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The book is aimed at both the novice and experienced beekeeper in Australia and explains in detail the steps required to manage colonies of bees. Supported by over 350 photographs and drawings, each action is explained in detail with the photographs showing the steps as well as the final result.
The book features:
- Details of the equipment needed to get started as well as what may be useful later on as your confidence and experience grow
- How to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden and the basics of colony management
- Chapters on the life cycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, the bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, native bees and rearing queens
The result is a comprehensive manual that is the ultimate Australian reference source.$49.99
This practical, contemporary guide to the exciting and varied world of raised embroidery is written by Kelley Aldridge, an expert teacher with the Royal School of Needlework.
The book features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage. It reveals the history and context of raised embroidery and showcases galleries of inspiring raised embroidery work. This is primarily a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in the techniques you need for raised embroidery: it contains a comprehensive stitch guide and leads the reader through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance.
The book contains three beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice and showcase additional advanced techniques.
Look inside the book.$46.99
This new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopedia by professional artist Hazel Harrison is an exhaustive reference covering a multitude of areas concerning watercolour. The book is divided into three sections:
- The first covers the essential materials and tools you need to get you started on your watercolour journey, and how to set up your indoor and outdoor working spaces.
- The second provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic washes through to creating special effects using salt and wax resist.
- The third and final part tackles picture composition, from guiding readers on how to choose their palette and how to work with different lights, to understanding important concepts such as perspective and spatial depth.
This resource provides a wealth of stimulating ideas to help artists both amateurs and veterans develop their own impressive watercolour painting style.
Look inside the book.$36.99
Once upon a time, Brooke McAlary thought she was close to having it all. Married to a wonderful man, mother to a lively young daughter and pregnant for a second time, she'd acquired all the things she'd once thought important – holidays, cars, a renovated home. Yet despite this, she found herself utterly despondent.
Realising that they wanted a simpler, more fulfilling existence, Brooke and her family gradually created their own way of living, with an emphasis on depth, connection and experiences. In Slow Brooke gently encourages you to find pleasure and value in a simpler life, sharing the practical tips and rituals that have helped her on her own journey, from decluttering to de-owning, messiness to mindfulness, from asking why to asking where to now?
Part memoir, part practical companion, Slow provides a fascinating insight into the benefits of slowing down. It will inspire you to forget create a life filled with the things that really matter to you . . . slowly, of course.$32.99
Learn how to paint relaxing landscapes, exciting seascapes and portraits with personality. Whatever you want to paint, William Newton can show you how.
Starting from first principles, this thorough guide demonstrates the breadth and depth of William's watercolour painting expertise. In addition to beautiful detailed projects covering architecture, still life and other classic scenes, this book contains sections on colour and tone, the materials you will need, key watercolour painting techniques as well as vital information on perspective and drawing; all explained and illustrated for ease of use.
This book was previously published as William Newton's Complete Guide to Watercolour Painting and is now made available in paperback.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Val Bourne's garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem – what she calls her living jigsaw – really can produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects and even slugs, your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched.
The Living Jigsaw is a masterclass in natural gardening. Val's personal, inspirational and practical approach offers tried-and-tested techniques, with beautifully illustrated, proven results.$39.99