It's All a Game
A Short History of Board Games
Board games have existed for millennia and, despite the allure of smartphones, remain hugely popular, even giving birth to the recent phenomenon of board-game cafés. From the ancient Egyptian Senet (‘a playable guide to the afterlife’), via such classics as Monopoly (which originally used a circular board), this book explores why they captivate us and traces their development up to the latest innovative ‘Eurogames’.
The Complete Sourcebook of Methods and Media
From preparing canvas to framing and storing finished artwork, this source book is a practical, up-to-date guide to materials for artists, amateur and professional. Starting with oils, the book covers acrylic, encaustic and tempera painting, watercolours, gouache and drawing materials; there are chapters on pigments, colour mixing, brushes and other applicators and, finally, guidance on working safely with artists’ materials.
The Artist's Complete Book of Drawing Projects
Designed to hone skills, build confidence in your drawing and widen its scope, this practical workbook presents over 100 subjects, progressing from a still life of two pears to much more ambitious projects including a village scene, a sports car, and people on the beach. For each subject, Barrington Barber’s drawing is broken down into five steps, with his works-in-progress sketches and notes on techniques.
20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials
Aimed at those with no previous experience, the 20 creative projects in this guide are illustrated and explained one stage at a time. Beginning with basic information about what to look for when sourcing materials, Max McMurdo then demonstrates how to create bespoke pieces such as a pallet-wood upholstered stool and an illuminated side table made from a washing-machine drum. For easy reference, the final section outlines all the necessary tools and techniques required.
Renowned knitwear and crochet designer Erika Knight presents 50 timeless patterns for womenswear and home décor. The ‘classic’ designs are practical, everyday basics made using simple stitches and natural fibres, such as an Aran v-neck sweater and a chunky cable throw. The ‘glamour’ collection focuses on more luxurious items including a lacy shrug and a mohair cushion embellished with pearl buttons and sequins.
The Essential Guide to Drawing
Key Skills for Every Artist
Suitable for beginners as well as artists with some experience, this complete guide builds on basic techniques and exercises to explore topics including perspective, composition and anatomy. Each skill is introduced in relation to drawing still life, figures, landscapes or portraits, with numerous examples of each and comprehensive instructions.
A Practical Course for Artists
Using famous examples from the history of art as well as his original drawings, the artist and teacher Barrington Barber provides inspiration and encouragement as well as practical information on materials and techniques, and he offers insights into the possibilities and the pitfalls of portraiture. After the basics of proportion and composition, the course covers topics including group portraits, dress and props, animals, self-portraits and the art of caricature.
A Practical Course for Artists
Designed for artists of all abilities, this course focuses on the human figure and the techniques required to draw the human body, clothed or unclothed, at rest or in motion. Barber begins with anatomy, from the skeleton to elements such as hands and feet, and goes on to explain how to tackle clothes, various poses, action and facial features, using his own drawings as step-by-step examples and gradually building up to more advanced techniques of figure drawing.
Art Answers: Portrait Painting
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
Creating beautiful portraits requires a variety of skills, from planning the composition to perfecting the details of hair and facial features. This handbook offers valuable and reliable advice, including how to choose a background, how to work out a pose, and methods of ensuring a good likeness.
The Immortal Men
The End of Forever
The Immortal Man and the Infinite Woman, two of the eternal beings charged with overseeing the evolution of mankind, are at war. Teenager Caden Park was recruited to join the fight, and with his allies dead and the future of humanity at stake he must work out why he is so special before he too is killed. Contains issues 1–6.
Out of Control, Vol 1
When Ethan joined the government’s Damage Project, no one told him that for one hour a day he would transform into a monstrous being, designed to wreak mass destruction. His creator loses control of him and Ethan goes on the run, but soon finds there are others who want to weaponize him. Contains issues 1–6.
The Curse of Brimstone
Following a deal with someone claiming to be from the government, Joe is cursed with the fiery power of brimstone and could destroy his hometown. He needs to track down the mysterious Salesman who tricked him before anyone else falls for his pitch. Contains issues 1–6.
The modern timepieces in this illustrated tour of 60 finely crafted, creative and original watches include the 15.48 Driver Watch, the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow and two bespoke designs from the author, founder of Paolo Mathai Horology. They were made by remarkable watchmakers from Aaron Becsei, a third-generation Budapest watchmaker, to Remi Maillat, who left Cartier to create his own brand.
Stop Go Turn
Perfecting the Basics of Riding
Dissecting the three fundamentals of the title to discuss topics such as posture and transitioning between the three basic gaits, this manual includes step-by-step instructions and exercises to help riders improve their technique and develop the relationship with their horse.
