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Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts

  • SCFT
    Laura Howard
    • £4.99
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    This craft book will help you learn how to sew, craft and make all sorts of fabulous gifts and accessories with felt.

    A great material to work with as it doesn't fray when cut and comes in all kinds of colours, this book has 35 projects for you to make, ranging from bunny brooches to feather headbands and hedgehog phone cases.

    With chapters dedicated to accessories, gifts, homeware and celebrations, all the projects have step-by-step instructions and are complemented by illustrations. They're suitable for all abilities.
  • BATD
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    Do you want to learn how to draw? This engaging, write-in book from the experienced artist and teacher Jake Spicer will show you how.

    Using innovative and easy-to-follow methods, it encourages you to practise the simple lessons straight away. It eases you in and gradually shows you the more head-turning techniques that you'll love mastering.

    This book is full of straightforward advice and tricks that help you develop skills. All you'll need to do is pick up a pencil and work your way through. Among the styles covered are shape, tone and texture, distance and detail and a two-point perspective.
  • 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.
  • IYBW
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    This contemporary and stylish book highlights all the incredible things you can do with the classic art form of watercolour painting.

    Watercolour has often been seen as conventional, easy to manage and perhaps inoffensive... this book changes everything. It shows you how to use a variety of modern techniques and learn a host of new tricks.

    Written by fashion illustrator Veronica Ballart Lilja, it reveals how you can use luminous colour, dynamic composition, mixed media and so much more. From choosing the correct materials to using different object, it even showcases enhanced techniques like creating silhouettes for painting city skylines.
  • ATBK
    DK
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    From prehistoric cave paintings to performance art, DK's The Art Book provides an easy-to-follow and fascinating introduction to this compelling and important subject.

    This book explores history's most influential painters, sculptors and artists' most celebrated artworks and provides information surrounding the pieces and insightful quotes about them. It also has profiles of the most important artists from all over the world and explains their impact on impressionism, symbolism and cubism.

    It will help you understand the ideas that inspired Rembrandt and Picasso's masterpieces and covers everything from painting and drawing to printing, sculpture and conceptual art.
  • LPPQ
    Hazel Soan
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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.
  • HDLT
    • £3.99
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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.
  • KWGN
    Hanna Charlotte Erhorn
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    For anyone who is a weekend knitter or a crafter with a few hours to spare, Knitting with Giant Needles could be just the perfect knitting book.

    Focusing on the latest trend of knitting with giant needles, the book will help you create beautiful and unique accessories for your wardrobe and home in next to no time.

    Among the 35 inventive, creative and practical projects are scarves, shoulder bags, cushions and blankets and the step-by-step instructions will appeal to newcomers and experienced knitters alike.
  • 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!
  • PAPO
    Claire Heafford
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    Jam-packed with 20 projects to help kick-start your creativity, Paper Only is a celebration of all things paper and how you can using the seemingly mundane - such as leftover wallpaper and junk mail - to create home-made delights to decorate your home and treat friends.

    From making simple gift tags and origami bows, to giant lilies and even setting up your own art studio, the book takes readers on a journey of artistic self-discovery with the help of stunning photography and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.

    A wonderful hobby that is kind on the wallet - and equally rewarding to participate in - follow the paper trail and begin your artistic adventure with Paper Only!
  • HKSG
    Kat Goldin
    • £3.99
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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.
  • URBN
    Max Bainbridge
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    Max Bainbridge's The Urban Woodsman is a hardback book that shows how you can work with wood to make bespoke cutlery including spoons, bowls and boards.

    Max will show you where to source local timber from (without having to pay much at all) and then explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques you should learn to make them. He also reveals the ways to achieve the perfect finish.

    Wood you believe it? This book is ideal for both novices and experienced carvers and will show you how to make some stunning contemporary homeware.
  • MOFM
    Tracey Radford
    • £3.99
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    This fun book shows our children how to make use of empty egg cartons, cotton wool and cardboard tubes and how they can recycle and transform these everyday items into amazing farmyard animals.

    As well as a menagerie of creatures, you'll find out how to make a tractor, a farm house, a barn, a hay bale and more. Every project has simple, step-by-step instructions and handy tips.

