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  • Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches

    Japanese Knitting Stitches presents 150 exquisite knitting and crochet stitches from one of Japan's most prolific and innovative designers. Keiko Okamoto's designs range from classic to ethnic to quirky in colours ranging from earthy to vivid and she is recognized around the world for her colourful and textural stitches

    An introduction by veteran Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm explains the ins and outs of using the Japanese-style knitting charts and executing the stitches in a way that is simple and easy for all knitters to understand. Full instructions and diagrams for crochet and knitting projects offer a chance to put these stitches to use. These projects include:

    • A cardigan with charming crocheted strawberry garland
    • A multi-coloured, fringed neck wrap
    • A pair of funky, sculptural arm-warmers toasty and multi-textured
    • A charming Fair Isle knitted basket bag
    • A pair of fluffy, cuffed mittens
    • An elegant A-line textured wool sweater suitable for any body type
    • A chic Nordic-patterned short coat

    This book will be a prized addition to every knitter's library, and a favourite reference for years to come!

  • Knitted Animal Friends

    Learn to make an adorable collection of knitted animal toys with these patterns by the author of My Knitted Doll, Louise Crowther. Louise brings her unique style of coordinated knitwear with cute colourwork details to this collection of toy animal knitting patterns.

    There are a total of 12 knitted animals – each with their own unique personality and style. The animals all have the same basic body, with a few colour variations and tail additions, so the clothes can be mixed and matched between them to create endless outfit possibilities. Choose your favourite animals and outfits and have fun making the perfect gift for friends and family.

  • Maggie Grey's WOWbook 3

    Maggie Grey's WOWbook 3 features some wonderful artists.

    • Margaret Beal wields her soldering iron
    • Carol Coleman builds up a panel with machine embroidery
    • Jan Evans introduces foam printing techniques
    • Maggie Grey is whizzing away with her embellisher machine and hand felting punch
    • Adele Thomas and Dee Priest Solar cover some great possibilities that solar reactive film offers and show how the resulting prints can be used
    • Cas Holmes is the star of the interview section

  • Make Animals

    Create amazing felted animals so real that you'll want to pay a visit and talk to them. Breathtaking. Beautiful animals that seem to breathe. Their eyes are majestic and wild, yet they possess an aura of gentleness. This is the amazing world of Yoshinobu and the whole creative process he uses to give life to his animal friends.

    The book includes a gallery of the astonishing work of Japan's top felting artist with a basic tools and techniques section and step-by-step instructions on how to make four of these animal friends – polar bear hand puppet, blue-footed booby broach, cat broach, Japanese monkey figure. Recommended for advanced needle felters.

  • Making Soap

    Beautifully photographed, this beginner-friendly guide has everything you need to make 18 lovely soaps. Inspirational for seasoned soap-makers as well, the recipes use only natural ingredients that are kind to the skin and our environment. From olive oil to juniper and cucumber to honey, there are lots of gorgeous fragrances and colours to satisfy everyone.

    With comprehensive information on where to start and what you need, the book includes essential tips on utensils, safety issues to consider, and by a step-by-step guide to making soap. There are also useful sections on fragrances and natural colourings and additives such as coffee and cinnamon. This book tells you everything you need to know about making your own hand-crafted soap, using tools most people already own

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  • Nation in Bloom

    With the use of evocative archive images and contemporary photos, this beautiful book explores the past, present and future of the Royal Horticultural Society.

    From the thousands of volunteers in the society's five unique gardens (Wisley in Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon, Hyde Hall in Essex, Harlow Carr in Yorkshire and new addition Bridgewater in Salford), to the one million visitors to its inspirational flower shows (including Chelsea, Hampton Court, Tatton Park, Cardiff, Wisley and Chatsworth), the society gives meaning to more than 475,000 members, millions of television viewers and visitors from around the world.

    The RHS is the best of gardening, and this book presents the best of the RHS to give lasting pleasure to anyone who enjoys their garden.

