The Birdwatcher's Garden
In this straightforward guide to making your garden – whatever its size – into a safe haven for birds, Hazel and Pamela Johnson explain how to plan a garden and what to grow to provide food, shelter, observation and singing posts, and nesting sites. They also deal with feeding birds, providing a directory of different species’ requirements; and ‘man-made provisions’ such as bird tables, nesting boxes and bird baths.
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.
Calligraphy for Greetings Cards and Scrapbooking
A heartfelt message in a greetings card looks even more sincere when it’s beautifully presented. This detailed guide explains essential calligraphic tools and materials, and includes tips such as how to make a pen from bamboo or balsa, and how to ensure ink flows from a nib. There are alphabets to copy and suggestions for making individual letters look special by embossing, cutting, or using gold leaf.
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.
The Art of Carving Netsuke
Incorporating a history of Netsuke and a gallery of examples, the skills and tools you’ll need to get started and some basic techniques, Benson details nine projects to tackle, with colour photographs and step-by-step instructions, from the simple dormouse to the more demanding monkey pot.
Beginners' Upholstery Techniques
This guide teaches all you need to know to tackle a wide range of upholstery projects, from a simple stool to more complex pieces such as armchairs. Basic techniques, tools and materials are discussed, before the twelve step-by-step projects are explained with support from photographs and diagrams. Contains material first published in Upholstery: A Complete Course (1990) and Upholstery: A Beginners' Guide (2004).
The Organic Vegetable Gardener
The satisfaction of knowing that your food has been grown free from toxic chemicals, and has travelled merely a few hundred yards to your plate, cannot be beaten. This is a detailed and expert guide to achieving that satisfaction yourself. There are chapters on the basics of soil preparation, variety selection, growing techniques and dealing with pests and diseases, followed by an alphabetical directory of popular vegetable varieties and how to grow them successfully.
Gardening with Wild Plants
This innovative guide to incorporating wild plants into the garden is packed with ideas and excellent photographs. It is organized by habitat, with plants for the rockery, the mixed border, ponds and meadows. Almost 200 different plants are included, with expert growing advice for each one and planting plans showing how to combine them creatively for maximum effect.