Crafts & Collectables
Fired by Passion
Vienna Baroque Porcelain of Claudius Innocentius Du Paquier
From the historical background of the Du Paquier factory in baroque Vienna, to a study of the porcelain room in the former Palais Dubsky in Brno, the first two volumes of this lavishly illustrated work contain 13 essays on aspects of du Paquier’s porcelain, including its style, cultural context and links to Meissen. Volume three provides technical chapters and a catalogue of nearly 500 pieces, plus a CD-ROM of original documents. The volumes are cloth bound, decorated with Du Paquier motifs and slip-cased.
A Potted History
Henry Willett's Ceramic Chronicle of Britain
An admirer of John Ruskin and a founder of Brighton Museum, Henry Willett was an enthusiastic collector, especially of 16th–19th century British ceramics. His collection is remarkable for being rooted in 'popular British history', with a varied subject matter depicting bull baiting, pugilism, poetry, animal husbandry and teetotalism. The book reproduces 700 of the nearly 2,000 items he owned and replicates his idiosyncratic cataloguing system, with sections including ‘Royalty and Loyalty’, ‘Naval Heroes’ and ‘Domestic Incidents’.
The Immortal Stone
Chinese Jades from the Neolithic Period to the Twentieth Century
Drawing on the magnificent collection of over 200 Chinese jades and other hardstones in The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, this volume traces the history of jade carving in China and discusses topics such as geological sources and the social significance of jade. Lin provides photographs and detailed commentaries for 105 objects ranging from humanoid figures dated c.3500–2500 BCE to 18th-century carved vessels and sculptures. The remainder of the museum’s collection is illustrated and briefly described in an appendix.
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 and a fireplace. Illustrated with colour photographs, the book includes advice on equipment and a list of suppliers.
Fans in Spain
This illustrated guide to Spanish fans offers a comprehensive overview of their origin, development and use, from the gem-encrusted status symbols of the wealthy to the mass-produced, disposable paper trifles used to advertise goods and services. The various religious and cultural influences that inspired their design are considered, along with the range of materials used to construct them and the artists who decorated them.
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.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
10 Lessons and Projects for Knitting Stripes, Chevrons, Triangles, Polka Dots and More
This manual shows how geometric shapes can be used to achieve striking designs, with lessons and projects to help knitters learn new skills and create hats, fingerless gloves, scarves and a floor mat in a variety of simple but effective patterns.
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.
Speedsolving the Cube
Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles
With the world’s best reaching the solution in about 20 seconds, this guide aims to train Rubik's cube solvers to approach such times and also includes tips for solving the 4x4 and 5x5 versions of the puzzle.
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, such as 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.
The Complete Guide to... Anime Techniques
Create Mesmerizing Manga-Style Animation with Pencils, Paint, and Pixels
With its origins in manga graphic novels, the anime animation style has become highly popular and influential beyond Japan in recent decades. Aimed at the novice animator, this guide examines the graphic elements that are important in creating the distinctive style and explains how to make an authentic anime film, from script to finished movie, using both traditional animation techniques and the latest digital tools.
Joseph de Levis and Company
Renaissance Bronze-founders in Verona
Charles Avery is a leading authority on Renaissance art, and an admirer of the 16th- and 17th-century bronze works of Joseph de Levis and his family. This illustrated survey of their lives and works includes church-bells, some of which remain in remote country churches, mortars, inkstands, perfume-burners, door-knockers and firedogs. Each artefact is accompanied by a detailed explanation of its significance and inscriptions, while the family story gives an insight into the Jewish Diaspora of the period.
French Art Deco
The widely influential Art Deco style perhaps attained its highest expression in France, where the term was coined in the 1920s. With background essays, profiles of the leading artists and large-format photographs, this exhibition catalogue examines over 80 masterpieces from the collection held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Examples include furniture, textiles, interiors and decorative objects by French-based designers such as René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Raoul Dufy and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
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.
Miller's Encyclopedia of World Silver Marks
Two volume set
Listing thousands of silver marks from around the world, from 1700 to the present day, Miller’s Encyclopedia provides the most comprehensive, in-depth guide to identifying the maker, date and country of origin of any silver object. The work is in two volumes: the first is a visual index of marks listed by type (letters, animals, emblems etc); the second lists marks by continent and country and includes information on various resources for collectors. Two volumes, slip-cased.
