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Be inspired all year round with the 12 stunning pieces selected from issues of Inspirations Magazine. This 12 month calendar features:
- 12 of the world’s most beautiful needlework projects that leap off the pages
- Dates for public holidays for Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and Canada
- Open measurement is 600 mm high by 300 mm wide
- Large format for adding important personal information i.e. birthdays, appointments
A friendly, accessible and inspiring course in oil painting from a member of the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
SHaidee-Jo Summers' artwork is filled with light and vibrancy. Her friendly, instructional style will demystify oil painting and show you how to use this traditional medium to create contemporary portraits, landscapes, still life and more, all suffused with the unique warmth and richness of oils. This book is ideal for painters at any level of experience, from complete beginners looking to start out with oils, to advanced painters wishing to pick up new ideas and techniques.
Fresh, bright and accessible, this vibrant book is a real feast for the eyes. It provides step-by-step instruction, projects and numerous examples of Haidee-Jo's finished art, from cafes in Seville to her local allotments, giving the reader a wealth of inspiration and ideas for producing stunning oil paintings of their own.
Look inside the book.$39.99
These fun papercraft projects range from simple yet effective bunting to intricate tree decorations, bell jar Christmas trees, and an advent calendar village. Give your holiday season the homemade touch, from wrapping paper to tree decorations, using very few materials and innovative techniques, such as printing with shaving foam and creating stunning greeting cards using gold embossing ink. Includes 64 traceable templates.
An inspiring book of Christmas craft and wonder!
Look inside the book.$26.99
Madeline is a divine two-piece sewing pattern with detailed instructions, technical diagrams and pattern pieces. It includes a cropped shirt and floaty slip with optional deep cargo pockets.
Use light to medium fabric.
Sizes XS – 3XL
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.$35.00
Get creative with this amazingly innovative colouring book, full of beautifully-designed cards and envelopes to tear out and colour.
The 24 gorgeous designs are inspired by animals and birds found in the British Museum and are perfect for all ages to decorate and send to family and friends. Use the handy index at the back to take inspiration from the museum objects themselves or get experimental – try unusual colours and different materials to make each card truly unique!
With enough blank space inside for a message, envelopes to customise and stickers to seal your card – this is the complete creative package!$16.99
From the hugely accomplished textile artist Jean Draper comes an invaluable guide to designing and working with pattern in textile art.
As she did in her successful Stitch & Structure, Jean Draper guides textile artists through some of the most creative ways of working up patterns, and harnessing our love for rhythm and repeat in fabric. She discusses the nature of pattern and its language, and explains grids, symmetry and the positive and negative in design. Detailed studies explore patterns from other cultures, including Banjara; in plants and flowers; and on the human body.
Throughout, Draper carefully teaches a variety of techniques, from putting stitches together, to exaggerating and overlapping stitches, to using just one type of stitch. With beautiful examples throughout, Stitch & Pattern provides ample inspiration to develop truly great textile art.$42.99