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The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time
The Hundred Dresses: The Most Iconic Styles of Our Time
by Erin McKean
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars witty, 15 Oct 2013
I envisaged a coffee table book full of glorious plates of women dressed to kill, glancing demurely at my lack of skill in the dress department. I imagined a book version of 27 Dresses, the film. But this is not that kind of book. It is a wittily written guide to the most iconic styles of our time. Each dress is well illustrated and Erin's pithy descriptions are fun. Take for instance 'The Dynasty Dress', you immediately conjure up pictures of Joan Collins aka Alexis. Erin tells us about the designer of those dresses and the budget. She describes the dress as 'powerful and magnetic' but 'more camp than chic today'. In addition you get an accessories guide, a worn by whom and names of designers of such dresses. This is the formula for the book, Erin's crisp observations keeps the book going. Enjoy such delights as 'The Addicted To Love Dress', 'The Siren', 'The J-Lo' and more. I'll never look at clothes the same ever again.


Fold, Cut & Curl: 75 Paper Snowflakes, Stars & Sunbursts
Fold, Cut & Curl: 75 Paper Snowflakes, Stars & Sunbursts
by Ayako Brodek
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.97

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars truly fab, 14 Oct 2013
I love this book from start to finish. It's for anyone who loves playing with paper and making beautiful things. You'll find 75 paper designs including origami, kirigami and quilling. The techniques for each craft are demonstrated and clearly explained. Each project is graded and this book is suitable for all skill levels. Templates are given where necessary, the book is enhanced by clear photographs and step by step instructions. The projects are divided into snowflakes, stars and sunbursts. The kirigami is great, the origami superb, but for me the quilling is simply amazing. I have never took much notice of quilling before, but I am hooked on these fabulous designs. All the projects are shown at the front of the book, followed by basics, materials and core techniques. Then each project is shown with many photos and steps, so you cannot go wrong. There are projects at the back of the book to try out your new skills. It would be a wonderful gift for anyone interested in paper art or a perfect treat for yourself.


500 Quilt Blocks: The Only Quilt Block Compendium You'll Ever Need
500 Quilt Blocks: The Only Quilt Block Compendium You'll Ever Need
by Kerry Green & Lynne Goldsworthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive, 14 Oct 2013
There cannot be a quilter on the planet that would not want this book. Subtitled 'The only quilt block compendium you'll ever need', with 500 blocks, it is no idle claim. Quilters of all levels and skills will find plenty of use. There are five themed chapters: blocks for everyone; simple blocks; intermediate; shapes and pictures and patterns. Each block is photographed (this is a small book so photos are small), has written instructions and block variations. Templates are included but need enlarging. The introduction shows all the techniques you need. There are also twenty projects to get you started using the blocks. I love the broken dishes tea towel. The Amish quilt doorstop and tablet case also attractive. Economy Square is one of my favourite blocks, I also like Tumblers, Flying Geese, Ohio Star, Windmill, Diamond Square, Christmas Tree and Wild Goose Chase to name a few. You'll find favourites such as pinwheel, log cabin and nine patch. The Stars, Circles, Curves and Flowers section impressed me the most, with Daisy, Electric Fan, Friendship Star and Pictures in the Stairwell as well as other, more contemporary designs. The variations are also very useful. Neat and compact, you can take this book to quilt classes or use it at home. I would have preferred a book that lays flat.


Compendium of Jewellery Making Techniques: 200 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets
Compendium of Jewellery Making Techniques: 200 Tips, Techniques and Trade Secrets
by Xuella Arnold
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars problem fixer, 11 Oct 2013
Two makers come together to solve all your jewellery making problems. Find out everything you want to know, including fixing mistakes, techniques, methods, recycling and more. Includes beading, wire, metalwork and non-traditional materials. 350 expert tips arranged by topic. Great photography, easy to use format.


A-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers
A-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers
by Ann Cox
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous flowers, 11 Oct 2013
I love this book full of gorgeous flowers in sumptuous coloured silks. This A-Z is just fantastic. I love the Zantedeschias, Violas, poppies and more. There's a how-to, guide to materials and painting your own ribbons, transferring designs and techniques. Stitches are clearly shown. Each design has a template you need to enlarge, good photographs and clear instructions. The instructions are written rather than shown in step by step photographs. Very realistic looking flowers and a book to treasure for many years.


Baby Booties and Socks: 50 Knits for Tiny Toes
Baby Booties and Socks: 50 Knits for Tiny Toes
by Frederique Alexandre
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous, love it, 11 Oct 2013
This book has a very attractive cover. Inside you'll find 50 patterns for keeping baby toes cosy. This is a fabulous book full of contemporary designs for cute shoes, bootees, socks and even leg warmers. The designs are terrific, there isn't one I don't like. Almost a design for every week of the year. The patterns are divided into sections: Special Occasions, Fun, Cold Weather, Warm Weather and Cosy Socks. Most of the designs are knitted, a few are crocheted - how-to instructions are given at the back of the book. Each design is photographed on its own page followed by clear instructions. Patterns include simple stitches, through to stripes, ribs, cables, to lace and animal designs. Each pattern has multiple sizes from birth to 2 years, but most from 3-6 months. On the front cover flap is a useful ruler, on the back cover flap is a handy abbreviations chart. Superb book I am happy to recommend on all levels.


Kirigami: The Art of Cutting and Folding Paper
Kirigami: The Art of Cutting and Folding Paper
by Ho Huu An & Laurence Arnac
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars contemporary paper cutting, 10 Oct 2013
The traditional art of Japanese paper cutting and folding is fully explained in this book. 40 projects have been included for you to hone your skills. You can make greetings cards, flowers, tea light holders, wall decor and more. The projects are graded as to difficulty so this book is suitable for anyone from beginner upwards. Gorgeous projects including pop ups. I really enjoyed this book. Includes templates, easy to follow instructions and great photography.


Origami: & Other Paper Creations
Origami: & Other Paper Creations
by Ghylenn Descamps
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful projects, 10 Oct 2013
For anyone who loves playing with paper, this book will satisfy your desire to create 40 simple origami inspired designs. The book uses easily obtainable Japanese papers to create doilies, charms, dolls, bunting and more. There are projects for children, occasions, jewellery and special decorations. This is an excellent origami book using traditional techniques to create contemporary designs. Full instructions are given for each project with excellent illustrations. The projects are easy to follow.


The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide
The Polymer Clay Artist's Guide
by Marie Segal
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 10 Oct 2013
What a triumph. This book is worth its weight in gold. It is a must for any polymer clay artist. The potential of polymer clay is enormous. This versatile medium can be stamped, inked, carved, embellished and more. You'll find just about every technique in this book from texturing to encaustic wax, blending to mokume and more. Excellent for beginners and those wishing to expand their skills. This book, with its clear photos and instructions, will help you achieve a professional look. An amazing amount of effects, well illustrated and demonstrated will entice you to experiment. The book also shows samples of artist's work. Highly recommended.


Half Yard Heaven: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-Over Pieces of Fabric
Half Yard Heaven: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-Over Pieces of Fabric
by Debbie Shore
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.96

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use, 7 Oct 2013
Simple, quick and easy - these projects can be made in a jiffy using small amounts of fabric. Easy to understand instructions and clear photographs show these projects off to advantage. There's something for everyone and this is a great beginners book. Good range of simple to sew projects for the home and family. Nothing new but a good collection of standby items from aprons and oven gloves to owls and hens, tissue box and sewing machine covers. 26 beautiful projects to make or give as gifts and the book would make a beautiful gift too.


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