Starting with just four of these stitches, Jane clearly demonstrates, with detailed step-by-step photographs, how to work up a complete project. Instructions follow on showing how to stretch and mount your first embroidery. Using further projects she helps you build up skills, introducing new stitches in each section. Line drawings accompany each design and are used as a guide for the stitches. The designs and colours used are traditional - reminiscent of the embroidery worked by embroiderers during the Tudor period, wonderful floral pictures w... + Read More
Children will enjoy making and playing in wigwams, domes and tunnels. More advanced projects, suitable for adults, include fences, chairs and arbours. Jon Warnes discusses the tools you need, planting the willow, joining, grafting and weaving in detail, and includes other makers' work in different styles to inspire you to create your own designs.
The sea reflects light and it is affected by weather. Skies change constantly from one minute to the next. Arnold Lowrey explores both subjects with enthusiasm and energy, showing how wonderful effects can be achieved with a range of watercolour techniques. Practical step-by-step demonstrations illustrate how to build up a painting, and inspirational paintings shows how the techniques can be adapted to create new pictures.
The artist covers all the important techniques including anatomy, proportions of the face, creating realistic features, using tone, formal and informal portraits, and more. Step-by-step demonstrations accompany simple exercise and a gallery of original pictures.
The embroidery is traditionally worked on close-woven cotton with cotton thread and it has a great elegance. Flowing floral patterns intertwine with stems and leaves, the smooth satin stitches contrasting wonderfully with the padded, knotted stitchery and untextured background. These natural designs are often fairly large and the sculptured patterns have an appealing bold quality, which is enhanced by the absence of colour and the addition of knitted fringed fringes. Pat Trott explains all the techniques with clear step-by-step photography and ... + Read More
Simple knotted necklaces look elegant and stylish when combined with beautiful ceramic, metal or wooden beads. Just one knot with several semi-precious beads is stunning. Matching bracelets catch the eye and can be worn on any occasion. Once the techniques are mastered, designs can be as extravagent, or as simple as you want - no specialist equipment is required and no special skills. The techniques are explained clearly with many detailed step-by-step photographs, accompanying diagrams and helpful advice, and inspirational projects are includ... + Read More
Series: Design Source BooksEgyptian DesignsPaperbackPolly Pinder9781903975558$9.95ART Mar 01, 2003
A beautifully illustrated photocopiable collection of decorative Egyptian patterns and motifs - flowers, trees, birds, animals, gods, figures and more. These classic designs will inspire craftspeople, artists, needleworkers and all those interested in creating their own original ideas and projects.
The glowing transparency and sponteneity of watercolour makes it an ideal medium for exploring the effects of sunlight, shadows, mist, stormy skies and more. Easy techniques for creating realistic effects are demonstrated in a series of stunning demonstrations. In his enthusiastic and practical manner, Barry Herniman guides you through all the different stages, revealing paintings rich in atmosphere, from tranquil river scenes and misty woodlands to dramatic landscapes and inspiring seascapes. This book is packed with useful tips and easy-to-fo... + Read More
Decorative floral borders, stylised frames, patterns and motifs are included, with many different flowers finely illustrated. These classic designs wil inspire craftspeople, artists, needleworkers and all those interested in creating their own original ideas and projects.
This delightful book guides the reader through a series of charming projects inspired by animals and the changing seasons. The basic techniques of working with willow withes is clearly explained and the attractive diagrams will make you want to begin at once. Choose from both traditional and contemporary projects such as Easter Baskets, Dolphin in a Hoop, Swans on the Nest, an old-fashioned Rocking Horse and many more.
