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Our crafts books are full of inspiration for your next home crafting project. Our range includes knitting books, origami, drawing books and much more! Whether you're after sewing patterns or other textile craft designs, you'll find great ideas in our hand-picked selection of arts and craft books.

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Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts Books

  • Knit Your Own Farm

    Sally Muir

    Product Code: KYOF
    Hardback
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    Filled with a collection of patterns for recreating herds of your favourite farmyard animals, Knit Your Own Farm has something for everyone - from cows, bulls and horses to cute chicks, lambs and piglets.

    Surprisingly easy to make, in only a few evenings you could create yourself a loveable animal companion - such as a llama, foal, donkey or bull, perhaps - and as an added bonus: these farmyard friends won't make any mess or take up too much room!

    Beautifully photographed and providing stitch-by-stitch instructions for creating all of the farm animals you could ever hope to meet, Knit Your Own Farm will make a wonderful treat for both the keen knitter and animal enthusiast.
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  • Handmade Jewellery

    Product Code: JWLY
    Paperback
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    With 25 step-by-step projects to make at home, Handmade Jewellery is a book that will help anyone make stylish and original projects.

    Great for accentuating your independent style and adding something different to your wardrobe, each project has step-by-step instructions and clear photographs.

    Among the projects are the chance to make a tiered festival necklace, waterfall earrings and a whimsy locket.
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  • Fresh Faced Beauty

    Alex Brennan

    Product Code: FFBY
    Hardback
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    Model Alex Brennan shows you how to make your own bath, body and haircare products and achieve a healthy glow in this essential beauty book.

    When Alex realised that conventional, chemical-laden hair treatments were contributing to her sudden hair loss, she decided to do something about it and started cooking up natural recipes for shampoo and conditioner in her kitchen. She started using these products and her hair soon grew back.

    The book is divided into three main sections: Bath & Body, Hands, and Haircare and all of the ingredients can be found at your local supermarket or health-food store. With easy-to-follow tips, you'll soon be making your own soaps, body washes, hand lotions, natural deodorants, hair-washing and styling products. There are also suggestions for dental care, foot scrubs, bubble baths and advice to help you make younger and more mature skin.
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  • Whittling Handbook

    Peter Benson

    Product Code: ARBRV
    Paperback
    This book is the perfect introduction to the simple, yet immensely pleasurable, craft of creating attractive objects with nothing more than a knife and a piece of timber. Whittling is an art form that can be as simple or as complex as you like. This delightful book guides the reader through the basics starting with straightforward projects such as a garden dibber and a paper knife, then progresses to more complex and intricate items such as a linked chain and a whistle. The tools you'll need, plus the basic techniques and how to perform them safely are all covered in a clear and easy-to-follow way. Projects include: Butter spreader, fork, cane toppers, backscratcher and dog-head stick handle.
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  • Desk Wars

    John Austin

    Product Code: BQMEN
    Paperback
    'Cubicle farms are full of enemy combatants begging to be taken out.' WIRED Achieve clandestine ends practically and inexpensively with Desk Wars - perfect for do-it-yourself spy enthusiasts. Follow fully illustrated step-by-step instructions to build 30 miniature secret weapons and surveillance tools from stationery, transforming common household items into uncommon gadgets and sidearms. Assert dominion over the desktop with these cunning contraptions: >>> Paper-Dart Watch >>> Pen Blowgun >>> Mint-Tin Catapult >>> Rubber-Band Derringer >>> Toothpaste Periscope >>> Bionic Ear >>> Cotton Bud .38 Special >>> Paper Throwing Star >>> 44 marker magnum >>> And more!
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  • Dot Art: Sticker Van Gogh

    Yoni Alter

    Product Code: CCDOF
    Paperback
    Van Gogh's A Wheatfield, with Cypresses and Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres are two of the most famous and popular paintings in London's National Gallery. These activity books allow adults and children to understand how the two artists used colors to create vibrant and luminous scenes. Opening with a brief informative essay, each book contains thousands of colored round stickers and a poster "canvas" of colored outlines - readers simply need to match the stickers to the outlines found on the poster to recreate the paintings. It's not necessary to place each sticker on precisely the right outline. As a result, every finished poster will be its own original work of art. With a handy folder-style flap that allows for easy storage and transportation of the artwork in progress, this activity book is perfect for hours of entertainment, relaxation, or meditation, as well as for unwinding at the end of a busy day.
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  • A Touch of Asia Coloring Book

