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This beautiful volume teaches the easy-to-learn elements of Chinese knotting – interlacing silk cords and other materials in a variety of ways. Chinese knotting can be incorporated in fashion, jewellery, accessories, home decoration, contemporary art and other means of expression.
Using step-by-step illustrations, this book introduces more than 100 types of Chinese knots. The tutorials will guide you through the creation of various knots and introduce their applications. All you need is this book and a few simple materials to experience the fun of creating fabulous Chinese knots with your own two hands!$29.99
In a follow-up to best-selling Foolproof Crazy Quilting, Jennifer Clouston shares 10 small, useful items from a tablet purse and summer slippers to a tea cosy, each with full-size patterns. Expertly mix cotton, wool, linen and silk for eclectic fabric pairings that complement each project.
Beginning and experienced crazy quilters will love the dictionary of 60 embroidery and beading stitches, foundation piecing primer, plus stitch maps for all seam treatments and embellishments.$39.99
Encaustic art is fascinating, fun and so easy to do. Learn how to create vibrant wax paintings in no time at all.
Using over 155 step-by-step photographs and many inspirational examples, Michael Bossom shows how to paint a whole range of stunning pictures – vibrant flowers, incredible fantasy scenes, tranquil landscapes and luminous abstract designs. Different surfaces can be used including wood, rigid board, absorbent and sealed card, foil, and smooth, textured and tissue paper. Images can be transferred on to fabric which can then be overpainted, or embroidered and embellished with beads and collage.
There are so many ways to use the pastel, bold, bright and metallic colours – the free flowing wax melts magically into patterns, borders and intricate designs or skies, trees, lakes and mountains. Each painting is unique and original and a whole range of cards and gifts can be make quickly and simply.$25.99
Beading for the Absolute Beginner teaches you everything you need to know to create beautiful, colourful beaded accessories even if youve never tried before.
The techniques come with step-by-step instructions and the spiral, hands-free format enable you to practice and master each technique more easily. The book covers all the equipment and tools, terminology and techniques and also features a selection of attractive, simple projects specially designed for the beginner.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Your quilting dreams just came true. Enjoy creating fabulous quilts – from start to finish – on your home sewing machine. Christa Watson shows you how with 12 simple yet striking patterns from baby quilts to throws.
- Techniques include improvisational piecing, crazy piecing, grid work and machine appliqué
- Achieve amazing results using straight and free-motion stitches – many projects are quilted entirely with a walking foot
- Discover how to use quilting designs to enhance each part of the quilt
Bead-Making Lab presents instructions for 52 bead designs that run the gamut from sophisticated to playful.
The tutorials are brief, accomplishable and rewarding. Choose from traditional materials like aper maché and polymer clay, or opt for new materials such as resins and shrink plastic. Once you've selected your medium, follow the lab instructions for the bead-making technique of your choice.
Try a new technique each week! With how-tos including moulding, carving, painting, gluing, drilling beach glass and pebbles, and creating fibre-art beads with felting and embroidery, you'll have a year of unique projects ahead of you. Includes ideas on how to turn your beads into jewellery.$29.99