Series: Brush with AcrylicsPainting the Easy WaySpiral boundTerry Harrison9781844480081$24.95ART Sep 01, 2004
Acrylics are easy to master and extremely versatile. Paint can be applied thick like oils, or in washes like watercolour. Also, techniques can be mixed to create unusual and different effects. Using a range of brushes, Terry explores all these different techniques showing how to capture atmosphere, texture and detail . He paints a selection of beautiful landscapes, seascapes and buildings with ease, showing how to apply colour to produce stunning pictures of atmospheric skies, mist covered rivers, vibrant fields of flowers, rustic buildings, ca... + Read More
Using pencils, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, watercolours, felt pens and more, Giovanni teaches the importance of observation and sketching, and how to capture life and movement. He shows how to simplify the hands and feet of children and adults, with illustrations and an easy-to-understand section on the importance of anatomy and proportions. Further explanations about light, shade and tone give helpful advice on capturing the essence of the drawing. Many different techniques are included, from the linear method where the contours of the sha... + Read More
Illustrated throughout with diagrams and step-by-step photography, this book combines techniques with inspiration. French knots, tufting, stem stitch, whipped spider's web, woven picot and more are included and combined with painted backgrounds, couching, padded work and twisted threads to create a sequence of easy-to-follow projects. Pat Trott guides the embroiderer through each stage, showing how to build up scenes and pictures. Using nature as her source of design, she demonstrates the techniques involved in creating flowers, plants, woodlan... + Read More
Giovanni Civardi shares his great expertise in drawing light and shade, beginning with the basics of drawing simple 3D shapes. There are sections on shadows and cast shadows, simplifying tone, methods of shading, form and relief, composition, the perspective of shadows and many more. We also learn a little bit about how light and shade have been used thoughout the history of art. Finally the artist shows through his own superb drawings how the techniques and principles learned can be put into practice.
This invaluable, at-a-glance Winsor & Newton Guide takes the uncertainty out of mixing acrylic colours, and offers a concise visual reference to creating more than 2,000 hues and shades. With a base palette of 25 popular Artists' Acrylic Colours, artists are shown how to re-create what they see on their palette and on their work of art. The book shows how to match precisely any shade you want to reproduce in your work with only two colours in your mix. This means you obtain the cleanest and brightest tints possible. It is intended for both am... + Read More
Readers who want to learn to paint but can not rely on their drawing skills have everything they need in this book. The outlines of five paintings (plus one bonus picture) are provided to pull out from the centre of the book. Clear instructions and step-by-step photographs show how to transfer the outlines on to watercolour paper and then how to create beautiful watercolour paintings.
This new cardmaking compendium comprises material from the following 18 titles in the Handmade Greetings Card series: Punched Cards, Embossed Cards, Eyelet Cards, Glitter Cards, Metal & Wire Cards Polymer Clay Cards, Silk Ribbon Cards, Card & Thread Cards, Quick Parchment Cards, Glass Painted Cards, Tea Bag Folded Cards, Peel-Off Cards, Rubber Stamped Cards, Watercolour Cards, Beaded Cards, Quilled Cards, Three-Dimensional Cards and Iris Folded Cards. The compendium features the introductions and techniques sections from the original titles w... + Read More
Explore the world of Bobbin Lace with this book, which takes you through simple Torchon ground pieces to scarves, purse and bags. 'Bobbin lace may look complicated when you see a pillow set up with dozens of bobbins, but it will seem far less daunting when you realise that only four bobbins (two pairs) are in use at any one time, and there are only two moves twist and cross that you can do.' 'While the basic lace stitches are common to all types of bobbin lace, different lacemaking traditions developed different ways of putting these stitc... + Read More
Series: 460 Iris Folded Cards to MakeThe Complete Iris Folding CompendiumPaperbackMaruscha Gaasenbeek9781844483082$25.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Jun 01, 2008
Iris folding is a simple technique that involves folding papers to create beautiful, spiralling patterns that are similar in shape to the iris aperture of a camera. In this book, Maruscha Gaasenbeek and Tine Beauveser share with you their love of iris folding, providing templates and clear instructions for over 460 beautiful greetings cards based on iris-folded designs. It combines three previously published books by the same authors: Iris Folding Compendium, Iris Folding Compendium Part 2 and Iris Folding Compendium Part 3, and represents a ... + Read More
Series: Ready to PaintWatercolour FlowersPaperbackWendy Tait9781844482849$21.95ART Jul 10, 2008
Keen to paint. but your drawing skills let you down? This book provides pull-out tracings for five beautiful floral paintings, along with full step-by-step instructions for how to bring them to life with watercolour paint. A clear guide on how to transfer the tracings to your watercolour paper is included, along with a helpful section on what materials to use. Wendy Tait's new book makes painting flowers simple and accessible, and offers guidance on how you can develop your new painting skills.
