15 Modern Weaving Projects for You and Your Home
After introducing the necessary materials, Elena Vilar presents illustrated instructions to make 15 items – 11 small wall hangings that range in complexity, a woven necklace and clutch bag, a macramé hanging vase and a rug worked in the round. While commercial supplies are required for most of the projects, some make creative use of homemade cardboard looms and yarns upcycled from old t-shirts.
Woman's Weekly: Guide to Beading
Covering different types of stringing, wirework and beadwork, Jean Power introduces the materials and techniques one step at a time, including pearl knotting, hammering and stitch patterns for multi-stranded items of jewellery. Each well-illustrated section concludes with three projects – a ‘quick start’ idea and two by guest designers.
Create 30 Beautiful Projects with a Modern Touch
Using techniques including Broderie Anglaise and counted, pulled and drawn thread work, these 30 embroidery projects range from small items suitable for beginners, such as a pincushion, to an heirloom Christening gown and a selection of pillow designs. The book contains full-size templates and step-by-step instructions with detailed diagrams and a guide to commonly used stitches.
The Art of Felting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery
The Textile Artist
The intricately embellished items in this well-illustrated volume are made by felting wool and silk and adding ribbon embroidery. An introduction to various felting techniques is followed by a guide to folding and sewing ribbon and diagrams of basic hand stitches, before comprehensive instructions explain 15 projects including a handbag with roses and a scarf with beadwork and delicate floral patterning.
How to Make Beautiful Braid-and-bead Embroidered Jewellery and Accessories
Originally created to embellish clothing, braided soutache cords are used in these 18 designs to make embroidered jewellery and accessories, including earrings, brooches and headbands. Illustrated step-by-step instructions explain the stitching techniques and how to incorporate beads, crystals and cabochons, and a gallery of images provides inspiration for further projects.
The Skirt Emporium
For those with no previous experience, this volume begins with the basics, explaining how to understand pattern symbols, and choose and cut fabric. It then offers illustrated instructions and full-size patterns for 25 skirts, ranging from child to adult size 20. The designs include A-line, circle, panelled, elasticated and bell styles, and features such as zips, buttons and piping.
Introducing papercutting to those with no previous knowledge of the craft, Sarah King explains the techniques and equipment needed to recreate her colourful images. Illustrated stage-by-stage instructions show how to make 12 pictures, including hot-air balloons and mountain scenery, from the enclosed traceable templates, and a final section encourages crafters to experiment with different materials to embellish their work.
Paint Pad Poster Book: Country Scenes
5 Beautiful Pictures to Frame or Paint
Five landscapes, including a snowy River Esk and a Tuscan farmhouse, are outlined on watercolour paper in this large pack, with stage-by-stage instructions showing how to paint each one. Details are given about which colours and brushes to use, and high-quality posters of the images are also enclosed.
Sewing, Quilting & Appliqué for You & Your Home
Inspired by the Bible story, the projects in this illustrated volume feature an ark motif as well as different animals and range from practical coasters and cushions to decorative stuffed creatures such as a cat, hen, giraffe and hippo. A brief guide to materials and techniques is followed by step-by-step instructions, with patterns to trace, and a final section on making picnic accessories including a blanket and sunhat.
The Graphic Novelist's Guide to Drawing Perspective
Introducing one-, two- and three-point perspective in turn, this volume is equal parts exercise book and guide. Grid-lined pages – some blank, others with drawing templates – allow artists to work from example drawings and follow simple, illustrated instructions on techniques such as drawing everyday objects, creating block text and realistically portraying human figures in 3D.
Glyn Macey's World of Acrylics
How to Paint Sea, Sky, Land and Life
While introducing techniques such as overlaying and adding texture, and ways to bring a sense of atmosphere to a painting, Glyn Macey focuses on offering advice rather than instruction. Using examples from his own work and processes, he suggests ways to experiment with different methods and materials, encouraging amateur artists to develop their creativity and personal style.
50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw
Ukranian artist Katya Trischuk presents 50 colourful patterns to decorate eggs for displaying as hanging ornaments, as part of a wreath or in a basket. Her designs range from simple dots and stripes to more intricate line work and ideas inspired by nature, with illustrated step-by-step instructions explaining how each one is created/how to create each one.
Stitches, Techniques and 13 Modern Projects
Based on a Moorish technique, traditional blackwork embroidery uses monochromatic threads to create geometric lines and arabesque designs. The counted-thread method is used for 13 modern projects in this volume, including a girl’s dress, a pendant lampshade and a blanket. Notes on how to form the stitches are followed by written instructions and diagrams of the patterns.
Beading for the Absolute Beginner
Aimed at the complete novice, this spiralbound introduction to beading explains the basic techniques and materials that are used, including fabric, leather and wire cords as well as some of the many different types of bead that are available. Illustrated step-by-step instructions are given for 25 projects, from simple crimped earrings to multi-stranded necklaces.
