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Take Three Colours: Watercolour Landscapes: Start to paint with 3 colours, 3 brushes and 9 easy projects
Take Three Colours: Watercolour Landscapes: Start to paint with 3 colours, 3 brushes and 9 easy projects
by Geoff Kersey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars builds confidence for beginners, 25 July 2016
Always wanted to work with watercolours but don't know how to begin? This book shows you how to achieve good results with just three colours and three brushes. In this way it limits what you have to spend on materials and concentrates on getting you painting. It shows how to mix paints and has step-by-step guides throughout covering those popular features of landscape painting such as skies, water, woodland and mountains. There are nine easy projects to build your skills. In just a few simple steps, you will feel like a painter. A confidence-building book for anyone interested in watercolour.


Creative Batik (Search Press Classics)
Creative Batik (Search Press Classics)
by Rosi Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars many techniques and 9 projects, 21 July 2016
This is an update on a 2001 edition. It has become a classic book on batik. What you get is - introduction, getting started, techniques, projects and a gallery. If you have always wanted to try batik, this is the book for you. This book introduces the reader to different techniques, both traditional and modern such as using candles, stamps, brushes, etching, cracking and cantings as well as discharging. The book demonstrates batik on all levels from simple to the exquisite examples of finished work and is therefore suitable for all skill levels. There are 9 projects to follow and these will give rise to many more ideas of your own. The book is well illustrated with many photos and the instructions are clear.


RSN: Applique: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration (Royal School of Needlework)
RSN: Applique: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration (Royal School of Needlework)
by Kate Cross
Edition: Flexibound
Price: £15.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thorough look at applique, 19 July 2016
It is good to see the RSN books get a larger format. Applique is a much bigger subject than many would imagine - if you think of it as animal and flower shapes sewn onto quilts or bags, take a look at this book. It explores the subject fully. Starting with the illustrated introduction and history, followed by materials and techniques, you'll learn all you need to know about applique. It includes unusual aspects of the craft such as working with sheer fabrics. The techniques and two projects have step by step instructions and photos. Discover inspirational galleries of completed works by different artists. There is also a stitch dictionary at the back of the book. Recommended.


A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the '50s
A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the '50s
by Shelly Pagliai
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia comes to life, 15 July 2016
This simple life is all about quilting inspired by the 50's. From the diary entries of a farm girl in high school. The 9 projects are created by her daughter with retro flair and charm. The main quilt pattern became part of the Kansas Star quilt block of the month and is accompanied by six more quilts, a tablecloth and dresser 'scarf' or cover. The line drawings and old photos give a 50's flavour. The projects are shown with clear photos and instructions. They would easily grace any contemporary home.


Simply Knitted with Love: 12 Hand Knitted Projects and Simple Recipes for You, Your Home and as Gifts (Colour Illustrations Throughout)
Simply Knitted with Love: 12 Hand Knitted Projects and Simple Recipes for You, Your Home and as Gifts (Colour Illustrations Throughout)
by Daniella Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars I love the shawl best, 12 July 2016
12 projects including ideas to make for the home or as gifts. Projects include fair-isle style cushions and matching throw, simple hats, scarves, snoods, mittens, a poncho, socks, a tea cosy and a recipe for lemon curd, and one for rhubarb jam with knitted jam jar covers. There is also a recipe for cheese scones and a cocktail. I love the shawl best. It's a homely book. The patterns are for beginners to advanced. You would not buy it for the three recipes alone, it is a knitting book primarily.


