General Crafts

  • 20 to Make: Fabulous Pompoms

    Take the humble pompom and transform it into a wonderful array of decorations, including fun little Springtime chicks, a Christmas pompom garland, a Happy Halloween pumpkin and gorgeous gift toppers, as well as a chirpy Christmas robin to hang from your tree!

    Pompoms are quick and easy to make, and all the designs can be made either with a Pompom Maker, or in the traditional way using cardboard templates. These are quick and easy projects for adults of all abilities as well as for children.

    • 20 fabulous designs
    • Easy-to-master techniques
    • Ideal for using up scraps of yarn

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  • 50 Flatpack Hacks

    Boring shelves, tables and cupboards are a thing of the past. Now, assembling flatpack furniture can be an exercise in creativity. Armed with 50 Flatpack Hacks, you can transform your living space without spending thousands on high-end brands. This book gives you the inside track on personalising, customising and repurposing your flatpack furniture.

    Learn clever hacks for every room in the home – from stylish bathroom shelves to savvy media storage, innovative lighting, upscaled soft furnishings and even unique toys for kids. Each project comes complete with illustrated step-by-step instructions and inspirational full-colour photography. The ideas, tips and techniques in 50 Flatpack Hacks range from basic embellishment projects to advanced builds, when it's time to get out your power tools.

    Once you've mastered these hacks, the possibilities really are endless.

  • 500 Figures in Clay Book Volume 2
    People have carved figures in clay since prehistoric times-so what can artists bring to the tradition that's distinctive? This breathtaking collection answers that question 500 ways with works by new and emerging ceramicists that chronicle the ongoing exploration of the human form.

    From rustic creations to postmodern designs, from realistic to abstract, these pieces embody the diversity, imagination and excellence of today's finest ceramic art.
  • Art and Craft of the Blacksmith

    Get to know the ultimate skill for using your own two hands! The Art and Craft of the Blacksmith introduces fundamental blacksmithing tools and techniques, simple projects to practice and build a skill base, as well as a gallery showcasing inspiring artists using innovative techniques today.

    Craftspeople making the transition from interest to hobby will find both inspiration and practical how-to projects in this comprehensive reference to ironwork. Beginning with an overview of iron and the traditions of historical forging, master blacksmith Robert Thomas offers everything you need to get started or to take your work to the next level.

  • Art of Leather Braiding

    Leather braiding is an ancient form of art that uses just a few simple knots and cords to create beautiful jewellery and accessories. This book brings leather braiding to the modern day with a collection of stunning projects that rely on just a few simple techniques.

    Starting with advice on the leather cords to use and the essential techniques you need to start designing your pieces, you can then delve straight into the brilliant variety of braiding projects from rings and neckwear to key fobs and wrist straps for watches.

    Few specialist tools are required and the leather cord is readily available from craft stores. All of the projects use classic three-string or four-string braid designs, and the addition of decorative knots or store-bought findings give the braids a professional, elegant finish making these perfect pieces for beginners to make for family and friends.

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  • Assembled

    Assembled features 25 contemporary assemblage art projects. Each project is shown through the transformation of a group of found objects into finished sculpture with accompanying instructions on project inspiration, assemblage methods and bonding techniques.

    The projects are disassembled to their very core to reveal not just the easily identifiable elements used in their creation, such as a tennis racket, thermos or bicycle frame, but also every screw, bolt, thread, rope or wire used to assemble them.

    The text accompanying each piece comes from the artist and offers a unique insight into the creation and character of each individual sculpture. These charming background stories describe the journey from seemingly random found objects to a finished, named creation, and are followed with precise instructions on how each piece is put together. A list of individual components and tools used completes the "recipe".

  • Being with Flowers

    Learn to become one with nature and create beautiful flower arrangements with Being with Flowers.

    Master floral sculptor Anthony Ward shows you how to use your relationship to flowers to incorporate peace in your life and create beautiful floral designs. Including creative exercises, guided meditations and step-by-step flower arrangements, he shows you how to appreciate the natural art of each flower to create the perfect arrangement.

  • Big Book of Mod Podge

    Everyone loves Mod Podge – it's one of the most popular craft materials on the market. This big book follows features 90+ fun decoupage projects, big and small.

    From trendy bracelets to picture frames to a collage-chic headboard and a refurbished dresser, every treasure here is made new again with Mod Podge.

  • Candle Making Basics

    Step-by-step colour photographs and descriptive detail make this book indispensable for beginners looking to create beautiful and functional scented candles on their very first try. Precise instructions eliminate the guesswork to help you avoid common mistakes.

    Gleaned from the expertise of master candle makers, this guide presents everything a novice needs to know to get started crafting traditional tapers and moulded candles, container and rolled beeswax candles, and interesting variations on each. Includes guidelines for buying tools and materials, preparing the work space and working safely and effectively, as well as suggested shopping lists and information on scents and dyes.

