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Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social media sites on the Internet -- especially among creative professionals and arts & crafts enthusiasts. Beautifully designed to emulate the clean, elegant aesthetics of Pinterest that users recognize and love, "Pinterest Perfect " features the artwork, projects, and inspirational designs of talented artists and crafters, each of whom enjoys a sizeable fan base in the digital space and elsewhere. Filled with step-by-step projects, tutorials, art tips, and crafting techniques on everything from drawing, painting, and illustration to mixed media, typography, and papercrafts, each featured artist shares her unique art style with readers in an interactive and engaging format. Each section features a brief introduction to the artist, followed by four to six easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects and/or art techniques. Open practice pages at the end of each section invite readers to brainstorm, sketch, and collect inspiration for their own artistic projects. In addition, useful sidebars throughout the book share tips for using Pinterest efficiently and effectively, as a hobbyist and professional artist. Sidebar topics include creating a virtual artist morgue, collaborating with others on community boards, using boards to promote a business or share a portfolio, and much more. One part inspiration, one part how-to, and filled to the brim with color, inspiration, and beautiful artwork, "Pinterest Perfect " is the picture-perfect visual resource for any artist, crafter, or creative Pinterest enthusiast.
This is the only sewing reference you will ever need, with step-by-step photographs to show you how to sew absolutely everything.
250 step-by-step techniques will guide you whether you are sewing clothes, making soft furnishings, or doing alterations. Master hand and machine sewing with close-up photographs and clear instructions to demystify even the trickiest techniques, and choose from 15 stylish projects to practise your sewing skills. Every project is brand new for this updated edition of the ultimate sewing bible, with 5 new sewing techniques now added.
With in-depth coverage of sewing tools, techniques, and fabric, this is the ultimate sewing resource for beginners, students, and seasoned stitchers alike.
Create stunning jewellery and other items from the vast range of beads available, using techniques such as basic ropes, tassels and lariats, brick stitch and peyote in various applications and combinations. All the designs are original, demonstrated with easy to follow instructions and step-by-step photographs and line drawings. Illustrated will specially commissioned colour photographs of all finished projects, this title will give you both the inspiration and the know how to get started with skill and confidence.
First Knits is a charming collection of 20 practical yet beautiful hand-knitted garments, toys and nursery accessories for novice and experienced knitters alike.
Established author and children's knitwear designer, Debbie Bliss, returns to what she knows best with this enchanting new book. Catering for all your baby's knitwear needs, First Knits includes everything from snuggly baby blankets, irresistible tops, cosy sweaters, a cute romper, little bootees and much more. Each project is knitted in classic yarns that are not only soft and gentle against young skin, but are also practical and easy to wash and care for.
To help even the most inexperienced knitters, each project includes key information on how to knit the key stitches that are featured throughout the designs. Debbie will guide you through the knitting basics and work up to the trickier double moss, feather, fan and rib stitches.
First Knits is the perfect project book for anyone looking to build on their knitting skills and create a wardrobe of contemporary knitwear for the baby or toddler in their life. Put your new crafting skills into practice or simply refresh your repertoire with this charming book.
Have you ever wandered around a jewellery shop looking for that little something, but have never been able to find it? Why not be unique and create your own collection? Bling! Complete Jewellery is a sparkling collection of custom-made designs, using techniques a beginner crafter can understand. More complex projects are scattered throughout the list to inspire a more discerning crafter. If you're new to the craft, illustrated diagrams and instructions make the learning process a breeze. Whether you want to make a vintage bead bracelet or teardrop earrings, add the `wow' factor to your jewellery collection and be sure to stand out in the crowd. Collins & Brown is proud to expand on this ever-popular series with this new title that will surely win over cool and sophisticated crafters. Other titles in the series include 'Creative Embellishing' (978-1-84340-461-3), 'Complete Feltmaking' (978-1-84340-369-2) and 'Complete Origami' (978-1-84340-397-5).
Bring the wonder of Disney's smash hit Frozen home with Disney Frozen Crochet.This too-cute kit includes a full-color book with instructions and step-by-step photos showing how to stitch 12 adorable crochet characters from the movie, plus enough materials to make Elsa and Anna. Whether you want a crochet Kristoff or a stuffed Sven, this kit will help you create characters that will melt your heart! Projects include: 1. Elsa 2. Anna 3. Kristoff 4. Sven 5. Olaf And many more!
AmiguruMe Eats serves up a buffet of projects that recreate the look, scents, and textures of your favorite foods! This irresistible collection of 40 food-themed amigurumi makes a delicious treat for crafters. Perfect for beginners, it offers a menu of charming projects, including a plate of pancakes served with strips of bacon, a sandwich (with your filling of choice), and a full dinner of spaghetti and meatballs, a freshly crocheted salad, and a slice of pie. There are even patterns for kitchen accessories, from a lunch box that opens and closes to a miniature pot with a removable lid. Every project features instructions for adding scent using wax melts or common household items like herbs and coffee beans, and there's plenty of guidance on creating fun variations and customizing your creations. Crochet novices will be able to tackle these super-cute items in no time with the help of the "Getting Started" section, illustrated with step-by-step photos.
