Search Press, Fall 2019

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    Forest Woodworker, The A Step-By-Step Guide to Working with Green Wood Sjors van der Meer, Job Suijker
    9781782217367 Hardcover CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Woodwork On Sale Date: August 13, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 7.81 x 10.19 x 0.69 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 18 Canadian Rights: Y Search Press
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      Immerse yourself in the ancient craft of of green woodworking by making the tools you need as well as nine useful objects.

      Take your woodworking out of the workshop and into the forest, and immerse yourself in the ancient craft of working with fresh, green wood.

      Sjors van der Meer and Job Suijker introduce you to the traditional skills of green woodworking. Learn about the qualities of wood; how to cut and shape it; how to craft your own tools such as a shaving horse, wooden club, chopping block and saw horse, and then how to use them to make spoons, spatulas, stools and chairs.

      As well as teaching you new skills, this inspiring book will show you how working in natural surroundings, with natural materials, can create an overwhelming sense of well-being and enhance your awareness of the environment.
      Bio
      Sjors van der Meer developed his passion for woodworking when he was a student at a furniture making company. He learned all about joinery and became an amateur cabinetmaker. When he discovered the craft of green woodworking, his love for nature and craft came together in this way. Ever since, he has spent a lot of time in nature, working on green wood furniture and spoon carving. Since 2011 he has run green woodworking workshops with his friend and co-author Job Suijker.

      Job Suijker studied at the Technical University of Delft and worked for 20 years as an environmental advisor. In his late twenties he developed a passion for nature, especially for trees and forests, with a special fascination for the ancient trees (yew tree) of Great Britain. He fell in love with green woodworking while chopping firewood for his wood stove and he saw a chance for a green woodworking revival.


      Author Residence: Netherlands

      Author Hometown: Delft, Netherlands
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        Author Website: http://www.vers-hout.nl/

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    Series: TAKE THREE COLOURS
    Take Three Colours: Watercolour Lakes & Rivers Start to Paint with 3 colours, 3 brushes and 9 easy projects Stephen Coates
    9781782216971 Paperback ART / Techniques On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $17.95 CAD 8.56 x 11.5 x 0.22 in | 64 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Search Press
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      With 3 colors, 3 brushes and this practical advice, you can start painting water scenes in watercolor with just 9 projects.

      Even if you have never picked up a paintbrush before, professional watercolor teacher and artist, Stephen Coates, shows you how to paint convincing water scenes in watercolour using just three brushes, three colors, a plastic palette and a watercolour pad.

      Only students’ range watercolour paints are used, yet from these Stephen shows you how to paint nine realistic watercolor scenes. There is no off-putting color theory or long-winded mixing information, but a practical absolute beginner’s course that shows the three colors in action. You need only three affordable brushes: a hake and a no. 8 and no. 2 rounds in a synthetic range, to achieve all of the paintings shown. Build your skills through nine easy exercises, starting from the simplest of scenes, resulting in paintings of rivers and lakes you’ll be proud of.

      There are step-by-step photographs for each project, meaning clear instruction and advice throughout, and handy tips and jargon busters appear alongside the steps for short and simple answers to your watercolor woes. Each of Stephen’s finished paintings are shown at full size for easy reference, which you can even use to trace from for a stress-free painting experience - a helpful how-to-trace section at the back of the book shows you how to do this too, with Stephen’s friendly instruction.


      Series Overview: ’I have reviewed a lot of books on painting for beginners but this series is the best to date. Very highly recommended for anybody who wants to learn watercolour painting.’ www.myshelf.com
      Bio
      Stephen Coates was born in Sheffield in 1960. Son of a draughtsman, he was introduced to drawing at a very young age.
      Largely self taught, Stephen specialised in watercolours and over a period of around twenty years, developed his own style and unique brand of teaching in his spare time. In 2011 he traded his business for a career in art and teaching. He became a full time professional freelance artist and set up his own studio in Sheffield with a purpose designed teaching facility. He runs courses, workshops and hosts his own amateur art groups. Stephen’s successful teaching business inspired him to write and compile a watercolour teaching manual. He wanted to bring the excitement of his live teaching into the pages of a book so that students could truly experience the learning process in a vivid and lifelike way in the comfort of their own homes. Stephen exhibits at a variety of art shows and loves to share his experiences with people.


