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The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques
The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques
by Nancie Wiseman
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £21.95

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for the knitting beginner, 20 Nov. 2005
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This book comes as a spiral bound hardback and is attractively produced on good quality paper with well laid out illustrations and textual instructions. I must say I was impressed at the beautiful hand knitting displayed in the sample photographs.
It covers a wide range of methods of casting on and off, several different ways of increasing and decreasing as well as buttonholes, buttonhole bands and a variety of ways of sewing up in different situations.
The book would be ideal for the beginner wishing to consolidate and improve his or her knitting skills and I like the way the author provides a list of pros and cons for each technique discussed.


Home Decorating with Origami
Home Decorating with Origami
by Tomoko Fuse
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely origami book, 11 Oct. 2005
This lovely book would make an ideal gift for the enthusiastic paperfolder who has mastered his or her basic models. It contains an attractive collection of geometric style models such as unusual little boxes, vases and abstract decorations for placing around your home. There is also a collection of items such as chopstick holders and various kinds of stationery and envelopes. There is even a delightful collection of stars and snowflakes which would be wonderful for the festive season in making decorations and cards.
As always in Tomoko Fuse's books, there is a sumptuous gallery of photographs of made-up models showing off the items for which instructions are provided in the book. Each set of diagrams is done in the clear Randlett/Yoshizawa style and is accompanied by either a drawing or a black and white photograph of the object you are making.
Care and accuracy is required in folding any of the models but all should be within the reach of the intermediate paperfolder. I recommend this one unreservedly.


Miniature Quilts: Connecting New and Old Worlds
Miniature Quilts: Connecting New and Old Worlds
by Tina M. Gravatt
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book of patterns for miniature quilts, 11 Oct. 2005
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This lovely book is part of a series the author has written on how to make doll size quilts. The quilt patterns are designed to show you how to make doll quilts that are miniature replicas of full size quilts and the workmanship displayed in the photographs is superb.
The book is not really suitable for the beginner who has never made a quilt before, though some of the one-patch hexagon patterns could be made up by someone who has done hand sewing or embroidery. The quilt patterns cover a wide range of techniques including applique, the aforementioned English paper pieced hexagon technique, traditional block patterns and whole-cloth quilts.
There is an attractively produced gallery of colour photographs at the beginning of the book and the patterns include a black and white photograph of each quilt for reference, all templates and full instructions.
This is a lovely book which I recommend.


The Art of Origami
The Art of Origami
by Rick Beech
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful origami book, 11 Oct. 2005
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This is an excellent origami book by an author who specialises in producing origami books which are beautifully photographed and diagrammed by using a series of photographs of step folds. This particular example is in softback but the book has been produced on quality paper with heavy card for the covers.
The book kicks off with a sumptuous gallery containing illustrations of some more modern pieces from the 1990s. Mr Beech then provides some of the best instructions I have seen for creating your own duo papers, and provides some instructions also on how to work some of the sequences of folds which appear in the models.
Although the book starts with a series of relatively simple models it very quickly progresses to models which would be classed in a convention as high intermediate, including pieces such as Enomoto's Elephant and Adolpho Cerceda's wonderful Peacock. I would therefore regard it as suitable for someone who has done origami before and would like to progress into slightly more advanced work.
Rick Beech is an excellent teacher and his selection of models will keep most people happy for some time.


Verbatim DVD+R (8x) 25 Pack Spindle
Verbatim DVD+R (8x) 25 Pack Spindle

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality DVD, 11 Oct. 2005
I have used a number of different makes of CD and DVD and found that with every single make except Verbatim there have been problems after and during burning. Verbatim disks occasionally cause problems when burning but for the most part I have never had any difficulty when using a Verbatim disk and have used both DVD's and CD's for years. I have never had one become corrupt although very occasionally a file loses its extension and has to be renamed by copying to the hard drive in order to read it. That isn't a big problem and I love these disks!


Essential Origami: How to Build Dozens of Models from Just 10 Easy Bases
Essential Origami: How to Build Dozens of Models from Just 10 Easy Bases
by Steve Biddle
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner origami book, 11 Oct. 2005
This is one of the best beginners books there is. Models are grouped into chapters covering the different origami models with a range of easy pieces which will give the beginner plenty of practice with basic folds and techniques. The finished results are attractive and in some cases downright exciting - the Steve Biddle Father Christmas is one of my favourite models. I also like the Kawahata pteranodon.
The book progresses towards more advanced work which is nevertheless produced in the characteristic clear style of the books by Steve and Megumi Biddle. They use standard diagrammatic language so that once you have learned from this book you will be able to pick up most other origami books and work from them.
In addition, once you have made all the models in the book you will be an intermediate level folder and ready for more advanced challenges!
I recommend this book which will make a great gift, but be sure to provide some paper with it as it does not include a pack of origami paper the way some beginners books do.


