Since the collections were taken over in September 2000, after Ms. Michalski's purchase of the Pierre Zech Publishing Group, the new team has focussed on pursuing and developing the books' strengths and the spirit in which they were written, i.e. practicality first and foremost.
That means a meticulous description of the materials needed (quantity and quality of thread or yarn, canvas, paint and other supplies; precise color references, etc.), user-friendly instructions, clear diagrams and grids, and, in order to avoid disappointment, precise correlation between the instructions and the photos of the finished project.
They have improved the books' overall look and style thanks to great care taken with the photography, and a more elegant and efficient layout.
In this spirit, the various collections have been organized into three themes:
Needlework, which includes: Embroidery, Cross-Stitch, Patchwork, Appliqué and Boutis, Weaving, Decals, Lace-Making and Tatting, Crochet and Macramé, Knitting and Sewing
Decoration, which covers both Home Decorating and Framing
Arts and Crafts, which includes Painting on various supports, Fine Arts, Miniatures, Stencils, Modeling with Bread Dough and Clay, Beadwork and Jewelry, Paper Folding and Cutting, Parties, and Arts and Crafts, in which various and inventive techniques are explained for all ages (lanyard, mosaic, plaster modeling, paper napkins, dried flowers, basket-weaving and more)
In order to harmonize production, just three possible formats were chosen for the entire range, although each collection can include any of the three:
- Little LTA
15,5 x 21 cm
Soft-covered, with flaps for tucking in hanks of thread or patterns and for presenting the different titles in the collection
- Classic LTA
21 x 27,5 cm
- Square LTA
24 x 24 cm
Hardbound editions for the most prestigious volumes, in a presentation close to a coffee-table book
Co-editions that finally allow us to offer the best foreign productions to the French public.