Twenty lady-shaped art brooches to make and keep; and twenty more to make and give away! Make the basic shape with a variety of media, then give each one a personality with a variety of gorgeous embellishments. * Have a go - there are twenty to make! * Clear step-by-step instructions * Easy and fun to make * Four templates for multiple variations
All drawing is based on the simple construction of lines and shapes. This great new series teaches how to draw popular subjects in extremely easy step-by-step stages. Even an absolute beginner will be able to create great drawings following these illustrations. In this book, Paul Davies includes a fantastic range of dragons from fearsome flying and fighting beasts to fire-breathing creatures and endearing cartoon-like characters.
If you have never drawn before you will love the simple approach to drawing flowers in this easy-to-follow book. Janet Whittle includes a great range of flowers, including poppies, fuchsias, geraniums, tulips, water lilies, sunflowers, daffodils and many more. Discover the delights of creating your own floral pictures with this invaluable book.
Series: Painting AbstractsIdeas, Projects and TechniquesPaperbackRolina Van Vliet9781844483365$31.95ART Nov 01, 2008
Clear, challenging and inspiring, this book contains instructions for 65 abstract paintings that you can get to work on straightaway, with no previous experience. All the basic information relating to picture elements, composition, theme and design is provided at the start of the book, together with an exploration of the meaning of abstract painting, and its importance as a means of self-expression and creativity. Rather than providing step-by-step instructions, each of the exercises consists of information on method, materials, technique, com... + Read More
Series: Twenty to MakeTags & ToppersPaperbackMichelle Powell9781844483372$9.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Dec 01, 2008
Tags and toppers are mini, three-dimensional sticker motifs made using pretty papers, glitter, ribbons and any other kind of embellishment you can think of. They are designed to adorn handmade greetings cards, gift boxes, bags and scrapbook pages. Craft shops are filled to overflowing with gorgeously themed packs of readymade ones, but it is so easy, and so much more fun, to make your own! All you need are some basic craft materials and tools, and tags and toppers need such small pieces of paper and ribbon that they are an ideal way of using ... + Read More
Mandy Southan takes the art of Shibori, in which fabric is bound, clamped or stitched before dyeing, and goes beyond the traditional blue and white to create fabrics in a fabulous array of colours, patterns and textures. Clear step by step photographs and instructions demonstrate how to use acid dyes and cold water reactive dyes in a variety of creative ways. Mandy then demonstrates shibori techniques such as binding, hand painting, capping, stitching, folding and clamping, pole winding and pole wrapping can be used to create truly wonderful dy... + Read More
Knotted necklaces look great when combined with beautiful ceramic, metal or wooden beads. Just one knot with several semi-precious beads is stunning. Once the techniques are mastered, designs can be as extravagent, or as simple as you want - no specialist equipment is required and no special skills. This book includes detailed step-by-step photographs, accompanying diagrams, helpful advice and inspirational projects.
Series: Start ToStart to EmbroiderPaperbackClaire Buckley9781844483907$10.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Mar 01, 2009
NEW IN PAPERBACK 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!
Series: Start ToStart to KnitPaperbackAlison Dupernex9781844483884$10.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Mar 01, 2009
NEW IN PAPERBACK This book is perfect for readers from ten to fourteen to learn how to knit. Because there are only a few techniques to learn, absolute beginners can quickly learn how to make brilliant knitted items from scarves, belts and bags to purses and beanie hats. Each project is set off by bright, full colour photography, lively design and ideas for adapting the patterns. Have a go: you really can start to knit!