      Author Residence: Sheffield, UK
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      ArtBook Review, Sept 2019
      Take 3 Colours
       is a brilliantly simple idea that’s been brilliantly presented. All of the authors so far have understood the brief impeccably and Stephen Coates is no exception.
      The strapline is “3 colours, 3 brushes, 9 easy projects” and it’s not just a superb way to get started with painting, but also an approach that strips your technique back to essentials if you’re feeling it’s got just too complicated and that you may be over-working.
      Don’t expect great works, but do prepare to be surprised at just how much variety you can get and how many subjects you can work with in this way. My only reservation in this particular volume is the overall impression of ochre. With base colours of Light Red, Raw Sienna and Ultramarine, this might perhaps be expected, but other volumes have managed to provide a somehow brighter appearance and the lack of a good green from the mix shows. It’s a shame as the results and explanations are excellent.
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    Painting Portraits in Acrylic A practical guide to contemporary portraiture Hashim Akib
    9781782215813 Paperback ART / Subjects & Themes On Sale Date: September 10, 2019
    $27.95 CAD 8.75 x 11 x 0.41 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 22 Search Press
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      A fantastic, accessible and practical guide to contemporary portraiture. Learn from master artist and author Hashim Akib as he shows you how to produce striking, interesting portraits in your own style.

      Hashim Akib’s striking portraits are at the heart of this inspirational book. The subject of portraiture is seen by many as the zenith of art, and Hash’s easygoing, unpretentious style puts fantastic results within the reach of hobby artists and aspiring professionals alike.

      Assuming nothing and starting from the basics - making it suitable even for the enthusiastic beginner - this book includes six step-by-step projects to follow; along with friendly but in-depth advice on color palettes; skintone; composition; working from photographs and models; markmaking; lighting; atmosphere and much more.

      The book covers many types of portraiture - from the self-portrait to full-length portraits - all with a striking, contemporary style.
      Bio
      Hashim Akib is an internationally renowned artist and is represented by several galleries in the UK. He has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, New English Art Club and Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. Before becoming an artist, Hashim worked as an illustrator for 15 years. His clients included the likes of Times Newspapers, The Telegraph, Time Magazine and New Yorker Magazine.

      Hashim has taught his unique techniques to art schools in the UK, Italy and France. His first book, Vibrant Acrylics, was published by Search Press in 2012 and has now been translated into French, German, Italian and Dutch.


      Author Residence: London UK
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      ArtBook Review, September 2019
      “Exciting” isn’t normally a word I’d associated with portraiture. “Thorough”, “lifelike”, maybe even “vibrant”, but it’s not normally a subject to get the pulses racing.
      This, though, is astounding. Hashim’s style is quite blocky and, if you were looking for almost photographic realism, this is not for you. You actually have to look at the finished results for a few seconds before the features of the faces emerge. When they do, however, they’re full of character and these are people whose presence you can feel. This is something that all portrait painters strive for, but it’s one of the most difficult qualities to achieve. If personality is your goal, place your order now.
      I think it also helps that Hashim appears simply to like people. I don’t think it would be possible to get results like this if you simply regarded your subjects as a job. There’s a warmth here, and an understanding of the life and light behind mere structure and outward appearance. This isn’t really something that can be taught, so I’d suggest you might simply want to learn from example here – don’t expect a magic ingredient.
      In practical terms, the book offers all the variety you could want. There are male and female figures, different hair styles and skin colours and a wide range of ages. Hashim explains colour, lighting and perspective and he’s also rather good on the main features – eyes, noses, ears, etc. Here, his style is your friend as its vibrancy makes what is inevitably a rather technical section interesting and – well – exciting.
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    Series: STEP-BY-STEP LEISURE ARTS
    Acrylic Painting Step-by-Step 22 Easy Modern Designs Wendy Jelbert, Carol Massey, David Hyde
    9781782217817 Paperback ART / Techniques On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $20.95 CAD 8.06 x 10.25 x 0.4 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Search Press
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      This is a practical and inspiring guide for all acrylics enthusiasts, from the beginner to the experienced artist. There is helpful general advice on which materials to choose, and then three high profile artists share their expertise, tips and techniques. Wendy Jelbert explains the basics of painting with acrylics and gives advice on useful techniques and the effects they can create. David Hyde writes on painting landscapes with acrylics, from composing landscapes and choosing colours to creating depth and painting different seasons. Carole Massey shares her flower painting expertise with advice on flower colours, drawing flowers, composing flower paintings and using tone. Finally Wendy Jelbert explores further creative techniques for painting with acrylics and shows how these can be applied in paintings. There are ten easy to follow step-by-step demonstrations with clear photographs and helpful instructions, and many inspirational paintings for readers to admire.
      Comprises material from the Leisure Arts series:
      Painting with Acrylics (9780855328405)
      Landscapes in Acrylics (9780855320234)
      Creative Acrylic Techniques (9780855328481)
      Flowers in Acrylics (9780855328535)
      Bio
      Wendy Jelbert is a teacher and professional artist who works in pastels, oils, acrylics, inks and watercolours. She enjoys experimenting with different ways of using mixed media and texture and her sometimes unconventional methods often produce surprising and original results. Wendy is a tutor at West Dean College, West Sussex. Follow this link to view her tutor page www.westdean.org.uk/CollegeChannel/Tutors/TutorProfilesandWork/WendyJelbert.aspx Wendy lives in Andover, Hampshire.

