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Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts

  • ARPT
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    If you've always dreamed of painting or if you just want to hone your creative skills further, Artist's Painting Techniques is a book that will help you explore art with watercolours, oils and acrylics.

    A book that encourages you to discover your own style and grow as an artist, it starts with the basics of painting such as developing your observational skills and learning how to draw and then gradually progresses to working with the different types of paint.

    It will explain everything you need to know about tone, colour, pattern, brushwork and composition and build your confidence. It also has inspiring advice from practising artists and will take you through a range of projects that will hone your skills, step by step.
  • QAEQ
    Lynne Goldsworthy
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    Add some colour and interest to any room with one of these 20 modern machine-quilting projects.

    This craft book has easy-to-follow instructions for a wide range of projects and some can even be finished in just one weekend. The quick and easy quilts focus on big blocks to make them easier to complete and there are 12 full-size quilts to make including ones inspired by picnic blankets and nature. The eight smaller projects cover everything from bed runners and cushion covers to wall hangings.

    Lynne Godsworthy has created some truly stunning designs in this illustrated book that also has templates for many of the quilts.
  • OFMI
    Mari Ono
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    Origami for Mindfulness is a book bursting with 35 projects that will help you destress, keep calm and live in the moment.

    Mari Ono is an expert in Japanese papercrafts and in this book she reveals how just a few simple folds of paper can improve your concentration and help overcome negativity. From flowers to objects and animals, this is a very satisfying hobby and you're sure to find inner peace while completing each project.

    The book comes with 60 pieces of origami paper, including some that you can colour in yourself.
  • AMDD
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    Avengers assemble!

    This cool dot-to-dot book from Thomas Pavitte features iconic images of the world's mightiest superheroes including Captain America, Hulk, Wolverine and Spider-Man. All you have to do is get your pencils out, relax and join the 1,000 dots together to see the images appear.

    Once complete, you can then colour in the completed pictures and display them on your wall with pride. This is a Marvel-lous gift for any fan of the spectacular superheroes.

    It even includes a special 1,700-dot poster inspired by Civil War which finds Cap and Tony Stark battling against each other.
  • HKSG
    Kat Goldin
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    With projects suitable for a range of abilities, Hook, Stitch & Give features 30 creative crochet presents that you'll love to treat your family and friends to.

    From birthdays to house-warmings and festive celebrations, you'll find the perfect project for every occasion. From cushions and cabled throws to cardigans, there are so many cool projects to complete.

    Kat Goldin has been crocheting all her life and was recently described by Mollie Makes as 'Crochet's new star'. Among the crocheted presents you can enjoy making are granite mittens, a tablet case and a bobble hat.
  • WHBK
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    This impressive book celebrates the work of the world's most famous (but also most secretive) street artist - Banksy.

    Presented in stunning hardback, it looks over the whole of Banksy's street art career all the way from his early work in 2002 to his New York residency in 2013 and beyond. There are full-page photographs of every work to pore over.

    A rare artist whose work is both accessible yet complex and with many layers of meaning, author Xavier Tapies gives an insight into the ntriguing background of each piece of Banksy art. There's also a double-spread world map so you can see where each stencil was painted.
  • SWCT
    Lucy Collin
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    Are you a craft fan who also loves Star Wars? Well, get ready to power up your crochet hook and make some amazing Star Wars characters with this out-of-this-world set.

    With all the materials (five colours of yarn, a crochet hook, stuffing, eye beads and a yarn needle) you need to make Yoda and a Stormtrooper included, the book also has instructions for making the likes of Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and the lovable droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.

    Perfect for creative Jedi, the book has step-by-step instructions and the finished projects can be played with or displayed for all to see. Every character has been inspired by the popular Japanese style of amigurumi.
  • DRUP
    Rosy Nicholas
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    Full of 30 simple accessories to make and wear, Rosy Nicholas' Dress You Up is a book that shows you how to use everyday household items in an attempt to jazz up your wardrobe.

    A thrifty book for anyone who likes to make their own fashion accessories, it will show you how you can revamp your shoes, make paper and flower crowns and create colourful bangles and pom-pom rings.

    Good for beginners and experienced crafters, the projects use a range of hand-made techniques and the projects are accompanied by colourful illustrations and step-by-step photography.
  • ILST
    Ishtar Olivera
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    A simple, versatile and addictive project, Stamping appeals to crafters of all abilities. It's cheap and easy to do at home, and allows you to easily personalise your own stationery.

    This book has over 100 traceable characters, flowers and decorative elements to choose from for your stamps, all with step-by-step illustrations. Helping you master the art of stamp carving, there are also 30 projects for you to choose from including charming brooches, cupcake toppers and stationery accessories.

    Bursting with practical and beautiful ideas, this book will help you gain all the skills you need to create your own beautiful stamps.
  • HFKD
    Debbie Shore
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    Book People favourite and all-round sewing guru Debbie Shore presents her most fun creations yet in Half Yard Kids.

