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.
Early Incised Slabs and Brasses from the London Marblers
Monumental brasses and incised slabs have been the subject of scholarly interest since the 18th century, but attention has focused mainly on brasses. This study concentrates on effigial incised slabs, discussing their origins and development in medieval England. In a detailed study of both surviving brasses and slabs and old rubbings and antiquarian drawings, the authors look particularly at the products of the London-based marblers in the period before the Black Death.
The Crafted Garden
Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature
The 50 craft projects in this original collection are all inspired by nature. Organized by season, the gifts, decorations and ornaments combine new ideas with time-honoured techniques. Some are ephemeral while others will last a lifetime. There are table decorations and napkin rings, planters, headdresses, wreaths, tree decorations, pots and displays. Key techniques including drying, pressing and frosting are all explained, and will enable you to transform your home by bringing the garden indoors.
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.
Make Your Own Art Masterpiece
In this book, the intricate Art Nouveau works of Alphonse Mucha have been adapted into 45 detailed line drawings that you can colour yourself, choosing either to copy the original or produce your own interpretation. Each picture is accompanied by a sample section of the original painting, and the pages are perforated so your creations can be easily removed and framed.
Heraldry: Coats of Arms, Crests and Seals
A Colouring Book
In this book a wide range of historic coats of arms, crests and seals are presented in outline form, ready for you to colour in. There are over 90 outline drawings, labelled with the names of the original holders of the arms, but the choice of colours is up to you.
Pamper Your Pooch
30 Practical Presents for Dogs
The 30 projects in this book provide clear and simple instructions for making a whole range of accessories to enrich the life of your dog. There are food treats such as biscuits and birthday cake, toys, including a frisbee, and comforting gifts such as the bone pillow, a towel for Rover's muddy paws and a crocheted cowl to keep Fido warm.
Over 30 Projects Inspired by Scandinavian Style
As well as Scandinavian-style woolly hats and scarves and mittens, the 30 projects in this craft book include housewares, toys and decorations using many different techniques. There are knitted socks, an embroidered window hanging, Easter chicks made from yellow felted wool, Christmas angels, and wool and felt nisse (little mythical gnomes). All the projects have clear, illustrated instructions and notes on their origins in Denmark, Norway, Sweden or Finland.
Things that Go Boom
or Fly, Float, and Zoom!
If you like making things, the 18 machines featured in this book cover a wide range of interests and skill levels, and they all do something when they are completed. The six-volt wind turbine will provide enough power to light up your workshop while you create the paddle-operated punt, the lemon cannon, or possibly the 'compact theremin' for playing eerie tunes. These inventive projects are all clearly illustrated, use affordable components and really do work.