Embroidered Landscapes: Hand Embroidery Layering & Surface (Milner Craft) (Milner Craft Series)
Embroidered Landscapes: Hand Embroidery Layering & Surface (Milner Craft) (Milner Craft Series)
by Judy Wilford
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, 11 July 2016
Subtitled 'Hand embroidery, layering and surface stitching' this fabulous book shows you how to create fabulous hand embroidered pictures. The book is split into materials, design, layering, surface elements, natural elements, coastlines, ranges, deserts. It is an Australian book and has Australian themes but is easily adaptable by any embroiderer, no matter where you live, because it covers the essential elements. After all, we all have skies, water, mountains, sand and so on. In the design process, Judy talks of line, depth and colour amongst other things. She tells you why layering works best. There are great examples of Judy's finished work and some step-by-step projects. The detail is wonderful too, of grasses, trees, Australian native flowers, lichens, water, mountains and even patterns in the sand. There are also instructions for making silk paper. There are three projects included as well as samplers and a gallery of work. You'll also find advice on mounting and framing work. It is the best advice and method I have seen for finishing work. At the very back of the book, you will find a stitch dictionary with excellent line drawings. It is a superbly produced and very inspiring book and one I am very happy to recommend to all who love stitching. It is one of the best books on the subject.


Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting (Search Press Classics)
Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting (Search Press Classics)
by Mandy Southan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Paint on Silk, 10 July 2016
Beginner's Guide to Silk Painting by Mandy Southan, softback published by Search Press. ISBN , price, available in the U.K. from This is a new update on an old classic, first published in 1997, that was reprinted at least three times. It takes you through just about everything you need to know about silk painting. This reference book is aimed at beginner's but others may also find it useful. It is a satisfy craft and easy to produce reasonable results from your first try. It shows you the techniques, how to make projects and more. You'll find out how to use gutta, wax and salt and wet and dry methods. It is a creative book that will inspire many ideas, I love the sea spray scarf and the velvet cushion not to mention the sunflower scarf. It teaches you about colour and the effects of different types of salt and how to use them. It has clear illustrations with straightforward instructions and is the kind of book you will use time and time again. Recommended if you don't already have the original.


Crochet Snowflakes Step-by-Step: A Delightful Flurry of 40 Patterns
Crochet Snowflakes Step-by-Step: A Delightful Flurry of 40 Patterns
by Caitlin Sainio
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful snowflakes, 6 July 2016
The snowflake lady is back with another brilliant book including step-by-step instructions to make over 40 crochet snowflakes. You'll see all the completed snowflakes at the beginning of the book, graded from beginner to advanced. The latter are more typical of a lacy snowflake and are my favourites. Stitches and how to crochet are also at the front of the book. Each pattern shows the completed snowflake, a chart and key and clear step-by-step instructions. At the back of the book, you'll find ways to use your snowflakes - attach them to lavender sachets or clothes, make coasters, garlands or hair bands and there is a scarf pattern too. For crochet enthusiasts everywhere.


The Ultimate Collection of Crochet Edgings
The Ultimate Collection of Crochet Edgings
by Belinda Carter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Love the front cover coat, 1 July 2016
A collection of edgings, including many different types, split into groups such as lace, fringe, points, floral and so on. Each section has a pattern. All in all you will find over 140 edgings. I like the medallions, the ribs are interesting, there are even bunny faces and beaded edgings. However I think the reason you should buy this book is for the coat or long cardi on the front cover. I love it and the book has full pattern instructions. This book is for any level from beginner upwards. At the back there is a very basic guide to crochet. The instructions look easy to follow and the photos are clear.


Make: Pincushions: 10 Darling Projects to Sew (Make : Technology on Your Time)
Make: Pincushions: 10 Darling Projects to Sew (Make : Technology on Your Time)
by C&T Publishing
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Never lose your pins again, 28 Jun. 2016
If you are like me and always losing your pins, these projects are fun to make and useful too. Sometimes it is good to have small projects to sew that are finished quickly. There are a variety of 12 different shapes, that even include an ant and they have wide appeal. It's a great selection. You can also adapt the idea and make many more pincushions. For example, the cupcake could be adapted with different colours and embellishments into dozens of pincushions. Various techniques are used to create the pincushions from applique to piecing and embroidery. Each pincushion is designed by a different designer and has appeared in a previous publication. The instructions are clear and the photos are great - this is a fun yet practical book for any sewing enthusiast.


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