  • Painting Expressive Landscapes

    Strongly influenced by the changing landscape, Carole Robson’s artwork is packed with colour, atmosphere, texture and light. An experienced teacher and artist, Carole explores how to build from basic techniques to producing wonderful expressive and semi-abstract landscapes.

    Combining watercolour with other water-soluble media and collage material, the three detailed step-by-step projects demonstrate perfectly Carole’s expertise and innovative methods. They take you from materials and tools needed through to using masking fluid, salt, spattering techniques, modelling paste, cellophane and much more.

    A stimulating mix of colour and watercolour techniques for all skill levels, this guide helps the artist develop a free and flowing style to their art.

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  • Quilter's Journal

    Keep more than just a journal – keep a record of your quilting life!

    Photographed at designer Lisa Bongean's beautiful lakeside home, this inspiring week-by-week journal is filled with eye candy to enjoy year-round. Answer fun prompts to create lists for must-do quilting adventures, keep track of projects, document gift and charity quilts or simply keep this gorgeous date book as a memory journal for future generations of quilters in your family to cherish.

    All in a perfect size to carry in your bag on the go!

  • Retro

    A flattering slightly swing design with an oval neckline and faced pockets that mirror the shape. Unique hemline in three lengths (top, short or long dress) can be made with cap, short, ¾ or long sleeves.

    Fast and easy to sew – neckline is finished with bias binding or bias facing strip. Perfect for stretch fabrics, but equally delightful in soft woven fabrics with drape.

    Sizes: XXS – 5XL

  • Sew Cute & Clever Farm & Forest Friends

    Mary Hertel brings readers 16 more of her adorable, easy-to-make paper-piecing blocks, along with six new projects!

    Whether you’re an experienced paper piecer or a beginner, Mary provides simple instructions that will have you paper piecing in no time. Mix and match the blocks with each other or with any of Mary’s previous books to create fun home decor projects, including a quilt, table topper, table runner, bench pillow, throw pillow and pillowcase.

    About the Author Mary Hertel was an art instructor for 35 years. A lifetime sewist, Mary has more than 50 patterns in print and hundreds of paper-pieced blocks. She lives in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she enjoys knitting, hiking, biking and spending time with her two adult children.

  • Sewing

    Knowing how to sew will make you a better designer; you will learn what is possible, and be inspired by the creative possibilities of sewing techniques.

    In this book, you will start by learning the basics: how to choose tools; how to choose and use thread; pressing techniques; and how to choose and use appropriate interfacings and linings. Basic techniques include seam and hem finishes, sewing buttons and buttonholes, working with knit fabrics and finishing details including bindings and spaghetti straps, tailored pockets and zips. Each lesson is illustrated with step-by-step photographs.

  • Step Back in Time

    Enjoy an all-new, jaw-dropping collection of patterns from the talented design team behind Red Crinoline Quilts – you'll learn streamlined techniques for creating 13 of their vintage-inspired designs.

    Each quilt is paired with a fascinating true story from the 1800s. More than 70 beautiful photos capture the style and sentiment of this unique time in American quilting history.

  • Strip-Pieced Bargello

    Make mesmerizing bargello quilts with the easy-to-follow instructions and charts included in Strip-Pieced Bargello. It's like quilting by number!

    • Sew strips of fabric together
    • Slice the strip sets into segments
    • Arrange segments into swaths of movement and colour
    • Create the illusion of curves using only straight strips!

    Start with as few as four (or as many as 24) fabrics to sew a table runner, wall hanging, tote, tree skirt or larger quilt. Armed with Judith's tools, tips and techniques, as well as her smart methods for staying organized, you'll be ready to make your first – or your 21st! – bargello beauty.

  • The Good Boy Quilt

    Once again, Laurie Simpson treats us to a delightful pattern affectionately named, The Good Boy Quilt, dedicated to her four-legged friend who is always by her side!

    This exclusive, never-before published pattern includes full size templates and detailed instructions. From Quiltmania with text in English and French.