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There is a new generation of gardeners who are planting gardens not only for their visual beauty but also for their ability to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In The New Shade Garden, Ken Druse provides this generation with a comprehensive guide to creating a shade garden with an emphasis on the adjustments necessary for our changing climate.
He offers advice for common problems facing today’s gardeners and offers advice on all aspects of the gardening process such as designing your own garden, pruning trees, preparing soil for planting and the vast array of flowers and greenery that grow best in the shade.
Perfect for new and seasoned gardeners alike, this wide-ranging encyclopedic manual provides all the information you need to start or improve upon your own shade garden.$49.99
A hedgehog, a steaming bowl of ramen, a bicycle, a cassette ... whether you haven't thought of colouring since you were a kid or you never leave home without an arsenal of markers, this menagerie of 50 everyday and offbeat subjects will get your creative juices flowing.
It's packed with a variety of objects on 50 quirky themes, basic colour theory and helpful techniques to inspire all artists. Designed to colour directly on these pages, all you need is this book and a pack of coloured pencils (or crayons, or markers, or pastels, or anything) to unleash the creative in you!$24.99
The couture wedding gown – a fashion show’s grand finale – marks the pinnacle of a designer’s creativity for the season. Consequently, these dresses offer particular insight into the designer’s creative process.
Couture Wedding Gowns presents a collection of extraordinary dresses designed by some of the most respected designers from the 20th century to today. Profiling designers from Alexander McQueen to Zuhair Murad, Marie Bariller reveals what the wedding gown represents for each of them.
With exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and detailed descriptions of the signature dresses accompanied by lavish photography and hand-drawn illustrations, the book lifts the veil on some of the most beautiful gowns ever made while offering insight into the artistic vision of their creators.$79.99
Lying behind the urban facades of Paris is a hidden landscape. Whether grandiose or miniscule, highly manicured or exuberantly untended, these fifty secret gardens are rarely seen by casual passers-by.
Traditional French-style gardens, such as those of Hubert de Givenchy, Kenzo or Pierre Berge, are attached to private town houses, and their designs mirror the elegance and restraint of the classic dwellings. The late Yves Saint Laurent's romantic, picturesque kitchen garden reflects his taste for outdoor living.
Exotic hideaways include giant tropical ferns and rare flowers, greenery surrounding a Russian dacha, and a Japanese zen garden, demonstrating an eclectic range of urban gardens and providing inspiration to the expert gardener and armchair enthusiast.$39.99
Discover how to use traditional crochet motifs in bright boho combinations, to create exciting, original and thoroughly desirable pieces like shawls, bags, purses, belts, mandalas, pillows and even colourful festive decorations.
The introductory techniques section provides everything you need to get started with crochet, while the projects section provides patterns for fun and unique pieces to make use of your newfound skills. By the time you've finished with this book, you'll have a beautiful range of boho chic creations for you and your home.
The easy-to-follow patterns and expert tips in the book make these projects ideal for any skill level, whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter. The projects have been contributed by experienced crocheters and bloggers from around the world, so each project has a unique style.$24.99
You don't have to be a fashion designer to create your own amazing fabrics!
Fabric Printing at Home shows you how to print your own custom fabrics using everyday items from the kitchen and around the house. With tons of colour photos, step-by-step instructions and helpful hints, you will be crafting your very own fabric designs in no time.
- Learn to make print blocks, rubbing plates, stencils and fabric resists from a wide range kitchen materials
- See how your favourite fruits and veggies create perfect shapes and texture patterns for your fabrics
- Learn how to upcycle simple materials for surface design
- Make fantastic, colourful fabric designs with accessible, non-toxic materials