A Creative Guide to Surviving the Winter Months
This nature-inspired collection of winter-themed creative projects includes leaf preservation, silver-jewellery making, paper decorations, crocheted mittens, foraged infusions and seasonal recipes, all accompanied by step-by-step instructions and photographs shot at crafter Emma Mitchell’s home in the Fens.
Here's One I Made Earlier
Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s television programme, is known for its famous ‘makes’ – creative projects which transform everyday household objects into toys and gifts. This collection reproduces some of the most memorable designs, including the Advent Crown, the Doll’s House and Tracy Island, and has a foreword by Valerie Singleton and contributions from former presenters and the ‘Queen of Makes’, Margaret Parnell.
Make Your Own Christmas Decorations
This kit contains everything required to make twelve hanging Christmas decorations: a guide to the simple stitches used, step-by-step photographic instructions, and a pack of essential materials (felt sheets, thread, miniature pompoms and waxed cotton cord). Suitable for beginners, the Cath Kidston-designed ornaments include a snowman, a reindeer, an angel, a stocking and a holly leaf.
A Kew Colouring Frieze
Sue Mason’s finely drawn frieze takes us on a colouring-in journey through the exotic habitats where wild animals roam and spice plants grow – tamarind and giraffes in tropical Africa, vanilla and iguana in Central America, cardamom and peacocks in Sri Lanka, and six more scenes of animals and the spices’ foliage and flowers in a continuous, pull-out frieze.
Can you rise to the challenge of dot-to-dot puzzles in three dimensions? Here are 30 views of city life, famous buildings and spectacular skyscrapers, each made up of around 800 dots in three colours. When you have joined all the dots, you can put on the 3D glasses (they come with the book) and view your masterpiece in three dimensions. Off-mint.
Extreme Maze Challenges to Complete and Color
With three inventive puzzle types – Bridge, Multi-floor, and Warp – these large and intricate mazes will challenge the most experienced solver, and in case you complete them in record time, these complex shapes can also be coloured in. Fortunately, there are solutions at the back of the book.
Crafted in Britain
The Survival of Britain's Traditional Industries
Essential to the brewing and whisky distilling industries, malt has been made from barley in the traditional way at Warminster Maltings in Wiltshire since the 1850s, raking out the grain onto large floors for it to germinate for several days and then drying it in a kiln. From bell casting and stone masonry to brick making and book binding, this book reveals the processes of 27 craft industries still alive and well in Britain today.
Happy Birthday Bagpuss
With Easy Projects to Make
Published to celebrate Bagpuss’s 40th birthday, this affectionate compendium includes a foreword by Peter Firmin, activities, board games and stories, with instructions for making sugar mice, a lavender-filled Madeleine, a beanbag Gabriel, and a knitted or pyjama-case Bagpuss.
A Puzzling Colour by Numbers Book
There are 20 portraits of cats in this book of Querkles; they are hidden in puzzles made up of hundreds of overlapping circles, the segments of which have been numbered from 1–5. All you have to do is colour or shade the circles and segments, making 1s the darkest and 5s the lightest, to reveal your feline work of art.
The Kama Sutra Colouring Book
A compendium of advice on love, sex and family life, the Hindu text known as the Kama Sutra was probably compiled in the second century CE from earlier texts, and it is best known for its practical advice about sexual positions. This adult colouring book provides intricate line drawings based on illustrations of those chapters. Sexually explicit.
Albion's Glorious Ile
The Shyres of England & Wales in IV Volumes
Each of these four volumes begins with verses from Poly-Olbion – a 17th-century poem by Michael Drayton – accompanied by black-and-white maps of the various regions of England, showing geographical features represented by gods, nymphs and faeries. These are colouring books, but not in the contemporary sense: the black-line images should be carefully washed over with watercolours, according to cartographic tradition. Slipcased.
A DIY Primer for the Design-Obsessed
After providing basic information about materials and colours, each chapter in this DIY guide focuses on a specific material – including wood, thread, clay and wax – explains how to use it, and offers two or three easy projects to try. From making your own tea-lights to spray-painting a dining chair, these unusual designs can make a striking difference to your home. (References to websites may no longer be valid.)
Originally published in France, this book provides an initial guide to basic techniques – embroidery, crochet, felting, papier mâché and pyrography (burning on wood) among others – followed by 140 creative craft projects, including fashion accessories, interior design ideas, lighting and lamps, organizers, decorative table linen and ‘little ideas’ with buttons, beads and seeds. The projects all have clear instructions, templates and diagrams where needed, along with photographs of the finished work.
Tom Smith's Magical Invention
For over 150 years, Christmas crackers have been part of our Christmas festivities, but who created this wonderful fandangle? Little is known about Tom Smith, the accepted inventor of the cracker, but Peter Kimpton draws on a wealth of archive material to tell the story of Mr Smith and his amazing invention. Among the many aspects of cracker history revealed are box designs, how the love motto was ousted by the corny joke, pyrotechnic crackers, and crackers in wartime.
A World of Decoration & Ornament
The world of the shell described by Ingrid Thomas encompasses a tremendous range of artefacts, from a primitive axe made from sharpened Giant Clam shell, to Maggi Hambling’s Scallop (2003) on Aldeburgh beach. Magnificently illustrated with over 500 photographs, the book begins with an introduction to natural shells before exploring their uses as tools, currency, for carving and as jewellery, then goes on to look at the shell – as material and as inspiration – in art, architecture and the decorative arts.
Pablo Picasso: To Color In
The Master of Modern Art
Suitable for both paints and pencils, this large-format colouring book reproduces 20 key works, and allows you to combine relaxation and learning as you study the originals and imitate the artists techniques. Includes advise on how to approach colouring, a biography and detailed commentary on each artwork, putting it in the context of the artist's life and career.
Coloring for Mindfulness
Mesdemoiselles are the French illustrators Aurélie Castex and Claire Laude. For this colouring book they have created a quirky world of stylized cats – in harems, on the dance-floor, playing in a jazz band, trying on hats, hiding in trees – and generally having a lot of fun.
Vincent Van Gogh
Make Your Own Art Masterpiece
With this colouring book you can take inspiration from Van Gogh's paintings to create your own unique artwork. Choose from landscapes, street scenes, interiors and portraits, including Self-Portrait With a Bandaged Ear, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and Starry Night Over the Rhone. The book also provides a brief biography, captions and a guide to the colours originally used in each painting.
Around the World in 101 Patterns
Design, Doodle, Colour and Draw
Puppets from Thailand, Inca carvings from Peru, the New York skyline, and corals from the Great Barrier Reef: this book contains over 100 outline designs based on crafts, costume, architecture and wildlife from countries across the globe for you to colour or otherwise embellish. There are notes on the origins of each drawing and suggestions for how you might use or colour it.