75 Birds, Butterflies & Beautiful Beasties to Knit & Crochet

 

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Stanfield, Lesley

Expand your knit and crochet repertoire with this menagerie of miniature bugs and beasts – from creepy crawlers and weird wrigglers to beautiful butterflies and splendid metallic fish. Search

All About Fabrics: Gcse Edition: An Introduction To Needlecraft

 

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Holland, Stephanie K.

Examines the qualities of different fibres and fabrics, and encourages students to use this information in selecting a fabric for a particular job. Search

Batik For Artists

 

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Piper, Eloise

This book features many batiks from Southeast Asia, India and China, as well as designs from Europe and North America. Search

Beautiful Ragwork

 

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Reakes, Lizzie

Making hand-hooked rugs has been an immensely popular craft for centuries, and now a leading young textile artist has brought together a collection of stunning new designs. Using a range of recycled materials from nylon, cotton, lycra and crimplene to plastic bags, Lizzie Reakes has created twenty four exciting and original projects for you to recreate at home. From a classic heart rug to a child’s activity mat, a sentimental sampler to a muslin curtain and from a chair seat to a funky 70’s-style shoulder bag, her designs have a wit and originality that will inspire even the most reluctant needlecrafter to reach for their canvas. Each project is explained with clear step-by-step photographs and there are templates for over twelve of the designs. With its extensive guide to choosing materials and making the best use of colour, pattern and texture, this is the ideal book for every ragwork enthusiast. Each project is explained with clear step-by-step photographs and there are templates fro over a dozen of the designs. With its extensive guide to choosing materials and making the best use of colour, pattern and texture, this is the ideal book for every ragwork enthusiast. Search

Craft Library: Fabric Paints

 

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Innes, Miranda|Unknown, Author

A creative, practical, and beautifully illustrated guide to the craft of fabric painting.

Features a wide variety of techniques employed by leading textile artists, ranging from hand-painting, dyeing, and screen printing to silk painting and batik.

Miranda Innes has an unrivalled insight into the craft world as the editor on Country Living magazine’s craft supplements. Search

Encaustic Art Project Book, The

 

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Bossom, Michael|Newman, Thelma R.

Encaustic art is fascinating, fun and so easy to do. Learn how to create vibrant wax paintings in no time at all. Search

Encaustic Art The basic techniques of modern wax painting

 

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Bossom, Michael

Learn to paint with wax on many varied surfaces. A great guide to the basics by Master Encaustic Wax Artist Michael Bossom Search

Encaustic Art: How to Paint with Wax

 

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Bossom, Michael

With just a few wax colours, some card and a small electric iron, a whole range of cards, gifts and paintings can be made easily and quickly. Search

Knitting Mochimochi: 20 Super-Cute Strange Designs for Knitted Amigurumi

 

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Hrachovec, Anna

Toys, people! Who doesn’t love toys? They make you smile, give you something to squeeze and hug, and can even sit on the couch and watch TV with you. But could the toy be a couch, or an old-fashioned television? Is that too weird? Not if the toy is mochimochi, the super-cute and strange knitted toys author Anna Hrachovec created after fallingi n love with the bizarre character designs that are popular in Japan.

A mochimochi can be anything, from fearsome baby gators to pigs with beehive hairdos, from the toe-nibbling monster slippers to an assortment of itty-bitty hamsters, micro mountains, and human beans complete with comb-overs!

And what knitter doesn’t need a diversion from the usual socks, hats, and scarves? Many of these toys take less than an hour to make. Don’t worry, even a beginner can learn to knit mochimochi. If your toy comes out a little lumpy, it’ll only add to its personality!

Whether it’s a bite-free bed bug, a smiling smokestack, or a grouchy couch–these 20 toys are quirkier than teddy bears but every bit as adorable. Search

Mini Christmas Knits

 

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Stratford, Sue

This book offers novelty knitting that is not only fun to do, but helps you create cute, funny and beautiful mini knits for Christmas, to give as gifts or to decorate your home. It offers a taste of novelty knitting for those on a budget, and there is plenty of inspiration for a small outlay. It is clearly and beautifully photographed to inform and inspire. Search

Silk Painting Made Easy

 

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Penny, Susan|Penny, Martin

Decorate swaths of luxurious silk with eye-catching designs–easy-to-learn painting techniques and a host of templates make it simple. Embellish a scarf with grazing and lazing sheep, lush meadows, and brown hills. Reduce the pattern for a handkerchief or enlarge it for a bedspread. Or just paint a small picture of one sheep against a grassy background. A tartan cushion and tieback really dress up a chair or couch; choose colors to match your own decor. And there are many more! 64 pages (all in color), 7 1/2 x 10 1/2. Search

Start to Embroider

 

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Buckley, Claire

Bags, purses, lucky charms and more! Claire Buckley makes embroidery fun for beginners; explaining how to make wonderful embroidered items in simple steps. Embroidery techniques are covered in an easy to follow section that leads into the projects.Embroidery is the wonderful craft in which fabrics are decorated with stitches, beads, sequins and other fabrics. This book will show you everything you need to start to embroider, and is perfect for beginners from ten to fourteen. There are only a few techniques to learn before you can get started producing wonderful embroidered bags, purses, lucky charms and more. There is nothing better than being able to say I made this! Search

Start to Patchwork

 

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Nicholson, Nancy

Making funky, stylish patchwork items is simple and fun. Nancy Nicholson teaches the basics and shows, in step-by-step sequences, how to create beautiful cushions, belts, birds, bags and more. These creative projects are designed with the beginner in mind and the techniques and stages are clearly explained. Search

Start to Quilt

 

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Edwards, Miriam

Step-by-step photographs and easy to follow instructions make it easy for readers from ten to teens to start quilting. There are only a few stitches and techniques to learn and no advanced sewing skills are required. The bright, full colour photographs and funky design will inspire youngsters to make fabulous projects to show off to all their friends. Search

Tie-Dyeing

 

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Buchanan, Celia

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Toys To Crochet: 25 Playful Projects To Love

 

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Garland, Claire

‘Toys to Crochet’ boasts an enchanting collection of lovable crochet toys that are sure to wrangle smiles from people of all ages. For children who love to dress up dolls, the book features a basic doll and bear, both with their very own character wardrobes. Bring the Serengeti into your home as a dapper giraffe in a jacket and a marmoset pair make loveable additions to an urban safari. For pint-sized toddlers, a Kangaroo change bag with baby joey pouch brighten up any nursery setting. Colour photography and easy-to-follow instructions accompany each project and templates/charts are provided where needed. If you want to make a unique gift for the child in your life, Claire’s inspirational patterns will inspire you to pick up your hook and start crocheting. Search