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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
In this book, you will find not only a charming selection of crochet patterns to create scrabbling beetles, beautiful bugs and fluttering butterfly crochet amigurumi, but also a wonderful story to read out loud and ponder on: a tale about growing up; accepting change and the power of dreams. Watch tiny creatures hatching from their eggs, look on as they munch through a green world, and be astonished at their marvelous transformations when they finally slip out of their cocoons.
The wings and hats are interchangeable so you can use the patterns in this book to create new outfits for your little insect friends. Give your caterpillar a new set of wings for every day of the week, or cover your beetle in the most colourful wing suits. Be inspired by nature to make creatures of your own creation. It's a great little world full of possibilities.$39.99
This guide offers an engaging, streamlined approach for any beginner, but especially those who – due to life detours or lack of time – have previously postponed their artistic aspirations.
In a fun, instantly gratifying style, the author combines the forgiveness of acrylics with the approachability of expressive painting. With special emphasis on the elements of colour, pattern and texture, these lessons give you a jump-start on painting with feeling. Features include:
- Strategies for gathering resonant ideas and inspiration
- Practical advice, such as when to splurge and where to save on painting supplies
- Mixed-media techniques for creating character in your paintings
- Inspiration from expressionist masters, including ways to use their work as a jumping-off point for your own original paintings
- 8 fabulous start-to-finish painting projects – landscapes, still life, figures and abstracts
This book invites you to lose themselves in the incredible world of Miss Violet.
Whether you have a doll's house, some shelf space or an unwanted shoebox, Sam McKechnie has created 25 makes that are perfect for any miniature residence. In addition to the makes there is a pop-out paper Miss Violet doll (and outfits to dress her in) at the back of the book. You will also find a shoebox house project and a chapter of scraps (to photocopy or download) so that every room in their house can be embellished with fabulous paper furnishings – from cooking pots and carriage clocks to picture frames and paper pansies. Chapters and makes include:
- Introducing Miss Violet – meet the star of the show plus a wealth of ideas for clothing and accessories
- Moving in – learn how to select a home (traditional doll's house, shoebox, cupboard or shelf) and create a name plaque
- Kitchen – clay food, embroidered tablecloth and bobbin table and stools
- Parlour – a chandelier, fireplace and Christmas tree
- Bedroom and bath – pressed flower wallpaper, playing card bath mat and a fairytale mattress
- Garden – a pond, instant flower garden and clothes line
Miss Violet's Doll's House includes everything needed to imagine and create a miniature world.$37.99
Lynda Monk provides some wonderful and exciting ideas for using Tyvek (a readily-obtainable, coated paper or fabric) to create dramatic effects. You'll discover just how amazingly easy it is to create attractive surfaces with a simple technique which, once mastered, leads to endless exciting variations.
Lynda demonstrates the secrets of bonding and heating methods which range from trapping threads to applying Tyvek to bubblewrap and many other techniques. The resulting materials can be cut without fraying which is especially good for die-cutting and for use with digital cutting machines.
You will find many brilliant ideas for developing the results, from bags and brooches to garments and containers.$39.99
Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself.
Just remember to leave notes for everyone else Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.
Here We Are is an utterly heartfelt book from Oliver Jeffers recommended for ages 3+.$24.99