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  • MCSW
    Laura Strutt
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    Following on from Modern Granny Square Crochet and more, Laura Strutt reveals how a shawl, wrap or throw can liven up any wardrobe or home.

    From the comforting and cosy to the stylish and delicate, the book has 35 patterns for you to try out, from a simple, slip-on crochet wrap to a large, open-work shawl complete with tassels.

    Featuring everything from elegant shawls to capelets for chilly days, the book shows how you can use Granny hexagons and stars to make rectangular wraps and throws, while using triangle stitch and puff stitch to add texture and weight. It will even show you how to master the 'stash-buster' pattern and use up your leftover yarns.
  • HMFH 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Homemade for Hamsters is a book full of projects that will help keep your little pet happily stimulated.

    From creative toys to larger play areas, the projects are easy to make and use materials that are easily found around the house. From building your own hamster wheel to making an amazing maze, the projects all cover a different activity that your hamster will love doing - including running, digging, chewing, climbing and resting.

    With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations, the book will help you make so many challenges for your hamster and the discover which ones they enjoy the most.
  • UKBG
    Will Grove-White
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    Learn how to play the ukulele with this step-by-step guide. Written by Will Grove-White, a member of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, it's clearly written and full of illustrations that make learning the instrument easy.

    A perfect first instrument, this book will come in handy for both children and adults and you don't need any prior knowledge of playing music to master it! It introduces the chords and has tips and tricks for writing your own songs. It covers simple and advanced strumming techniques and has songs to play along to online. It even shows you how to play the ukulele in a group!

    It also comes with a pull-out comprehensive chord dictionary, biographies of the greatest uke players of all time and a history of the instrument, including revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley.
  • HYXM
    Debbie Shore
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    Book People customers have really enjoyed sewing superstar Debbie Shore's Half Yard Heaven and Half Yard Home. Now she's back with festive-themed projects to create using leftover pieces of fabric in Half Yard Christmas.

    The book has six themed chapters - rustic, traditional, contemporary, monochrome, Scandinavian and kids - and each one offers simple projects that you can mix and match to decorate your home at Christmas... or give to friends and family as holiday gifts.

    Packed with Debbie's friendly guidance and easy-to-follow photographs of each process, the book will leave you and your home feeling festive in no time!
  • KNTP
    Danielle Holke
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    Danielle Holke's Knits & Pieces is a comprehensive, illustrated miscellany that looks over the origins of one of the world's most popular crafts - knitting.

    Anyone who loves this hobby will find the facts in this entertaining history fascinating. Danielle explains all of the useful, not-so-useful, historical and humorous elements of the craft. She reveals how knitting brings about optimism and even tells all about knitting graffiti and yarn-bombing.

    She also looks at the revival led by bloggers, podcasts, celebrities and social media and how there is now a truly international knitting community.
  • HMCH
    DK
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    If you're planning on giving hand-made gifts this Christmas, then this DK book will show you how to make beautiful cards, gifts, decorations and bakes.

    With step-by-step instructions and plenty of photographs, the projects use techniques ranging from metalwork to bread making and focus on upcycling and using natural materials.

    Enjoy your most creative Christmas yet with this cool craft book.
  • HDLT
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    Anyone who has a creative edge or who is interested in calligraphy will love to find out how to design their own alphabets with this hand lettering handbook.

    Thy Doan Graves is an artist and illustrator and in this book she guides you through each alphabet with easy-to-follow steps. She shares all her knowledge on creating bespoke lettering and will inspire you to come up with designs of your own. She also talks about the different materials you can use to write the letters, including brush pens and sharpies.

    The alphabets can be used to add a personal touch to all kinds of things, ranging from banners and invitations to comics, posters and menus. This book even has practice pages so you can try your hand at each one.
  • MNFT
    Sachiyo Ishii
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    As it never frays when cut, felting is more popular than ever before and as we head towards Christmas, what better material to make your decorations from?

    In this book, well-known crafter Sachiyo Ishii presents 30 quirky, easy-to-make projects ranging from baubles to penguins and a Santa Claus complete with sleigh and reindeer. You could even make the complete Christmas story!