Basketweaving for Beginners
This introduction to basketweaving opens with a comprehensive techniques section that explains how to create different shaped bases before showing ways to weave the sides and add borders. With illustrated, step-by-step instructions throughout, it presents 20 projects, from a simple basket and bangle to the more complex pedestal bowl and bird feeder.
The Art of Embroidered Flowers
Inspired by floral landscapes, Gilda Baron shows how to make original artwork by painting or dying fabric and then adding embroidery. Instructions to recreate three of her projects – a summer meadow, a buttercup field and flowers by a fence – follow notes on materials and techniques, with the emphasis on experimenting to form a unique piece. A final section presents a gallery of completed works and tips on displaying finished pictures in a card or mount.
The Art of Drawing: Wild Animals
How to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Lions and Other Animals
Beginning with guides to perspective and to the basics of structure and body systems for drawing animals, this artists’ manual focuses on 16 mammals from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Stage-by-stage sketches and explanatory passages set out what distinguishes each one and how to approach drawing it, and a concluding chapter discusses the value in sketching creatures preserved in museums.
The Art of Drawing: Understanding Human Form and Structure
This volume contains detailed, annotated sketches and drawings showing proportions, musculature, joints and bone structure, and how they function and interact. Accompanying passages combine scientific and artistic perspectives to demonstrate the importance of understanding anatomy in portraying the body accurately, and set out how to break complex drawing processes down into simple steps.
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings
With projects suitable for knitters of all abilities, this illustrated collection of 22 Scandinavian-inspired Christmas stocking designs incorporates motifs such as hearts, reindeer, spruce trees and folk dancers. Also included are patterns for festive mittens, leg warmers, and an elf hat, plus the complete alphabet in three different fonts for easy personalization.
Merry Christmas Sweaters to Knit
Sue Stratford presents six simple festive jumper projects in four child and four adult sizes. Easy-to-use charts printed on removable fold-out sheets are supplied for the motifs – Snowman, Winter Trees, Nordic Fair Isle, Christmas Pudding, Reindeer and Santa Claus – and also included is a guide to suggested materials and basic techniques, including surface embroidery.
Learn to Make Bead Jewellery
With 35 Fabulous Projects
Inspired by natural landscapes such as the beach, ocean and meadow, the 35 step-by-step projects in this illustrated collection are organized by skill level, beginning with a pair of simple earrings and working up to an elaborate collar. Lynn Day demonstrates how to master skills including stringing, crimping, knotting and basic wirework and explains how to select the best beads for the task at hand.
10 Lessons and Projects Using Ombré, Stranded Colourwork, Slip Stitch and Textures
Tanis Gray presents ten progressively more challenging knitting tutorials, beginning with basic stitches and advancing through cabling, lace and alternating stripes to more complex colour-work. Each lesson features an illustrated step-by-step introduction to the technique, followed by a practice project created especially for gradient yarns – from a knit and purl bobble hat to a wrap-and-turn short row pair of socks.
Decorating Christmas Cakes
Spectacular Festive Designs
The sugar crafters Paul Bradford and David Brice demonstrate all the skills and techniques needed to decorate fourteen festive cakes. Each project, with themes such as 'Snowball Fight', 'Penguin Igloo' and 'Christmas Wedding', comprises instructions to layer, carve and cover the cakes, followed by step-by-step tutorials on making the sugar paste embellishments.
An Artist's Journey in a Frozen Wilderness
The artist David Bellamy has long been attracted to the Arctic. He tells the story of his expeditions to northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland and Svalbard, while his watercolours capture the grandeur of their mountains, glaciers and icebergs. He sketches wildlife such as Arctic terns, polar bears, seals and walrus, and explains the difficulties of painting in freezing conditions.
The Art of Beadweaving
Exquisite Beaded Jewellery
Devised to showcase different beading techniques, both on-and-off-loom, Jane Lock presents 17 step-by-step jewellery projects, including bracelets, cuffs, necklaces and pendants, with some by guest designers. An introduction comprises a glossary of beads (detailing their composition, size, shape, finish, and tips on using them), and clear guidance on colour matching and jewellery construction.
Art Answers: Portrait Painting
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.
Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads
Inspired by ancient artefacts, the thirty beading projects in this collection include a collar featuring the turquoise, lapis and carnelian colours associated with King Tutankhamun, a scarf lariat inspired by the water nymphs of Greek legend and a cuff based on a classic Roman coin bracelet. A core techniques section explains the stitches and knots required, and advice on materials is included.
Start to... Stitch
Aimed at beginners, this guide explains four stitching techniques – embroidery, appliqué, quilting and patchwork. Comprehensive notes on materials and equipment are followed by step-by-step instructions for 24 projects, including a felt brooch, cushion covers and hanging ornaments. Age 9+