    Tuttle Publishing

    Product Code: BWMIH
    Paperback
    This adult colouring book featuring stunning Asian designs and high-quality paper and is the perfect stress-reliever for fans of Asian art motifs. Artistry is in the details, and A Touch of Asia Coloring Book presents over 50 colouring patterns drawn from the exquisite traditional porcelains, prints, manuscripts, textiles, mosaics and many other artworks of Asia. Each design gives you a taste of the rich culture, history and variety found in this part of the world. Apply your pencils and fine markers to drawings based on: Chinese porcelain designs; Islamic tiles; Persian rugs and other Asian textiles; Japanese prints... and more! This is a colouring book for both relaxation and exploration. Choose a simpler design for a more restful mood or a detailed pattern when you want more of a challenge. Each single-sided page can be torn out for sharing with family and friends or for framing your finished masterpiece.
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  • Make Your Own Soft Furnishings

    Dorothy Wood

    Product Code: BEIXH
    Paperback
    An inspirational guide to designing and making tailored soft furnishings. Projects include stunning window treatments, removable loose chair covers, beautiful scatter pillows, and crisp household linen. Step-by-step instructions lead you through all the stages from planning to stitching, as well as caring for the finished item. Includes simple projects suitable for a novice, as well as challenging ideas for more experienced stitchers.
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  • New Crafts: Paper Cutting

    Stewart Walton

    Product Code: AJWQG
    Hardback
    This title features 25 beautiful and practical projects shown step by step. This is the simple but pleasing art of paper cutting celebrated in inspirational designs and appealing projects. There are complete step-by-step instructions for 25 superb projects, including Mexican bunting, a paper-cut blind, shelf edgings, and delicate lace scherenschnitte. Featuring examples of the finest paper cutting from contemporary craft artists, it is a comprehensive guide, including an introduction to the history of this timeless craft and the materials and equipment you will need. Paper cutting requires the bare minimum of equipment - a sharp pair of scissors is often sufficient. This volume brings this accessible and rewarding art form to life in a series of 25 attractive and varied practical projects. Whether you choose to make bookmarks, greetings cards, or Chinese lanterns, every idea is easy to complete, as each stage is clearly illustrated with photographs in step-by-step instructions. This stylish book includes an introduction to the craft and its history, as well as a gallery of work created by contemporary craftspeople to inspire you. With many ideas for seasonal gifts and decorations such as valentines and snowflakes, silhouettes and Chinese lanterns, you will find out how, armed only with a pair of scissors, you can create fabulous paper projects.
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  • Granny Magic

    Elka Evalds

    Product Code: CBQXA
    Paperback
    Grannies, knitting and magical sheep combine in this heart-warming adventure from Elka Evalds, illustrated by Teemu Juhani! Will's beloved granny made cakes and knitted itchy jumpers - that's what he thought. But when she passes away and dodgy Jasper Fitchet moves in to their village, dark magic begins to unravel in Knittington. Can Will and his gran's old craft group tie Fitchet in knots? With the help of her old motorbike and a flock of magical sheep, they might just do it ... so long as they don't drop a stitch.
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  • 350+ Quilting Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets

    Susan Briscoe

    Product Code: BTPBT
    Paperback
    Packed full of information, this book will answer all your quilting questions, help solve your dilemmas, and provide all the tips and techniques you need to make any quilting project - plus the trade secrets that will make it stand out from the crowd. Techniques are explained with step-by-step photographs, diagrams and clear instructions throughout, and are organized in the order in which you need them, from using the right tools and materials to practical finishing and embellishment methods. Learn the essentials of quilting, such as how to plan a design and chain-piece strips together, and then progress on to exciting new techniques like printing digitally onto fabrics. For those trickier areas, there are troubleshooting tips and expert advice on hand to show you how to take your quilting one step further and get neat, professional results every time. Whether you are just setting out on your quilting journey or an experienced quilter looking to improve your techniques and learn about new ones, this invaluable resource will provide the ultimate go-to guide for quilters everywhere.
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  • The Allen Book of Painting and Drawing Horses

    Jennifer Bell

    Product Code: BEMOW
    Paperback
    Leading equine illustrator Jennifer Bell has revised this beautiful and ever-popular book, which is designed to assist budding artists of all ages. Its encouraging text and inspiring illustrations will help the reader understand basic horse anatomy and the mechanics of movement, as well as the art techniques necessary to draw and paint horses with success.
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  • The Complete Guide to Making Wire Jewellery

    Wing Mun Devenney

    Product Code: APGTN
    Paperback
    Wire is a wonderful material for making jewellery: versatile, forgiving of beginners, and available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. This book shows you how to combine wire with other materials such as crystals, beads, stones, leather and cords; as well as how to exploit wire's manipulative qualities to wrap, bend, form, twist, weave, knot and knit.Content includes an extensive directory of jig patterns, organised into theme and shown as made-up samples, as well as numbered pattern diagrams so you can reproduce the designs at home in the wire of your choice.Professional jewellery designer and teacher Wing Mun Devenney is known for her beautiful contemporary pieces and is the author of The Art of Soldering for Jewellery Makers (Search Press, September 2013).
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  • Sketch Every Day

