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Category: DIY & CRAFT

DIY & CRAFT

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  • MAKE & MEND - A GDE TO RECYCLING

    Welcome to Make & Mend! This book shows how with a little knowledge and a little creativity you can make a wide range of fantastic items from those old clothes and fabrics you can’t bear to throw away. Whether it’s a cushion cover from a coat a tote bag from a torn dress or a neck tie from a negligee this book will show you how to make it. A bit of know-how and a few ideas and you can create gorgeous items with a completely personal stamp. Packed full of projects from aprons to curtains bags to jewellery we show you how to turn a bag of scraps into wearable beautiful and personalised items. Each project offers a step-by-step guide to making successful pieces as well as a wealth of information and encouragement to be as creative as possible and push your skills in a direction you might never have thought of. Included is a list of basic equipment illustrations tips and advice as well as a thorough grounding in the basics of hand and machine sewing and a fully stocked resources section. Each project is designed and illustrated to be as fun interesting and as beautiful as possible. And the best bit is…you made it yourself!

    Contents: Introduction; Part 1 Equipment; Part 2 Techniques; Part 3 Projects; Making scarves; Making bags; Making skirts; Making household items; Making cushions; Making curtains; Creating personalised gifts; Making jewellery; Part 4 Where to buy; Index

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  • HANKIE COUTURE REVISED EDITION

    Unleash your imagination and transform colorful handkerchiefs into more one-of-a-kind fashion ensembles!

    Hankie Couture is back in this newly revised edition with even more stunning and original doll-sized fashions meticulously crafted from vintage handkerchiefs. With a gallery of 125 unique mix-and-match outfits and accessories, and accented with witty lifestyle advice from the Hankie Couture girl, this book showcases a limitless variety of doll-sized fashions for every occasion

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    Jane Brocket delights in domesticity. Lively, curious and creative, she takes inspiration from her surroundings, from art, literature and nature and, through the gentle arts of knitting, baking and sewing, enhances her family life. From angora cushions to gingerbread houses, from crochet blankets to geometric quilts, she injects her home with colour, beauty and fun.

    The result is a gorgeous, unusual and inspirational book, full of wit, whimsy and stunning photographs. Jane’s fresh and thoughtful take on life will make you look at the world with new eyes. Whether you want to emulate her hand-knitted socks and colourful cupcakes or simply share her pleasure in life’s small details, you will delight in the glorious synthesis of craft, style and intellectual pleasures.

    THE GENTLE ART OF DOMESTICITY is a heavenly feast, celebrating everything that is wonderful about life.

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  • COUNTRY SKILLS AND CRAFTS

    Taste your own fresh eggs; jar your first batch of honey; spread your own strawberry jam on your toast – and have some to exchange with your neighbours or sell from your stall in the farmer’s market. More and more people want to acquire a set of new skills or build on their existing knowledge of the wide range of traditional cottage industries and country crafts. And more people than ever are also relocating to the countryside in search of a relaxed and locally-aware way of life. If you aspire to live a simpler more sustainable and self- sufficient life this book is for you. You too can live well have fun and generate some income at the same time whatever your background or current ability. The authors show you how to gain a practical knowledge of: livestock – keeping your own bees goats and chickens; plants – growing your own herbs soft fruit and flowers for cutting; food and drink – producing your own cheese sweet preserves cider and mead; crafts – making your own dyed fabrics soaps and chicken coops. The book also features a case study of an expert in each field who not only lives the good life in different areas of the uk but has also developed a successful business enterprise from their own particular craft or skill.

    Contents: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part 1 Livestock; 1. Keeping Chickens; 2. Keeping Goats; 3. Keeping Bees; Part 2 Plants; 4. Growing Herbs; 5. Growing Soft Fruit; 6. Growing Flowers for Cutting; Part 3 Food and Drink; 7. Making Cheese; 8. Making Sweet Preserves; 9. Making Cider and Mead; 10. Building Chicken Coops; 11. Making Soap; 12. Dyeing; 13. Things You Need to Know; 14. Sharing and Selling Your Product; Further Reading; Useful Addresses and Websites; Index.

