Crafts & Collectables
21 Playful Projects with Seasonal Flair
Inspired by the Scandinavian seasons, this how-to book provides 21 year-round projects: a baby’s winter cover; a quilted birds’ nest for spring (complete with birds); a fishy sampler for the summer, and a colourful tree scarf for autumn. Focusing on quilting, applique and embroidery techniques, there are tips, templates to copy and a section on finding inspiration.
Colour and Abstraction
By liberating colour from its subservient role to drawing, abstract artists have found innovative ways to use and develop the pictorial space. In this title, the author complements works by well-known abstract artists with many of his own, giving clear descriptions of choices made and techniques used. He examines the media and tools available, looks at creating a series of paintings, and encourages the reader to paint with confidence.
Painting and Drawing the Head
This comprehensive guide to portrait painting begins with information on materials, painting and composition, followed by five chapters detailing the stages of painting a head from life, and finishes with self-portraits and portraiture. Illustrated with over 100 paintings, the author’s detailed advice draws on his personal experience and knowledge of art history, and includes practical tips and helpful suggestions on how to work with a sitter.
Practical Landscape Painting
Materials, Techniques & Projects
These seven lessons, focusing on watercolour, cover various aspects of landscape painting, from tone and texture to composition and perspective, each including clear instructions for tackling a relevant project, including a desert view, a brooding sky and a Hawaiian beach scene. The book also offers practical information about materials and a detailed account of a sketching trip along the West Coast of Ireland.
101 Techniques: Oil
The 101 short lessons in this practical guide offer artists a variety of ways to practise and hone key skills. Materials are clearly explained and photographed in the first chapter, and the different exercises are broken down into illustrated steps and graded by level of difficulty. Including shading, contrast, surfaces, brushstrokes, and techniques such as pointillism, the breadth of content will suit beginners and professional artists alike.
Painting Magical Fairies and Their Worlds
Inspired by his belief in an ‘unseen realm of beings’ who live on Earth, the author encourages readers to experiment with their own imaginations. Starting with basic information on materials and tools, the guide touches on colour, tone and perspective, before moving on to detailed descriptions of how to draw fairy features and poses, create magical effects and ultimately realize whole fairy worlds.
Chess and the Art of War
Ancient Wisdom to Make You a Better Player
‘To mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy is one of the first principles in war.’ As this manual shows, the timeless tactical lessons of the ancient Chinese treatise The Art of War are applicable as much to the chessboard as to the battlefield. Two experienced chess teachers share a selection of Sun Tzu’s pithy advice and, through their analyses of classic games, illustrate how the most successful grandmasters have put each of these ideas into practice.
35 Stylish Projects to Stitch
Using simple Scandinavian style and colours, these projects include traditional folklore bunting and a Christmas stocking, alongside more contemporary iPad and laptop cases, as well as fun ideas for mug warmers and toys for the nursery. All are presented with clear step-by-step instructions, while information on tools, techniques and a list of suppliers can be found with the templates at the back of the book. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.)
Oils – Acrylics
Incorporating unusual materials into paintings can create interesting 3D effects that trick the eye and attract attention. Inside this guide are ten basic ‘recipes’ for bold, colourful artworks that include unexpected components – from tissue paper and fabric to noodles and rice. With step-by-step instructions and recipe cards to explain materials and techniques, artists are encouraged to explore their media in the same way a creative chef experiments with food.
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
Creating beautiful portraits requires a variety of skills, from planning the composition to perfecting the details of hair and facial features. This handbook offers valuable and reliable advice, including how to choose a background, how to work out a pose, and methods of ensuring a good likeness.
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
This guide provides information on many aspects of pastel drawing, from the history of the medium to storing and transporting your work, as well as explaining the meaning of expressions such as ‘working thin to thick’ and the significance of the ‘focal point’.
The Complete Drawing Course
Covering drawing media including pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and coloured pencil, this comprehensive ringbound manual explores an array of drawing styles and techniques. The book provides step-by-step sequences comparing different approaches, and offers specific advice on different subjects as well as applied styles such as fashion and textile design.