The Art of Worcester Porcelain, 1751–1788
Masterpieces from the British Museum Collection
Written by curator Aileen Dawson, this comprehensive volume focuses on the British Museum’s Worcester porcelain collection. Made with a ‘hard paste’, Worcester porcelain was more durable than other contemporary wares, and particularly suited the brewing of tea – a custom rising in popularity during the 18th century. In this guide, 101 exhibits are clearly photographed and itemized. While many are tea-related – cups, mugs, sugar bowls, a tea pot – the collection also features vases, figurines, a punchbowl and a wine cooler.
Designing and Making Rings and Bangles
Incorporating information about tools, materials and techniques such as soldering and stone setting, these step-by-step instructions and over 200 photographs will inspire beginners as well as experienced practitioners to create unique pieces of jewellery and develop a personal style.
These 16 projects, by four renowned origami artists, use a range of techniques, from traditional folds to more recent methods, such as electro and wet folding. There are tips on tools and materials, clear instructions and photographs, and projects designed to advance the crafter's skills, including wall art, jewellery and decorative pieces.
Modelling the Lineside
A Guide for Railway Modellers
The many aspects of trackside activities and railway infrastructure are discussed, with advice on realism and instructions for modelling a range of accessories such as fencing and walls, crossings and footbridges, huts and water towers, people and road vehicles.
Building a Folding Model Railway Layout
A Comprehensive Guide
The detailed plan in this manual fits an N gauge multi-track railway into a folding wooden case that can be stowed away in a cupboard. All aspects of the layout are considered, including the trackwork, wiring, landscaping, buildings and accessories.
Modelling Tunnels, Embankments, Walls and Fences
For Model Railways
The author’s background in geotechnical engineering informs this manual on crafting structural features for model railways of any gauge. Beginning with a discussion of how to plan realistic infrastructure and the importance of baseboard construction and track laying, further chapters deal with modelling tunnels, embankments, walls and fences, both from scratch and from ready-made kits. There is also advice on adding vegetation and other detailing.
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.
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.
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.
Tabletop Gaming Manual
The complex world of wargaming and role-play and strategy games is explained in this introduction to the hobby. Including historical background and recommendations for the best modern games in each genre, the book also provides tips on modelling miniatures and designing your own game variations.
Antique Woodworking Tools
Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century
David Russell, a retired builder with a passion for woodcarving and antique tools, built up the collection catalogued in this book. Described as a ‘bible in its field’, it depicts over 1,500 tools including race knives, badger planes, bow drills and gimlets, with descriptive details and information on makers’ marks. The introductory essays tell the story of the collection and provide a brief history of woodworking tools from the Stone Age onwards.
It's All a Game
A Short History of Board Games
Board games have existed for millennia and, despite the allure of smartphones, remain hugely popular, even giving birth to the recent phenomenon of board-game cafés. From the ancient Egyptian Senet (‘a playable guide to the afterlife’), via such classics as Monopoly (which originally used a circular board), this book explores why they captivate us and traces their development up to the latest innovative ‘Eurogames’.
The Pursuit of Immortality
Masterpieces from the Scher Collection of Portrait Medals
Portrait medals, which commemorate individuals through a combination of likeness, imagery and text, were an important artistic innovation of the Renaissance. Ng presents fine examples, ranging from the 15th to 19th century, which are now in one of the world’s most significant private collections. She traces the art form’s origins and development, discussing the techniques used across Europe to make medals and the personal and political purposes for which they were produced.
Japanned Papier Mâché and Tinware
Japanese lacquer-work was in high demand in 17th-century England, but following difficulties sourcing wares from Japan, English craftsmen began imitating the style, creating a ‘japanning’ industry, which thrived in the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the most comprehensive guide available on the subject; it includes many photographic examples of japanning, detailing its origins, techniques used and life for workers in the industry, with specific chapters on craftsmen in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Bilston.
A Connoisseur's Guide to Antique Dolls
Dating back to pre-Ancient Egyptian times, the earliest surviving dolls were probably religious idols, rather than children’s playthings. This highly illustrated history examines materials used in doll-making and includes sections on doll’s houses, puppets and teddy bears. There are examples from Persia, Pakistan and Brazil, alongside the 19th-century child-pleasing French ‘bébé’ that could cry or drink from a bottle, and the rival German doll that could whistle when pressed.
Learn to Play Sax
This book teaches beginners the essentials of saxophone playing in a variety of styles, from funk and pop to jazz and blues in 21 lessons. It also features illustrated fingering charts and a library of scales, together with advice on accessories, practice schedules and how to read music. Backing tracks and demonstrations are provided on the accompanying CD.
