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If you can't stand the heat, get out the pot holders! Kim Schaefer shares 52 darling hot pad designs to appliqué, one for every week of the year.
Pick one of three fully bound shapes; square, round or oval, and create your own festive kitchen set. With more than four dozen seasonal, holiday and kitchen-themed motifs, each with full-size appliqué patterns, you'll want to make these pretty and useful gifts for everyone you know; they're perfect for housewarmings, weddings, bridal showers and more!$29.99
Learn to capture the beauty and drama of the sky since a good sky is the essence of successful landscape and seascape paintings. This practical book covers everything you will need to know to paint a sky that captures the mood and atmosphere of a scene.
With over 200 paintings, it explains techniques, demonstrates the painting process including step-by-step instruction on painting in oils with the alla prima technique. Advice is given on using alternative colours and creative interpretations and gives ideas to inspire and develop skills and a personal style.$44.99
Enter a wonderland of fluffy festive fun, filled with the magic of pompoms! Pompoms are easy to make, have oodles of charm and will appeal to young and old alike.
Starting with a simple know-how chapter on how to make your pompoms, filled with techniques and handy tips, you'll get straight into making your designs and immerse yourself in holiday spirit right away. From robins and gingerbread folk to decorate your tree, through to wreaths and champagne markers that'll warmly greet your guests, there's something for everyone.
Look inside the book.$24.99
Artists of all interests will find a lot to inspire them in this detailed, practical and beautiful guide on drawing birds. The book includes sections on materials, basic techniques and reference gathering, as well as how to draw the key features of birds such as beaks, eyes, claws, wings and feathers.
A special section focuses on birds in flight, and this is followed by chapters on the main bird groups including: Waders and water birds, Wildfowl, Birds of prey, Owls, Garden and woodland birds, Seabirds and Game birds. Each chapter covers the techniques specific to the group as well as numerous examples and a full step-by-step demonstration. The absence of colour means that Andrew uses other aspects such as pattern, shading and shape to give his paintings life and interest.
Written for artists who wish to apply their skills to drawing birds, as well as experienced artists who want to improve their drawing skills, this is an expert guide to producing exquisitely rendered, lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitats and nothing could be more inspirational than Andrew's accurately observed and truly beautiful drawings.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Ann Small's imaginative use of cutting and manipulating techniques, and her layering and colouring tricks, makes this your go-to guide for bringing form and texture to your fabric artwork.
This book is a rich resource and reference for textile artists seeking new ideas and who want to experiment with reverse appliqué and related techniques such as layering, trapunto, stacks, puffs and fabric manipulation.
- Packed with techniques suitable for quilting and other textile art
- Three wearable step-by-step projects
- Clear, close-up images make layering enjoyable and accessible
Look inside the book.$49.99
Betsy Chutchian presents 21 everyday quilts in the colours of the seasons she experiences in her Texas home. She uses a range of small quilts, lap quilts and larger quilts for the bed to bring warmth to her varied collections of baskets, dishes, bowls, folk art and more.
The book features the fine colour photography showing how the author has used the quilts to decorate her home and of course there are full instructions and excellent line drawings to support creation of each project.
From Quiltmania with text in English and French.$64.99