    The results are incredible and you'll love watching your children embrace the creative nature of crafts.
  • GPTD
    Elizabeth Wilhide
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    With evening classes being oversubscribed all over the country, pottery is quickly becoming the nation's favourite hobby - thanks, in part, to BBC Two's hit series, The Great Pottery Throw Down.

    This companion book provides a complete introduction to ceramic art and its craft, manufacture, history and culture. It reveals how the history of pottery runs parallel to the evolution of mankind and how it's played such a key role in everything from terracotta warriors to home furniture.

    Its narrative will tell you jaw-dropping details about the materials, processes and skills involved in making pottery and is full of striking photographs and illustrations.
  • MCSW
    Laura Strutt
    • £3.99
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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.
  • KFTH
    Hilary Grant
    (3)
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    Inspired by traditional knitting, Hilary Grant's patterns offer a more contemporary slant on Nordic designs and in Knitting from the North she shows you how to make a host of cosy hats, gloves, scarves and jumpers.

    There are 30 colourful hand-knitted projects (two stunning jumpers and various ideas for hats and mittens) featured in the book and they all have clean and simple shapes that ensure that pattern and colour are always at the forefront. Hilary share her inspiration for each pattern and even gives advice on choosing the right yarn.

    Every project follows a pattern with a mitten, hat and scarf variation - meaning you'll soon have a whole winter wardrobe full of accessories.
  • AG1067
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    Transform plain old paper into beautiful decorations, handmade cards and stunning scrapbooks with this incredible book.

    Suitable for novices and those who already enjoy papercrafts, it also contains step-by-step instructions for jewellery, bunting and lanterns.
  • 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.
  • KNTT
    Tetyana Korobkova
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £14.95
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    Learn how to knit 14 adorable toys in this cute book. Every one of them has a traditional theme (perhaps reminiscent of The Magic Roundabout) and would make a lovely gift for anyone you know.

    The techniques you'll need to use to knit together the toys are clearly explained and there are step-by-step photographs to show you exactly what you should be aiming for. There are also photos to show close-up details and the finished pieces.

    The projects range from quick and easy for intermediate knitters to more complex designs and include tiny teddies, cool children and so much more.
  • How to Paint Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781600587245
    HTPS
    • £9.99
    • RRP £59.90
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    • Just £1.00 per book
    From still life to portraits, this 10-book collection will help you learn how to paint in style using oils and acrylics. Covering all the basics of painting, the books feature progressive visual demonstrations and expert advice to help you get to grips with a paintbrush in the right way.

    There are step-by-step lessons featured in all the books too, helping you learn how to paint spectacular landscapes, sunsets, clouds and skyscapes, pet portraits, oceans and seascapes and flowers.

    There is also advice on setting up a studio, selecting tools and materials and learning the tips, tricks and techniques for the different styles of painting. A perfect starter library for a budding artist!

    Please note these books are dedicated to oil and acrylic painting.
  • CTWO
    Rough Guides
    • £3.99
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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.
  • DCTS
    • £3.99
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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!
  • UDDA
    Dr Gareth Moore
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    With extreme puzzle challenges to complete and colour, this large-format dot-to-dot book contains over 30,000 dots.

    All animal themed, the puzzles are sure to entertain and engage you for hours on end. As you connect the dots (one has 2,000 just by itself!), the intricate animal images will appear before your eyes - as if by magic.

    Once you've finished joining the dots, why not colour it in and make it unique?
    Please note that the dots featured in this book are very intricate.
  • Collins Learn to Draw Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780007960309
    CLTD
    • £6.99
    • RRP £39.95
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    • Just £1.40 per book
    Learn to draw like a professional with this wide-ranging collection. From animals and buildings to still life and the countryside, these books are full of hints, tips and techniques to inspire you to embrace your creative nature.

    The books are all easy to follow and will help you master the basics of drawing techniques for each subject and then encourage you to hone these new-found skills in a variety of ways. There's even a book to help you create realistic drawings of people.

    Each book has practical exercises and looks at the structure and form of each subject. They will help you choose the right medium, learn about composition and understand the importance of light and shade. They will also help you capture movement and behaviour.