Crafts & Collectables
Kids Make Christmas
Over 40 Kids' Craft Projects for Christmas
Pia Deges’ big book of kids’ craft projects shows how you can transform a sock into a Rudolph Reindeer glove puppet, toothpicks into sparkling comets, or fir cones into Christmas owls. There are illustrated instructions for more than 40 seasonal gifts, confectionery, tree decorations and games, with tips for making things at home and templates for the puppets and photo-booth props. Age 8+
Fantastic Forgeries: Paint Like Van Gogh
A Step-by-Step Course to Painting Van Gogh's Classic Artworks
Each of the eight tutorials in this art techniques guide is an extended dissection of a famous Van Gogh composition, with a list of required materials and colours, a drawing template and illustrated instructions for each step of the painting process (Sunflowers has 32 steps illustrated). Also included are The Bedroom, Wheatfield with Crows and Fishing Boats on the Beach.
A Puzzling Colour By Numbers Book
Beethoven, Che Guevara and Amy Winehouse are among 20 iconic figures portrayed in this book of Querkles; they are hidden in puzzles made up of hundreds of overlapping circles, the segments of which are numbered from 1 to 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 masterpiece.
These 16 projects, by four renowned origami artists, incorporate centuries-old techniques – folding a swan or a miniature lily, for example – with more recent forays into electro and wet-fold (which helps the paper keep its shape) origami. There are tips on tools and materials, clearly described and photographed techniques, and projects including an owl in a tree, a lampshade and a light-up tiara.
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.
The Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting Sci-fi Art
This art manual employs both digital and traditional painting techniques to describe how to construct convincing sci-fi characters, vehicles and environments. Step-by-step project tutorials are supplemented by a section on developing coherent concepts and matching characters and architecture.
Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects
From dolls to dog jackets and sarongs to shower curtains, this well-illustrated and comprehensive compendium presents over 150 projects suitable for all skill levels. Basic techniques are explained for hand and machine sewing as well as other craft skills, and glossaries of fabric, threads and tools are included. The accompanying CD contains full-size clothes patterns and templates that can be printed out.
How to Create an Heirloom Quilt
Learn Over 35 Machine Techniques to Build a Beautiful Quilt
The heirloom quilt is specifically designed to explore sewing-machine techniques for fabric embellishment and manipulation. With the Dresden Plate block as the centrepiece, there are nine panels comprising three designs, and smaller panels and border which complete the quilt. All are described through step-by-step instructions, example photographs and diagrams, with templates provided. Imperial measurements with metric equivalents.
Make the Clangers and their Planet with 15 Easy Step-by-Step Projects
Clangers are pink knitted mouse-like folk who live in craters on a blue planet with their friendly companions the Soup-Dragon, Iron Chicken and the Froglets. As well as patterns for knitting your own Clangers and friends, and templates for making their clothes, this book has instructions for making the blue planet and other parts of Clanger world including the Music Tree and the Rocket. Foreword by Peter Firmin.
Make It, Own It, Love It
The Essential Guide to Sewing, Altering and Customizing
Matt Chapple, one-time winner of The Great British Sewing Bee, shares his skills, outlining the essential toolkit for marking, cutting, stitching and making patterns. Starting by customizing and decorating existing garments with patches, pockets and darts, the reader can then attempt seven projects from scratch, from a bow tie to a summer dress. There are tips for maintaining clothes and all instructions are clearly explained and well illustrated.
Medal Yearbook 2019
This is the 25th anniversary edition of the independent price guide and collectors’ handbook published annually by Medal News. An invaluable reference for collectors, it gives details of dealers and specialist booksellers as well as prices, order of wear and detailed, illustrated entries on hundreds of medals, from the Order of the Garter to the Dickin Medal for birds and animals. With an index of medals and cumulative index to Medal News, 1989–2018.
Statuettes of the Art Deco Period
Art Deco statuettes produced in the 1930s first became sought-after collectors’ items in the 1970s. Here, art consultant Alberto Shayo shares his expertise, explaining influences on the design (Egyptology, music hall, the Olympic Games) and methods used to produce and sell the figurines. Colour plates of the statuettes are organized, with short biographies, according to artist – from Dominique Alonzo to Bruno Zach – and original catalogue pages reveal how some pieces were first presented for sale.
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.
Landmarks of the World
Colour Your Way from Barcelona to Beijing
This collection of world landmark structures to colour in includes Angkor Wat, Hagia Sophia, the Pyramide du Louvre and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. The pictures are drawn in intricate architectonic detail on high-quality, single-sided pages, and each one is accompanied by a concise history of the building.
