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Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts Books

  • MNFT
    Sachiyo Ishii
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
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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.
  • HYXM
    Debbie Shore
    • £3.99
    • RRP £11.99
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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!
  • SWAD
    Debbie Shore
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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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.
  • MNKW
    Sachiyo Ishii
    • £3.99
    • RRP £8.99
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    Suitable for all skill levels, Mini Knitted Woodland is bursting with cute and easy knitting patterns for animals, birds and other critters you would find living in a forest.

    There are 27 animals to knit and they all come with step-by-step instructions. The techniques you'll need to make the cute projects are also highlighted, complete with easy-to-follow illustrations.

    From badgers to bears and stags to squirrels, this is quite simply a magnificent animal-themed book. You can even knit together a forest floor mat to provide a backdrop to your scene.
  • CTAW
    Melody Griffiths
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    This book is bursting with ideas for warm, beautiful and special throws and wraps that you can crochet by yourself. Among the other items featured are blankets, throws and coverlets.

    There is a comprehensive techniques section so you can master the art of crochet and these are followed by instructions for easy-to-follow patterns. The styles range from 'vintage' to 'around the world' and can be displayed in a variety of stunning colours.

    Suitable for all levels of crocheter, every one of the 25 projects is beautiful and there are even 10 extra ideas for smaller items including bed covers and pillows.
  • WFAP
    Rachel Pedder-Smith
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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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.
  • HMCH
    DK
    • £3.99
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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.
  • Homemade for Hamsters - Paperback - 9780857621511
    HMFH 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £2.99
    • RRP £9.99
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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.
  • SCCH
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    This brilliant book from DK shows you how to craft your way through over 40 fantastic festive projects including gifts, decorations and wrapping paper. All inspired by German and Nordic festive markets, they're sure to turn heads.

    From home-made bath salts to floating tea lights and gingerbread hearts, the projects all have step-by-step instructions and there's even a chapter focusing on last-minute ideas. Other ideas are flower garlands, edible gift tags and authentic tree ornaments.

    This book also has full-size templates and photography that will surely inspire you to have a home-made holiday.
  • CCRA
    Catherine Woram
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Catherine Woram, a leading crafts expert, reveals how you can ditch the expensive, mass-produced Christmas decorations this year and create your own exciting festive projects.

    From decorations for the tree to wrapping paper and its various alternatives, the book will also teach you how to make labels and gift tags, table decorations for Christmas lunch and a selection of tasty treats including festive cupcakes, chocolate brownies and biscuits to hang on the tree. There is also a chapter on 'Makes for Kids' which includes paper chains and pom-pom decorations.

    With designs ranging from chic and sophisticated to those that are fun and colourful, this is a must-have for any crafter who wants to get festive!
  • Hook, Stitch & Give - Paperback - 9780857832160 - Kat Goldin
    HKSG
    Kat Goldin
    • £2.99
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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.
  • DTDB
    Thomas Pavitte
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Who said dot-to-dots were only for children? This comprehensive collection of intricate and complex dot-to-dot patterns features 1,000 dots in each pattern to build your concentration and keep you focused for a satisfyingly long time.

    The unique puzzles presented on extra large pages take on Thomas Pavitte's unique style and recreate people and portraits in dot form. So not only will you have plenty of fun completing the pictures, but the finished illustrations will be impressive enough to display on your wall, too!

    As calming as adult colouring, but with the added bonus of a little bit of problem-solving, The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book will provide hours and hours of creative entertainment.
  • SWMM
    • £9.99
    • RRP £19.99
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    Make a model of the Millennium Falcon and enjoy a book filled with fun facts and character profiles from a galaxy far, far away.

    This Star Wars book includes moments from the saga and even explains all about the schematics the spaceships featured in the film.

    You won't need any glue to put the pieces together and when fully built, the model measures 30 x 30cm. It even has moveable cannons and a radar dish. The removable panels also allow Star Wars fans to look inside and find out more about the famous freighter.
  • HGIF
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £16.99
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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!
  • HMXM
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Packed with 35 step-by-step projects and inspirational ideas for the festive season, Handmade Christmas is the book to help you celebrate the big day with crafts and style.

    From making gifts for loved ones to decorating the table for Christmas lunch, this is bursting with inspiration and the projects and ideas are suitable for all tastes, ages and styles - whether you like bold and bright or chic and sophisticated.

