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Our May Catalogues are now online with some excellent new releases and lots of sale items on offer!
Healthy Thermo Cooking for Busy Families puts your device – no matter what the brand – to work, like it's never worked before. Combine the convenience of thermo cooking with innovative healthy meals that have been tried, tested and loved, all in the messy trenches of family life.
Blend homemade nut butters in seconds, batch-cook comforting meals in minutes and get knockout weeknight dinners like Satay Chicken Curry or Moroccan Lamb and Apricot Stew on the table, fast. Set your device to magic up a Tropical Fruit Sorbet or a No-Bake Carrot Cake, then step away from the kitchen.
You're about to become the most popular person in your household.$34.99
This new, up-to-date edition of the popular and comprehensive encyclopedia by professional artist Hazel Harrison is an exhaustive reference covering a multitude of areas concerning watercolour. The book is divided into three sections:
- The first covers the essential materials and tools you need to get you started on your watercolour journey, and how to set up your indoor and outdoor working spaces.
- The second provides step-by-step demonstrations that guide artists through a variety of techniques, from basic washes through to creating special effects using salt and wax resist.
- The third and final part tackles picture composition, from guiding readers on how to choose their palette and how to work with different lights, to understanding important concepts such as perspective and spatial depth.
This resource provides a wealth of stimulating ideas to help artists both amateurs and veterans develop their own impressive watercolour painting style.
Look inside the book.$36.99
Val Bourne's garden is living proof that cultivating a healthy ecosystem – what she calls her living jigsaw – really can produce a beautiful and productive garden. By encouraging a wide diversity of birds, animals, insects and even slugs, your garden will find a natural balance that will allow plants to shrug off problems before they become entrenched.
The Living Jigsaw is a masterclass in natural gardening. Val's personal, inspirational and practical approach offers tried-and-tested techniques, with beautifully illustrated, proven results.$39.99
Slow Knitting encourages knitters to step back, pare down and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work.
In five chapters, the tenets of slow knitting – sourcing carefully, making thoughtfully, thinking environmentally, experimenting fearlessly and exploring openly – challenge knitters of all skill levels to view their practice in a new way. Each chapter begins with an exploration of a fibre type, then moves into profiles of well-known yarn types, makers and yarn suppliers, and ends with garment patterns inspired by the featured fibre.
With contributions from knitting superstars Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy and many others, the book proposes an approach to knitting that is both minimalist and all-encompassing, and emphasises what makes knitting a meditation, a passion and a unique necessity.$39.99
Stitch-by-stitch and project-by-project, build up your knitting skills in this novel guide that will help and inspire those returning to knitting as well as beginners.
Starting with just the two basic knitting stitches – knit and purl – build your repertoire up to the 15 essential stitches you need by combining these two knitting building blocks to create more complex stitches such as moss, waddle, rib, seed and more.
Each stitch technique is clearly explained and broken down into steps, as well as accompanied by photos and a handy swatch to show you what the finished piece should look like. Finally, with every new stitch, you are given the opportunity to practise your new-found knitting knowledge with a simple, beautiful modern project to knit at your leisure.
Look inside the book.$34.99
In this innovative new activity board book, children can assemble their very own farmyard decorations.
Featuring 20 unique and colourful designs, the press-out pieces can be simply slotted together to create bright and cheerful decorations, ideal for hanging on display. After putting together the decorations, children can sing the farmyard songs and make some crafts, including making animal masks and growing radishes.
Recommended for ages 3+.$14.99