Welcome to Vivebooks

E-books & E-patterns as digital downloads

Featured Author

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore


About the Author:

Debbie Shore is a very popular sewing author and fabric designer, with 26 published books.
She has written 3 ebooks for Vivebooks: Modern Smocking Part 1Modern Smocking Part 2, and Modern Pincushions. Her latest title is Sew Eco-Friendly.
Debbie Shore has over 250,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, and has won ‘Most Inspiring Sewing Personality’ for the third year running and ‘Social Media Star’ 2021 in the British Sewing Awards. For all the news on Debbie’s latest videos, fabrics and more, go to her website. You can also connect with Debbie’s live sessions on her Facebook page.


Debbie Shore says: I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember, my Mum was a dressmaker so that’s where I began over 50 years ago now. I am an author of 22 sewing books with more to come! I occasionally appear on TV shopping channels with my fabrics and books, and enjoy providing you with lots of inspiration and offers on my Half Yard sewing Club site. My favourite things to sew are projects for the home, although now I have two grand daughters that may change!

The best thing about my job is the feedback I get from you, those who may have been inspired either by my books or You Tube channel, those of you who thought sewing was just too difficult and were proven wrong, or those who couldn’t figure out how to make something and I managed to help out. Fashions change but the basics of sewing remain the same, snd it’s lovely to be able to share with you the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years’.

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Customer Comments


I am thrilled.  I agree with Katie, you have been wonderful to work with, very patient and thorough. I will recommend you to my friends.

Have a wonderful day on the other side of the Pond.

You truly have been great to work with.


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Vivebooks offer good quality e-books at competitive prices, that will get your creative juices flowing and get you crafting in no time. The support from Vivienne is great – her service makes all the difference and will keep me coming back!

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Purchased 'Hardanger for the Horrified'

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I can’t recommend this ebook highly enough. Probably the best book that I have read to date on corset making.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our experience suggests that it is often quicker and simpler to download your chosen ebook to a computer first, then transfer/sync it to your tablet, using Dropbox if possible as this will then also play the file. For advice on how to sync the file from your computer to the tablet, see Vivebooks FAQ. If you want to download directly to your iPad/tablet, our FAQ page gives instructions, as the standard apps can’t cope (the browsers quit before completing the download of our large files that include video).

For the video to work on a computer, you need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Many machines now don’t come with this so you need to download and install it (FREE). Other programs will open the pdf but not play the video. If you need to get Adobe Reader for your computer, it is here: http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/. Make sure that you use Adobe Reader and NOT the pdf reader that is part of your browser (especially if you have downloaded the file using your browser). If necessary, open Adobe Reader, then go to File>Open and find the Vivebooks pdf file. Go to Vivebooks FAQ page for more information.

Windows 8/10 seems particularly insistent that you must use its software to play PDF files, not Adobe Reader, so it always opens using Windows. This is a pity because Windows won’t play the video that is encoded to PDF formats. What to do: 1) Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader and Flash Player (free) if you don’t already have them (see previous FAQ). 2) Open Adobe Reader. 3) From Adobe Reader, go to the File tab and select ‘Open’ then navigate to where your Vivebooks file is on your computer. 4) Select the file and click ‘Open’. = Video works 🙂

YES! but read on . . . Many devices now include a basic pdf reader in the browser supplied with the device BUT these will NOT read our files where there is integrated video or audio. For these to work properly you need a different app – NOT Adobe. Full information is given in Vivebooks FAQ.

For iOS, Dropbox seems to be the best free software that plays the video as well.

Yes! But it’s easier to download to a computer, then transfer it using Dropbox. If you want to download directly, its better to use a downloader app as Safari or Chrome struggle with our large files. See detailed instructions above.