Simply Perfect Party Cakes for Kids
Easy Step-by-Step Novelty Cakes for Children's Parties
From a teddy bears’ picnic, ideal for a first birthday, through ideas for budding superheroes and little princesses, to disco and paintballing themes suitable for teenagers, this well-illustrated book offers step-by-step instructions to make twelve novelty cakes for children. It contains recipes for the cakes, fillings and toppings; shows how to sculpt them; and includes time-saving alternatives such as cupcakes and cookies.
Fun and Original Birthday Cakes
The seven sugarcraft scenes demonstrated in this guide include Golfing Dreams, Retail Therapy and The Toy Box. Step-by-step instructions show how to make the figures and components, such as a dragon or a toy train, to replicate the images in the book or for use in your own designs. Recipes and guides for construction are also given, as well as a list of equipment.
Fast Fabric Gifts
Scrap Fabric Style, Small Scale Sewing, Thrifty Chic
These small-scale projects demonstrate how scrap fabrics, trimmings and buttons can be used to create beautiful and thrifty gifts. Clear instructions and close-up photographs explain how to make items including a cosmetic case, a felted jewellery set and embellished photo frames, using the templates provided. A techniques section offers tips for novice crafters and explains the different hand stitches that are required.
DIY Kids' Dress Up
36 Simple Sewn Accessories for Creative Play
Designed to encourage imaginative play, these 36 simple felt accessories can be used to create costumes for twelve different characters, from superheroes such as Captain Courage to mythical creatures, and animals including a parrot, a peacock and a tiger. The book contains templates for the masks, wings, paws and tails, and step-by-step instructions and diagrams.
Craft Bomb Your Bike
20 Makes for You and Your Bike
Combining their love of crafts and cycling, the contributors to this volume present 20 handmade accessories for bicycles and their riders. The ideas range from the practical, such as a clutch bag that attaches to the handlebars, or crocheted wrist warmers, to more whimsical options including decorations for the basket and spokes. The knitting, crochet and sewing techniques are fully explained with diagrams, making the projects suitable for beginners.
Chic and Unique Celebration Cakes
30 Fresh Designs to Brighten Special Occasions
This illustrated volume features ten themed projects, each comprising a centrepiece tiered cake and two complementary bakes decorated in Zoe Clark's signature feminine style. Emphasising the importance of colour in transforming a simple design to suit any occasion, she explains techniques including stencilling and brush embroidery.
Character Cake Toppers
This illustrated guide to creating sugar paste cake toppers features 65 ideas for a range of occasions. The humorous characters and miniature scenes include a mischievous puppy, a pirate with his parrot and treasure chest, and a jolly Santa accompanied by a teddy bear and sack of presents. Information on basic shapes and equipment is followed by detailed instructions on how to make and assemble each design.
The 1718 Coverlet
69 Quilt Blocks from the Oldest Dated British Patchwork Coverlet
Owned and preserved by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, the 1718 silk patchwork coverlet features hearts, flowers, animals and heraldic devices as well as simple geometric shapes. Following a brief history of the coverlet this book offers detailed information on its construction, templates and instructions for making each of its 69 blocks, and guides to both traditional and modern piecing, allowing quilters to create a replica. Foreword by Kaffe Fassett.
50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades
After explaining the basic techniques and equipment needed to make lampshades of different shapes and sizes, this illustrated book shows how to embellish them to suit different interior styles. Ideas include a beaded bohemian chandelier, retro paper designs and upcycling fabrics and other objects for a contemporary look.
Celebrate with Cupcakes
Renowned for her attention to detail and eye for colour, the cake artist Lindy Smith has been translating her designs into sugar-craft for many years. In this illustrated guide, she offers 30 step-by-step cupcake decorating tutorials to suit occasions from baby showers to birthday parties and weddings, shares her cake and icing recipes, and explains how to achieve a professional finish.
The Vintage Fashion Bible
The Style Guide to Vintage Looks 1920s–1990s
Written by the co-founders of British fashion brand ‘Red or Dead’ Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway and illustrated with items from their personal archive, this complete visual history of 20th-century fashion is arranged by decade. Along with an introduction to each period and discussion of the social influences on fashion, key designers and style icons of the day, it has a practical guide to buying, styling and restoring vintage clothing and interviews with collectors.
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.
A 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 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.
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.
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.
Country Style Quilting
Inspired by nature, the 14 designs in this practical workbook include quilts, pillows, throws, cushions, wall hangings, dining mats and coasters. Each project features step-by-step instructions, templates, colour photographs and diagrams; and there are supplementary chapters on materials and equipment, basic techniques for beginners – including stitches, appliqué and borders – and a worldwide list of suppliers.
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.
Vintage Knits for Him & Her
30 Modern Knitting Patterns for Stylish Vintage Knitwear
Compiled by Marie Claire magazine, these 30 knitting patterns are inspired by fashion from the 1950s to ’70s, including Mad Men style sweaters, a geometric skirt and a hippy poncho. The garments range from 4-ply to chunky knits and feature cables, fair isle, fringing and lace.
Wonders of the Atmosphere from Dust Storms to Lightning Strikes
Selecting the most visually striking and unusual examples from around the world, this Met Office collection includes both satellite imagery and ground-based photography to show strange effects such as blood-red mammatus clouds in a post-cyclonic sunset; the concentric rings of a ‘glory’ on Golden Gate Bridge; horizontal lightning; or the awesome clouds of supercell thunder storms. Slightly off-mint.
The Novel-Writer's Toolkit
Your Ultimate Guide to Writing and Publishing a Successful Novel
There's a story deep inside you that's burning to be told. But you've never written much more than a thank-you note before. Where do you begin? Caroline Taggart brings together a team of novelists, editors, publishers and literary agents to provide insiders' information as well as practical advice on how to set about writing a novel and getting it published. This practical handbook includes over 150 pages of professional contacts, courses and competitions.