    Sure to turn some heads when on display in your home, all of the quirky ornaments are suitable for all levels of felter as the techniques and stitches you need are explained through photographs at the beginning of the book and templates are also included.
  • OCQB
    Jack Waley-Cohen
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    Inspired by the BBC series hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell, The Only Connect Quiz Book contains over 200 challenging questions from the show.

    Drawing questions from four rounds (Connections, Sequences, the Connecting Wall and Missing Vowels), this book will test your general knowledge and keep those brain cells ticking. Victoria even offers up personal advice and trivia to help you.

    You can play the games on your own or in teams as you put sleuthing skills to the text.
  • TIPK
    (1)
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    Bestselling author and knitting guru Debbie Bliss returns with a handy, comprehensive and wholly accessible book that offers helpful tips to every ability of knitter.

    Beautiful photography and step-by-step illustrations complement Debbie's indispensable advice as she tells you how to improve on the basics of knitting, how to pick yarns, techniques for simple and more advanced shaping, casting on and off, and even tips on how more advanced knitters can progress into thinking about and making their own patterns. Tips on how to incorporate beads and buttons into your creations are also shared by Debbie.

    Guiding you through each process, this is an invaluable guide for knitters of every level; simply pick which areas you want to work on and Debbie will shed some brilliant advice!
  • HGIF
    (1)
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    With over 70 step-by-step ideas to make and create at home, Handmade Gifts covers all the popular crafts such as sewing, knitting, paper crafts, candle making and crochet, as well as making jam and baking.

    With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, there are ideas for every occasion including birthdays, seasonal gatherings, house-warmings and baby showers. There are also 20 technique lessons scattered throughout the book which will help you with casting on and off, embroidery stitches and melting soap.

    From handmade cards to crochet blankets and chocolate egg truffles, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants to give handmade presents!
  • MTSQ
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    Howzat! Any cricket fan will love testing their knowledge with the 3,000 questions from every era of Test Match Special featured in this brain-teasing quiz book.

    From identifying some of the most famous players from history to naming grounds, the questions are sure to test even the biggest cricket fan's mind.

    Looking over a huge archive of material, Dan Waddell's book also focuses on the gaffes, giggles, cakes and celebrity guests who have appeared on the show.
  • GMCH
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    Harking back to an era when all you needed to play fun games was a pen, some paper and your imagination, this book has easy-to-follow instructions for the favourite games from your childhood!

    From filling in the grids of Battleships to Hangman and cut-out card games including snap, dominoes and pairs, this compendium also presents gorgeous versions of Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.

    Providing a refreshing antidote to today's digi-centric world, these games are suitable for all the family and will help you test your logic and reasoning while having fun.
  • WFAP
    Rachel Pedder-Smith
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    Produce beautiful botanical paintings with this guide to watercolour painting. The pages are printed on specialist watercolour art paper and there are even step-by-step tutorials for you to follow.

    Ranging from stems and blooms to floral images and more intricate designs, Rachel Pedder-Smith's fine illustrations have been recreated by the artist in outline-only form and are ready for you to paint. One side of each spread has flowers and recommendations for colours; the other has an image to paint.

    There are recommended colour palettes and artworks to copy and the pages are perforated, making them easy to remove and be painted on directly. The paper also works well with acrylic paints, artists' pencils and fibre-tip pens.
  • SWAD
    Debbie Shore
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    Book People favourite Debbie Shore explains how to sew unique and personalised advent calendars, filled with festive treats, for all your loved ones in this oh-sew-good book.

    With designs ranging from traditional flat-pocket calendars to hanging cones and festive pouches, you'll be able to sew something for every age. All the techniques you'll need are covered and the projects are shown clearly with step-by-step tips.
  • CTWO
    Rough Guides
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    With its thick paper and strong binding, this is a very sturdy adult colouring book that allows you to design your own colour schemes for some of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations.

    Featuring sweeping landscapes and iconic sights from all over the globe, you'll have the chance to add some new colours to the likes of Big Ben and the Inca site of Machu Picchu.