Series: Start ToStart to QuiltPaperbackMiriam Edwards9781844483891$10.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Mar 01, 2009
NEW IN PAPERBACK 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.
Terry Harrison takes the mystery out of painting trees, flowers, mountains, valleys and streams and sea and sky in watercolour. This inspiring guide covers all aspects of landscape painting. Step-by-step photographs Dozens of demonstrations Packed full of tips, techniques and practical advice Great for beginners and experienced artists alike
Susanna Wallis demonstrates how to create wonderful pictures and three-dimensional objects using wool and simple needle felting techniques. Learn how to make charming cards, pictures, jewellery, a bird and even a figure from wool. Simple techniques, clearly explained Step by step photographs Six inspirational projects
Ann Parr's unique and awe-inspiring art of stitching on metal is showcased here, in this her first book. Her work ranges from jewellery to richly decorated boxes and panels, and represents a rare fusion of traditional and contemporary methods and design which cannot fail to excite and inspire. Appealing to multi-media artists, textile artists, embroiderers and indeed anyone with a love of beautiful, innovative works of art, this book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. It provides not only a wealth of information on materials and me... + Read More
This book is designed specifically for beginners who want to paint hills and mountains, but whose drawing skills let them down. By providing pull-out tracings of each of the five projects, you can simply transfer the drawing to your watercolour paper following the easy instructions provided and then concentrate your efforts on the painting techniques. There are five projects, each with a tracing and detailed, step-by-step instructions, plus a bonus tracing so that you can reproduce the painting shown on the introductory page. Each painting is ... + Read More
Series: How to DrawHow to Draw: BirdsPaperbackPolly Pinder9781844483549$9.95ART May 01, 2009
This easy-to-follow book teaches how to draw a wonderful variety of birds using very simple shapes and stage by stage sequences. Polly Pinder includes a good selection of all the popular birds including a song thrush, robin, penguin, pelican, golden eagle and more. Absolute beginners will soon be able to create great drawings using these illustrations as a guide.
Series: How to DrawHow to Draw: CatsPaperbackPolly Pinder9781844483693$9.95ART May 01, 2009
All drawing is based on the construction of simple lines and shapes. This easy-to-follow book teaches how to draw short-haired and long-haired cats and kittens in extremely easy step-by-step stages. Polly Pinder includes a good selection of all the favourite breeds including domestic and pedigree cats as well as the amazingly patterned tabbies. Even absolute beginners will be able to create great drawings following these illustrations
Learn how to create beautiful woodland pictures using various combinations of two simple machine stitches. Techniques and instructions are broken down into clear, colour step-by-step instructions, with many helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results. The raised effects of the embroidery produce a beautiful three-dimensional look and her clever use of perspective is effective and easily achieved. This book covers ... + Read More
Series: Beginner's Guide to NeedlecraftsJapanese BraidingThe Art of KumihimoHardcoverJacqui Carey9781844484263$21.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Aug 01, 2009
RE-ISSUE This book will introduce you to the basics of Japanese braiding. There are full step-by-step instructions for each move, followed by pictures of lovely examples to inspire you. 'I strongly recommend this book for the timid beginner and others already addicted.' Jennie Parry, World of Embroidery.
