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Inspired Bead Embroidery offers 15+ exciting new projects that combine the author's textured designs with eye-catching focal beads. The book explains the fundamentals and aesthetics behind her work, from stitches and materials to colour theory.
The textured, dimensional projects include earrings, cuffs, collars and two fashionable purses. The creations incorporate seed beads, cubes, triangles, drops, daggers, cabochons, leather, fibre and more. Each project includes concise instructions, well-chosen process shots and diagrams. A gallery provides even more inspiration for experienced beaders looking to take their work in new, more exploratory directions.$37.99
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
Painting: Land & Sea includes a variety of easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects that are approachable for the beginning artist, including dynamic landscapes and seascapes with sweeping vistas.
Vernon Kerr shows you his step-by-step process for painting seascapes and landscapes in oil, from simple sketches to the most elaborate renderings. In addition, he demonstrates how to capture the beauty of nature in all its seasons and at different times of the day, as well as the importance of making small colour studies and learning the various cloud formations. You'll also discover tips for using colour effectively, with additional helpful information on composition, perspective, texture and contrast.$16.99
One-Shuttle Tatting shows us just what can be achieved by the inexperienced lacemaker using the minimum of tools, just one shuttle of thread, a crochet hook and perhaps a few beads to create a great variety of designs.
The author presents 14 basic patterns using only one shuttle and no chains. The patterns include edgings, flower patterns, round motifs, jewellery, square designs and cobwebs that are perfect for complete beginners to this intricate and traditional craft.$19.99
Bring the tranquility of Japanese garden design into any space in your home or office. Miniature Japanese Gardens shows you how to create simple Japanese-style container gardens using inexpensive plants and materials that are available everywhere!
A detailed plan of each garden provides a basic template, along with information about plant types and containers. The container itself can be an old pot, ceramic bowl or just about anything you might have lying around. Such "found" objects lend themselves to the Japanese art of wabi-sabi – the beauty of imperfection. Add rocks and other elements to produce mini Zen gardens that enhance any interior space.
The book contains step-by-step instructions and photos of over 40 different projects, including:
- Kokedama (moss ball)
- A miniature bamboo grove
- A variety of bonsai trees
- And many more!
Crochet your own bookmarks – but not just any bookmarks! These fun and unusual animal characters are Bookies, and they'll not only help you keep your place while reading but will also attract admiring attention. And you can proudly say that you made them yourself!
Full-colour photos and clear instructions show you how easy it is to create 17 kooky creatures, from Freddy Frog and Selma Snake to Filomena Fox and Ellie the Unicorn. Make them all! You can keep your Bookies for yourself or give them away as unique handmade gifts.$36.99