For Textile Artists
With step-by-step instructions and patterns, this is a complete guide to making stump, wired and cloth dolls. It begins with practical information on tools and equipment and explains how to make realistic faces and hands using embroidery and needle sculpting – essential for giving each project its finishing touches. To further encourage creativity, a range of techniques for customizing fabrics are also detailed, from simple embroidery and felting to intricate cutwork.
The Life of Tea
A Journey to the World's Finest Teas
‘The taste and experience of pure nature, with all its exquisite flavours and aromas, are at the heart of the enjoyment of tea.’ For this spectacular three-part ‘Journey’, the authors, a documentary photographer and a tea expert, first went in search of the tea plants and the process from ‘earth to cup’, then explored the finest tea mountains of China, Japan, India and Sri Lanka and, finally, sought out the cultural world that has developed around tea drinking.
Kew's Teas, Tonics and Tipples
Inspiring Botanical Drinks to Excite Your Tastebuds
With recipes including Oatmeal Posset, Chilli Hot Chocolate, and The Walled Garden (a cocktail made with rose water), along with short essays on topics such as tea drinking, bitters and fennel, and reproductions of botanical art, this colourful celebration of drinks, the plants used to make them and their history, comprises contributions from the ‘Kew community’, including Bob Flowerdew on making cider and Sarah Heaton on ‘drinking garden herbs’.
15 Knitted Projects to Keep You Warm and Toasty
Vanessa Mooncie’s designs for an entire menagerie of hats provide easy-to-follow instructions intended for knitters of all abilities. These fun hats in adult and children’s sizes range from a smart-suited penguin to a floppy-eared bunny, and the appendix explains how to line your hat and includes a guide to basic techniques, a glossary of abbreviations, conversion charts and a list of suppliers.
A Drink for the Devil
After petroleum, coffee is the most traded commodity in the world, with over 7 million tonnes produced annually. By 2015 Britain had more than 20,000 coffee shops, and the sector is still growing. This book charts the history of what a pope called ‘the Devil’s drink’, the rise of the coffee house in 18th-century Europe and the global industry today.
The Big Book of the Dolls' House
This comprehensive guide for beginners and experienced dolls’ house enthusiasts, whether using 1/12 or 1/24 scales, describes a range of styles, covering historical periods and cultural influences from a Tudor interior to a Zen apartment. The author suggests ways to present miniature scenes featuring purchased items and provides instructions for making items such as tables and a fireplace. Illustrated with colour photographs, the book includes advice on equipment and a list of suppliers.
Vintage Paper Toys
64 French Models to Make at Home
First made popular in the 19th century, designing paper toys can be likened to an art form; and putting them together can be enjoyed by both children and adults. These vintage cut-outs include circus acts, a merry-go-round, dress-up dolls and a church with wedding guests. Follow the instructions on the design, cut out the pieces with scissors and a craft knife, and glue together.
How to Make Tea
The Science Behind the Leaf
With 5,000 years of history, 2,000 styles, and 250 different species of the plant genus Camellia, this guide covers everything there is to know about tea. Sections include information on the tea-growing regions, how the plant is harvested and processed, and detailed instructions on how to make the perfect cup, from getting the right temperature, to steeping times and how to use a teaspoon.
Crocheting Soft Toys
Frustrated by mass-produced soft toys made with cheap labour and materials, the author set out to produce a collection of unique toys for children, friends and family that could be crocheted and given as presents. Basic crochet stitches are clearly described and illustrated, while detailed and straightforward patterns cover a range of animals, from larger elephants and a jagged-toothed crocodile to smaller curly-tailed chameleons and fluffy-eared owls.
This collection of needle felt designs contains step-by-step instructions to make 12 tiny dogs including a pug, miniature dachshund and a toy poodle. The tools and techniques for each design are explained clearly and close-up photographs show each stage of the process, making this book suitable for novice crafters.
A Foundation Course
This comprehensive introduction to miniature embroidery explains the materials and equipment needed, and how to read embroidery charts. Diagrams show how the different stitches are formed, and instructions are given for a range of 1/12 scale projects, from monochrome backstitched pictures and cushions to a multicoloured cot cover using the more complex Rhodes stitch.