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  • COMPLETE PAPER AEROPLANE BOOK, TH

    The Complete Paper Aeroplane Book is packed with diagrams instructions and graphics that will help you to build your own paper aircraft that really fly. From origami fighter jets to tin foil helicopters and paper Spitfires there are hundreds of different ways of building successful flying devices from waste paper. Hours of fun can be had following this book’s clear instructions and using the colour templates provided. The customised graphics for each model make sure that your aircraft will look great as well as flying better than any paper dart you have ever folded. All of the fantastic flying machines featured have been built and tested by the author to ensure that with little more than a few folds and a couple of snips your new creation can get airborne.>

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  • GETTING THE BUILDERS IN

    A clear comprehensive guide to employing a contractor covering conversions/extensions double glazing fitted kitchens and other household projects. Find expert advice on: selecting contractors and getting the right price; overseeing works and knowing when to intervene; legal matters including planning permission and advice on contracts.>

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    This book covers everything from a cute chick and a stripy snake to colourful mice and a patchwork tortoise – 25 unique designs for adorable toys for newborns to teens. It includes a great range of 25 toys from a fairy doll to a shiny robot, with ideas for adding fabric and felt accents to produce truly unique creations. Projects are graded for complexity to cater for every level of knitter with step-by-step instructions on knitting and finishing techniques

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    New baby snugglers; 1. Mini mittens; 2. Angel dress; 3. Outdoor snuggle; 4. A daisy for her, a puppy for me; 5. Cashmere bootees; 6. Sleepy cloud cushion; 7. Starlight blanket; Nursery comforts; 8. My first teddy; 9. Party flags; 10. Pushchair penguin; 11. Zoo toy bag; 12. Darling dolly; 13. My own puppet theatre; 14

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    The ABCs of Handwriting Analysis is an indispensable tool for anyone hoping to peer behind the letters on a page—professionals responsible for hiring and managing other employees and hobbyists looking to uncover the truths we reveal through our writing. It demonstrates proven techniques for deconstructing hand-lettering to determine an individual’s inner workings—revealing mental aptitudes and emotional characteristics odd or unusual personality traits sense of humor sexual motivation and many other qualities—all through the critical analysis of the slant pressure size and shape of one’s scripted letters. Claude Santoy’s step-by-step instruction on the most practical and up-to-date methods of handwriting evaluation includes psychological interpretation of drawings and doodles methods of determining mental health from handwriting workbook examples to help readers master the system and a helpful glossary of terminology. Packed with useful information The ABCs of Handwriting Analysis is the ultimate guide for anyone interested in uncovering the secrets hidden within handwriting.

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    Maxim Gorky said that no one understood “the tragedy of life's trivialities” as clearly as Anton Chekhov widely considered the father of the modern short story and the modern play. Chekhov's singular ability to speak volumes with a single impeccably chosen word mesh comedy and pathos and capture life's basic sadness as he entertains us are why so many aspire to emulate him. How to Write Like Chekhov meticulously cherry-picks from Chekhov's plays stories and letters to his publisher brother and friends offering suggestions and observations on subjects including plot and characters (and their names) descriptions and dialogue and what to emphasize and avoid. This is a uniquely clear roadmap to Chekhov's intelligence and artistic expertise and an essential addition to the writing-guide shelf.

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    Learn the craft of papercutting and get inspired by the stunning designs of artist Naomi Shiek. All you need to get started is a craft knife or a pair of scissors. Fold It & Cut It! provides all essential information from basic techniques to creative step-by-step projects to ready-to-cut templates.
    Readers will learn the art of cutting detailed artworks using shortcuts and tricks to make the project quicker and easier. What is unique to this book is that it is filled with papercut projects of symmetrical designs which means double the impact in half the time. And with chapters on tools and materials transferring artwork to paper and the concept of positive and negative in papercutting readers will also learn how to design draw and cut their own detailed papercut.

    Projects include greeting cards framed artwork place cards gift tags invitations window decorations a family tree and much more. Exclusive QR codes throughout the book link to videos for additional help getting through the projects. Fold It & Cut It! also includes a selection of 50 templates which can be cut straight out of the book or traced scanned downloaded and printed onto paper to create exquisite works of art.

