Baby Booties and Slippers
30 Designs to Stitch, Knit and Crochet
The perfect gift for babies and toddlers, these 30 imaginative designs range from lacy summer sandals to woolly winter boots and are created through knitting, crochet or stitching. With clear illustrations and instructions, and a section that explains the techniques that are used in more detail, many of these projects are suitable for beginners. The book also includes pattern sheets and a template for making soles.
Projects and Techniques
Covering subjects including tools and equipment, architectural carving, moulding and lettering, this compilation of articles from Woodcarving magazine by Master Woodcrafter Chris Pye also includes a selection of step-by-step practical projects, clearly illustrated with photographs. Off-mint.
Routing for Beginners
Second Revised and Expanded Edition
This comprehensive and practical guide introduces routers and routing techniques, from simple hand-held trimming and edging work to making joints and using jigs and templates. A number of projects, including skirting boards and a chest of drawers, are also provided.
Granny Squares and Shapes
20 Crochet Projects for You and Your Home
With basic instructions for beginners and new ideas for seasoned crochet enthusiasts, Susan Pinner presents her second book of projects based on ‘granny squares and shapes’ – small designs that form the building blocks for making clothes, accessories, blankets, rugs and cushions.
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.
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.
15 Scary Head Warmers to Knit
Inspired by action-hero comics and mythological creatures, these fun patterns for children or adults use mainly basic stitches and Aran-weight yarns. Ideal for knitters with some experience, there is advice on materials, needles and tension alongside full instructions for knitting, lining and creating embellishments, such as tassels and eyeballs. The photographed designs include a furry, sparkly Fluffball, a bulgy-eyed Fly and a sequinned Griffin.
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.
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.
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.
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 Organic Fruit Gardener
In this illustrated guide to organic fruit growing and maintenance, the horticulturalist Yvonne Cuthbertson offers advice on choosing the best produce to suit the plot (whether a garden, allotment, terrace or window box), clearly describes how to plant, propagate, prune, harvest and store it and provides a comprehensive directory of popular varieties that are suitable to grow in the UK.
Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Every garden has the potential to attract butterflies. This illustrated guide shows how to encourage these vital pollinators by providing them with the right plants to feed on and places to breed and hibernate. Chapters cover the butterfly lifecycle, common garden butterflies, and preferred habitats. A directory lists food plant species, while a final chapter offers tips on photographing butterflies.
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.
Sketching Landscapes in Pen & Pencil
Through looking carefully at a subject and understanding and interpreting a scene as it appears to them, each artist – whether beginner or improver – can develop their own sketching style. Providing answers to problems such as how to direct light, add shadow and tone or approach complex scenes, and offering information on materials and how to use them, this illustrated guide includes many helpful examples of the author’s own work.
How to Sew
Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner
For the absolute sewing novice, this manual provides information on materials and tools, as well as tips on how to measure and get organized. Starting with basic stitches, followed by a simple bunting project, the techniques progress to hemming, binding, gathering and appliqué, while projects include a tote bag, an apron, a cot blanket and a covered coat-hanger.
How to Embroider
Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner
Explaining one stitch at a time, with clear step-by-step instructions, this manual introduces nine different stitches and provides a project for each one, from a traditional Bangladeshi running stitch cushion cover to a needle case decorated with button-hole stitch cutwork. With information on materials and tools, and templates provided, this is an ideal starting point for anyone new to embroidery.
Carving Japanese Netsuke for Beginners
Netsuke were originally toggles carved into the shape of animals, symbols or masks, which were attached to a kimono. With details of tools and materials required, this guide explains carving techniques step by step and includes 23 projects suitable for a beginner.
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, a modernist house and a fireplace. Illustrated with colour photographs, the book includes advice on equipment and a list of suppliers.