Crafts & Collectables
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.
Painting with Acrylics
A professional artist working in natural history, Ian Coleman provides a detailed guide for the beginner, introducing the brush skills and core techniques for working with acrylic paints. The book emphasizes the potential of this versatile medium and demonstrates eleven classic techniques, describing the effects each type of painting can achieve and using careful step-by-step illustrations and explanations as each subject is built up from sketch to finished painting.
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.
Anatomy and Figure Drawing Handbook (Artists Handbook)
This comprehensive guide to anatomy and figure drawing includes hundreds of diagrams on 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.
The Youngman Collection
The Chinese have revered the mystery and magic of jade since antiquity. This authoritative, beautifully illustrated book draws on the author’s unparalleled collection to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of 6000 years of jade carving. Part one features early jades (7000 BCE to 220 CE); Part two features carvings of flora, fauna and the human figure; Part three covers personal adornments, scholars’ objects and vessels.
Chinese Brush Painting
Chinese brush painting is categorized into five distinct styles – contour, detail, idea painting, monochrome ink and combination – each with specific qualities and characteristics. With brief notes on the history of the styles and an introduction setting out the basic materials required and brushwork techniques, this book presents step-by-step instructions for painting 36 different floral subjects, from orchids and cherry blossom to roses and poinsettia.
Despite film-makers increasingly embracing digital technologies for the realization of their work, the guiding principle of selection for this book is that the preliminary sketches, concept art, character studies or storyboards were made on paper rather than using digital media. Providing inspiration and insight into the processes of leading animators, the book includes work by 51 leading practitioners from around the world with styles varying from simple line drawings to colour illustrations and collage.
Artists Everything Handbook
A New Guide to Drawing and Painting
Kate Wilson has a long-standing interest in how art materials work, and materials are the starting point in this inspiring handbook. Arranged by media, from pencils and ink to oil and mixed media, the first two parts use contemporary artists’ profiles and works to show materials in action, offering ‘clues to the work you might make’; while part three again uses artists’ contributions to explore approaches to subject matter ranging from still life to abstraction.
Painting Still Life in Gouache
Gouache is a forgiving medium for artists, and particularly useful for beginners. This guide shows how, although traditionally the medium of choice for illustrators, gouache has much to offer the fine artist. After chapters on composition and colour, there are numerous examples of both traditional and contemporary approaches to creating a still life painting, with Scully’s own step-by-step demonstrations.
Inspired by traditional fishermen’s sweaters from around the British Isles, this collection contains 23 cable and Aran designs, including cropped tops, shrugs, jackets, hats and scarves as well as sweaters and cardigans for men and women. With a contemporary simplicity and soft colour palette, these designs offer the chance to create Aran textures without finding the patterns too complicated to knit.
Introduction to Precious Metals
Metallurgy for Jewelers & Silversmiths
Gold and silver have long been prized for their rarity and beauty but also for their resistance to corrosion and chemical reaction. This detailed examination of the properties of precious metals is designed to give jewellers and craftspeople a grounding in the physical, chemical and metallurgical nature of their materials, explaining, for example, how metals react to casting or working or how alloying can affect strength, malleability and colour.
The Shorter Connection: AJ Wilkinson, Clarice Cliff,
Crown Devon: A Family Pottery 1874-1974
A typical Staffordshire family firm, Shorter & Son was founded in the 1870s and produced pottery - notably Fish ware, Toby jugs and Gilbert and Sullivan figurines - up until 1974. This detailed history of the business places it in the wider context of the mainstream popular ceramics industry through the 20th century. It also discusses the influences of Clarice Cliff, who married into the family, and Mabel Leigh, who produced many of its most distinctive designs.
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.
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
This compact volume for beginners and more experienced artists alike answers 200 common questions about watercolour painting, from organizing your workspace and choosing the right equipment to composition, perspective, light, brush strokes and building up an image. Detailed step-by-step photos and illustrations help to explain the techniques and effects, while the final chapter covers ways to finish and display your work, including how to assemble a frame. A glossary is included.
Drawing and Painting the Seashore
Nature lovers who enjoy recording their environment in drawing and watercolour will welcome this practical guide to capturing the beauty of the seashore from a botanical illustrator at France's National Museum of Natural History. Step-by-step projects cover the intricacies of plants, seashells, seabirds, fish and a range of landscapes, from sand dunes to shingles. Tricky elements, such as reflections on water and the pearly surface of a shell, are discussed, and there are lots of detailed hints and tips.
The Complete Guide to Quilting Techniques
Essential Techniques and Step-by-Step Projects for Making Beautiful Quilts
This comprehensive guide explains how to perfect the three techniques of patchwork, quilting and applique through making 15 individual projects. These include a patchwork pillow, a Noah's Ark crib quilt and an appliqued table centrepiece. Chapters on equipment and materials are followed by the detailed projects, each with clear, step-by-step diagrams and a photograph of the finished piece. Templates for all the motifs used are included at the end.
