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Flower School

Flower School

Create the flower arrangements of your dreams to keep at home, take to the office, or display on any special occasion using the simple tips and tricks and masterful techniques taught by Executive Director and professor Calvert Crary and the master florists at FlowerSchool New York.

FlowerSchool New York is one of the world’s premiere institutes for floral design and artistry, offering career development courses certified by the New York State Board of Education, and exclusive master class programs taught by celebrated master florists including Kiana Underwood, Remco Van Vliet, Lewis Miller, Emily Thompson, and Ingrid Carozzi.

Now, for the first time, FlowerSchool Executive Director Calvert Crary is publishing a book that will make it possible for even the greenest at-home arrangers to create gorgeous, Instagram worthy bouquets. This hands-on, comprehensive guide provides readers with step-by-step instructions that cover all the most crucial aspects of flower arranging, including:

* How to buy the best flowers and how to get the best prices
* Selecting your flowers based on texture, color, and seasonality
* Conditioning your flowers to ensure they last as long as possible
* Pairing your flowers with the right vase
* Creating arrangements in a wide variety of styles that will work for any occasion

Including advice from the school’s well-respected master florists, and featuring beautiful color photographs of each unique arrangement, Flower School offers invaluable, insider tips and tricks that can only be gained through years of experience, providing readers with the fundamental tools and education they need to create homemade floral arrangements that are on par with any professional design.
The Papercraft Ideas Book

The Papercraft Ideas Book

Bursting with ideas for papercraft subjects, methods and styles, this book is a visual feast and source of inspiration for artists of all abilities looking to expand their papercraft skills. Discover more than 80 stunning papercraft artworks by contemporary, international artists, and reinvigorate your own practice with the help of their diverse and innovative approaches.

Techniques include 3D collage, paper marbling and paper quilling, as well as stitching onto paper, paper embossing and traditional papercutting. Through countless tips and guidance, you’ll be empowered to work with paper, expand your creativity and create art that is original and exciting.
The Calligraphy Ideas Book

The Calligraphy Ideas Book

Packed with fresh ideas for calligraphy techniques, styles and subjects, this book is a visual feast of inspiration for all abilities, whether you’re new to calligraphy or looking to reinvigorate your practice. Boost your creativity with the help of more than 80 artworks by contemporary, international calligraphers, each demonstrating an interesting or innovative approach.

Techniques include hot foiling, laser cutting and brush calligraphy, as well as general inspiration such as practising calligraphy on baubles, making calligraphy wrapping paper and customising your own tools. Explore both new and old methods and discover the basic skills to excel at this ancient art form. The art of calligraphy is the ultimate way to relax, restore and create beautiful pieces of art – and this book is sure to renew your creativity.
Knitting from Fair Isle

Knitting from Fair Isle

‘There are a few new [Fair Isle or Shetland lace] knitting books … but this is the first one to come out this season and has set the bar high.’ – Shiny New Books

Mati Ventrillon’s inspiration comes from the technique of creating patterns with multiple colours that was first used by the women of Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands, more than two centuries ago.

Her designs, which have featured on the Chanel catwalk, are inspired by tradition but use her own modern interpretation of colour and pattern arrangement. The book includes fisherman jumpers with high, crew and slash necks, a poncho, neck warmer, cowl and long scarf, fingerless gloves and hand and wrist warmers, as well as the traditional fisherman’s hats known as keps.

The patterns demonstrate how to experiment with colour and play with backgrounds. They are accompanied by expert tips on yarns and finishing. Inspirational photography provides a window into life on this most remote of Scottish islands.

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Make, Stitch & Knit for Baby

Make, Stitch & Knit for Baby

This contemporary craft book is packed with easy, affordable projects to help you make unique baby gifts with a French-chic twist.

From simple cotton bibs, shorts and soft toys, to a basic cushion and straightforward knitted blanket, the projects are clearly explained and easy-to-follow. Other crafty step-by-steps include a hanging mobile, finger puppets, soft rattles and sensory toys.

Whether you’re expecting a baby and want to add a personal touch to their bedroom, or you’d like to make something special for your grandchild or friends’ babies, Make, Stitch & Knit for Baby is the go-to book for creating handmade, stylish baby items.

Each project is set out with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and range from curious beginner, to providing inspiration for the more experienced crafter.
You Will Be Able to Crochet by the End of This Book

You Will Be Able to Crochet by the End of This Book

You want to learn to crochet, but somehow you always end up in a tangle of yarn and baffled by complicated advice. This beginner’s guide goes back to basics, with clear step-by-step illustrations demonstrating how to tie a slipknot, chain stitch, increase and decrease your rows, and crochet in the round, plus many more skills and techniques.

