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Sew the perfect tunic to express your style – from simple and modest to daring and chic! Sarah Gunn and Julie Starr make the tunic accessible and exciting for those with basic sewing skills and beyond.
- Create chic, ready-to-wear tunics with a multi-length, graded pattern and expert construction tips
- Choose your style – casual, preppy, boho or glamorous – with interchangeable sleeves, neck plackets and collars
- Get advice on shopping for fabric and trims, guided by a huge gallery of inspiring tunic tops
First published in 1956, We Made a Garden is the story of how Margery Fish, the leading gardener of the 1960s, and her husband Walter transformed an acre of wilderness into a stunning cottage garden at East Lambrook Manor, Somerset, England. It has been hailed as everything from a blueprint for the creation of a modern cottage garden to a feminist manifesto.
A quirky classic, this book details her creation of a landmark cottage garden, as well as her battles with her husband in the process, who preferred the standard suburban approach. In this beautiful and timeless work, she recounts the trials and tribulations, successes and failures, of her venture with ease and humour.
Topics covered are colourful and diverse, ranging from the most suitable hyssop for the terraced garden through composting, hedges, making paths to the best time to lift and replant tulip bulbs. Her good sense, practical knowledge and imaginative ideas will encourage and inspire gardeners everywhere.$24.99
DIY Bitters is a how-to guide that explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own to be used alone or in cocktails, tonics and even main meals.
Herbalists Jovial King and Guido Mase teach you how to make recipes for classic bitters like orange and angostura, or explore more innovative bitters like elderflower-echinacea-honey and chocolate love tonic. You can even find a guide for creating your own unique flavours from the plants and ingredients you have on hand.
Whether enjoyed as an apertif, digestif or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, bitters are back!$29.99
Inspired by the work od Edyta Sitar, this durable plastic tote bag with strong fabric handles is ideal for carrying your quilting supplies and anything else.
The bag measures 390 x 370 x 160 mm.$14.99
Bristol Dress Bell-shape, knee-length dress has front and back yoke and long sleeves with cuff. Front wraps to back and stitched to inverted V-shape back panel. Wide bottom bands.
Top Below-waist version of dress.
Suggested Fabrics Lightweight to medium-weight knit. 2 or 4-way stretch.
Multi-sized: XS – XXL$35.00
Newly revised and updated 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die brings you right up to date with an incisive look at the world's best paintings.
From Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to contemporary Western canvases, this book is truly comprehensive in its scope and beautiful to leaf through. Within its pages you will see 1001 of the most memorable, haunting, powerful, important, controversial and visually arresting paintings that have ever been created.
Entertaining and informative text written by an international team of artists, curators, art critics and art collectors illuminates both the paintings and the people who painted them. An insightful review accompanies a beautiful reproduction of every painting – an enviable art collection to dip into whenever you please. Organised chronologically, you will discover fascinating and surprising juxtapositions as well as pleasing similarities as you turn the sumptuous pages.$39.99