    Combining travel content with calming art therapy, you can leave your worries behind and relieve stress by escaping on long journeys and allowing your creative streak to unleash.
  • MGAI
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    Master the most popular art apps on your iPad and learn a whole host of new painting and drawing skills with this incredibly informative book.

    With tutorials including What Would Banksy Do?, Find Your Inner Urban Artist and The Purrfect Cat, this book teaches all the fundamentals of digital painting and even reveals the fun and easy tricks you can use to add extra gloss to your masterpieces.

    Perfect for creative wannabes and skilled artists alike, this is a very accessible book that will help you achieve amazing art with an iPad.
  • QTBS
    Michael Caputo
    (1)
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    Including 12 workshops and 12 projects to make - ranging from an oven mitt to a full-size quilt - this book provides a step-by-step course for any first-time quilter.

    Taking you right from the start, the expert advice in this book will show you all the tools and equipment you need to make a quilt and then introduce you to the skills you'll need. At the end of each workshop is a project to complete, which will help you practise the skills you've learnt.

    The step-by-step instructions will help you get to grips with joining pre-cut squares, sashing, piecing and paper piecing, as well as using templates and different types of applique.
  • BPSE
    (1)
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    With more than 100 techniques and 30 beautiful projects to try your hand at, DK's Bumper Book of Sewing will quickly become the essential guide for any sewer!

    The book introduces anyone who is interested in starting sewing to the tools and techniques they'll need to create charming hand-made items. With clear instructions and step-by-step photographs throughout, this is a book bursting with inspiration.

    A great way to build confidence and skill - by following the instructions in this book you'll become an expert at everything from threading a needle to adding pockets and zips!
  • Bletchley Park Puzzles Collection - Collection - 9781788288156
    BPPZ
    • £5.99
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    • Just £1.50 per book
    Produced by the Bletchley Park Trust (the central site for British codebreakers during World War II), this collection will test all your puzzle-solving skills.

    With cryptic crosswords, IQ puzzles, codebreaking puzzles and number and mathematical puzzles all included, there are so many puzzles to complete and each one is sure to train your brain.

    Designed for serious puzzle enthusiasts, these books will test your grey matter and show if you have what it takes to have worked at Bletchley Park during the war. Can you crack the codes?
  • SR0021
    Chris Sidwells
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    Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.

    From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.

    With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
  • RACC
    Ruby and Custard
    (3)
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    This easy-to-follow craft book contains a selection of patterns for adults, children and babies from Ruby and Custard, one of the most highly respected British crochet brands.

    With over 30 stylish accessories to choose from, the problem you'll have is choosing where to start. Perfect for at home and on special occasions, among the projects you'll find ideas for beanie hats, berets, gloves, scarves, mittens, soft toys, blankets and much, much more.

    Once you've mastered the basic pattern, you'll be able to customise the designs yourself and create even more amazing projects. This book includes everything you need to know to master crochet!
  • GLTC
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    A Book People favourite for many years and an artist voted the best cartoonist of the 20th century on many occasions, we're delighted to bring you the 2018 edition of the Giles compilation.

    From the Express and Sunday Express archives, the 150 cartoons in this keepsake hardback are witty, irreverent and still remain relevant today as they offer a light-hearted look at various social issues.
  • Love to Sew Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9781782215424
    LVSW
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    • Just £2.00 per book
    This is a lovely two-book set for those who enjoy sewing and creating beautiful projects. It contains two Love to Sew books covering little bags and purses and quilted covers and cosies.

    Little Bags & Purses by Saskia Abel is full of charming and colourfully designed bags for you to makes and also contains essential items such as key rings, phone covers and glasses cases. All have step-by-step instructions, full-size templates and there's even a handy techniques section (ranging from easy to more technically advanced) at the front of the book to help you on your way to making something stunning.

    Quilted Covers & Cosies by Book People favourite Debbie Shore has 18 projects that sewers of all abilities will want to make. This book starts with Debbie introducing basic quilting, binding and applique techniques and explaining which materials you will need. After this you will be able to make projects that range from egg cosies and mug hugs to sewing machine and toaster covers. All of them are accompanied by clear, step-by-step photographs.