    She provides step-by-step instructions for 20 projects (using templates you make yourself) that are colourful and inventive and certain to delight children of all ages. Among the projects are a fold-away easel for budding artists, a magnetic fishing game for kids who love nature and a colourful backpack for young explorers. There are even seasonal items like spooky Halloween bunting.

    With a template for Monkey Skittles, the book includes guidance and advice on tools and techniques for beginners as well as handy tips. The book's designs will also delight experienced sewers.
  • ICPT
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    With 48 detailed illustrations of patterns to colour, this large-format colouring book is perfect for anyone who loves to colour and get creative.

    Suitable for adults and children, the pages are all perforated so that once you have completed filling in the design it can be displayed for all to see.
  • SPCF
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    Upcycle things you find lying around the home - including old hangers and eggshells - into something stylish with the craft projects featured in Supercraft.

    From the experts at DK and compiled by designer Sophie Pester, the book includes 52 projects ranging from jewellery and accessories to home decoration and furniture.

    All the projects can be easily completed in one weekend, making them even more fun to complete.
  • QKMP
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    Colouring is still one of the nation's favourite hobbies and Querkles puts a whole new slant on this entertaining and relaxing activity.

    A puzzling colour-by-numbers book, each artwork has been designed by Thomas Pavitte, the esteemed graphic designer behind the hugely popular 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Books. Querkles may appear to just be a random assortment of overlapping circles but when they're coloured in, famous artworks start to appear...

    Including the Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa and Girl with a Pearl Earring embedded in the puzzles, this interactive book will help a colouring fan of any age relax and unleash their creativity.
  • KNKT
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    Find the purr-fect knitted toy for your cat in this incredible book.

    Featuring 25 patterns that will entertain and delight your feline friends, the projects are suitable for all abilities of knitters and range from classics including mice, fish and birds to crazier ideas including a doughnut, a mushroom and a leaping lizard.

    Designed to bring out their kitten-esque playful nature, these toys are ones any cat will want to get their paws on.
    Please note all these projects are knitted on three needles
  • HMFH
    Carin Oliver
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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.
  • 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.
  • AG0976
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    Hook, Yarn and Crochet contains 20 simple but adorable crochet projects.

    It includes projects such as a garland of sweet crocheted daisies, which brings a touch of the meadow into your home, while the bobtail bunny will give you the perfect pocket-size pal.

    There are also chapters on crochet kit essentials and basic techniques, making this a must-have for any crochet enthusiast.
  • TTCO
    Susan Hogan Tice
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    This brilliant book provides 50 creative ways for you to enjoy the vibrancy of colours, no matter what your age.

    The subjects range from the everyday to the offbeat and the book also presents basic colour theory alongside helpful techniques that can inspire all artists.

    With pages you can colour in, the book's great for unleashing your creativity.
  • TDCA
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    Add an extra dimension to your colouring with this 3D book dedicated to animals.

    Presented in a very large format, the intricate designs all have instructions which will tell you where to place the warm and cool colours. After finishing the piece, all you have to do is pop on the included glasses and watch the artwork pop off the page.

    Throughout the book, you'll have the chance to colour in designs including birds of paradise, incredible insects, sensational sea creatures and other exciting exotic animals.

    There are also plenty of gridded pages where you can copy the designs to develop your drawing skills.
  • LVTC
    Suzy Taylor
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    Grab your pens, pencils and paints and prepare to add a dash of colour to the intricately designed letters included in this huge notepad-style colouring book.

    With each page including a different letter or symbol, you can make banners or signs to say 'Congratulations', 'Good Luck' or 'Happy Birthday'. There are plenty of designs to choose from and they've all been designed in style by folk artist Suzy Taylor.
  • PPRC
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    Fold, snip and shape your own paper creations with the help of the hobby experts at DK's 50 beautiful paper craft projects.

    From striking card ideas and stunning paper flowers to glorious decorations to add a bit of colour to your home, Paper Craft shows you how you can achieve fantastic results using classic paper-craft techniques including origami, paper cutting and quilting... all with a modern twist.

    Full of step-by-step instructions and photographs to help you along the way, with the help of this book you'll be making your perfect paper creations in next to no time.
  • POMM
    Christine Leech
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    Whether adorning a headdress, swinging from a bag handle or dangling from a mobile phone, pompoms are very fashionable right now - and this book can show you how to create your very own.

    With no fancy equipment needed, the projects are inexpensive to make and the combination of graphic photography and step-by-step photographs will guide you through them with ease. Each one takes no more than an hour to make, too!
  • PRPP
    Paula Pascual
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    This beautifully photographed paper craft book takes you through 20 easy-to-make and inspiring pom-pom decorations that will transform your home, garden or celebration.


    With easy step-by-step instructions, as well as tips and suggestions, this will help you quickly gain the skills needed to create the projects and variations on them.
  • IGCC
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    We all know just how popular adult colouring has become and this book provides a perfect introduction to making your own doodles and even creating your own patterns that are ready to be coloured in.

    Doodling can be a unique and creative outlet that takes you to new and imaginative places. With this artistic guide, you put pen to paper and discover the discipline, order and joy of using specific, repeated patterns to design and then colour in your intricate works of art.