This illustrated guide for both the beginner and the more experienced enthusiast takes readers from the basics through each stage of sewing and knitting. The sewing section discusses what equipment to use, choosing fabrics and patterns, cutting, pinning out, taking, and stitching. Hand and machine stitches are explained in detail, and there is a guide to hems and finishing. There are features on sewing for men and children, making home furnishings, colour, and fabric texture, as well as an A-Z of fabrics. In the knitting section, a description of the basics features needles, yarns and following stitch-charts, and there are sections demonstrating the knitting and crochet techniques which can give knitted garments a decorative finishing touch.