      Author Residence: UK
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    Art of Annemieke Mein, The Wildlife Artist in Textiles Annemieke Mein
    9781782217657 Hardcover CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Needlework On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $42.00 CAD 8.81 x 11.88 x 0.75 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Search Press
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      A collection of astonishingly skilled textile artworks combining fabric, stitching and paints with hand and machine embroidery

      The textile works of Annemieke Mein display a rare standard of artistry. She has explored beyond the bounds of craft and developed new techniques in her use of textiles and fabric paints. The illustrations in this book show how textiles can be used as an exciting sculptural medium. The artist’s three-dimensional creations are works of extraordinary skill, born out of a passionate commitment to the environment that she observes with a loving eye. Annemieke uses an amazing variety of materials - silk, wool, fur, cotton, synthetics - carefully chosen for their colour, texture, credibility and aesthetic appeal. These fabrics are then meticulously painted and stitched to faithfully reproduce her chosen subjects and to enhance the tactile quality unique to textiles. Numerous techniques are used in limitless combinations: hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, appliqué, trapunto, quilting, pleating, felting, beading, weaving and plying. The work of Annemieke Mein will leave the reader breathless with wonder. It encourages an awareness of our natural heritage and of the need to preserve it.
      Bio
      Annemieke Mein was born in Haarlem, Holland, in 1944. She and her parents migrated to Australia in 1951. After attending school in Melbourne, Annemieke took up a career in nursing, graduating in 1967. She married Phillip Mein in 1968 and they moved to Sale in south-eastern Victoria in 1971.

      Annemieke has become internationally recognised as an artist and craftsman. She was the first textile artist to be accepted as a member of both the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia and the Australian Guild of Realist Artists. She is the only textile artist to be featured in Australian Artist. She has exhibited at galleries in Australia. She is represented in the Hoechst and Husqvarna international collections, in private, national and state collections in Australia and in private collections in Holland, Sweden, the United Stated, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and Canada. In 1988 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal ’for services to the Arts, particularly in textile sculptures and bronze bas-relief sculptures’.


      Author Residence: Australia
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    Mabel Bunny & Co. 15 Loveable Animals to Crochet Using Chunky Yarn Claire Gelder
    9781782217336 Paperback CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Needlework On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 8.63 x 11.06 x 0.37 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Search Press
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      Crochet the most adorable animals in cosy, chunky yarn. Fun patterns and handy guides mean the only difficulty will be choosing which animal to crochet, as Mabel and her friends are equally delightful!

      Who could resist these loveable toys and their babies? De-stress by snuggling up with Mabel Bunny and her friends - oversized crocheted toys, perfect for giant cuddles and little hands. Not just for children, the soft, chunky yarn and floppy limbs will appeal to all, so make them for yourself or give as gifts (if you can bear to part with them). Mabel makes a great reading companion and at over 60cm tall from head to paws, the animals sit comfortably on a shelf or at the end of a bed.

      As well as fifteen different animals to crochet and love, including a dragon, a polar bear, an octopus and a pig, you can also make mini versions, which are 30-40cm tall. The projects are pitched at beginners to improvers and are suitable for someone who has mastered the basics of crochet. So be inspired, choose a pattern to start and be prepared to fall in love with this collection of adorable toys.
      Bio
      Claire Gelder loves all things hand-made, hand-woven and hand-crafted. She has been crafting for relaxation and fun for over twenty years.