  • Candlemaking the Natural Way

    Go eco-friendly by creating a variety of candles with all-natural and readily available beeswax, palm wax and soy wax. You'll learn the fundamental techniques of the craft, including dipped, rolled and molded methods.

    Features include:

    • 31 projects – from pillars to spheres, these projects will look lovely in any décor and make fabulous presents
    • There are candles to make in a variety of sizes and in colourful layers
    • Recipes feature aromatic scents, embedded objects such as coffee beans and more

  • Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making

    The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making is an A–Z primer on all things soap making.

    This easy-to-use book will guide you through everything you need to know from necessary ingredients, tools and safety requirements to soap making methods, including: melt and pour, hand milling, cold process and hot process. You'll be a pro in no time!

    Each of the chapters focuses on a specific method, demonstrating basic process, decorative techniques, recipes and related products such as scrubs, bath bombs and liquid soaps. You'll also find a section on how to formulate original recipes, plus guidance on storage and ideas for packaging to impress your friends, family and maybe even customers!

  • Concrete Creations

    A perfect mix of power, presence and practicality, bring concrete into your home today and discover a new-found love for this often overlooked but remarkable building material. With just a bag of ready-mixed concrete, water and a few utensils and moulds you can find around the house, you can create beautiful, minimalist items in no time at all; from clocks, vases, lampshades and bowls through to jewellery, wine coolers and desk organisers.

    Each of the 45 projects is equipped with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and tips, and all can be made with very little know-how making it a perfect craft for beginner concrete artisans, as well as the more experienced mason.

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  • Craeft

    In a period of meaningless mass manufacturing, our growing appetite for hand-made objects, artisan food and craft beverages reveals our deep cravings for tradition and quality. But there was a time when craft meant something very different; the Old English word craeft possessed an almost indefinable sense of knowledge, wisdom and power.

    In this fascinating book, Alex Langlands goes in search of the mysterious lost meaning of craeft. Through a vibrant series of mini-histories, told with his trademark energy and charm, Langlands resurrects the ancient craftspeople who fused exquisite skill with back-breaking labour – and passionately defends the renewed importance of craeft today.

  • Craft a Life You Love

    Learn how to focus your creative energy and make things (and make things happen) by implementing small yet powerful changes in your everyday lives.

    Amy Tangerine shows you how to find your flow, maintain a positive mindset and cultivate a rich and fulfilling life by focusing on what truly matters. Chapters explore how to craft the soul, craft the right mindset, craft the right environment, craft good habits, rediscover your creative mojo and maintain momentum, with each section offering exercises for taking your creative practice to the next level.

    For anyone who has felt disconnected from their creativity or has had trouble saving a space for their passions, Craft a Life You Love will teach you how to make time for creativity each and every day.

  • Craft It Now

    Whether you're carving a new piece of jewelry or an adorable plush bunny, you'll find something to love in Craft It Now. With more than 75 simple projects ranging from crochet to polymer clay and everything in between, this book has you covered when you need a quick craft fix.

    • Simple step-by-step instructions
    • Projects can be completed in a weekend (or faster!)
    • Original projects for papercraft, jewellry-making, needlework and more!

  • Crafting for Cat Ladies

    For cat-crazy crafters, these 35 unique projects are absolutely purr-fect!

    Sweet and trendy, creative and fun to make, the crafts are divided into four sections – accessories, apparel, home and party. Projects range from a kitty clutch wallet and cat print jeans to kitty-shaped coasters and cat-themed tablecloth. Each project includes easy-to-follow step-by-step photography as well as an overview of the tools and materials and all necessary templates.

  • Crafty Kid
    Shows just how easy it is to make irresistible items, both for and with children, from recycled or inexpensive materials. Written especially for those who want to hand-make their own beautiful gifts, and to steep children in the creative life from an early age onwards, The Crafty Kid is full of fun, simple ideas for rainy-day entertainment and passes on the sensible adage: make do and mend. Including more than 50 projects, from cotton book bags, felt egg cosies and oilcloth aprons to soft lambswool cushions and practical picnic blankets.
  • Craftydermy

    Taxidermy is back in fashion again. It seems that almost every bar, restaurant or new boutique you walk into these days sports the mounted head of some animal or other gazing down from on high. For those of us who are reluctant to decorate our walls with the heads of decapitated mammals, a happy alternative has finally presented itself.

    Now, using sewing, crochet, knitting and papier-mache – and, in some cases, just cutting and pasting – the spirit of taxidermy can be summoned with none of the morbid overtones. Combining the twin pleasures of craft and taxidermy, Craftydermy presents the reader with a cabinet of curiosities to amuse, delight and inspire.

    Projects include a knitted fur stole, papier-mache antlers, a crocheted moose head and a felt tiger rug.