Hobbies & Interests

Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • KWGN
    Hanna Charlotte Erhorn
    (1)
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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!
  • MGSC
    Laura Strutt
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    Whether you're looking to learn how to crochet or have moved on to other stitches and patterns, this book will help reignite your love of granny squares, circles, triangles and more.

    Modern Granny Square Crochet and More will teach you all the basic stitches and techniques you need to create a selection of stylish pieces and will start you off with larger scale projects for the home (pillow, throws, etc.) before moving onto finishing touches including rugs, place mats and crochet 'pictures'.
  • URBN
    Max Bainbridge
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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
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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.
  • KFTH
    Hilary Grant
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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
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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
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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.
  • TRIC
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    Part of the Trianimals series, this colouring book most certainly is cool for cats!

    Adding a new twist to the tradition of colouring by numbers, it features images of all your favourite felines and once you add a dash of colour to each segment, the cute kitties will magically come to life.

    This book features cats ranging from bengals to Scottish fold kittens and American bobcats. There's even a selection of cat masks included.
  • UDDA
    Dr Gareth Moore
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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
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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.
  • AG1027
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    From the first loop to the last seam, First Crochet is an essential beginner's guide to one of the most popular needlecrafts.

    It's full of comprehensive instructions and step-by-step photographs that start by showing the basics, from holding the crochet hook to weaving intricate patterns.

    There are over 20 gorgeous projects to make including stylish home accessories like cushions and a throw and beautiful gifts such as scarves, bags and baby items.
  • STFG
    Angela Mckay
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    Stickertopia: The Flower Garden is a sticker book for grown-ups full of gorgeous gardening designs/ It will delight you and help you find serenity.

    With beautiful blossoms and peaceful gardens featured throughout, it comes with jewel-like stickers of botanical flowers, leaves and petals that can be added to designs as you create your very own world of wonder on each spread.

    The artwork is inspired by some of the world's most beautiful gardens including the Saihoji temple garden in Japan, the Versailles Garden in France, the Desert Botanical Gardens in Arizona and Kew Gardens in London.
  • STTF
    Angela Mckay
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    Stickering for grown-ups is the new way to find mindfulness and you will find your worries drifting away as you decorate the intricate scenes in this beautiful book based around the joys of the forest.

    Combining gorgeous backgrounds with jewel-like stickers of woodland animals, trees and plants, it's a book that encourages you to construct a world of wonder, one tiny detail at a time.

    All based on real-life wonders, you will love unleashing your creativity as you stick the stickers and complete the exquisite artwork.
  • HMFH
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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.
  • CATQ
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    Book People customers have been enjoying all our Querkles books so far and we're sure you'll love this purr-fect new book from Thomas Pavitte.

    Featuring a host of feline friends, this book has some cute and cuddly cats hidden within designs that add a new dimension to classic activity of colouring by number. From roaring lions to loopy long hairs, it's up to you if you want to colour them in vivid colours or something more natural.

    The pages can easily be removed so that they can be displayed once you have finished.
  • CRBG
    Emma Friedlander-Collins
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    Using vibrant colours and easy-to-follow techniques, Emma Friedlander-Collins presents a functional collection of bags to crochet in this exciting craft book.

    Fun and functional, among the designs are an Aztec shoulder bag made in tapestry crochet and a strawberry handbag. There are also ideas for totes, holdalls and duffle bags. Emma even includes ideas for smaller items like a glasses case, a pencil case and a tablet holder.

    The techniques section covers all the basic stitches and will show you how to master tapestry crochet. It also includes advice on lining your bag and suggestions for variations to make each design your own.
  • 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.