Learn with Terry Harrison, the master of simple techniques, as he demonstrates how to create weathered windmills, old shacks and huts, farmhouses, cottages, timbered barns and more. Many step-by-step sequences show how to capture all the different architectural aspects of buildings, from tiled roof tops and windows adorned with flowers to ancient doors and rustic porches. All the basics are covered, then Terry moves on to show how to create different textures and effects. He incorporates them into simple demonstrations, each one offering guidan... + Read More
Series: Ready to PaintVenice in AcrylicsPaperbackWendy Jelbert9781844484133$17.95ART Aug 01, 2009
Venice is probably the most painted city in the world with its exquisite facades and endless subjects for artists. Wendy Jelbert makes acrylics easy to use in this step-by-step guide and includes many exciting techniques - all of which are essential for capturing the essence and beauty of this magnificent city. She includes practical tips, detailed instruction and shows how versatile acrylics can be. Five demonstrations offer an in-depth course for beginners and include the Rialto Bridge, the Grand Canal, gondolas, reflections, stunning archite... + Read More
Suzen Millodot illustrates the versatility of a few simple macramé techniques and creates twenty imaginative designs and great alternative ideas using braids, cords and beads. She includes patterns for two easy knots: the square knot and the larks head knot, showing how to tie them in different ways using just four cords, and combines them with beads to make stylish necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Repeat one knot and complement the cord with contrasting beads to make eyecatching bracelets. Interweave cords of different colours and create tre... + Read More
Learn how to draw 28 amusing, charming and mischievous fairies step by step, with this fantastic guide. Drawing the figure is made easy as each fairy is built up from simple shapes and developed into a final image. There's much to inspire artists in this book, whatever their skill levels, along with different drawing styles, from simple cartoons to whimsical portraits.
This is a wonderful introduction to drawing horses and it really demystifies the process of building up the images from initial simple shapes right through to the finished animals. Eva Dutton breaks down the stages into easy steps using a two colour process that clearly shows every line and curve. Even absolute beginners will find themselves creating great drawings when they use this book. An invaluable guide for anyone interested in this subject.
Cicely Mary Barker's beloved Flower Fairies are an enduring vision of elegance and beauty. Her exquisitely delicate and intricate colour illustrations have captivated children and adults alike for more than 85 years. Now, for the first time, five of her beautiful fairies are introduced not only to ribbon embroidery and stumpwork fans, but to all needlecrafters who enjoy creative three-dimensional embroidery. With numerous new ideas and techniques, this book has been designed to appeal to both beginners and advanced embroiderers. Easy-to-follow,... + Read More
RE-ISSUE Learn how to keep your plants strong and healthy, how to produce beautiful fruit, vegetables and flowers, and how to keep your patio and house plants healthy. The book guides your through all the stages, from why you should compost, what you can compost, building a simple heap and containers, to how to use your compost, supplementing your compost with green manures, and how to retain water. Beautifully illustrated, with step-by-step photographs and illustrations throughout, the pages are packed with practical advice and helpful inform... + Read More
Series: Ready to PaintWatercolour BarnsPaperbackTerry Harrison9781844484089$17.95ART Nov 01, 2009
A new concept that bridges the empty gap between painting by numbers and conventional art instruction books. People who want to learn to paint without relying on their drawing skills have everything they need in this book. Terry Harrison shares his passion for rustic buildings with five beautiful landscapes, each with a barn as a focal point, and all the outlines are provided as pull-out tracings. Simply transfer one of the tracings from the front of the book to your painting surface. Clear step-by-step photos with written instructions take ... + Read More
Wendy Jelbert shares her expertise in working with acrylics and in creating beautiful, convincing landscapes. There is information on what materials to buy, how to use sketches and photographs, how to look at landscape shapes and how to use tone and composition to good effect. Wendy demonstrates a variety of acrylic techniques and explains elements of the landscape such as foregrounds, distances and skies. There are six beautiful step-by-step demonstrations with clear photographs and instructions for readers to follow.
This is a practical and comprehensive guide for all watercolour enthusiasts, from the beginner to the experienced artist. Starting with advice on materials, colour and composition, it goes on to describe basic and more advanced techniques and the wonderful effects they can produce. Easy to follow step-by-step demonstrations show the reader how to paint skies, trees, water, buildings and flowers, and each section is accompanied by a selection of inspirational paintings by the seven featured artists, in a rich variety of styles. Originally publi... + Read More
Series: Painting Step-by-StepDrawing Step-by-stepPaperbackRichard Box9781844484393$19.95ART Dec 01, 2009
This is a practical and comprehensive guide for all drawing enthusiasts, from the beginner to the experienced artist. It begins with advice on a wide variety of drawing media including graphite and coloured pencils, charcoal, chalks, pastels, conté crayons, water soluble pencils and various pens. It goes on to explore the various techniques that can be used with these media from making marks and creating tone and texture to mixing and overlaying colours. There is detailed, specific advice on drawing landscapes, trees and pets, with step-by-step... + Read More
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 Ma... + Read More
Learn how to make flag books, star books, accordian books and more. Decorate them with stamping, collage, stitching and embellishments. This innovative step-by-step guide offers simple and challenging ideas and crafters will love the colourful projects and great designs. An innovative, practical guide containing all you need to know to create unique, decorated books.