    Separated into three sections - Decorations, Cards & Giftwrap and Gifts - all the projects have step-by-step instructions. By following them, you'll soon be making your own Christmas crackers, embroidery gift tags and even meringue snowflakes.
  • Draw Cats in 15 Minutes - Paperback - 9781781571958
    DCTS
    • £2.89
    • RRP £9.99
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    With their luxurious fur and distinctive markings, you might think that drawing cats is an impossible challenge. Think again! With Draw Cats in 15 Minutes you'll be sketching your favourite feline friend in no time at all.

    Following the formula of the popular Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, the book presents easy-to-follow tutorials that take you from basic drawing techniques every would-be artist needs to know, to capturing the unique qualities that define your cat.

    From understanding a cat's anatomy to how it affects their appearance, rendering their fur in both pencil and charcoal and putting their distinctive character onto page, Draw Cats in 15 Minutes is a book that ensures that anyone who's ever wanted to draw will be able to in no time!
  • HTMS
    Sally Hornsey
    • £2.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Using traditional methods that incorporate both moisturising oils and butters, How to Make Your Own Soap presents readers with a wealth of soap recipes - in traditional bars, liquid or cream form.

    Including step-by-step instructions, stunning photographs and even packaging ideas for gifting your new creations to friends and family, the book teaches how to make soaps from scratch using natural products rather than purchasing commercial alternatives.

    A creative and health-promoting hobby, soap making is a hot new trend amongst hobbyists that shows no signs of slowing.
  • HL2108
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    With natural remedy recipes for health, beauty, home and garden and pets, 1001 Natural Remedies is the most comprehensive reference available on this topic.

    Take natural, simple ingredients such as essential oils, herbs, honey, lemon, and baking soda, and turn them into shampoos, mouthwashes, and household cleaners that are safe, effective, and kind to the environment.

    Organised into four easy-to-reference sections, this guide is packed with 1001 recipes to treat common ailments, restore scuffed furniture, get rid of garden pests and so much more.
  • CTWO
    Rough Guides
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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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.
  • MSWC
    Roly Allen
    (1)
    • £12.99
    • RRP £19.99
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    Star Wars Crochet added an intergalactic side to the craft and now its sequel shows you how to make even more characters from a galaxy far, far away.

    This book comes with instructions for making 12 different characters including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Rey and Finn and comes with enough material (yarn, stuffing, eyes, a crochet hook and a tapestry needle) to make your very own Jawa and BB-8.

    Providing hours of crafting entertainment, all of the projects have step-by-step instructions and can be completed by crocheters of all levels.
  • FHAB
    Jenny Occleshaw
    (2)
    • £2.99
    • RRP £14.99
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    Written by crafts expert Jenny Occleshaw, Fantastical Hats and Beanies provides you with a collection of projects for hand-made small children's headwear that would suit every outfit and any occasion. The easy-to-follow instructions make this book suitable for beginners and expert crafters alike, and there is a huge variety of techniques and styles on offer here, meaning there is a hat or beanie for every kind of little one!
  • Learn to Paint People Quickly - Hardback - 9781849943949 - Hazel Soan
    LPPQ
    Hazel Soan
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    Hazel Soan is a hugely popular artist and in this book she will teach you everything you need to know about painting people.

    Compact and accessible, it has a very visual style and easy-to-follow instructions that will help you gain confidence when it comes to painting your own artworks. It also has advice on painting people as individuals and as part of a crowd.

    She also advices on how to paint people in different poses and settings and explains how to make the most of watercolour, oils and other media. Body proportion, perspective and portraiture are also all included.
  • MCWO
    • £5.99
    • RRP £12.99
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    Kirsten Burke's Secrets of Modern Calligraphy is an inspirational workbook that will help you develop your love of lettering.

    Ideal for beginners, it shows you how to master the art of the nib and showcases all the methods and practices that Kirsten presents in her acclaimed workshops. After you've built up your writing skills with a nib pen, she then presents a variety of easy-to-follow and enjoyable projects that will help your build your calligraphy confidence.

    This book even contains seven removable art cards for you to complete and treasure. It's a part how-to book and also bursting with brilliant projects for any creatives.
  • Knit Your Own Farm - Hardback - 9781909397880 - Sally Muir
    KYOF
    Sally Muir
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
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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.