index.

    Easy to understand, comprehensive in scope, and generously illustrated throughout, The Encyclopedia of Sewing Techniques is an essential addition to every homemaker's bookshelf.