Four experienced paper crafters show you everything you need to make your own quilled characters, wildflowers and motifs to decorate your craftwork. A comprehensive source of innovative ideas, each of the many projects is accompanied by full step-by-step techniques. Start from the beginning, with clear explanations of the basics of quilling, and build up to make everything from chocolate drops to angels, taking in frogs and hot air balloons along the way!
Award-winning author and leading artist Terry Harrison provides over 100 top tips for painting in acrylics in a small, spiral-bound format that artists will find convenient to use while painting. Terry takes the mystery out of painting with quick, clever tips that are easy to follow and effective, covering topics from what to buy and how to transfer images to using watercolour and oil techniques with acrylics, using additives such as texture paste or even eggshells and sawdust, and painting skies, fields, foregrounds, trees, mountains, water, b... + Read More
Series: Twenty to MakeKnitted BearsAll dressed up!PaperbackVal Pierce9781844484829$9.95CRAFTS & HOBBIES Mar 02, 2010
All the bears in the book are based on the same, simple knitted bear, instructions for which are provided at the beginning of the book and which are easy enough for even novice knitters to follow. There are then 20 unique designs, including a hiking bear complete with boots and a backpack, a beach-loving bikini bear, a sweet honey bee bear, and a pretty pink ballet dancer, each with its own knitted outfit and accessories. Every bear has its own special character, and the reader is bound to find at least one they just have to knit. Suitable for... + Read More
This is an essential book for anyone learning to draw, or wishing to improve their drawing. Starting with the basics of drawing techniques, Civardi gives expert advice on drawing portraits, the clothed figure, hands and feet and scenery, finishing with a section on the importance of light and shade. Civardi's technical advice and practical tips, accompanied by his own outstanding drawings, make this an invaluable resource for any artist.
The Ready to Paint series provides six tracings for readers to pull out and transfer on to watercolour paper. There is one for each of the five step-by-step demonstrations, plus a bonus tracing of the inspirational painting in the Introduction section. Geoff Kersey is an expert draughtsman and his skilful drawings of famous New York scenes provide the basis for five detailed and realistic paintings. The clear step-by-step photographs explain the painting process in great depth and make it easy for readers to reproduce all of the projects, whic... + Read More
Series: Ready to Paint the MastersVan Gogh in AcrylicsPaperbackMichael Sanders9781844484546$19.95ART Mar 10, 2010
The Ready to Paint The Masters series shows readers how to paint in the style of their favourite painter. Michael Sanders shows how to reproduce three famous paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, using step by step photographs and detailed instructions. He then paints two further compositions of his own, using the style and techniques of Van Gogh. Six tracings are provided for readers to pull out and transfer on to the painting surface: one for each project plus a bonus tracing. Michael Sanders has studied and reproduced many of Van Gogh's works as a... + Read More
Series: Incredible AcrylicsTechniques, Ideas and New Ways to Use this Versatile MediumPaperbackJean-Paul Boxtel9781844485376$29.95ART Apr 01, 2010
Well-known contemporary artist Jean-Paul van Boxtel introduces many innovative techniques and applications for acrylic paint, whose physical composition makes it incredibly versatile. The book also deals in detail with the latest trends, including gels and media. The first part of the book answers the question 'what is acrylic paint?', and goes on to describe the various products that are available. Following on from this is a 'gallery' section, providing examples of paintings that show the wide range of styles and finishes possible using acr... + Read More