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This free-flowing fashion pays homage to legendary dancer Isadora Duncan, a pioneer in the creative arts movement of the early 20th century. The Dress is an easy-sew sheath with plain yoke that is perfect for embellishment. The Jacket has a centre back godet to add flare, an extended collar and single-button front closure. The simple Tunic has a sailor collar and free-floating sleeve panels. Braid trim, ball fringe or other embellishments are the perfect finishing touch for jacket collar or hem, and tunic collar and sleeve panels.
Suggested fabrics: For the Dress, choose silk or polyester crepe de chine or charmeuse. For the Tunic and Jacket, choose soft, filmy fabrics such as chiffon, georgette, gauze, voile, novelty cut velvet.
Multi-sized: Misses XS – XL
Over the course of an entire year, Reiko Kato worked on the theme In Love with Mother's Dreams with her students and the exquisite results have been compiled in this book. Over 37 projects, all dedicated to the heart, await your creative hands.
The book’s pièce de résistance is Reiko’s unbelievable quilt, so elaborate and brimming with details. From adorable decorative objects to mini panels, everthing is kawaï (Japanese for cute). You can start small and work your way to Reiko’s quilt!
From Quiltmania with text in English and French plus full-size, pull-out pattern templates.$64.99
The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World transports you on an extraordinary culinary journey, exploring the origins and cultural history of seven familiar ingredients. But which seven, and why?
The seven ingredients are all ones that are taken for granted, consumed every day without a second thought, but each has its own fascinating history and purpose. Rice is a staple. Salt is essential to our bodies. Honey satisfies our craving for sweetness. Pork, the most widely eaten meat worldwide, yet taboo in some cultures, is a major source of protein. The tomato, used in cuisine's around the world, is extremely versatile. Chile offers a unique kick, so essential to dishes such as curries and piquant salsas. And cacao is used to make chocolate.
The 'magnificent seven' have rich and diverse cultural stories to tell, from the magical, aphrodisiac powers associated with cacao in the Mesoamerican culture, to the introduction of tomatoes to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century, and the earliest cultivation of rice in the Pearl Valley in China.
The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World equips you with everything you need to know about these wonderful foodstuffs and provides a number of traditional and innovative recipes – with one of the ingredients in the starring role, of course – for you to enjoy.$34.99
Learn the core concepts of painting on location. This helpful guide will get you primed and ready for a day of painting outdoors. Inside, you'll find a comprehensive list of what to pack to maximize your time, learn how to choose a subject and interpret it for a composition, discover how to deal with the challenges of shadows and shifting natural light, and hone your techniques.
The collection of step-by-step projects will help you reach new artistic plateaus as you create unique, dynamic artwork outside the studio. Perfect for artists looking to break outside the norm, this book is the definitive resource for experiencing the peace and rewards of painting on location with the invigorating medium of watercolour.$26.99
This brand-new collection includes both classic and new stitches, reflecting the modern crocheter’s thirst for new ideas and innovative techniques. As well as popular traditional stitch styles such as ridges, cables and ripples, there are complex Tunisian stitches, trellis and picot, plus textured patterns like bobbles and puffs for those who like to add some 3D fun to their designs!
This is the only stitch guide to combine clear, photographic step-by-step instructions, charts and examples of the stitches. The book also includes feature spreads that explore ideas for yarns and colours, along with the multiple ways you can use your newly learnt stitches in garments, accessories and homewares.
This is a book packed full of instruction, ideas and inspiration that crocheters everywhere can dip into time and time again.
Look inside the book.$39.99
Artist Tim Pond’s lively and engaging book fuses science with art, providing you with the skills, techniques and knowledge you need to create sketches of animals filled with life and movement.
Tim shows you how to observe and draw animals in zoos, farms, wildlife parks and aquariums, teaching you some fascinating facts about the animals along the way and ultimately bringing you closer to nature.
One of the challenges with sketching wildlife is that animals are constantly moving. However, having some basic understanding of biology can help you capture the form, movement and ultimately the spirit of the animal in question. This combination of scientific knowledge and practical guidance is key to creating lively drawings and Tim’s ability to convey this in an accessible and engaging way makes this a unique and inspiring guide.
Look inside the book.$39.99