    Simone Grunewald

    Product Code: CBRXT
    Paperback
    Learn about key elements of character art from traditional and digital illustrator, Simone Grunewald. Simone, also known as "Schmoe", creates heart-felt and personal designs inspired by her everyday life experiences and passion for the arts. As a new mother, she also draws on her humorous experiences of bringing up a small child in the modern world. Discover in-depth visual breakdowns of Simone's techniques as well as a varied and extensive collection of Simone's stunning art. From linework advice to character design considerations, Simone generously shares her creative practice. A book that appeals to artists at every stage of their creative journey, this title teaches how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls, as well as how to improve technique. Feel motivated to practice every day to develop engaging characters of all shapes, ages and sizes. With special focus on developing dynamic poses and expressions, Simone's advice will ensure that you create emotive characters with energy and personality.
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  • The Art of Language

    Lonely Planet

    Product Code: CBQYB
    Paperback
    From Arabic and Japanese to Hebrew, Javanese and Cherokee, explore 26 unique scripts and alphabets with Lonely Planet - and learn to write local proverbs with our calligraphy tutorials. For each script you'll discover its history and roots, how and where it flourished, and gain insight into other people, places, cultures and traditions throughout the world. We'll then tell you how to use the script and the easiest handwriting techniques to make it look authentic. Accompanying each script is local proverb and a calligraphy tutorial with a blank page so you can easily recreate the sentence in your own hand. Scripts include: Arabic - from Africa and the Middle East Vai - from Sierra Leone and Liberia Hangul - from Korea Japanese Hanunoo - from the Philippines Tamil and Sinhalese - from Sri Lanka Tibetan Georgian Cyrillic - from Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine Mongolian Tifinagh - from north Africa Hebrew and Syriac - from the Middle East About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, on mobile, video and in 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.
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  • Fewer, Better Things

    Glenn Adamson

    Product Code: CBQKD
    Paperback
    Things matter. So why are we losing touch with them? From the former director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York comes a timely and passionate case for the role of the well-designed object in the digital age. In this delightful exploration of craft in its many forms, curator and scholar Glenn Adamson explores how raw materials, tools, design and technique come together to produce objects of beauty and utility. A thoughtful meditation on the value of care and attention in an age of disappearing things, Fewer, Better Things invites us to reconnect with the physical world and its objects.
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  • When Doves Craft

    Sonia Bownes

    Product Code: CBQDR
    Hardback
    This book guides you through 10 simple projects that will bring a touch of superstardom to your life and a smile to your face. Each project has clear step-by-step instructions, as well as suggestions for how to show off your symbolic creations. Learn how to make a Finger Prince. Laugh with your own Purple Crane. Fall in love with some Raspberry Crochet. Tonight you're getting crafty like it's 2019. With step-by-step photography and tips, When Doves Craft is ideal for beginner crafters as well as those looking for something completely unique. And with inspirational quotes and facts about Prince, it is a perfect tribute to the most creative artist of them all.
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  • Drawing for the Artist

    Sarah Simblet

    Product Code: CBQCJ
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    Develop your drawing skills and rediscover the world around you with this innovative and beautifully illustrated book. In Drawing for the Artist, acclaimed artist and teacher Sarah Simblet teaches you how to draw by combining practical lessons with examples of both her own work and some of the world's greatest drawings. She introduces all the key drawing materials, then shows you how to master the basic elements of drawing in a series of step-by-step drawing classes, covering topics ranging from simple mark-making to establishing form, creating tone, and conveying perspective. You will learn how to explore a wide variety of subjects, from still life, plants, and animals to portraits, the human body, landscapes, and buildings, all introduced with outstanding drawings by famous artists. The bestselling author of Anatomy for the Artist and Botany for the Artist, Sarah demonstrates how she works - from quick pencil sketches to pen and ink studies - with expertise and plenty of encouraging tips, and complements them with plentiful examples from her own sketchbooks. Drawing for the Artist is for anyone who wants to draw, whether you are a complete beginner or would like to refresh your existing skills. Whatever your ability, it will inspire you to reach for a pencil and paper and start drawing.
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  • Space Mission Art

    Luke Wesley Price

    Product Code: CBJPP
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    Since 1961, our country has launched men and women into the hostile vacuum of space. For the adventures on which they were about to embark, astronauts, associates and designers commemorated each mission by creating a unique insignia that the crew could wear with pride on their spacesuits. Space Mission Art collects every one of these iconic designs, plus sticker sheets, to celebrate the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs. They are presented in full colour and glorious detail alongside the stories behind their design. There are also crew photos, mission facts and trivia that reveal the human face of space exploration, capturing the comedy, tragedy, bravery and beauty of these extraordinary adventures into the unknown.
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  • Pure Pastel