The Modern Art Colouring Book
This book of colouring patterns is inspired by shapes found in masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, such as the dots, spirals and paint splashes used by Close, Escher and Pollock respectively. Each illustration is different from the next, but all have a mesmeric quality, so colouring the design, whatever medium is employed, can be a soothing, relaxing activity.
Bird Portraits to Colour
Many adults have discovered the therapeutic benefits of simply colouring in a picture. This volume provides 31 intricate illustrations of popular birds, from an Atlantic puffin and a kingfisher to a Victoria crowned pigeon and a Major Mitchell’s cockatoo. Printed on single-sided pages using high-quality paper, these superbly detailed line drawings offer hours of relaxing and rewarding enjoyment.
How to See, How to Draw
Keys to Realistic Drawing
Starting from the premise that anyone can be taught to draw to a level of representational competence, this practical manual sets out a programme for achieving convincingly realistic drawings. With simple tips for assessing scale and perspective, observing and recording accurately and understanding light and shadows, the hundreds of examples and exercises offer advice on the rendering of all subjects, from landscapes and still lifes to animals and the human figure.
Paper Folding with Children
Fun and Easy Origami Projects
Some tips that make origami simpler for beginners are to use plain paper rather than patterned so that the fold marks are clearer, and to use a bone folder (a plastic tool that allows you to make sharp creases easily). This introduction to paper folding presents 26 projects of varying difficulty from ladybirds and paper boats to spaceships and butterflies. Age 5+
Scandinavian Stitch Craft
Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery
Inspired by traditional Swedish textiles, this photographic guide provides ideas for customizing items from T-shirts and baby clothes to cushions and lingerie. Useful advice in a section at the back includes an embroidery lesson illustrating basic stitches as well as templates for all the designs and a packet of tracing paper. Readers can adjust pattern sizes, if necessary, before transferring them onto their own projects.
A Block A Day
365 Quilting Squares: One for Each Day of the Year
With designs traditional and modern, this ringbound guide offers 365 patterns for 12x12-inch quilting blocks that can be sewn together to form larger works. Useful information on equipment, fabrics and how to cut and stitch, plus four sets of templates, complement the colour-coded and clearly photographed designs. While beginners might start with a single block, more experienced quilters could choose to produce a block a day for a year.
A Square a Day
365 Crochet Squares: One for Each Day of the Year
Offering a pattern a day for the 6x6-inch traditional crocheted ‘granny’ square, this ringbound guide also includes information on yarns and hooks, and an illustrated guide to the stitches featured inside. The colour-coded layout enables readers to match the yarns they have to hand, and each clearly photographed pattern is also graded according to its level of difficulty; from the simple black-and-yellow ‘Bumblebee’ design, to the more complex ‘Entwined’, featuring inter-connected rings.
Printmaking Off the Beaten Track
Richard Noyce has journeyed around the world exploring printmaking traditions and techniques in less familiar centres of art production. Featuring an extensive selection of works rarely found in contemporary art books, by printmakers from Alaska to Japan, this unique collection provides the opportunity to compare artworks from a wide variety of places, setting them in their historical context and examining how artists have reflected their experiences of conflict, resolution, diaspora and exile.
Scouting for Boys
Robert Baden-Powell intended his 1908 scoutcraft manual to be a book of practical advice and instruction for boys' self-improvement, but its success gave impetus to the foundation of the Scout movement. Mixing practical advice on such topics as woodcraft, camping and first aid with personal anecdotes and moral observations, the book is read in this audio version by Hugh Dennis.
The most versatile, easily worked and readily available of media, paper can be used in a range of craft projects from simple, child-friendly shape cutting to sophisticated sculptural art. With a brief history of paper, its uses and manufacture, this practical guide explores the many creative ways to use it, with instructions for projects including folded and glued models, papier-mâché forms, cast and modelled pulp sculptures and handmade paper.
The Knitted Alphabet
How to Knit Letters From A to Z
With 26 designs – from Celtic to 70s Retro – for the letters of the alphabet, numbers and emoticons, this book suggests some unusual ways to customize your knitting. The letters are charted on graph paper, and photographs show the effects of using different colours and textures of yarn. All stitches are clearly explained, and ten simple projects, including socks, cuffs and a shoulder bag, provide practical ideas for using the designs.