Once you’ve aced the essentials, move on to 15 clear, stylish and straightforward projects, from colourful plant pot covers to a chic crocheted blanket. As the projects get more complex, you’ll practise and perfect the skills you’ve learned, and build your confidence.

By the end of the book, you will be able to crochet a range of projects including a mobile phone case, a cuddly toy, a wall hanging and a bobble hat. So take some time for yourself, learn a new skill, and enjoy crafting gifts for your friends, family and home with this beautiful book by your side.

Projects include:
– Pompom hat
– Storage baskets
– Cushions
– Cuddly toy
– Market bag
– Ear warmer
– Cup cosy
– Sleep mask
You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of This Book

You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of This Book

You want to learn to knit, but somehow you always end up in a tangle of knotted yarn and baffled by complicated and conflicting advice. This beginner’s handbook goes back to basics, with clear step-by-step illustrations demonstrating how to cast on and how to ace a range of stitches, while 15 easy projects allow you to practise your skills and build your confidence.

You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of This Book provides a simple guide to picking up your knitting needles and getting started, and it helps to build your confidence slowly, as you practise and perfect skills and techniques.

By the end of the book, you will be able to knit a range of projects including a simple headband, tablet case and even a doorstop. So take some time for yourself, learn a new skill, and enjoy crafting gifts for your friends, family and home with this beautiful book by your side.

Projects include:
– Super chunky scarf
– Mittens
– Blanket
– Baby booties
– Cushion
– Hot water bottle case
– Teddy
– Triangle shawl
Hand Lettered Truth

Hand Lettered Truth

This gorgeous gift book displays the truth of God’s Word through creative expression. For both those new to the Bible and seasoned readers, Hand Lettered Truth allows people to see Scripture with new eyes through elegant hand lettering designs from artist Debbie Bratton. Debbie began lettering in 2014 as a way to meditate on the word of God, using art to bring the Bible to life in a fresh way. She has since carved out a following on Instagram and Etsy of other creatives who find inspiration in her unique, artistic treatment of Scripture. Debbie’s attention to detail and creativity make this a treasured and meaningful gift for any occasion.
Get Up & Gouache

Get Up & Gouache

Get Up & Gouache shows you how to bring the vibrant and versatile medium of gouache to life. Get stuck in to 20 step-by-step projects that show you how to layer, blend and bloom in order to create beautiful and lively paintings ideal for prints, cards, gifts or simply the pleasure of painting.

Packed with tips, tricks and techniques, Get Up & Gouache is ideal for beginners as well as providing inspiration for intermediate-level artists. Learn how to paint people and places and discover your own visual language. Find inspiration through projects on painting friends and family, flowers and nature and even your favourite furry friends.
The Leathercraft Handbook

The Leathercraft Handbook

Destined to be a classic, this modern introduction offers a contemporary twist on the age-old craft of leatherworking.

The Leathercraft Handbook guides you through all the skills, tools, and techniques you need to make beautiful and durable pieces, from elegant accessories to stylish homewares – without the need for expensive equipment.

Try your hand at more than 20 step-by-step projects, complete with easy-to-follow tutorials and templates that can be scaled up or down. Ranging from a classic glasses case to a chic tote bag, the pieces are suitable for beginners through to experienced leatherworkers and feature inspiration on how to make the designs your own.

Use this tactile, age-old craft to make your own unique and modern leather items.
The Modern Embroidery Workshop

The Modern Embroidery Workshop

Master embroidery stitches with this collection of 20 eye-catching motifs, patterns and projects, ideal for novices through to experienced embroiderers.

Easy-to-follow instructions accompany each colourful design, and you’ll find customization tips and guidance to help you make every piece your own.

Discover imaginative ideas for embellishing items to wear, display and gift, ranging from simple motifs for a cotton bag or T-shirt, through to intricate landscapes for beautiful wall art.
If You're Bored With Acrylics, Read This Book

If You're Bored With Acrylics, Read This Book

Unlock the potential in your paint tubes with 30 guided projects, covering everything from creating a harmonious colour palette to painting vivid landscapes and pop-art portraits. Get back to basics and explore the possibilities of colour, mark-making, textures, tools and techniques, or push the boundaries of acrylics by altering the qualities of the paint. This book will challenge your preconceptions about acrylics, and encourage you to return to the medium with fresh eyes and new ideas.
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