Leila Duly's new colouring book is a celebration of a year of flowers. Month by month, follow the progress of the seasons with intricate illustrations of flowers, birds, butterflies and other insects and small creatures to colour in, adding up to a year's worth of colouring enjoyment.
You don't need to be a stitch maverick or style guru to create fashion's favourite looks. A cool collection of easy-going projects, 'Stitch Style Hats' is destined to make head way. Each project is accompanied by full-colour photography and easy-to-follow instructions. From a cable bobble hat and a reversible cap to a pretty lace snood and a be-seen beret, there's a style here for every season and occasion. Best of all, projects are portable so you're free to knit anywhere you go. 'Stitch Style' is a strand of books designed for youthful handcrafters featuring an array of high fashion styles inspired by everything from catwalks to street fashion. All designs are created by young urban knitters and trendsetters with a penchant for craft. Other titles in the series include 'Mittens' (9781843404156), 'Socks' (9781843404149) and 'Bags' (9781843404873).
A lovely box containing 50 loose postcards of illustrations that feature in the bestselling Millie Marotta's Animal Kingdom. Everything from octopus to elephants, stags to swallows, rhinos to rabbits, these postcards can be sent just as they are to friends and family, coloured in or even framed and hung on walls. These bite-sized cards of beauty can be used for a range of things but will delight anyone who receives one.
"Charming book for creative types who find a blank page a little too overwhelming." - The Guardian "In her charming journal-cum sketchbook, Matilda Tristram inspires us to look at the everyday things in life in a new way. As well as encouraging us to explore the extraordinary in the ordinary, she also provides guidance, insights, tips and inspiration." - Flow Magazine "If you've ever struggled with the enormous pressure that a blank page or canvas demands of you then Matilda's 'My Year in Small Drawings' is just the ticket to ease you back into the joys of drawing or help you have a go for the very first time! "Whether you're on the train to work, in the park on your lunch break or people watching at your local coffee shop, Matilda's book will help you see the world through fresh eyes!" - The Big Draw. Explore the extraordinary in the ordinary with this charming visual diary like no other! Create and collect the small details around you and build up dozens of dinky drawings for your own uniquely personal record. From tangles of cables to window frames to tree buds, learn to see everyday things in a new way and explore their simple - and sometimes surprising - beauty by drawing them. With expert advice on how to simplify what we see; which pens and pencils to use; colour; and using perspective plus suggestions for drawing every day of the year, this is an opportunity to embrace your creativity and build up a unique and delightful personal sketch collection.
In recent years we have seen a popularity boom surrounding all kinds of crafts. Once the reserve of older generations, hand-knitting skills have taken on a new life as a modern art form and relaxing pastime. From lavish fashion trends to homemade gifts, add a hand-crafted touch to your garments, gifts and decorations. Start by choosing your yarn and needles before getting to grips with casting on, knitting, purling, ribbing and casting off again. Once you've mastered the essentials, you'll put your newfound skills into practice with a range of creative project patterns that are perfect for newbie knitters. * Get all the essential tools and materials before mastering simple stitches * Easy to follow patterns * Add a professional finish to your projects with pockets, hems, buttons and more * Refine your knitting skills while creating great gifts, garments and decorations. So pick up your needles today, and you'll be an expert in no time at all!
Trapped in a restaurant bathroom trying to figure out how to gracefully exit from a bad first date? Check. Lying awake obsessing over the current state of world affairs? Check. If you're lucky enough to have a friend who's always there for you, celebrate her. - Blank inside - A2 size (4.25" x 5.5") - Offset printed in Los Angeles onto heavyweight matte stock, using environmentally friendly soy inks - Comes with a matching kraft envelope
A fun and accessible guide to painting flowers in watercolour with step-by-step exercises. World-renowned artist Trevor Waugh reveals the secrets of painting flowers in watercolour in this fun, easy-to-follow book. Focusing on the techniques that matter the most, you'll be able to start producing better flower paintings in the space of an afternoon. The book includes expert guidance on all aspects of flower painting in watercolour, including the basic shapes and how to combine them, how to design the perfect composition and how to create subtle and evocative effects. The author shares tips on how to use colour to create realistic-looking flowers and foliage, his go-to basic palette and details on how to create beautiful, nuanced colour mixes. There is also a section on how to achieve real artistry in your work, using hard and soft edges, clever observation and different angles to perfect your work. Armed with this beautiful book, packed with breathtaking inspirational paintings and a selection of helpful step-by-step demonstration sequences, you'll become an expert flower painting in no time at all.