      In 2015, Claire left her career as an NHS Director to launch her new business, Wool Couture, which specializes in knitting, crocheting, weaving and macrame. She quickly got her DIY craft kits on the shelves of retail giant John Lewis and, in 2017, secured two Dragons Den investors to help her pass on her passion of crafting to the next generation. Adding a modern twist to age-old pastimes knitting and crochet, Claire uses giant, chunky yarn and oversized knitting needles made in her own factory.

      As well as a successful entrepreneur, Claire is also a firm believer in the therapeutic side of craft, particularly its benefits to mental health and well-being.

      Claire lives in Wakefield, UK.


      Author Residence: Wakefield, UK
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    Painting on Pottery 22 Modern Colourful Designs Tania Zaoui
    9781782217602 Paperback CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Pottery & Ceramics On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $17.95 CAD 7.5 x 9.25 x 0.32 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 40 Canadian Rights: Y Search Press
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      Take plain pottery and make it your own with inspiration from these beautiful modern designs - using a home oven!

      Transform plain white pottery into exciting, colorful and contemporary pieces for the home - at home! You don’t need pottery classes, or even a kiln to glaze your creations - you can make gorgeous items quickly and easily by painting your creations and baking them in a domestic oven.

      With 22 colorful projects to make, there are plates, bowls, cups and pots, vases, a lamp - and even earrings and a necklace. With simple techniques to follow, all explained in clear and simple terms, you just need a few brushes, some ceramic paints and some plain pottery and away you go! If you love painted ceramics, patterns and making little gifts - this book is for you!


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      Tania Zaoui graduated from the Fine Arts School Duperré, where she studied textile design and began working in ceramics. She then became a teacher, working in various Art Schools. Currently, she works for magazines, publishers and events organizations and is the author of a number of culinary books: Cake Decoration, Pastry Workshop with Kids and Appetizers with Marie Claire Books. She has also published books on making porcelain decorations: Jewellery in Modelling Clay and Sweets in Modelling Clay.

      She uses the pseudonym ’Paien’ to showcase drawings and ceramics which are naive, dreamlike and funny.


      Author Residence: France

      Author Hometown: France
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    Quick and Easy Crochet 100 Little Crochet Projects to Make Search Press Studio
    9781782218036 Paperback CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Needlework On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 7.75 x 9.5 x 0.65 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Search Press
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      100 little fun and simple crocheted gifts to make from best-selling Search Press authors.

      Crocheting has had a huge surge in popularity in recent years and continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished crocheters. This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects from some of our best-selling crochet authors. The book covers a wide variety of themes from beautiful crocheted flowers, beanie hats, Christmas crocheted projects, cute bears, lovely hearts and stylish purses, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Crochet requires very little in the way of tools and materials, which are widely available from major yarn stores and relatively inexpensive. The techniques used in this book are simple enough for experienced beginners to master, and easy for more seasoned crocheters. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects cover a wide variety of themes from Christmas crochet, beanies, hearts, flowers, purses, bears and granny squares. They are simple enough for experienced beginners and will also appeal to seasoned crocheters. The tools and materials are inexpensive and widely available and these charming crocheted items make fabulous gifts for family and friends.
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      Best-selling authors and designers from Search Press: Val Pierce, Jan Ollis, Frauke Kiedaisch, Anna Nikipirowicz and May Corfield. There are contributions from five top crochet designers, and a wide range of projects including stylish purses and hats, cute teddy bears, flowers, cakes, hearts and festive decorations. All the designs are quick and easy to make.

