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In the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible knitting guru Hitomi Shida shares some of her favoruite needlework patterns. Shida's strikingly original designs and variations on every imaginable classic stitch result in intricate patterns that form the basis for beautiful and unique knitted fashions. This is the perfect book for the experienced knitter who is looking for new stitches that yield spectacular results!
This book features a wide range of rewarding and intricate stitches including: cables, popcorn stitches, twisted ,edgings and many more. A set of detailed, step-by-step diagrams show you how to execute all the basic stitches. Instructions and diagrams for a series of small projects offer practice working with large patterns, lacy patterns, pattern arrangement and round yokes among other things.
The knitting projects include:
- A classic hat made using large patterns
- An elegant scarf in lacy patterns
- The ever-popular fingerless mittens
- Thick socks that can be made using various patterns
- A feminine collar using round stitching
- And much more!
The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible represents a whole new adventure for knitters and is sure to become a valued reference for beginning knitters and experts alike.$24.99
Knitting and crochet have long been considered forms of folk art, but in the 21st century, these time-honoured crafts are breaking away from the outdated stereotype of cosy domesticity. Showcasing 40 international artists who incorporate knitting, crochet and more into their practice, this book provides a survey of yarn work in contemporary art, illustrating the huge range of ways in which these techniques have been embraced as a form of creative expression.
Some artists evoke a kind of nostalgia, rediscovering skills that have fallen from fashion or promoting the value of ancient handicrafts in an industrialized world of mass-production. Others push the boundaries of knitting by using non-traditional materials such as rope or wire, or by using its sculptural potential to tackle themes that are political, personal or transgressive.
Packed with striking images, the book demonstrates how knitting needles and crochet hooks can create works of art that are challenging and unique, forcing us to take a fresh look at our own lives and beliefs and at the objects that surround us every day.$59.99
Let’s take a walk down High Street and discover the variety of jobs that grown-ups do. We will pop into each building to see what they wear, what tools they use and what they make and do.
What will I do when I Grow Up? uses detailed and elegant water colour artwork that invites children to discover the diversity of occupations including teachers, chefs, builders and scientists.
Recommended for ages 3+.$26.99
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
Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration to embroiderers and this fantastic book showcases the Embroiderers' Guild's huge collection of embroidered birds through the ages. From the subtle shades seen in crewelwork and the Buratto lace of Europe to the glittering silk, metal and beetle wing designs of China, Japan and India, the author presents a beautiful array of stitchwork that truly is a feast for the eyes.
Featuring full-colour photographs and extended captions, items are shown also in full along with detailed images to show off the stunning stitched birds at their best. These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as badges, postcards, aprons, wall hangings, dresses, cushion covers and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century.
Collected from many different countries, this exquisite book is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public.
Look inside the book.$49.99
This collection of patterns for socks and hats covers you top to toe in amazing designs by Fiona Goble.
There are patterns for babies, toddlers and children, including teddy bear booties, unicorn socks and even a pug dog hat so you can match your pet. There are also plenty of makes for teens and adults too, including llama and reindeer socks and a sloth hat.
The sock patterns are designed to be simple and straightforward, while the hats are finished with Fiona's trademark attention to detail. Whether you prefer cuddly cats or colourful cockatiels, fluffy foxes or perky piglets, you will find something here to suit you.$29.99