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Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne are back with a collection of new patterns for pets to make, keep and give. This new book is aimed at new knitters - it contains clear step-by-step instructions for all the basic knitting stitches, as well as hints and tips to get you started and build confidence. Once you have mastered the basics, simple but lifelike patterns for a range of pets include a goldfish, hamster, canary, rabbit, and even a snake. Dog and cat lovers will not be disappointed - the authors have included simplified versions of their much-loved dog and cat patterns. Idiosyncratic descriptions of the various animals accompany beautiful photography, making this book irresistible for new knitters and devoted pet lovers.
The complete guide to knitting with exclusive step-by-step projects, now in paperback. The team behind Mollie Makes magazine have brought together all their favourite knit designers to share their tips, stories and beautiful projects. Knitting may seem complicated, but in fact there are just two stitches you need to learn. Once you have mastered knit and purl, you can knit pretty much anything. The beginner's section starts with a run-through of the basic tools and equipment you'll need, as well as a handy guide to choosing yarn. Once you're ready to start, learn the best way to hold your needles, and tackle the different cast-on methods to work out which works best for you. Once you've cast on, you are ready to make those all-important first stitches and choose your first project. Make a gift for a loved one with patterns for a baby blanket, bouquet of woolly flowers or a cute bulldog puppy. Bring your home up to date by making an on-trend footstool, plant pot or neon rug. Or wear your makes with pride - whether you go for a classic pair of socks, or a more daring pompom headband or loopy poncho.
Chicks, start your sticks! This time it's all about knitting
Stop letting worry knit your brows, ladies. Let go of your fear of knitting, and take hold of "The Chicks with Sticks(R) Guide to Knitting." With more than 30 simple, chic projects plus simple step-by-step instructions, this book is the complete guide to starting and enjoying this fun, rewarding hobby. New knitters can finish up their first projects in a weekend; more advanced beginners (that is, the ones who have knitted scarves before) can move to the next level. Call your posse and settle down in the living room or at the coffeehouse. The Chicks with Sticks will take care of the rest, from essential tools and materials to basic lessons to more than 30 doable projects, including cool belts, beautiful scarves, felted bags, stylish wraps, and snuggly sweaters.
The Best in Show series is an outstanding success. Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne are back with a collection of new patterns for farm animals. There is something here for everyone, with instructions for large farm favourites such as cows, bulls, horses and pigs as well as cute chicks, lambs and piglets. The animals are surprisingly easy to make. It will only take a few evenings to create yourself a loveable companion. These knitted animals in miniature are much easier to look after than the real things - they don't need feeding, they won't make a mess and they take up hardly any room. Join this evocative tour of the farmyard, with all the different animals you could hope to meet. Patterns include sheep and lamb, cow and calf, pig and piglet, goat and kid, chicken and chick, goose and gosling, horse and foal, llama, donkey, bull and even a rat. Idiosyncratic descriptions of the various species accompany beautiful photography, making this book irresistible for both keen knitters and animal enthusiasts.
The natural world soothes and refreshes our soul - and so does the process of focusing on, and colouring, mandalas. This follow-up to the successful Mandala Meditation Coloring Book features beautiful, fine-lined, nature-themed patterns by South African-based artist Delyth Angharad. Quotes on serenity, nature and meditation, written in an elegant script, accompany the elaborate circular images.
Professional and seasoned crocheters know how to make well-crafted garments, and as a knitter, you deserve the same polished look from your designs. Finishing Techniques for Crochet provides enthuasiasts with the technical know-how to create garments which fit as well as they look. From creating a slip knot to slipping your first stitch, from working with colour to joining new yarns, the book provides a one-stop foundation to the most popular techniques and explains how to work each method properly. When you're ready to move on, discover techniques for proper shaping and sizing as well as seaming. Furthermore, if you're looking for a decorative finish to your garments, one chapter features examples of how to embellish your projects with beads, pompoms, fringes and tassels. What about tailoring? Creating the perfect buttonholes or a lining to your latest jacket will never be easier. Whether you're a student learning how to cast on your first stitch or an expert knitter who simply wants to improve an old skill, Finishing Techniques for Crochet will be an invaluable addition to any crochet library.
A pocket-sized guide offering bite-size information at a great price, 101 Essential Tips makes learning quick and easy, offering speedy answers to key questions. 101 Essential Tips: Crochet takes you through everything you need to know to start crocheting, from choosing yarn and making your first slip knot, this book takes you step-by-step through stiches and techniques so you can master crochet patterns. Enjoy making a phone cover, a friendship bracelet or even a baby's hat. With clear explanations of crochet charts and abbreviations, it has all you need to get the best results. Summarizing the essential tips needed to crochet, this guide is perfect for the absolute beginner, giving fully illustrated top tips that can be grasped in an instant.
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.
She's back! Debbie uses a variety of beaded knitting techniques to create an array of delightfully detailed fashion and home projects that are sure to catch your eye. All embellished with creative beadwork with helpful tips suggesting alternative ideas and designs for each project - you'll be brimming with your own ideas in no time at all. Packed full of cushions and blankets, home accessories, fashionable essentials and additions to your wardrobe, this myriad of delectable designs will surely suit all tastes and abilities. Designed for the modern knitter, each project offers detailed explanations of materials required and skills needed so that you have all the information you need at your fingertips. The book includes a section outlining all beading techniques with easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photography to satisfy knitters of all skill levels. Whether you want to create a stunning evening scarf or a decorative cushion for your living room, use beads to enhance all your knitting projects, leaving them nothing short of bead-dazzling!
