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 provides 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, a modernist house 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.
There are detailed step-by-step instructions for creating 12 tiny dogs in this handy book for needle felters of all levels of expertise. The tools and techniques are clearly explained, and close-up photographs show each stage of the process. The canines include pugs, poodles, terriers, dachshunds and beagles, and there are plenty of scenes showing the finished animals to inspire your creativity.
A Foundation Course
This comprehensive introduction to the art of miniature embroidery includes advice on materials and equipment, and explains how to read embroidery charts and how to create a wide variety of stitches. The projects include bell-pulls, stools, cushions and pictures, while step-by-step illustrations and close-up photographs make everything crystal-clear.