Stitch Alphabets and Numbers
120 Contemporary Designs for Cross Stitch and Needlepoint
This collection contains three alphabet charts, to create shadow, woodblock and circus lettering (all capitals), and three charts to stitch vintage, floral or screen-print style numbers. Details about materials and equipment are given, and finishing techniques such as stretching and framing are explained, demonstrating how the designs can be used to make personalized items including wall hangings and cushions.
Smoky Joe's Book of Drawing Ponies
Top Tips, Techniques and Pony Stuff – Straight from the Horse's Mouth!
Narrated by Smoky Joe, a horse whose poses feature throughout the book, this complete guide to drawing ponies begins with the basic shapes and then introduces anatomy and perspective. A variety of drawing materials are discussed, and hints and tips are given about how to spot details, add character and create backgrounds.
Blooming Crochet Hats
10 Crochet Designs with 10 Mix-and-Match Accents
After a series of illustrations showing how to create various stitches, this book presents instructions for making ten hats and headbands, each one sized from newborn to adult. Every design can be customized by adding one of the ten interchangeable motifs, including flowers, a heart and a butterfly, which simply button into place.
Knitting with Beads
This modern guide to a traditional craft explains how to make a completely beaded fabric, how to create beaded lace, and the different methods for adding embellishments during knitting. A comprehensive techniques section is followed by a gallery of stitch patterns, featuring lacework, cables and colourwork. Patterns are included for projects such as an evening bag, jewellery, mittens and an elegant lightweight shawl.
Forty Years of Airfix Toys
Airfix is synonymous with construction kits, but between the late 1940s and 1981 the company also produced an extensive assortment of plastic games, craft items, building, racing and train sets, as well as miscellaneous items such as shoes and houseware. This nostalgic illustrated history of the company's 'other' output looks at topics including logos and packaging, Motor Ace, Meccano and Dinky toys, and contains a full listing of pattern (model) numbers.
Haynes Golf GTI Performance Manual
This practical guide to tuning Golfs is based on 20 years of personal experience and offers advice on which model to buy and how to modify it for road use or competition. Numerous illustrations and notes on interchangeable parts are included, and detailed information on engine modification is followed by guidance on altering the transmission, suspension and braking system.
Haynes Dance Manual
The Complete Step-by-Step Guide
The dancer and choreographer Keyna Paul begins by outlining the history, dress codes and health benefits of ten different dance disciplines, including ballet, burlesque, flamenco and tap. Next, supported by links to online videos, she introduces the basic moves and steps for each style, plus practice tasks and sequences. Music suggestions and adaptations for less mobile participants are included.
The Art and Craft of
The step-by-step origami tutorials in this guide are presented in four sections. The 'One-Piece Projects' can be formed from a single sheet of paper, 'Twists and Turns' are objects that change form with movement, while 'Modular Projects' and 'Advanced Modules' comprise multiple-piece, more intricate creations. The shapes range from a simple cube and tetrahedron to an elaborate flower ball and starburst, and can all be fashioned from the 35 sheets of specialist paper included.
Simply Perfect Party Cakes for Kids
Easy Step-by-Step Novelty Cakes for Children's Parties
From a teddy bears’ picnic, ideal for a first birthday, through ideas for budding superheroes and little princesses, to disco and paintballing themes suitable for teenagers, this well-illustrated book offers step-by-step instructions to make twelve novelty cakes for children. It contains recipes for the cakes, fillings and toppings; shows how to sculpt them; and includes time-saving alternatives such as cupcakes and cookies.
Fun and Original Birthday Cakes
The seven sugarcraft scenes demonstrated in this guide include Golfing Dreams, Retail Therapy and The Toy Box. Step-by-step instructions show how to make the figures and components, such as a dragon or a toy train, to replicate the images in the book or for use in your own designs. Recipes and guides for construction are also given, as well as a list of equipment.
Fast Fabric Gifts
Scrap Fabric Style, Small Scale Sewing, Thrifty Chic
These small-scale projects demonstrate how scrap fabrics, trimmings and buttons can be used to create beautiful and thrifty gifts. Clear instructions and close-up photographs explain how to make items including a cosmetic case, a felted jewellery set and embellished photo frames, using the templates provided. A techniques section offers tips for novice crafters and explains the different hand stitches that are required.
DIY Kids' Dress Up
36 Simple Sewn Accessories for Creative Play
Designed to encourage imaginative play, these 36 simple felt accessories can be used to create costumes for twelve different characters, from superheroes such as Captain Courage to mythical creatures, and animals including a parrot, a peacock and a tiger. The book contains templates for the masks, wings, paws and tails, and step-by-step instructions and diagrams.