      Author Residence: UK
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      Postcard Reviews August 2019

      I have reviewed quite a few of ‘The Twenty to Make’ books an they are fabulous. Each one has 20 simple projects that not only give fantastic results but also aid in your learning of new crafts. So to get them in one BIG book, for me, is absolutely divine. Purses, Flowers, Beanies and so so much more are included. There is a lot of crochet handy hints and tips and even a pictorial and written guide to How to Crochet. This is a bright and colourful book filled with inspiration. Starting with a traditional Granny Square, there is something for every level of expertise. I adored the Teddy Bear, he is very cute. These projects are designed for home decor, giving as gifts or just to make something wonderful for yourself. Easy to follow instructions and some diagrams make each project achievable.
      This is a great book for beginners and advanced crocheters as there are so many ideas.
      5*/5
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    Quick and Easy Knits 100 Little Knitting Projects to Make Search Press Studio
    9781782218029 Paperback CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Needlework On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 7.75 x 9.5 x 0.66 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Search Press
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      The book covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

      Knitting continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished knitters. This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects from some of our best-selling knitting authors. The book covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Knitting requires very little in the way of tools and materials, which are widely available from major yarn stores and are relatively inexpensive.
      The techniques used in this book are simple enough for experienced beginners to master, and easy for more seasoned knitters. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.
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      Best-selling authors and designers from Search Press: Susan Penny, Val Pierce, Fiona McDonald, Susie Johns, Sue Stratford, Monica Russel, Susan Cordes and Lee Ann Garrett. This fabulous book brings together 100 great knitting projects from the best-selling Twenty to Make series. With contributions from top knitting designers and best-selling authors, these fun designs are quick and easy to make.

      Author Residence: UK
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      Postcard Reviews August 2019
      100 projects are packed into this beautiful glossy book. Knitters will adore the ideas that are taken from the ‘Twenty to Make’ books. Knitting know how, techniques and easy to follow instructions give even a beginner all they need to create a stunning and useful item. From headbands to a Curious Sheep, the projects are fun and wonderful. Some projects make you smile, and the kids will love them. The Peas in a Pod would be a welcome addition to any childs toy kitchen, and the Teddy Bears are gorgeous. Some projects use just a small amount of yarn so are brilliant for stash busting and using up those annoying leftovers from other projects. This is a bright and colourful book and filled with knitting inspiration.
      Highly recommended
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    Sarah Payne’s Quilt School New ways to start patchwork and quilting Sarah Payne, Mats Ottosson
    9781782217305 Paperback CRAFTS & HOBBIES / Quilts & Quilting On Sale Date: October 01, 2019
    $23.95 CAD 8.69 x 11.25 x 0.45 in | 128 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Search Press
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      Step into Sarah Payne’s world of sewing and learn from the expert the basics of quilting and patchwork.

      In this fun and practical introduction to quilting and patchwork, well-known TV personality Sarah Payne leads you through a series of techniques to build up your skills.

      Each chapter includes a number of different-sized step-by-step projects, including quilts, cushions, tote bags and table runners. Sarah discusses different shapes (squares, circles, triangles) and different techniques (applique, foundation piecing, English paper piecing) in turn. She also includes information on basting, layering, quilting and binding, as well as pre-cuts.

      Filled with guidance and helpful tips and tricks, this book will equip you with all you need to know to get started on your quilting adventure. Put your skills into practice and at the same time create beautiful projects to keep or give as gifts.
      Bio
      Sarah Payne is a popular quilting teacher, designer and TV demonstrator, well known on Create and Craft. She started crafting at a young age, under her mother’s watchful eye, but went on to study Economics and pursue a career in IT.

      In 2011, Sarah decided to take a break and rediscover the creative side of her nature. She started by opening a fabric shop and training centre, before becoming a regular contributor to all the major UK quilting magazines. She has launched a successful range of quilting kits and now designs her own fabric range for Craft Cotton Company.

      Sarah lives in Peterborough, UK. Her website is http://www.sarahpayne.co.uk/.


      Author Residence: Peterborough UK
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      For crafters who love instant-gratification projects, fashioning a quilt is almost out of the question, the work required too long-term and intricate. U.K.-based quilter Payne gets it, forestalling any notion of quilting-dropouts by focusing on quilt building-block shapes: squares, triangles, and circles. She packs a wealth of information intended for beginners into the first chapter, explaining terms like jelly rolls and layer cakes (nothing edible!). She also advises on choosing colors and emphasizes the much-needed accuracy of cutting, sewing, and pressing, all accompanied by close-up, step-by-step color photographs. The 15 designs themselves follow a similar pattern, with plenty of tips (e.g., remember thimbles are an option) and alternate layouts featured where appropriate. The biggest plus of this very accessible how-to on patchwork and quilting are the smaller projects that can be finished quickly, from a French braid table runner to a quilted handbag.—Barbara Jacobs, Booklist Nov 15 2019 issue

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