Cath Kidston Sewing Book
Over 30 Exclusive Projects Made Simple
Cath Kidston’s cheerful, ‘modern vintage’ designs are tremendously popular; with the Sewing Book you can make your own home accessories, bags and kids’ stuff to her original patterns. Starting with the basics for those new to sewing, the book presents instructions for over 30 projects, including cushions, a gym bag and a baby gift set. To kick-start your adventures in needlework, the book comes with everything you need – fabric, zips, binding etc – to make a pocket sewing kit.
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.
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.
The Total Poker Manual
This well-illustrated guide provides profiles of leading international players and advice on every aspect of competitive poker. Aimed primarily at the players of online poker games and participants and aspirants to the ever-more popular leagues and tournaments, the manual offers 266 tips including how to rapidly calculate odds and how to read your opponents' tells.
The Upholsterer's Step-By-Step Handbook
A Practical Reference
This introduction to traditional and modern upholstery methods guides the practitioner, whether beginner or professional, through the whole process, from choosing the correct tools to web, fill and stitching, using step-by-step illustrations and detailed explanations at each stage. Advice on making and cutting out patterns, stripping down chairs and repairing frames is given in preparation for the job of re-upholstery, and photographs show each finished project.
The British knitwear designer Sasha Kagan is known for her use of rich colour and texture, and this collection of her creations provides detailed instructions, with schematics and pattern charts, for making 22 contemporary garments, including sweaters, tops, jackets, wraps and scarves. Accompanying descriptions of the basic knitting and crochet stitches, there is guidance on how to accomplish finishing touches such as bands, tassels and pompoms.
Knitting Block by Block
The concept of this knitting resource book is that all the designs are made up from blocks; mixed, matched and combined into garments and accessories. The blocks range from simple knits to creative colour work, appliqué, embroidery and cord patterns, and detailed instructions and charts are provided for all 150 block templates and 13 creative projects. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Folk Quilt Appliqué
20 Irresistible Projects to Brighten Your Home
Table mats, bags, wall hangings and quilts are some of the appliqué projects featured in this illustrated how-to guide, which contains templates for 20 designs. Listing all necessary materials, the book features chapters on fabric selection, tools and equipment and the different machine and hand techniques, including needle-turn, needle felting, piecing, embroidery, quilting and finishing.
Encyclopedia of Classic & Vintage Stitches
Including detailed depictions of and explanations for 245 stitches, with instructions on tools and materials and 24 projects to complete – from a skill-displaying sampler to a glittery evening bag – this is a valuable resource for stitchwork practitioners. Although some techniques are suitable for beginners and others require a degree of knowledge and experience, this comprehensive reference book can provide inspiration for all.
Knitted Toy Tales
Irresistible Characters for All Ages
Including bunnies, bears and robots, each toy in this manual has a name and comes with its own introductory story and rhyme. The patterns use a minimal number of parts to avoid having to sew together too many components afterwards, and there is a clearly illustrated section on techniques, with templates, lists of suppliers and yarns used, and advice on which projects best suit a beginner.
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.
The Cardmaker's Bible
160 Inspirational Card Designs and Definitive Cardmaking Techniques
Cardmaking is a good introduction to crafting, combining simple paper cutting and folding with the use of a range of accessories such as stamps, punches, templates and stickers. With 160 card designs covering every occasion from children's birthdays to wedding anniversaries, this crafter's compendium introduces all the basic techniques as well as more advanced skills such as quilling and 3D découpage.
Pastel Painting Atelier
Essential Lessons in Techniques, Practices, and Materials
The art of drawing and painting with pastel is comprehensively explored in this illustrated guide for the serious artist. Beginning with a look at historical use of the medium, the author (an accomplished pastel artist herself) explains best studio practice, how to adapt pastel use for different genres, the working process (including application, gradating tone and making corrections), and how to care for finished works. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
For Beginners and Beyond: Art Materials, Techniques and Picture Making
David Webb, an experienced artist and teacher, offers comprehensive guidance to beginners and improving watercolourists, providing clearly illustrated instructions and solutions to the most common problems that students encounter. Including advice on tools and equipment, the guide explores over 20 different techniques, from flat wash to thick gouache, examines composition, with special sections on landscapes, textures and portraits, and considers the varied methods and styles of ten renowned watercolour artists. Slightly off-mint.
Exotic Botanical Illustration With the Eden Project
The natural world is teeming with strange and striking plants that can be an enjoyable challenge to paint or draw. With step-by-step exercises and advice on setting up your work environment, using technology, choosing a subject, drawing and incorporating colour, this volume will help readers to produce impressive illustrations from nature. Presented by award-winning artists, many of the plants featured are inspired by the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome.
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.
Master of Art Deco
Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus studied in Paris and stayed on to experience the cultural explosion of the inter-war years. He became an iconic Art Deco sculptor, his delicate figurines – which depict elaborately dressed dancers, children and animals – enjoying great popularity. Charting his life and influences, and the materials and foundries he used, this updated volume, originally published in 1993, includes colour plates of his work, recently discovered pieces and updated information, alongside a selection of his paintings.