Step-by-step Guitar Making
Revised and Expanded
Requiring space and specialist tools, this guide covers every aspect of guitar making, from the best choice of wood to the prevention of buzzes and rattles. The book is clearly laid out and includes useful tips, colour photographs and detailed instructions.
Award-winning artist Peter Jarvis demonstrates the techniques that are used to create detailed architectural images of the built environment, including perspective drawing, 3D modelling and colouring. Through step-by-step illustrations the book explores the technical processes involved in creating aerial and street views, from initial sketches through to the finished drawings, with a focus on the use of watercolour for the final touches.
A Journey from Sheep to Skin to Stitch
Sharing many similarities with the 'slow food' and 'slow living' movements, this thoughtful exploration encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work. Covering themes such as sourcing yarn, working environmentally, and experimenting with new techniques, the book offers patterns for a knitted wardrobe including a cowl, wrap cardigan, cabled pullover, and hat and glove set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natural Dyes and Textiles
Based on forty years of research, this highly illustrated volume blends science, art and ethnography to explore Koekboya – a Turkish word for the dyes made from roots, flowers, leaves, tubers, seeds and insects. The author lists more than 100 natural stains, explaining their provenance, cultural history and which natural textiles they are compatible with, and includes information on making and using the pigments described.
A Step-by-Step Course for First-Time Quilters
This practical manual for beginners uses twelve ‘workshops’ to introduce basic quilting techniques, with a project to build confidence and reinforce each skill, from oven gloves and box pouches to fruit-shaped pin cushions and place mats. The step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear illustrations and photographs, and there are many useful tips on fabrics, equipment, stitching and binding, as well as templates, a glossary, and a list of useful suppliers.
Kaffe Fassett Quilts
Shots and Stripes
The designs in this manual take inspiration from a range of worldwide sources: Japanese Rags reflects the patches on a worker’s coat, and the colours used in the Samarkand table runner are influenced by a funfair ride. Each of these 24 new projects, made with shot cottons and striped fabrics, includes cutting instructions, templates and clear guidelines for making, assembling and finishing the blocks.
Kirstie's Vintage Home
With the emphasis on reusing, rather than buying new, Kirstie Allsopp demonstrates how vintage fabrics, furniture and other everyday items can be revamped to create unique home furnishings. The 30 or more projects, each with step-by-step instructions, range from an embellished trinket box and gilded picture frame to the more ambitious tiled splashback. The book also includes practical guidance on sourcing materials, period styling and crafting techniques.
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.
Joseph Kishere and the Mortlake Potteries
The innovative Mortlake potters introduced new shapes and motifs, in particular the sprigged hunting jug, with its contrasting dark brown and buff body, which remained highly popular throughout the 19th century. This illustrated study focuses on the working life of Joseph Kishere, from his apprenticeship at Sanders' Mortlake pottery to the foundation of his own potworks in 1797. As the story unfolds, it traces the history of both enterprises, their owners, their families and the Thames-side village in which they lived.
The Cartoonist's Bible
An Essential Reference for the Practicing Artist
Comic exaggeration and distortion are important tools in the cartoonist’s toolkit and this reference guide provides hundreds of examples and step-by-step sequences outlining how to achieve these and other key techniques. As well as how to draw with traditional media and digital tools, there is also advice on generating ideas and selling your work.
Warriors & Heroes
Tracing the origins of the genre to the American pulp magazines of the early 20th century and later science fiction adventure stories and comic books, this showcase of fantasy art celebrates some of the important illustrators in its history and presents the work of leading contemporary practitioners. With contributions from over 50 artists, different hero and warrior types are identified and techniques explored through step-by-step sequences.
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.
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 artist's 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.
Colouring from Nature
Dating back to the 1870s, and familiar to generations of French schoolchildren, the Deyrolle educational charts show varieties of plants and animals, from butterflies and mushrooms to cereal crops and silkworms. This book presents 60 of the best-known colour posters with 60 black-and-white illustrations inspired by them, to colour in.
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.
Learn to Weave with Anne Field
A Project-based Approach to Weaving Basics
This comprehensive introduction to weaving by the internationally acknowledged expert Anne Field covers the composite parts of the loom, shows how to thread or warp it and explains basic weaving techniques. The 11 projects featured, including a table runner, cushion cover, wall hanging, scarf and jacket, all teach a different practical skill, from how to create stripes and twill to how to make a reversible cloth, and a helpful appendix covers yarns and draft writing.
