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Cute Needle Felted Animal Friends shows you how to create lifelike felted figures that remind you of the pets you love using a little wool roving, a felting needle and a few basic tools and techniques. Even more than this, the author shows you how to capture their adorable expressions when they're playing hard, napping or just happy to see you.
Easy step-by-step instructions and photos show you how to make the basic shapes and components, then how to add details like long or curly hair, spines, and stripes, as well as little faces that are utterly irresistible. With a bit of practice, you'll be able to portray the unique poses and expressions of beloved pets from your own life. And just like your pets, this needle felting book is so friendly that even novice felters will have no trouble making these miniature animal figures.$22.99
Working in the round has never been so easy or enjoyable. From quick projects, to ones that wow, this crochet book has it all.
No matter your experience, or the size of project you're looking for, this book has something for everyone; from doilies and table runners to garlands and cushions. These timeless designs allow readers to personalise each pattern to suit them with step-by-step instructions and detailed charts.$34.99
Learn how to bring a Japanese aesthetic into your life with these elegant works of floral art. Japanese kirigami (cut paper) flowers are delicate and beautiful examples of paper craft, but are surprisingly easy to make.
This inspirational how-to guide shows you how to make 31 gorgeous designs that can virtually pass for the real thing except they will never wilt! The sculptural quality of these flowers is an amazing and creative way to add a touch of beauty to your home, or to create low-cost decorations for a wedding, a baby shower, or any other special event. All of the most popular blossoms are represented, including roses, carnations, tulips, cherry blossoms, poinsettias, sunflowers and many more!.
Simple instructions, templates and colourful step-by-step photos show even novice paper crafters how to create each project, and how to gather them into incredible paper flower bouquets. There are instructions showing how the designs can be used in 18 amazing ways for decorating, selling, gift giving and entertaining. With just some scissors, a few sheets of colourful tant origami paper, and a few drops of crafts glue all of which can be found online and in paper stores you can create breath-taking paper flowers in no time at all!$24.99
Mastering light and shadow is the key to successful watercolour paintings and in this book you can learn how to paint like an expert. The book is packed with Hazel Soan's colourful and varied paintings, as well as step-by-step exercises and handy hints.
Beginning with how to see the values of light and shade through the eyes of an artist, the book then shows how watercolour is the perfect medium to represent light and shade. Learn how to balance light and shade through compositional design and how to establish the shadow of individual components within the composition.
Hazel demonstrates clever techniques such as conserving white paper to show highlights, how to mix the right tonal values and how to balance detail in your painting. Finally, the book looks at using light and shade to create atmospheric effects, tonal patterns to look out for and how to bring it all together to create fantastic artworks.$39.99
With a sensitive use of material, quiet attention to detail and thoughtful use of techniques, textile artists can make works with great personal meaning.
Grounded in the key elements of Hannah Lamb’s own process, Poetic Cloth focuses on stitch, print, surface manipulation and construction to produce seductive, tactile, textile surfaces. She discusses a variety of creative applications and effects, including layering, shadow play, seaming and darning, hand stitching, devoré, cyanotype printing and creating luster and radiance.
About the Author Textile artist and lecturer Hannah Lamb is a member of the 62 Group as well as their press and publicity officer. She exhibits worldwide, teaches in Australia, and is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design at Bradford School of Art. Lamb has 10,000 followers on all social media and her blog receives 5,000 views per month.$39.99
Treasures of Botanical Art reveals the history of botanical painting, its beauty and science, with works from two renowned collections and over 100 significant artists, dating from the late 1400s through to today. Paintings featured from the Kew collection include works by well-known artists the Bauer brothers, Redoute, Ehret, Fitch, Lilian Snelling and Margaret Mee as well as many lesser known artists. Contemporary works are also featured from the Sherwood collection by a host of international artists.
Over 200 stunning botanical paintings are showcased, accompanied by informative text on the origins, history and relevance of botanical art, as well as information on the plants themselves. Biographies of over 120 artists are provided at the end of the book, revealing the historical and international background of this genre.$39.99