    Anne Hevener

    Product Code: BUZGJ
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    Pastel is a medium like no other: pure color, unrivalled in its immediacy of application, and--in the hands of today's most talented artists--capable of astonishing feats of expression. A celebration of the best in contemporary pastel painting, Pure Pastel explores how artists are pushing the medium to new heights of innovation and creativity. Art from 100 of today's most recognizable names in pastel, hand selected and invited to participate by the editor of Pastel Journal A dynamic range of styles and subjects, including still life, portraits, city scenes, animals, landscapes, abstracts and more Firsthand commentary offers insight into the artists' work--how they use pastel to capture a moment in time, tell a story or evoke emotion This visual feast of a book serves up page after page of luminous color, staccato strokes, fresh perspectives and masterful techniques. It's sure to be an enduring source of awe and inspiration for artists and art lovers alike.
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  • Oils

    Norman Long

    Product Code: BRVLB
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    Learn how use oil paints with this clear and simple guide. Accomplished artist and teacher Norman Long explains all the basics and shows you how to master this versatile, vibrant medium so you can produce beautiful paintings full of life and color. Oils has a handy front section covering all the practical stuff, from choosing the right materials to essential techniques. 10 step-by-step tutorials each broken down into key stages range of subject matter from still life to landscapes to figures clear step-by-step photography and instructions includes special features on painting people, painting outdoors and composition tips and practical advice to help make the most of your paints
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  • Decorating Pumpkins & Gourds

    Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

    Product Code: BQGVY
    Hardback
    Learn how to make and decorate all sorts of fun and fantastic projects with pumpkins and gourds. Pumpkins and gourds are very versatile vegetables and make great autumnal dishes, both sweet and savoury, but they also make excellent indoor and outdoor decorations. Whether you're looking for some Halloween inspiration or just want to create something lovely to display in your garden, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell will teach you how to make all sorts of beautiful things. She will show you how to carve some striking swirls into a butternut squash to create an unusual but stunning centrepiece, and how to make a gorgeous Rose Window squash that would cast an atmospheric glow in any garden. You will learn how to cut out Maids in a Row, fashion an attractive Fall Wreath out of multiple small squashes and so much more. There are a variety of projects, both big and small, some easy and some hard, so that you will be able to make something regardless of your experience or the shape of your vegetables. With 20 fun and easy projects, Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds will inspire you to get crafty with your veg.
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  • Albion's Glorious Ile: Cornwal to Worestshyre

    Anne Louise Avery

    Product Code: AZCXD
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    These beautifully-produced colouring books present over four volumes, thirty county maps of England and Wales.The maps were produced in the early 17th century by the cartographic engraver William Hole to accompany the vast landscape poem Poly-Olbion by Michael Drayton, one of the most famous poets of his age.Arguably the strangest maps of Britain ever designed, they depict the familiar rolling countryside as a playful fairyland,bustling with otherworldly beings. Every topographical feature is anthropomorphised, a form of depiction known asprosopopeia: hills are represented as stout country gentlemen,rivers as water nymphs, forests as elegant huntresses.The poetry and maps of Poly-Olbion came out of the Renaissance vogue for chorography, the art of describing place, and together they provide one of the most detailed overviews of the rich landscape, history, and legends of Early Modern England and Wales. This is a colouring book to keep and treasure as a complex, endlessly rewarding work of art.
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  • Tatting Jewellery

    Lyn Morton

    Product Code: ATNWR
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    This is a new title on the intricate skill of tatting; one of the oldest forms of lace making still in use today. This practical and informative book showcases the use of this accessible and thriving craft, ideal for creating fantastic necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings. Lyn Morton's wide-ranging collection of charming and innovative patterns will inspire tatters of all levels, from the relative beginner to the experienced and dedicated tatter seeking to create their own unique accessories.
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Let your creative side run wild with our impressive range of arts books, get stuck into a new project with one of our fun crafts books, or decorate your own ornaments with one of our helpful handicrafts books.

Be creative with your crafts

With guides on everything crafty, from sewing to drawing to toy-making, we have so many options for you to express your creativity. From amateur to advanced, learn to make all manner of crafts, or get ideas for your next big craft project from one of our many books about crafts.

Decorate your home

Your home is your space so you should be free to decorate it however you want and, with one of our many handicraft guides, you can. From home comforts such as quilts and toys to crafts you can wear including clothing, bags, and jewellery, to paper art, such as handmade cards and paintings, you can make your own style with our handy craft guides.

Fun for the whole family

With an exciting range of craft books for kids, why not get the whole family involved in a crafting project?

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