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DIY Hydroponic Gardens takes the mystery out of growing in water. Tyler Baras shows exactly how to build, plant and maintain more than a dozen unique hydroponic systems, some of which cost just a few dollars to make.
He has developed many unique and easy-to-build systems for growing entirely in water. With step-by-step photos he shows precisely how to create these systems and how to plant and maintain them. All the information you need to get started with your home hydroponic system is included, from recipes for nutrient solutions, to light and ventilation sources, to specific plant-by-plant details that explain how to grow the most popular vegetables in a self-contained, soilless system.
Even if you live in an area were water is scarce, a hydroponic system is the answer you’ve been looking for. Hydroponic systems are sealed and do not allow evaporation, making water loss virtually non-existent.$29.99
Even experienced stitchers are often wary of working with stretch knit fabrics, but in this book the author demystifies the techniques needed and shows how to sew stretchy makes on a regular sewing machine – no need for a fancy overlocker. However, if you are already an overlocker owner, the book offers a user-friendly introduction to threading and stitching with this machine too.
Aimed at dressmakers who have grasped the basics and want to expand their sewing horizons, Tilly Walnes' tried-and-tested, learn-as-you-make approach is structured around five made-to-measure, speedy-to-sew garments. Her friendly instructions and the clear step-by-step photographs are accompanied by lots of tips and tricks to make your sewing a breeze, and the multiple variations and ideas will help you customise your garment to suit your own style.
The book includes four complete, multi-size patterns: Stella Hoodie, Bibi Skirt, Freya Sweater, Frankie T-Shirt.$39.99
Here a cat there a cat, everywhere a crafted cat! Cats to decorate your home, to wear or to give to someone you love. The Cat Lover's Craft Book is dedicated to those who craft and those who are in love with all things cat-related! Whether you like to embroider, crochet, sew, knit or felt, there's a project inside this charming book you'll want to try your hand at, including:
- Turn your umbrella handle into a furry cat's tail
- Sew and embroider a personalized cat book cover
- Make a lovely hand embroidered brooch or earrings
- Make a cute cat door stop using a bottle and fabric
- Make cuddly cat pouches, purses and bags
- Knit, crochet or sew a charming cat-shaped pillow
- Sew a chic cat badge or button cover using cross-stitched fabric
- Sew an adorable cat doll and dress her up
- And so much more!
Super simple, step-by-step instructions, diagrams and templates make these adorable cat crafts accessible to knitting, felting and embroidery beginners.$19.99
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
A lifelong artist, Lotta Jansdotter's organic, playful and timeless designs have appeared on everything from sewing and quilting fabrics to rugs, bedsheets, baby gear, dishes and more.
For Paper, Pattern, Play, Lotta happily focuses on the most basic and versatile of mediums: paper. She presents a colourful collection of both iconic favourites and brand-new creations, printed on a combination of perforated uncoated paper and cardstock, all meant to be torn out and enjoyed. She also shares prompts and instructions for creating easy, fun and whimsical projects, including party decorations and favours, games, gift tags, gift wrap, labels, stickers, stationery and assorted bits and bobs.$39.99
Traveler's Tee is a knit t-shirt, which slips over the head, with a shawl collar inset with three buttons. It features ¾ length sleeves, a high-low hem, and three pockets – two pockets on the outside with loop closures, and an underarm pocket inside to store valuables. Fabrics: Ponte knits, textured knits, rayon, poly or cotton.