Creative Colour for Cake Decorating
20 New Projects from Bestselling Author
Revealing how she selects and adapts the colour palettes for her signature designs, the culinary artist Lindy Smith presents twenty themed cake decorating projects such as 'Peacock Panache' and 'Flamboyant Flora'. Each detailed tutorial is introduced with a list of the materials and equipment required, followed by step-by-step instructions and photographs covering every stage of the creative process. Also included are an index of commercial food paste colours and advice on how to alter their tone, hue and intensity.
Craft Bomb Your Bike
20 Makes for You and Your Bike
Combining their love of crafts and cycling, the contributors to this volume present 20 handmade accessories for bicycles and their riders. The ideas range from the practical, such as a clutch bag that attaches to the handlebars, or crocheted wrist warmers, to more whimsical options including decorations for the basket and spokes. The knitting, crochet and sewing techniques are fully explained with diagrams, making the projects suitable for beginners.
Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Stencilling
Techniques, Tips and Projects for Using Stencils
With almost 30 years of sugar-craft experience, Lindy Smith was inspired to start a career as a culinary artist when she made her own wedding cake. In this book she offers step-by-step illustrated tutorials on stencilling – demonstrating how to recreate her signature fresh, modern look on cakes, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions.
Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Piping
Techniques, Tips and Projects for Piping Icing on Cakes
With almost 30 years of sugar-craft experience, Lindy Smith was inspired to start a career as a culinary artist when she made her own wedding cake. In this book, she offers step-by-step illustrated tutorials on piping – demonstrating how to recreate her signature fresh, modern look on cakes, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions.
Contemporary Cake Decorating Bible: Flowers
Techniques, Tips and Projects for Sugar Flowers
With almost 30 years of sugar-craft experience, Lindy Smith was inspired to start a career as a culinary artist when she made her own wedding cake. In this book, she offers step-by-step illustrated tutorials on flower-work – demonstrating how to recreate her signature fresh, modern look on cakes, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions.
Chic and Unique Celebration Cakes
30 Fresh Designs to Brighten Special Occasions
This illustrated volume features ten themed projects, each comprising a centrepiece tiered cake and two complementary bakes decorated in Zoe Clark's signature feminine style. Emphasising the importance of colour in transforming a simple design to suit any occasion, she explains techniques including stencilling and brush embroidery.
Character Cake Toppers
This illustrated guide to creating sugar paste cake toppers features 65 ideas for a range of occasions. The humorous characters and miniature scenes include a mischievous puppy, a pirate with his parrot and treasure chest, and a jolly Santa accompanied by a teddy bear and sack of presents. Information on basic shapes and equipment is followed by detailed instructions on how to make and assemble each design.
Cakes to Inspire and Desire
Inspired variously by Art Nouveau, Greek ceramics, Indian temples and Gaudi's mosaics plus the colours and patterns found within exotic flowers, this collection of cake designs is organized in three sections: round, square and creative cakes. A comprehensive reference section explains the basic techniques required, detailed instructions cover every aspect of the bake and design templates enable a professional result.
20 Crewel Embroidery Designs to Stitch with Wool
Nancy Nicholson demonstrates how, by substituting embroidery silk for knitting and tapestry wool, it is possible to create folk-art inspired hand-stitched designs on a large scale. Some of the 20 projects are for embellishing existing homewares, accessories and clothing, while others are made from scratch.
The 1718 Coverlet
69 Quilt Blocks from the Oldest Dated British Patchwork Coverlet
Owned and preserved by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, the 1718 silk patchwork coverlet features hearts, flowers, animals and heraldic devices as well as simple geometric shapes. Following a brief history of the coverlet this book offers detailed information on its construction, templates and instructions for making each of its 69 blocks, and guides to both traditional and modern piecing, allowing quilters to create a replica. Foreword by Kaffe Fassett.
50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades
After explaining the basic techniques and equipment needed to make lampshades of different shapes and sizes, this illustrated book shows how to embellish them to suit different interior styles. Ideas include a beaded bohemian chandelier, retro paper designs and upcycling fabrics and other objects for a contemporary look.
Wristwatch Annual 2019
The Catalog of Producers, Prices, Models and Specifications
From performance chronometers for divers, aviators and yachtsmen to bejewelled timepieces for evening wear, famous watchmakers, predominantly from Switzerland, have created a market for exquisite and exclusive wristwatches that symbolize precision, craftsmanship, quality and luxury. This annual catalogue reviews the current models and the company profiles of over 130 leading manufacturers including Breitling, Cartier, Rolex and Jaeger Le-Coultre.