How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns
When making or designing your own clothes, sewing patterns are a useful starting point, but often need to be altered to achieve a good fit. Lee Hollahan, a fashion and textiles expert, explains how to use and adapt patterns, from choosing the right size and understanding the markings to translating flat shapes and pattern blocks into wearable garments.
How Traditional Crafts Are About More than Just Making
When it first appeared in Old English, 'cræft' signified a sense of knowledge, wisdom and resourcefulness. Using our collective nostalgia for authentic objects produced by human hands as a starting point, the archaeologist and broadcaster Alexander Langlands interweaves historical research, scientific analysis and personal anecdotes. He attempts to recover the lost meaning of the word, stressing the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next.
A Guide to Angling Photography
Matt Hayes is one of Britain's best-known anglers, through appearances on the Discovery Channel and contributions to the Angling Times. His photographs of the sport, and the fish, have been used in many publications and, in this guide, he describes his methods for creating compelling angling images, from taking a good 'trophy shot' on the river bank to creating atmosphere and drama in a variety of locations, and photographing fish underwater. Limited Edition
Views Across the Landscape
An Essential Guide to Landscape Photography
A specialist in producing large-format and panoramic views of the British Isles, Peter Watson explains the secrets behind over 90 of his photographs. The practical advice on equipment, light, locations, composition and technique is suitable for all levels of ability.
The Escapist's Dot-to-Dot
Extraordinary Nature, Join the Dots. Unveil a Masterpiece
Each of the 40 intricate dot-to-dot puzzles in this nature-themed compilation will take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete and offer a pleasant diversion from the stresses of everyday life. Subjects include a leopard, a great white shark, a hummingbird and a sloth.
How to Draw Anything
A How to Book
This encouraging guide includes many tips for budding artists, such as how to look properly, simplify what you see but include key features, get the basic shapes correct, and understand how shading can transform your drawing. There are sections on depicting landscapes, animals, people and cartoons, and each is accompanied by step-by-step illustrations showing how to build up your drawings and create texture, while assignments enable you to measure your progress.
How To Draw Cartoons and Caricatures
Mark Linley reveals secrets of his craft and provides tips and assignments as he guides readers to produce drawings that really are funny. From doodling to focusing on facial features, he explains how to caricature friends and famous people. First published in 1999.
Sussex Pottery thrived during the late 18th and early 20th centuries. Small potteries produced ‘brownware’ in the form of flagons, bowls, candlesticks and chamber pots, each piece performing a specific function. With black-and-white photographs, this book, published in 1980, describes the pottery, its makers and the variations in style from one Sussex village pottery to the next. May smell slightly musty due to long storage.
The Practical Encyclopedia of Watercolour
Wendy Jelbert and Ian Sidaway, both experienced artists and instructors, present an accessible introduction to painting in watercolour, with over 25 practical projects as well as a guide to basic materials and techniques. Both sections feature step-by-step photographs illustrating technique and showing the authors’ own works in progress. The projects are designed to use and practise different watercolour skills and are arranged in sections on painting skies, water, trees, flowers, still lifes, buildings and people.
Mountain Bike Maintenance
Supported by hundreds of colour photographs, the detailed instructions in this manual analyse every component of a mountain bike and advise on maintenance and repair. There are also tips on choosing components, setting up the correct riding position and basic riding technique.
The Della Robbia Pottery
Named after the great Italian Renaissance ceramicist, the Della Robbia Pottery was founded by Harold Rathbone, the son of a Liverpool businessman. Embodying the principles of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement, it produced uniquely beautiful tiles, vases and other wares for more than a decade. This lavishly illustrated book charts its history, explains its working methods, and includes a catalogue of its products, an A-Z of the pottery's artists, and a guide to its marks.
Crowood Metalworking Guides
Aimed at the amateur enthusiast or model engineer, this overview of the properties of commonly used metals includes advice on material selection, a review of the micro-structures and performance of metals and case studies on steam locomotive boilers, model aero engines and two-stroke motorcycle engines.
Passion for Patchwork
Over 100 Quilted Projects for All Seasons
From simple items that can be completed in a few hours to more intricate and ambitious creations, the projects in this workbook include purses, bags, place mats, hangings, cushions and quilts. Using simple patchwork, appliqué and quilting techniques and a variety of fabrics, the designs include step-by-step instructions, templates and piecing diagrams.