Quilting, Patchwork and Applique
A World Guide
Covering a vast range of textiles, this is a worldwide survey of the ancient and very varied traditions of quilting, patchwork and applique. A source of inspiration for anyone working in these crafts today, the book is full of fascinating examples such as the appliqued uniforms of the Mahdi's followers, pojagi wrapping cloths from Korea, and English 19th-century quilted bonnets. The guide is in three parts - materials, uses, construction - and covers over 50 topics, with some 500 illustrations.
Make Do and Mend
Keeping Family and Home Afloat on War Rations
How to patch shirts, sheets and blankets, ways of saving fuel (giving up toast helps), mending saucepans and how to look after parachute nylon... Jill Norman introduces this compilation of leaflets issued by the Board of Trade during the Second World War, when making-do and mending on the home front was an important part of the war effort. These tricks could also help survive a recession - but don't do that saucepan and flux thing. No jacket.
The Craft of Stonemasonry
The craft of stonemasonry will never be a dying art: the skilled use of hand tools to create or repair masonry structures will always be essential, and sits well with our modern construction industry. This practical book introduces the techniques that an apprentice stonemason would be expected to be competent in, but also emphasizes the need to understand and appreciate the aesthetic aspects of the work alongside the tool-skills and workshop practice.
The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing
Aimed at the novice stitcher, this guide shows the home sewer how to add an element of Liberty style to their interiors through 25 simple projects. There are staple items, such as cushions and curtains, as well as more unexpected designs like a lampshade, picnic bag and cafetiere cover, but all make imaginative use of these classic fabrics with wide-ranging combinations of colours and patterns. Step-by-step instructions and photographs mean the projects are easy to follow.
Learn to Sew with Lauren
From First Stitches to Personalized Projects
The author, a finalist in the 2013 series of BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee, wants to show how easy it is to make beautiful garments and items for the home. Her well-presented book takes you through a series of projects, such as bags, belts, tops and blinds, teaching you all you need to know and building your confidence. Full-scale patterns are included for most of the creations, and there are suggested embellishments and additions when you have mastered the basics.
Vintage Fashion: Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Decade by decade, this sumptuously illustrated volume charts over 100 years of knitwear, from Chanel's cardigan suits of the 1920s and the expansion in ready-to-wear pieces in the 1950s, to Bill Gibb's ethnic 1970s designs and the 21st-century work of Mark Fast and Louise Goldin, among others. There are hundreds of photographs, of individual pieces and from contemporary publications, and profiles of key designers and fashion houses from each period. The guru of knitwear, Kaffe Fassett, provides a foreword.
A Call to Yarns
From ‘muffetees and comforters’ knitted for soldiers in the Crimea to men wearing beanie hats in present-day Afghanistan, Joyce Meader presents a history of military knitting - non-uniform comforts such as socks, gloves and string vests sent from home. Illustrated with advertisements, knitting patterns and photographs, the book covers the kind of items needed, who made them, soldiers who knit for themselves, and anti-war and subversive knitting. Finally, there are eight patterns to knit, including one for poppies and barbed wire.
101 Things to Do with an A4 Sheet of Paper
Illustrated with detailed artwork that can be coloured in, this A4-sized book comprises a great variety of entertaining and creative projects in sections on cutting and colouring, folding, decorations (including Halloween bats), masks, moustaches and party hats, and cards and envelopes. Finally, even the off-cuts come in handy - there’s a game of wastepaper basketball.
25 Contemporary Flower-Inspired Designs
From flower brooches to a full-size throw for a sofa or bed, Martin Storey presents a variety of interesting projects for clothes (cardigans, shrugs and a sweater), accessories (gloves, socks and bags) and home decorations such as pillows and coasters. After a photographic ‘gallery of designs’, the patterns are very clearly laid out, with colour charts and diagrams, and a final section describes some basic techniques and knitters’ abbreviations.
Gentle Art of Knitting
40 Projects Inspired by Everyday Beauty
Jane Brocket presents a collection of projects using her ‘gentle’ knitting approach - unconstrained by deviate-if-you-dare patterns. The 40 projects use ‘yarns you like in colours that make you happy’ to create socks, slouchy hats, tea cosies, cushions and scarves - even dishcloths in the ‘Practical’ section. The book describes everything as well as providing the basic patterns, notes on techniques, photographs of the finished articles, and Jane Brocket’s essential instruction: ‘enjoy your knitting’.
Simple Colour Knitting
A How-to-Knit-With-Colour Workshop with 20 Desirable Projects
Knitwear and crochet designer Erika Knight presents an introduction to working with colour for knitters of all abilities. After a how-to-knit workshop on yarns and colour techniques, and a swatch gallery, the 20 projects are graded as beginner, easy, intermediate and experienced. The different techniques, from phasing and striping to Fair Isle and Swiss darning, are used in an imaginative range of accessories and soft furnishings, including a faux sheepskin rug and a double-sided spotty blanket.