The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary
150 New Stitch Patterns to Knit Top Down, Bottom Up, Back and Forth & in The Round
This ringbound reference book offers inspiration for enthusiastic knitters and is a guide to developing new skills. Taking effects such as rib, cable and mosaic, it provides designs for swatches that can be adapted to suit any pattern, whether knitting from top down, bottom up or in the round. Well-illustrated with colour photographs, the book includes six garment patterns and six ‘recipes’ for making socks, caps and shawls without the need for a template.
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.
All About Knitting
This comprehensive book, illustrated with colour photographs, starts with the basics – yarns, equipment, simple stitches and how to use a pattern – and builds up to cable, bobbles and knitting in the round. A gallery at the back of the book offers a range of stitches for some of the effects that can be achieved, and patterns are included for 20 projects, from babies’ booties to blankets and jumpers for all ages.
English Stained Glass
With its radiant colours and fascinating imagery, stained glass is one of the glories of medieval art, and many of the finest examples can be found in the cathedrals and parish churches of England. Covering the golden age of medieval stained glass, from 1100 to 1530, this highly acclaimed work describes over 100 windows in detail, explaining the history, techniques and meaning of the art form, and presenting 200 colour illustrations of windows and panels.
Monster Book of Manga Drawing
150 Step-by-Step Projects for Beginners
The Japanese tradition of manga comic book art with its instantly recognizable bold graphic style has become increasingly popular in the West, influencing the style of Western graphic artists and filmmakers. This manual explains the manga style and its basic forms, provides step-by-step instructions for drawing a host of characters from ninjas and cyberpunk kids to superheroes and monsters, and explores how to render dynamic poses and expressions.
The Big Book of the Human Figure
Drawing and painting people convincingly is one of the most challenging subjects for artists, whether giving figures correct proportion and natural posture or achieving a likeness in portraiture. With step-by-step instruction and examples in various styles and media, this manual advises on all aspects of painting the human form, including nude studies, rendering clothing, approaches to facial features and considerations of light and colour.
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.
100 Simple Paper Flowers
As well as explaining how to create paper flowers and foliage, Kelsey Elam presents a gallery of 100 flowers, each with a list of the materials needed to make it, the techniques used and, at the back of the book, templates for the leaf and petal shapes. A practical section explains and illustrates the techniques and there are four projects to try, including a bouquet and a corsage.
Monster Knits for Little Monsters
20 Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit for Babies and Toddlers
Nuriya Khegay presents 20 hat-and-mitten sets to knit for babies and toddlers, and provides a practical section on knitting basics. The designs are not all monsters – as well as the Chinese Dragon, the Friendly Monster and the Garden Gnome, the animals include a koala, a lamb, a zany zebra and a lion.
A Practical Guide to Their Construction, Restoration and Conservation
In the restoration and maintenance of clocks, the focus of repairers is usually the intricate mechanisms; the cases that house them, often crafted, embellished and ornamented with comparable skill in wood, stone or metal, receive less attention. This illustrated guide offers advice on restoring all types of clock cases from 18th-century longcase clocks to Art Deco shelf clocks, and includes a chapter on making new cases from scratch.
Anyone Can Knit
A Step by Step Guide to Essential Knitting Skills
With clear tutorials that feature step-by-step photographs rather than diagrams, and 16 projects, this book guides the beginner through the basic techniques of hand knitting, from casting on to rib knitted cast off, and how to correct common mistakes. Each teaching chapter is followed by one or two patterns – projects that range from a very simple placemat set to a Fair Isle bag, a lady’s cardigan and a man’s tank top.
The Quilter's Stitch Bible
The Essential Illustrated Reference to Over 200 Stitches with Easy-To-Follow Diagrams
Aiming ‘to provide inspiration and practical reference in equal measure’, this book draws on Nikki Tinkler’s search for textured and exotic threads and stitches to embroider and otherwise embellish quilts. There are over 200 stitches described, with easy-to-follow diagrams and sewing instructions and a photograph of the finished work; plus guides to quilting essentials and some special techniques – all presented in a sturdy, ring-bound book.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 2)
America and Asia, 1800–2008
This volume is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the Americas and the second with Asia. The entries include a 1920 US half-dollar commemorating the tercentenary of the Mayflower, a 1995 Cuban series celebrating pirates of the Caribbean, and a five-yuan piece honouring the medieval Chinese admiral Zhen He.
