Celebrate family fun, special occasions, holidays and ¿no season, no reason¿ subjects by displaying pictures of dance recitals, island cruises, trick-or-treating, and much more in fabulous ways.
Whether you are an experienced smocker or have just discovered the delights of embroidering onto pleated fabric
Step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, clear colour photos and helpful tips
Designs for those who are complete beginners, as well as those with intermediate and advanced ability
336 patterns, eight different simple techniques and a range of embellishment ideas to individualise your work
Suitable for beginners
Plus a mini-gallery of project ideas
555 patterns that will touch your heart as they enhance your work. Celebrate friendship, home and family, love, simple pleasures, spirituality, the holidays, and more, with sentiments such as “It is by believing in roses that one brings them to bloom”, “Mother knows best”, “No whining or complaining allowed”.
‘I think we are all so increasingly obsessed and addicted to the new…that there’s a danger of us forgetting to look back, appreciate and hold onto the amazing things, values, skills and traditions that previous generations and the past offer us. I’m really interested in marrying the old and the new…wearing a modern sleek designed hat, hand knitted old-school style in real wool!’ – Lily Cole. These 30 projects are inspired by some of the most popular and fashionable accessories sold by the North Circular. Each project has clear instructions and beautiful photography. There is also advice on ethical buying and sourcing local, sustainable wool. Handmade doesn’t have to mean compromising on style or quality.
Colour yourself calm in an uncertain world.
Start the new year as you mean to go on with A Year in Colour.
Beautifully hand-drawn and small enough to take with you wherever you go, you’ll find a new illustration for each week of the year complete with a page for your creative doodles and flashes of inspiration, one week at a time. Colouring has proven to be the perfect antidote to a busy life: it is sufficiently distracting that it allows you to simultaneously focus and switch off from the stresses of the day. And it’s surprisingly satisfying too. So, whether it is spring, summer, autumn or winter, Amber’s intricate and sophisticated drawings are all inspired by the natural world and are perfect to colour in and admire, providing a soothing and mindful experience for those in need of a creative stress-buster whatever the time of year.
Transform readily available materials and objects, into delightful dolls furniture using simple techniques.
Easy to follow step-by-step projects.
Delightful illustrations and instructions throughout.
Full of ideas for candles that you can make yourself, with a variety of blends of special oils. The world of aromatherapy can be your world, as you practice these simple instructions for using flame and fragrance to turn eating into dining, resting into meditation, and an evening at home into unforgettable romance. Start by learning to recognise, select, and purchase essential oils and waxes. Then, it¿s on to the basics of candle making, as you learn methods such as dipped, moulding, floating and whipped wax, as well as techniques of embedding and finishing. For your own personal style, follow the tips on how to mix and match candle making methods and oil recipe blends.
Illustrated in colour throughout.
Suitable for beginners with more complex designs to try when you’ve had a bit of practice.
¿Campbell-Harding adds beads in a variety of beading patterns to her tassels, creating delightful lacy baubles that can be used to embellish curtains, lampshades, or clothing¿ (A( good addition¿¿ ¿ Library Journal.
Use them to adorn pillows, evening bags, or even a dress ¿ beaded tassels add sparkle to anything. Make them yourself, in bright, marvellous colour, with beads of different shapes and twisted, braided threads. You probably already own most of the basic equipment at home, and here are the ins and outs of choosing, mixing, bleaching, and painting beads, with hundreds of diagrams and photos of different options for making cords and tassels, skirts, fringes and heads.
There are stylish beasts in a genteel jungle, country cousins a-cluck and a-flutter, and an enchanted forest full of fantastical creatures. And YOU can stitch and stuff them all. These creatively designed lion, elephant, ¿frogett¿, barnyard fowl, bunny, and bear dolls all have imaginative costumes (ranging from party clothes to Renaissance wear) and expressions that will melt your heart.