100 Modern Quilt Blocks
Tula Pink's City Sampler
This illustrated planner contains 100 block designs, based on a range of geometric shapes, and demonstrates how to make an original quilt by mixing and matching them. It also includes five city-themed quilt patterns, cutting and assembly diagrams and practical tips to guide the novice through every step of the process, from the initial design to the finishing stages.
The challenge of botanical art is at once to create a painting that accurately reflects the appearance and colour of a plant, recording the correct number of petals, sexual parts and other features, while at the same time presenting a beautiful and artistically satisfying composition. This book places emphasis on meticulous observation through drawing to build the skills required and presents examples, exercises and colour studies of a variety of flowering plants and fruit.
Sunlight & Shadows in Watercolour
Lucy Willis, herself an award-winning artist, uses her own watercolours on every page of this practical guide to demonstrate and explain various techniques. Starting with a sketch or a photograph, painting indoors or out, in all weathers and at different times of day, she offers advice on how shadows and the effects of light on objects and landscapes can create atmosphere in a painting.
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 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. Off-mint.
The Poetry of Netsuke
The history of Netsuke – the toggles associated with the Japanese kimono – stretches back for nearly half a millennium. Early examples served a purely functional purpose, but over time they evolved into miniature works of art, often with spiritual connotations. This illustrated compendium demonstrates the affinity between Netsuke and Japan’s ancient Haiku and Waka poetry tradition, analysing the art forms side by side and noting their shared characteristics of simplicity, restraint and master craftsmanship.
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.
Composition in the Landscape
An Inspirational and Technical Guide for Photographers
With example photographs including the beauty spots of the British Isles and the canyons of Utah and Arizona, this manual explores camera technique as well as compositional considerations, and includes a technical breakdown of all the images used.
Carving Classical Styles in Wood
With many examples of the use of carved ornament and a description of the principles and development of classical motifs, this guide for the ambitious woodcarver demonstrates methods for creating decorative elements, from scrolls and keystones to foliage and finials.
The Honour and Grandeur
Regalia, Gold and Silver at the Mansion House
Henry V's victory at the Battle of Agincourt had been largely funded by the City of London and in gratitude he presented the Lord Mayor with the Crystal Sceptre, which has remained part of the treasures of the office ever since. This book examines the city's regalia and gold and silver collection, much of it photographed here for the first time, including important items of the finest craftsmanship from the 15th century to the present day.
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.
Magical Shetland Lace Shawls to Knit
Feather Soft and Incredibly Light, 15 Great Patterns and Full Instructions
Including an introduction to the history and ethos of Shetland lace, 15 patterns and clear instructions using both metric and imperial measurements, this well-illustrated guide to knitting traditional shawls is intended for experienced knitters who wish to advance their skills. The book concludes with advice on tools and equipment, core techniques and how to wear, wash, repair and store the finished items.
Animal Hats to Knit
20 Wild Projects for You to Create
This illustrated collection contains a whole menagerie of animal hats to choose from, and each project is clearly laid out with an easy-to-follow pattern and concise instructions. The designs supplied can be easily adapted to create a unique hat for children or adults with the help of the techniques section at the back of the book.
The couture knitwear designer Jean Moss shares a selection of 24 of her classic designs, with projects suitable for both beginners and more experienced knitters. She demystifies the techniques needed to knit seemingly complex pieces, reveals her tried-and-tested tricks of the trade and demonstrates how to achieve a professional finish every time.
The Della Robbia Pottery
From Renaissance to Regent Street
The Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead was founded in 1894 by Harold Rathbone. A junior member of a wealthy and influential family, Harold was free to pursue an artistic career and his pottery was inspired by his studies of Renaissance art in Italy and the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. In six essays, this slim volume explores the pottery, its inspiration and the distinctive output of ceramics created there before its closure in 1906.
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.
100 Creative Papercraft Ideas
This crafting activity book includes ideas for imaginative paper-based projects using a range of techniques such as stamping, stencilling, origami and découpage. Step-by-step instructions outline each method and there are templates and decorative papers to cut out.
Carving the Human Figure
Studies in Wood and Stone
A highly regarded sculptor in both wood and stone, Dick Onians presents a basic guide to sculpting the human figure, from the basics of anatomy to carving the whole figure, with chapters dealing with the head, torso and limbs, drapery, stylization and carving in relief.
A Creative Guide to Surviving the Winter Months
This nature-inspired collection of winter-themed creative projects includes leaf preservation, silver-jewellery making, paper decorations, crocheted mittens, foraged infusions and seasonal recipes, all accompanied by step-by-step instructions and photographs shot at crafter Emma Mitchell’s home in the Fens.