Watercraft on World Coins (Vol 1)
This first volume features European coins depicting a range of watercraft from Nelson’s Victory on a coin of Gibraltar to a kayaker in the 1992 Olympics (Andorra). Each entry tells the story of the vessel and the lives of the sailors, naval commanders and explorers who sailed on her.
English Silver, 1760–1840
The second half of the 18th century saw a revival of the use of classical Greek and Roman shapes and decoration in architecture and in the design of furniture, ceramics and silver. Christopher Hartop’s The Classical Ideal is a richly illustrated catalogue of an exhibition of over 110 exceptional pieces of neo-classical silver at Koopman Rare Art’s London gallery. It is accompanied by another catalogue illustrating and describing 36 items of fine silver that were for sale in 2010. Slipcased.
A Visual Directory of Contemporary Patterns, Fabrics & Color
In this comprehensive reference manual, designed to ‘help you get from the idea of a quilt to the reality of it’, Erin Burke Harris has brought together information on fabrics, colour, traditional and contemporary quilt designs, and the techniques for sewing and assembling a quilt. As well as photographs of quilting in progress, there are pictures to inspire colour and design ideas, and illustrated articles on eight quilt artists.
How to Choose Fabrics
350 Fabrics Swatches and Combinations to Inspire Your Sewing Projects
Structured around five themes – fashion, childhood, nature, sweet treats and deco, this book offers inspiration in the form of different ‘mood settings’, bringing together carefully coordinated fabrics, bindings and buttons in each section. In addition, there are over 20 projects, including shopping bags, place mats and cushions based on the design combinations, and information on the various fabrics and other materials and accessories available to the sewer.
Sew It Up
A Modern Manual of Practical and Decorative Sewing Techniques
This manual of practical, decorative and eco-friendly sewing techniques is designed for both novices and keen needleworkers looking for fresh inspiration. There are illustrated guides to over 200 techniques, clearly explaining everything from basic tools and fabrics to scalloped edges and trapunto quilting; sections on using the techniques in dressmaking, curtain-making, recycling and repairs; and instructions and templates for 20 projects including clothes, accessories and items for the home.
How to Speak Fluent Sewing
The Indispensable Illustrated Guide to Sewing and Fabric Terminology
With chapters on tools, needles, machines, stitches, fabric, patterns and garments, and techniques, this is a handy directory of over 300 sewing-related terms, covering everything from basic hand-sewing needles to the flat-felled seam. Each entry provides a simple line drawing or diagram of the object or process and explains what it is, what it does and why it is used.
Capturing the Essence
Techniques for Bird Artists
Renowned for his meticulous and accurate wildlife paintings and illustrations, William T Cooper explains in this book how detailed observation of a bird's behaviour and understanding of its anatomy are essential to his method. With colour illustrations and sketches throughout, analysis of specific technical aspects of painting birds is followed by example compositions in watercolours, oils and acrylics, with step-by-step sequences of how the pictures are built up.
The Anatomy and Figure Drawing Handbook (Artists Handbook)
This comprehensive guide to anatomy and figure drawing includes hundreds of diagrams of the skeleton and the muscular systems of the body, a wide range of anatomical positions, and analysis of the male and female figures. These are followed by step-by-step exercises on drawing the nude figure, clothed figures and portraits, in a wide variety of media, including charcoal, pen and ink, pastels and pencil.
Jewellery Manufacture and Repair
As well as introducing the basic skills of metalworking, this practical guide describes the techniques of polishing, setting and finishing as well as casting various metals and repair skills such as ring resizing. Focusing on the traditional methods that master craftsmen have employed for centuries and illustrated with over 250 line drawings, the book was first published in 1978 and has remained a classic reference on the subject and continually in print ever since.
Police Medals of the World
A Guide to the Most Collected Awards from Around the Globe
Outstanding deeds and loyal service garner awards for the officers of police forces around the world, and these medals are typically distinct from the country's military decorations. This book surveys the medals awarded to police in over 50 countries, including the United States, Britain and the Commonwealth countries, with photographs of many of the medals and notes on the history of policing in each territory.