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A special group of eight Australian quilters including Di Ford formed the Secret Sewing Sisters to gather and make quilts. In their latest endeavour, the group decided to revisit and restyle some magnificent quilts from Jane Lury’s Labors of Love collection of quilts found in Meanderings of a Quilt Collector. The Secret Sewing Sisters then invited Petra Prins, Michele Beugnon, Anne-Helene Nedelec and Renee Ferre to join them in this fabulous adventure.
The collaboration of all these talented artists resulted in the creation of 12 extraordinary quilts that are presented here. For those enamoured of antique quilts and reproducing them in your own personal style, this book is for you! From Quiltmania with text in English and French.$69.99
From only three affordable watercolour paints in red, blue and yellow you can mix a huge range of colours and paint beautiful landscapes you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. Starting from the simplest of mountain scenes, Matthew builds your skills as you progress through the nine easy projects, and by the end you’ll be amazed at what you have achieved.
Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs show you how to add detail, shadow and distance to a scene, and there are numerous handy tips and helpful jargon busters’ to help you learn the basic watercolour techniques. Before you know it, you’ll have acquired all the skills you need to paint your own wonderful mountain scenes in watercolour.
Look inside the book.$25.99
Upholstery doesn't have to be intimidating! These five projects have been mindfully designed to help the beginner build basic skills, learn techniques and progressively take on more-complicated pieces.
Six information-packed chapters cover upholstery concepts, terminology, tools, materials and supplies, as well as advice on setting up an in-home shop or looking for shop space to lease. Beginning with simple projects like the Buttoned Down Blue Velvet Footstool and wrapping up with the Rockin' Moroccan Hanging Headboard, this step-by-step guide provides all you need to develop a new creative hobby, learn practical skills or even start a business of your own.$46.99
William Morris and his Palace of Art is a comprehensive new study of Red House, the only house commissioned by William Morris and the first independent architectural work of his close friend, Philip Webb. Morris moved in to Red House as an ebullient young man of 26, with an independent income and a head brimming with ideas and the persistent question of How best to live?
Red House, together with its pre-Raphaelite garden, stands as the physical embodiment of his exuberant spirit, youthful ambition, passionate medievalism, creativity and great sense of possibility. For five intense years from 1860–1865, it was a place of halcyon days – happy family life, loyal friendship, good humoured competition and the jovial campaign of decorating, furnishing the house and designing the garden.
Drawing on a wealth of new physical evidence, this book argues that Red House constitutes an ambitious and critical chapter in his design history.$69.99
Each page of this brilliant book is actually a box!
Simply tear along the dotted lines, fold along the scored lines and you've created a gift box perfect for storing all kinds of treats for special occasions throughout the year. The boxes are beautifully decorated with intricate black-and-white designs, which you can customise by colouring in with pens or pencils.
Get creative with your colour scheme and this fantastic book of boxes will make sure your gifts are truly special – whether it’s Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas or a birthday!$19.99
The Crochet Stitch Bible contains over 200 stitches, explained in full, and is a perfect starter guide for beginners, with advanced projects and details for experts.
This comprehensive guide includes step-by-step instructions for basic stitches, textured stitches, fans and shells stitches, mesh and filet stitches, openwork and lace stitches, trims and edgings, clusters, puffs, bobbles, spike, relief, tunisian, multi-colour, squares and special stitches. Each crochet stitch is accompanied by a photograph sample, row-by-row instructions, and easy-to-follow symbol charts.$22.99