A Book For Every Crafty Pursuit: Arts Books, Crafts Books and Everything In-between

It seems that creative people are always on the lookout for another new hobby to add to their skillset. The craftier types here at Book People HQ often testify to picking up a new hobby, delving in for a few months and then moving on to something new.

We put it down to the natural pursuit of creativity and something to embrace instead of be ashamed of. With that in mind, we're going to feed your every creative whim with these arts books, crafts books and guides that cover all types of disciplines - so you can choose your next hobby with ease.

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Drawing: Artist's Drawing Techniques

Even if you think you can't draw, you'll be able to by the time you finish this book. Thanks to its drawing lessons, techniques broken down into simple stages and gentle guidance, you'll find yourself progressing as an artist with the simplest of tools at hand.

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Knitting: Knits & Pieces

Danielle Holke

We appreciate crafts books that take a different take on an everyday hobby, which is why Knits & Pieces is top of the pile for knitting fans. It's a humorous miscellany of facts, history and ideas that makes it the ideal knitting companion.

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Flower Arranging: The Flower Book

Rachel Siegried

A seasonal guide to stunning flower arrangements, this book is a work of art in and of itself. Learn your flowers, and how to combine them to make contemporary bouquets, arrangements and wreaths.

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Paper craft: 100 Simple Paper Flowers

Kelsey Elam

Do you remember making flowers out of crepe paper at school? If you loved those art and craft lessons, then this is the perfect craft book for you. Make a whole array of paper flowers from little bright poppies to delicate daisies with just some coloured paper, the templates in this book and a few bits and pieces you'll have around the house.

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Jewellery: Handmade Jewellery

Making your own jewellery is one of the simplest ways to add personality to your style and with this jewellery making book you'll have 25 projects to set you off on your jewellery journey.

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Painting: If You're Bored with Watercolour Read This Book

Taking the classic art form into the 21st century, this is one of the best arts books around right now. Giving you contemporary watercolour techniques and ideas, you'll never look at watercolour in the same light again.

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Card Making: Creating Handmade Cards Step by Step

Cheryl Owen

Love sending and receiving snail mail? It could well be time to dive into the world of making your own cards. Whilst there are plenty of card related crafts books out there, we think this one is the best for beginners looking to explore a wide range of styles and techniques.

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Origami: Star Wars Origami

Chris Alexander

If you're going to get into origami, you may as well do it in style. Star Wars style to be exact! This is a really fun book for every sci-fi crafter looking to explore galaxies unknown with all the origami paper included for the 36 projects, you'll be folding your own Yoda, Darth Vadar and R2D2 in no time.

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Quilting: Quilting Basics

Michael Caputo

Quilting is incredibly therapeutic and the perfect new craft for those already able to find their way around a sewing machine. With this modern beginners book you'll work your way up from simple small projects to large quilts to throw over your sofa or bed.

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Sewing: Bumper Book of Sewing

Start sewing straight away with this brilliant Bumper Book of Sewing. With photographs to take you through sewing machine set up, hand-stitching and the wide range of technique, you'll be in safe hands as you gain in confidence. We love this book because it is jam-packed with projects you'll want to make, and covers every area of this popular hobby.

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Calligraphy: Hand Lettering Handbook

If you admire people with beautiful handwriting or wonder how cafes and shops create beautiful chalk signs, you might want to get your hands on the handbook. It's a straightforward guide to hand-lettering with some of the most popular contemporary alphabets and fonts. Just grab a pen and paper and start designing your own wordy wonders!

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If we were to list every single crafts book or arts book in our range, we'd be here all day, so be sure to explore our full range if nothing inspires you in the list above (or, if you're like us, want to indulge your creative book needs!).