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    A One-of-a-Kind Approach to Origami Furniture

    The Origami Home brings together over thirty high-design origami furniture projects for the first time in one beautiful package. Accompanied by step-by-step instructions and full-color photos these pieces cover a wide-range of styles and accessories for each room of the house including:
    -Mid-Century Modern Dining Room
    -Kitsch 1950s Kitchen
    -Scandinavian Style Living Room
    -Contemporary Home Office

    Plus with a variety of exciting colored and patterned folding papers included crafters can personalize the style of a finished piece. Whether you're a novice improving your skills or an origami master interested in trying something new this one-of-a-kind origami book will capture your imagination.
    75 folding papers total: 65 sheets at 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and 10 sheets at 17 x 13 inches

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    Although Ashley Johnston is comfortable with a needle and thread—and really enjoys making handmade items for her children and home—she could certainly understand that sewing machines can strike fear and dread into the hearts of many crafters. The complicated machinery with the fussy parts as well as confusing pattern directions send many people running from any craft that requires sewing. No-Sew Love is filled with ideas for the non-sewing crafter or for the more casual sewist who would rather not haul out the sewing machine for a quick project. Materials all easily found at craft and fabric stores—hem tape fusible webbing a variety of glues and of course fabric—are all you need to whip up the 50 no-sew wonders in the book. There are throw pillows grommet curtain panels cute kids’ clothing holiday decorations and even accessories for you! Projects are photographed at each step for crystal-clear directions and sure-to-please results.

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    Snuggle into the comforting warmth of hats gloves and scarves that add the perfect finishing touch to every outfit Louisa Harding’s stylish designs have something for everyone: from chunky masculine scarves and sophisticated feminine berets to soft mittens and cheeky hats for kids Maximum style for minium effort: all the projects are designed for simple knitting and finishing in a stunning range of colours Ideal for creating simple and original gifts – or why not make something just for you?>

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    Two sisters share the system of organising household chores that they created to make managing a home less time consuming and more efficient in an updated handbook that explains how to reduce chaos and clutter and achieve organisation in the home.

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    Country Wisdom & Know-How is the most complete volume on every aspect of country and self-sustained living from home and garden to barn and beyond.


    From Storey Publishing’s landmark series Country Wisdom Bulletins this comprehensive collection offers step-by-step instructions on nearly 200 individual topics providing everything you need to know about sustainability self-sufficiency homesteading and DIY living. Topics include:
    • Animals: attracting backyard birds; building bathhouses and birdfeeders; training and caring for cats and dogs; raising rabbits ducks and game birds; buying and selling horses; building chicken coops; beginning beekeeping;
    • Cooking: the basics of bread baking; making cheese butter and yogurt; cooking game; preserving and pickling; homebrewing and making homemade wine
    • Crafts: stenciling quilting and basket-weaving; making wreaths potpourri and natural soaps; homemade gifts and decorations
    • Gardening: starting your garden; caring for flowers and shrubs; controlling weeds; landscaping; growing vegetables root crops fruits berries kitchen herbs and more
    • Health and Wellbeing: natural home remedies; herbs for lifelong health; essential oils and aromatherapy; teas and recipes for a healthy diet
    • Home: simple home repairs; building furniture; restoring hardwood floors; making curtains; building fences root cellars and smokehouses
    • And so much more!

    With nearly 2000 black-and-white illustrations diagrams and photographs and trusted advice on every page this is the most thorough and reliable volume of its kind.

    This book is also a part of the Know-How series which includes other titles such as:
    • Woodworking Wisdom & Know-How
    • Natural Healing Wisdom & Know-How
    • Craft Wisdom & Know-How
    • Garden Wisdom & Know-How

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    From the cute Spring Bunnies quilt to the festive Christmas Baubles wall hanging, the classic Cadeaux de Provence quilt to the innovative Coffee and Cream throw, here you will find quilts to suit every home and all abilities. This book features 20 original patterns for fast and simple quilts and great ideas for adapting designs to suit your space. It includes quilting basics and each technique is clearly explained with step-by-step illustrations.

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