Vintage fashion is still highly popular today. This fascinating colouring and craft title explores vintage designs and lets you mix and match an exciting range of colour palettes to create 10 beautiful patterns. Using the book's special templates, these can easily be transformed into gorgeous craft projects, such as gift tags and handmade cards.
Wool and the Gang introduce you to the craft of crocheting with raffia, a breakthrough new yarn that is great for a wide range of summery projects. Light and eco-friendly, raffia yarn is made of 100% long wood fibre that adds structure to your projects, making it perfect for hats, bags and accessories. This book includes 10 crochet projects all made using Wool and the Gang's Ra-Ra Raffia yarn in a range of colours. Projects include on-trend raffia items such as bags, hats and baskets, which are then further embellished with embroidery in raffia yarn too. General techniques are covered at the end of the book, with instructions accompanied by clear illustrations.
Looking for the perfect gift for a baby or toddler? Nursery Stitch is brimming with beautiful projects for babies and young children. Rebecca Shreeve's unique ideas combine hand-applique, embroidery and simple machine-stitches with gorgeous textiles to create irresistible gifts for the little ones in your life. It includes innovative ways to embellish bought items, such as a nappy bag, bib or baby socks. More advanced crafters can liven up baby's room with Doggy Draft Excluder, Monster Play Mat or a Cosy Kitty Cushion. Or if you'd rather make an heirloom toy there are colourful creatures that children of all ages will just adore. Percy Pig will be baby's best friend in no time and Molly Mouse will be a prized pal for years to come. So say good-bye to shopping and start stitching simply stunning gifts for the ones you love.
Whether you refer to it as crewel or Jacobean, this free form of surface embroidery has been around for centuries and is still popular amongst needle artists today. Because of the nature of the fanciful objects and the tradition of using a large variety of stitches in one project, it lends itself to endless creative expression. In this titel Hazel Blomkamp uses a wide selection of materials to update techniques and inspire embroiderers to explore whilst working loosely within the confines of crewel work styles. She shows needle artists how to be creative with fabric, threads, beads and alternative stitches, borrowing techniques from other forms of needlework, and still producing a product that is typical of the crewel or Jacobean style of embroidery. The original designs include: Projects including beads and metal threads to add sparkle and texture to your work; monochrome embroidery making use of a variety of threads and beads, all within the same colour range; techniques employed in needle-made laces with designs defined by means of texture; more traditional embroidery including shading and satin stitch and the many variations of trellis couching to provide texture and interest. The completed embroideries are displayed in ways that are not only decorative, but are useful in the home.
'Both essential and informative, useful information and sheer blade porn. Tim Hayward explores the world of knives with enthusiasm and authority.'Anthony Bourdain
'Hayward, one of the ... best food writers alive, every page a different blade, glintingly pictured and lovingly described. Kitchen porn but not sinister: A cook's gotta chop, a cook's gotta mince' Simon Schama in New York Times
Knife is a love-letter to this essential culinary tool - its form, history and creation. The knife can be the most functional utensil or the most exquisite piece of design - avid collectors pay jaw-dropping sums for a piece of Japanese hand-crafted steel, made according to traditions that date back thousands of years.
Through interviews with knife-makers, chefs and collectors, acclaimed food writer Tim Hayward explores how the relationship between cook and blade has shaped the both the knife itself, and the ways we prepare and eat food all over the world. From Damascus blades to Chinese cleavers and sushi knives, at the heart of Knife is a fascinating guide to 40 different types of knife, each with its own unique story, detailed description and stunning photographs.
Lavishly illustrated and designed, and as cool, personal and desirable as the most intricately crafted deba, Knife opens up the world of this most covetable of culinary implements.
This is possibly the coolest book I have ever seen. Glorious in content, geeky in text and engaging in photography. This is every cook's must-have reference book! I love it.' Tom Kerridge
'Tim Hayward is the most serious cookery writer I know. Whatever he says, I will listen. Whatever he writes, I will buy' Len Deighton
'A gleaming, razor-sharp paean to the chef s greatest weapon in Knife by Tim Hayward. Both eloquent and encyclopaedic, Knife is the ultimate book of blades' Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday
Learn to make an adorable collection of knitted animal toys with these new patterns by the author of My Knitted Doll, Louise Crowther. Louise, brings her unique style of coordinated knitwear with cute colourwork details to this new collection of toy animal knitting patterns. There are a total of 12 knitted animals - each with their own unique personality and style. The animals all have the same basic body, with a few colour variations and tail additions, so the clothes can be mixed and matched between them to create endless outfit possibilities. Choose your favourite animals and outfits and have fun making the perfect gift for friends and family.
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