20 Projects to Make
This collection of 20 needlework projects includes linen, cushions, a play mat and a whole menagerie of animals - among them a doggy draught excluder, a rabbit comforter blanket and whales swimming along the side of a bath towel - all designed to appeal to very young children. There are full instructions for each embroidery or soft toy design, with templates and notes on sewing techniques at the end of the book.
Stitched in Scandinavia
39 Contemporary Embroidery Projects
Tea towels, lampshades, babygros or ‘paradise’ leggings, these Scandinavian style embroidery designs will add a touch of originality to the most humdrum garments or home accessories. The book is primarily intended as a source of inspiration, with photographs showing what can be achieved with embroideries, but if you want to stitch the designs as they appear, there are instructions and patterns to trace for all 39 projects.
The Great British Sewing Bee
Fashion With Fabric
Fabric is the focus of this companion book to the popular BBC television series: its 30 projects are arranged in four sections, each using a different group of fabrics: cottons, wool and other animal fibres, stretch fabrics, and luxury fabrics such as lace and chiffon. There are also guides to basic techniques, master classes by the series’ presenters May Martin and Patrick Grant, and a pattern pack with full-size paper patterns for all 30 projects.
African Textile Patterns
Catherine Carpenter, an interior designer who travels regularly to Africa to research materials, presents a vibrantly coloured collection of African textile prints. After an introduction to the history, design themes and manufacture of the textiles, the book contains almost full-page reproductions of 109 patterns, showing the traditional and contemporary influences and the challenging colour combinations and tribal motifs that are typical of African prints. The patterns are also on the accompanying CD (Windows and Mac).
Rag Rug Creations
An Exploration of Colour and Surface
Lynne Stein, whose modern, creative rugs have been widely exhibited, begins her guide with an introduction to the rag rug technique and an exploration of its centuries-long history. She then discusses materials, tools and equipment, and outlines a number of projects including wall hangings, bags, cushions and accessories. The instructions for planning, designing and making each piece are clearly written and illustrated with photographs, while additional decorative techniques such as felting and fleece carving are explained in full.
Japanese Gilded Panel Kit
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Based on a real exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, new York, this kit has everything you need to create your own gilded masterpiece - and when it is ready for display, the cleverly designed box becomes your museum showcase, complete with transparent front, mount, a notch for hanging on the wall and a museum label. As well as detailed instructions, the enclosed booklet provides information on the original masterpiece.
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.
Beginning with a 1/35-scale kit of a German Tiger tank, this ring-bound manual explains the techniques of modelling military vehicles from original plastic parts but also using after-market accessories in etched metal, turned metal gun barrels, resin conversions and accessories and scratch-built parts using a variety of materials. The instructions include painting techniques and making scenic bases, and are illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Osprey Masterclass series.
The Decorative Object in Early Modern China
Jonathan Hay presents a richly illustrated, in-depth introduction to the visual arts of China during the Ming to mid-Qing period, c.1570-1840, focusing on artefacts made for the home rather than export market. With photographs and reproductions of 228 objects, including paintings, porcelain, metalwares, carvings and furniture, the text explores issues of materials and technique, patronage and taste, and the cultural role of the decorative arts.
Little Bits Quilting Bee
20 Quilts Using Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters
Packs of pre-cut fabrics are the materials used in this quilting guide with a difference. It features 20 projects, including wall hangings, throws and mats, as well as bed quilts of all sizes, each carefully explained and illustrated step by step. The designs are modern, colourful and varied, and are suitable for quilters of all levels of experience. Full-size, ready-to-use patterns in a pocket at the front of the book make getting started even easier.
Realistic Watercolor Portraits
How to Paint a Variety of Ages and Skin Tones
Painting watercolour portraits that come to life with realism and personality is the task at hand in this practical guide. Nine detailed step-by-step demonstrations show you how to build portraits of people of all ages and with a wide range of skin tones, facial features, hair colours and textures. There is advice on selecting an effective background for your portrait, placing the subject, correcting any mistakes, and editing visual information to create greater impact.
Stitch Magic: A Compendium of Techniques
for Stitching Fabric into Exciting New Forms and Fashions
This is a modern sourcebook of stitching techniques, with 20 projects demonstrating how to use them. A wide range of fabrics are stitched into new forms by hand and machine, creating innovative pieces that are beautifully photographed. The techniques include pleating, pintucking, cording, quilting, embroidery, applique and smocking. A basic knowledge of sewing is required, but the explanations are clear and the finished pieces inspiring.
The Essential Book of Drawing Animals
The Step-by-Step Guide to Beautiful Artwork
This practical guide, illustrated entirely in black and white, shows you how to draw a wide variety of animals, from cats and dogs to horses, dolphins, turtles and birds. It is organized thematically, with chapters on creating form, adding tone and texture, capturing movement, animal interaction and personality. There is guidance on using pencil, ink, pastel and charcoal, and for each study clear, step-by-step illustrations to take you to the finished work.