From the World's Leading Designers
This well-illustrated study explores the ways in which the essence of a flower can be translated into jewellery, and how jewellers have approached that challenge since the late 19th century. Carol Woolton highlights the skills of observation and craftsmanship required to interpret floral beauty through the media of metal and precious stone, and provides examples of notable pieces by designers including Lalique, Fabergé and Joel Arthur Rosenthal.
Clarice Cliff for Collectors
The distinctive ceramics produced by Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) at the Wilkinson and Newport potteries remain among the most popular collectables of the 20th century. This guide and reference for the enthusiast provides a useful introduction to the much-loved designer's world and key information on identifying her work. Over 500 pieces are illustrated and identified, and there is also practical advice on sourcing, storage, display and restoration.
Total Guitar: How to Play Guitar
Acoustic and Electric – Learn to Play Like a Rock Hero
Employing widely differing styles and sounds, Ed Sheeran, Slash and Nile Rodgers are among the guitarists whose wisdom is quoted in the pages of this guitar manual for the beginner to intermediate player. Compiled by the editors of Total Guitar magazine, the well-illustrated guide goes beyond lessons in basic guitar technique to advise on all aspects of the instrument, from amps and accessories to how to write songs, record and promote your music.
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.
Perspective for the Beginning Artist
More Than 40 Techniques for Understanding the Principles of Perspective
This introductory guide gives an overview of how perspective works, explaining different approaches and methods for dividing areas of a scene or subject proportionally using basic media: pencil, charcoal, pastel and ink. A range of techniques is explored – starting with straightforward frontal and oblique perspectives and building to the aerial view – each one clearly illustrated with step-by-step instructions and including useful tips, before the final section applies the skills to common subjects.
15 Scary Head Warmers to Knit
Inspired by action-hero comics and mythological creatures, these fun patterns for children or adults use mainly basic stitches and Aran-weight yarns. Ideal for knitters with some experience, there is advice on materials, needles and tension alongside full instructions for knitting, lining and creating embellishments, such as tassels and eyeballs. The photographed designs include a furry, sparkly Fluffball, a bulgy-eyed Fly and a sequinned Griffin.
Written by an embroiderer and textile artist, this well-produced book includes ideas for creating everything from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to collars and purses. As well as traditional fabrics such as silk, lace, tulle and leather, the pieces use recycled plastic and items such as kebab skewers and garden mesh. The author outlines more than 30 techniques, while the 10 step-by-step projects are carefully described and photographed, and range in difficulty.
The Big Book of Candles
Over 40 Step-by-Step Candlemaking Projects
After listing essential materials and equipment, this illustrated guide presents 40 projects for novice and experienced crafters. There are classic column and container candles, and designs that use more advanced techniques such as hand-dipping and incising, all with clear, step-by-step instructions and colour photographs.
Home Sewing Techniques
Essential Sewing Skills to Make Inspirational Soft Furnishings
Ideal for beginners, and including basic information on equipment from pencils to sewing machines, each technique in this practical guide is explained with tips and colour photographs and followed up with an activity: from sewing seams to making a tablecloth; piping to stitching a headboard cover; pleating to upholstering a footstool. In addition, 30 easy-to-follow household projects include a throw, cushions and curtains.
25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs
Incorporating patterns such as a pink, cat-shaped pyjama case and a long-limbed Cheeky Monkey, this manual, which includes clear instructions, templates and advice on yarns and techniques, combines classic designs with contemporary ideas for toys that make ideal gifts. Slightly off-mint.
Manga Martial Arts
Over 50 Basic Lessons for Drawing the World's Most Popular Fighting Styles
Different martial arts have distinct styles of movement and may be associated with particular weapons and clothing. This guide to successfully drawing manga characters in authentic fighting scenes considers ten disciplines, including Kung Fu, Karate and Boxing, and provides step-by-step tutorials as well as background information on the traditions and characteristic positions of each style. Slightly off-mint.
Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road
A mysterious group of textiles, preserved for centuries in Kyoto, is brought out only for an annual Shinto-Buddhist festival. This richly illustrated guide explains the tapestries’ meaning, their Chinese origins and the reasons why they are shrouded in such secrecy.
Making Great Furniture
25 Inspiring Projects from Top Makers
From a Shaker-style desk and a blanket chest to a Robert Adam-inspired breakfront bookcase and an inlaid chest of drawers, this collection contains 25 carpentry projects from Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine. Including classical, traditional, Arts and Crafts and contemporary style designs, the plans are aimed principally at the intermediate level to experienced woodworker, with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, photographs and exploded 3D artworks.