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Kumihimo is a popular jewellery-making technique with origins in Japanese tradition. This colourful and informative beginner's guide to the craft explains how to use a circular kumihimo disc and a variety of braids and beads to create 12 stunning pieces of jewellery, plus colour and style variations, for any occasion.
Kumihimo is a transportable craft so once you have mastered the basics of placing your braids over the disc in different formations to make a variety of patterns and motifs, you can create kumihimo jewellery wherever you go.
Look inside the book.$25.99
If you can't stand the heat, get out the pot holders! Kim Schaefer shares 52 darling hot pad designs to appliqué, one for every week of the year.
Pick one of three fully bound shapes; square, round or oval, and create your own festive kitchen set. With more than four dozen seasonal, holiday and kitchen-themed motifs, each with full-size appliqué patterns, you'll want to make these pretty and useful gifts for everyone you know; they're perfect for housewarmings, weddings, bridal showers and more!$29.99
In this amazing compendium of miniature buildings, Sarah Walkley looks at the many styles of construction being created by miniatures enthusiasts including cozy cottages, modern loft apartments, churches, garden sheds, lighthouses and windmills. She even delves into the fantasy world of witches' lairs, haunted houses and burrows for mice and bears.
Drawn from the wealth of interesting and unusual models that have been featured in Dolls' House Magazine, the book showcases the best examples of the dolls' house hobby to demonstrate what can be achieved when working in miniature. It aims to provide inspiration to those that are new to the hobby, or want to take their model-making a stage further, as well as being a delightful read for those who are simply fascinated by all things miniature.
Each of the 12 chapters includes tips on the key techniques needed to recreate a particular style of property. For example, how to lay wooden floors or work with molding to create a grand country estate, or how to install lighting in a lighthouse.$49.99
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
Is your dog happy? How do you know? Studies have shown that many dog owners incorrectly interpret their dog's behaviour and emotions. Making Dogs Happy will ensure you're being a good human to your furry companion.
Learn what motivates your particular dog and you can train your dog accordingly, making your dog as happy as they make you. Written by world-leading experts in dog behaviour, Making Dogs Happy introduces the idea of dogmanship – the ability to interact with and train dogs.
Fully photographed, demonstrating key behaviours of dozens of furry charmers, it's the one handbook no dog lover can go past.$34.99
This stunning collection showcases the work produced by renowned textile artists Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin, and explores how – even when working from the same starting point – textile art can produce a myriad interpretations of shape, form, colour and technique. The authors chose six themes for their own starting point, each full of inspiration and artistic potential:
- Memory (both personal experiences and historical events)
- Graven (cemetery) images and idols
- Books as objects
- Pompeii and archaeological excavations
- Everyday items
For each of the themes the authors have provided a personal interpretation of the work and a description of the techniques they used, along with step-by-step instructions. In the chapter on memory, for example, Els demonstrates how old fabrics and textiles (which themselves have a unique history all of their own) can be recycled to incorporate your own stitched drawings. Alternatively, Cherilyn explores Procion Dye techniques to create colourful and striking fabrics that bear no resemblance to Els work on the same theme.
This fascinating guide provides a rich seam of inspiration from two renowned artists, exploring how to get the most from your collaborations and produce beautiful and unique work.$44.99