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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality ink cartridge, 10 Sept. 2005
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I upgraded to a new HP printer/scanner/copier 1350 earlier this year having used an old Deskjet 610C previously and was frankly very pleased with the quality that the new printer produced with this cartridge. The text is very crisp and clean and unlike the old printer ink does not smudge if left in the printer whilst the next sheet is sliding onto it.
HP cartridges always are a little more expensive than others but I do think they're worth the price. And they are coming down in price, I can remember when a black deskjet printer cartridge cost nearly £20 and a tricolor cartridge nearly £30.
You can ignore the warning that the cartridge is running low in ink as it comes up much sooner than is necessary. Generally speaking when HP cartridges (laser and deskjet) start to run out you get portions of the page text faded out in the printout and that doesn't usually happen for quite some time after the warning message appears.


HP 57 - Tri-color Inkjet Print Cartridge (C6657AE)
HP 57 - Tri-color Inkjet Print Cartridge (C6657AE)
Price: £25.06

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality ink cartridge, 10 Sept. 2005
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I have ordered this on a number of occasions, and have found it to be excellent. The cartridge is good quality and produces excellent quality printouts, to the point that I will never go to a print shop to print out digital photographs because there is no need.
I have used HP printing products exclusively for years now and have never had any difficulties with ink quality. However I do find that like other users the cartridge tells you you're running low long before it's necessary. When it's really running out I experience gradual reduction in quality of the images I print out and often parts of the page printing will fade out so that you get blank sections of the page. However when this happens there is usually plenty of time to change the cartridge unless you're printing out an urgent job.
Personally I'm very happy with HP products and wouldn't use anything else for printing.


Panasonic DMC-FZ20-K Lumix Digital Camera - Black
Panasonic DMC-FZ20-K Lumix Digital Camera - Black
Offered by 123Electricals4Me
Price: £200.00

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful digital camera, 8 Sept. 2005
I've had digital cameras for a number of years now, starting back in 2002 with a Fuji Finepix 2600 zoom 2 megapixel model, then a Minolta Dimage Z2 4 megapixel with 10 x optical zoom. The Fuji still takes quite good photos and I'm certainly not yet ready to put it in the charity shop, but the Minolta Dimage was a real disappointment. The functions I needed it to do - photographing fine lace and various toys indoors - proved near to impossible as the camera hunted constantly. It would take good photos outside provided you didn't zoom in too close, but zoom too much and it again would be unable to focus.
For some months now I've been reading review after review of every super zoom camera on the market ranging from the Canon S2 IS and Sony DSC-828 and DSC-H1 models to the Nikon Coolpix 8800. The only one to beat this camera in terms of specs was the Nikon which is twice the price. I compared it to camera after camera and every time the Panasonic came out on top in terms of production of noise in images, and the general type of problems that these super zoom cameras tend to have. What drew my attention to it most was the number of reviewers who wrote about the beautiful sharp images it takes and after a study of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 and DMC-FZ20 specs I eventually compared the DMC-FZ20K with the DMC-FZ5 in the shop and was hooked by the DMC-FZ20K.
This is my first night with this camera and the first thing which caught my attention was how beautifully the camera is packed in the box with all its gear. The lens protector is clipped in place and both the camera and the lens hood and adaptor were wrapped in protective film to prevent knocks. The battery charges in only two hours which is remarkable compared to the NiMH AA batteries. I rarely take more than 100 photos in a day but purchased a spare battery as you should always do with a digital camera. I also purchased a 256 MB and a 512 MB digital camera card.
The manual is a substantial 118 page booklet which will be easy to carry around - an important consideration as this camera will take a lot of learning to use due to the range of functions it includes in its features. The manual is very clear and once the battery had charged up I had no difficulty in learning how to set up the clock and take and preview my first pictures.
The image stabiliser and autofocus functions work like a dream even in my rather dark hallway. The camera actually took a number of very successful indoor late evening pictures with no flash at all. Used in this way it even took photographs of fine lace and you could see every stitch once the pictures were uploaded to the computer. My old Minolta Dimage would have hunted endlessly and refused to focus in similar circumstances.
The flash operates manually with a pop up which is operated by a button on the back of the camera; this will be an advantage in some circumstances where you might not want an automatic flash, such as in a museum where you may take photos but not use flash. This camera would work well in such circumstances.
It is not a cheap camera and you should shop around - I found this same model for £30 less in a shop in central London. It is however well worth every penny and will delight both a point and shoot beginner and a photographer who appreciates more manual controls.


Stellar Journeys: Flying Geese and Star Quilts
Stellar Journeys: Flying Geese and Star Quilts
by Gail Garber
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful quilt design book, 26 Aug. 2005
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This lovely book shows you how to draft your own patterns for quilts using curved flying geese designs, and large circular stars.
It's an enjoyable book to browse through with plenty of inspirational photographical material - many of the quilts in the photographs really are artworks rather than simple bed quilts and I particularly loved the one of the tiger in the jungle.
Full instructions are provided on how to draft the circular stars and create your own designs with the techniques in the book. The author also discusses the technique of paper piecing as this is the logical method for the complex construction of the patterns in this volume. Three patterns are provided at the end of the book for you to practise learning the techniques discussed and all in all I thoroughly enjoyed browsing through this well laid out and carefully produced volume.


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