  • AGIPR
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    Sure, you could do all of the projects in this book using regular origami paper, but what makes this book so extraordinary is the specially designed origami paper. Each of the 36 projects has two sheets of corresponding origami paper featuring art drawn from the movies, so your origami Yoda will look just like the wise Jedi master you know and love. The 72 sheets of origami paper is bound into the back of the book, and is perforated for easy removal.
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    This title features more than 55 unique personalized greetings cards to make for every occasion, shown in 660 photographs. It is a lavish collection of delightful ideas and card designs to make yourself and send to friends and family. Projects feature a range of craft techniques including stamping, papercraft, transfers, gilding, paint techniques, air-drying clay models and basic embroidery. Card ideas and designs include a sampler card for Thanksgiving, a beaded snowflake Christmas card, a baby's footprint card for a new arrival, a golden wedding anniversary card and four leaf clover good luck card. It includes simple projects that can be made quickly and easily, as well as more challenging decorative ideas. It features over 660 practical photographs that make all the techniques and projects easy to follow and execute. As well as being traditionally associated with special occasions, festivals and celebrations, greetings cards are also highly valued as tokens to help us to stay in touch with family and friends, and let the recipient know that we're thinking about them. Making greetings cards is not only enjoyable and inexpensive, it is also an immensely satisfying pastime, with results that will be treasured by those you send them to. This book shows how to get started, describing every technique needed to make professional looking cards, and providing dozens of inspirational designs. There are ideas for every occasion from Christmas and birthdays, to Chinese New Year, weddings and anniversaries. Every design is illustrated with step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished card, for perfect results every time.
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    Join in the paper flower trend and create some truly stunning decorations with the help of Kelsey Elam in this gorgeous craft book.

    Paper flowers are affordable, fun and easy to make and provide an uplifting hit of colour that will brighten anyone's day. With its 100 templates and projects, this book is blooming with brilliant ideas for ornaments, applications and decor.

    With inspiring photography, it shows you how a handful of techniques can work across the board and will show you how to make everything from paper daisies to bouquets of lilies.
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    With its absolutely gorgeous jacket, The Flower Book celebrates all kinds of flowers and will help you (or whoever you gift it to) learn the art of floral design. It also has 30 inspiring arrangement ideas so that you can ensure the next batch of flowers you give are presented in style.

    Season by season, it provides stunning, in-depth profiles of 60 cut flowers which reveal everything you need to know about their colours, shapes, textures and fragrances.

    Celebrating the loveliest flowers for the home, bloom by bloom, this book covers the likes of orchids, sunflowers, lavender, roses and tulips in great detail.
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    Artist's Drawing Techniques will help you learn how to draw with charcoal, pen and pastel and gives tips on developing your style. It contains a whole host of step-by-step workshops from professional artists to help you along the way.

    From choosing a subject to mounting your finished masterpiece, this is the perfect book for any aspiring artist who wants to hone their drawing skills. It presents step-by-step instructions for over 80 techniques including cross-hatching, stippling, blending, and masking using pencil, charcoal, coloured pencils, and pastels.

    A chunky book full of illustrations, it features exercises and projects that will help you develop your skills and learn a whole host of different techniques.
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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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    Danielle Holke's Knits & Pieces is a comprehensive, illustrated miscellany that looks over the origins of one of the world's most popular crafts - knitting.

    Anyone who loves this hobby will find the facts in this entertaining history fascinating. Danielle explains all of the useful, not-so-useful, historical and humorous elements of the craft. She reveals how knitting brings about optimism and even tells all about knitting graffiti and yarn-bombing.

    She also looks at the revival led by bloggers, podcasts, celebrities and social media and how there is now a truly international knitting community.
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    Including 12 workshops and 12 projects to make - ranging from an oven mitt to a full-size quilt - this book provides a step-by-step course for any first-time quilter.

    Taking you right from the start, the expert advice in this book will show you all the tools and equipment you need to make a quilt and then introduce you to the skills you'll need. At the end of each workshop is a project to complete, which will help you practise the skills you've learnt.

    The step-by-step instructions will help you get to grips with joining pre-cut squares, sashing, piecing and paper piecing, as well as using templates and different types of applique.
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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.
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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.