Applique is a classic embroidery technique that has recently been experiencing a revival. Appearing in the most cutting-edge contemporary textile work, it can be interpreted in many different ways - layering, patching, applying, overlaying - and offers endless creative possibilities. Each technical variation of applique has traditionally had its own set boundaries, but nowadays all the rules are being broken and the technique has become relevant, up-to-date and suitable for all varieties of textile art. This impressive book takes a fresh look at the world of applique and surface embellishment, showing you how to develop distinctive and individual designs, create exciting compositions and use unusual combinations of materials. It covers the traditional variations, including bonded applique, broderie perse, cut-away applique and Mola work, and explains how the standard techniques can be developed to give exciting results in your own textile work, in both hand and machine embroidery. Accompanying the techniques is a wealth of examples of contemporary applique to inspire you. The authors are renowned for their thoughtful, creative but practical approach to teaching textiles, making this book suitable for beginners and established textile artists alike.
Learn to paint beautiful watercolor flowers in simple steps with this free and easy approach to watercolor painting for beginners. Marie Boudon's beautifully presented creative course will give you a good grounding in this new-to-you medium and teach you all you need to know to get started with painting flowers in watercolor. Find out about paper, brushes and paints, color mixing, wet and dry techniques, blending and gradients, contrast and even how to digitize your work. Then learn to paint roses, peonies, carnations, dahlias, anemones, poppies, leaves, details and textures and how to bring all of these together into beautiful compositions which make lovely art pieces, journal pages, handmade stationery and greetings cards, inspirational quote frames, personalized gifts and more.
Create marvelously imaginative paper animals, insects, witches, angels, ornaments, and more with just a single sheet of paper. Easy-to-follow instructions and 92 delightful illustrations for folding, cutting, and curling enable even beginners to construct a menagerie of captivating creatures. For papercrafters of all ages.
A unique book exploring the beauty, culture and craft of tools. Tools make our lives better. They help us to measure, plan, make, maintain, repair and make our ideas a reality. They are empowering, giving us the potential to do things for ourselves. Since pre-historic man first sharpened his first stone into a cutting implement, we have relied on tools to help us in carrying out even simple tasks. Nowadays, every industry has its own set of tools. What would a painter be without a brush, or a gardener without a fork? This book seeks to explore our relationship with these most fundamental of objects - those that allow us to realise our potential as makers, problem solvers and doers. Many are rightfully considered as design icons, whilst others reveal the improvisational skills of their owners, tweaked and adjusted to suit specific jobs through trial-and-error. Divided into three chapters - Wood and Stone; Earth, Metal and Glass; and Material, Cloth and Decoration - this book tells the story of 25 featured tools through the eyes of those whose craft and livelihood depend on them. Axes, drills, chisels, shaping tools and more are examined by masters of handmade trades from blacksmiths and spoon makers to sculptors and silversmiths. A range of `Collection' features also showcase the beauty of tools en masse, as Hole & Corner explore the toolboxes of craftsmen including gardeners, upholsterers and architects. Celebrating craft, culture and skill, The Story of Tools explored the time and dedication it takes to make and master tools. This is the perfect read for anyone with a penchant for tools, crafts and beautiful design.
All the basic quilting information you need is now right at your fingertips, no messy math necessary! This pocket-sized guide contains 16 quilt charts and easy-to-use formulas, making it a quick, convenient, and accurate carry-along reference! Know standard bed quilt sizes, how to reduce and enlarge patchwork blocks, and even how much fabric is needed for basic quilt blocks. Calculate fabric requirements for blocks, squares, strips, and triangles, and have easy-access to formulas for discovering the fabric needed for quilt backing and quilt binding. Also included are quick quilting reference guides for measuring diagonal blocks, side-setting, and corner triangles, as well as half-square triangles and quarter-square triangle blocks. Compact and great for on-the-go use, this guide is an excellent help the next time you prepare and plan a new project!
This value-packed collection of easy origami projects from master paper-folder Michael G. LaFosse is perfect for paper folding beginners! Fun & Easy Origami Animals contains 19 beginner origami models that everyone loves and anyone can fold-and it comes complete with 20 sheets of high-quality origami papers. The book is fully illustrated in color and has simple, step-by-step instructions showing you how to fold each piece. This is the ideal guide for someone who wants to explore the magic of origami for the first time-start turning two-dimensional paper into lifelike three-dimensional objects in only a few minutes. Voila! This collection of adorable paper animals includes the following models: Little Bird-the simplest of models! Chameleon-an amazingly lifelike and cute lizard that is surprisingly easy to fold! Flapping Bird-the classic "action model" that flaps its wings when you pull on its tail! Hummingbird-the most challenging (and rewarding!) model in the book-an award-winning LaFosse design! And many more!
Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches presents 150 exquisite knitting and crochet stitches from one of Japan's most prolific and innovative designers. Her designs range from classic to ethnic to quirky in colours ranging from earthy to vivid. Keiko Okamoto is recognized around the world for her colourful and textural stitches, and this book features beautiful colour photos showing the full potential of these stitch patterns. An introduction by veteran Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm translator of Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and 250 Japanese Knitting Stitches explains the ins and outs of using the Japanese-style knitting charts and executing the stitches in a way that is simple and easy for all knitters to understand. Full instructions and diagrams for crochet and knitting projects offer a chance to put these stitches to use. These projects include: A cardigan with charming crocheted strawberry garland A multi-coloured, fringed neck wrap A pair of funky, sculptural arm-warmers toasty and multi-textured A charming Fair Isle knitted basket bag A pair of fluffy, cuffed mittens An elegant A-line textured wool sweater suitable for any body type A chic Nordic-patterned short coat. This book will be a prized addition to every knitter's library, and a favourite reference for years to come!
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