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Our January catalogues are now online with some excellent new releases and lots of sale items on offer!
Sew a slice of life with 12 traditional quilts that prove to be more than just patterns but storytellers.
- Each quilt is inspired by life events that everyone can appreciate
- Bold blocks shimmer in their use of colour, value and repetition for handsome quilts with personality to boot
- Repeated blocks will stretch your skills beyond the basics, inviting you to perfect techniques such as strip piecing, half-square triangles, working with templates, paper piecing, machine appliqué and sewing set-in seams and curves in a way that's easy to understand
The Mid-Century Modern Garden links the design of homes and gardens popular during the mid-century period of 1940–1970 to contemporary style and the desire to create healthy, sustainable lives.
A substantial introduction looks at the transformation of Modernism into Mid-Century Modern (MCM); the impact of war and how it led to the spread and development of modernism. There is a particular focus on Frank Lloyd Wright and Midwest modern, the arrival of Bauhaus on the East Coast of America, Post-War Suburbs and the rise of West Coast Ranch-style living.
Fully illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs and drawings in colour and black and white, the chapters include classic examples of mid-century architecture and landscaping accompanied by examples of gardens executed according to MCM principles, and drawn from the portfolios of contemporary designers in the USA, Europe and Pacific rim.$69.99
Zip-Front A-Shape jacket or top has front panels with bust tucks, cut-on long sleeves and foldover bias collar.
Pull-on elastic-waist pants with tapered slim legs. Loop and button detail in side seamcreates soft draping at the ankle.
Top: Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, Rayon, Blends.
Pants: Linen, Rayon, Lt. wt. Wool, Silk, Jersey Knit.
Multi-sized: XS – XXL$35.00
The Art of Botanical & Bird Illustration is a guide for contemporary artists aspiring to master shape, colour and texture to render beautiful, realistic and vibrant botanical artwork! You will learn about the tools and materials traditionally used in botanical illustration, including pencils, coloured pencils, watercolour, gouache and pastels.
This thorough yet easily digestible guide includes overviews of key illustration techniques and basic colour theory and mixing and is loaded with exercises designed to help you learn to see shape, value and form. By learning to understand plant life and anatomy, you can craft elegant flowers, leaves, trees, and much more in no time.
To bring it all together, the book includes step-by-step demonstrations to practice taking sketches and transforming them into fully rendered, colourful pieces of fine art.$27.99
With clear instruction, step-by-step sequences and over 25 projects, this practical book shows you how to access the steampunk world and make unique jewellery and accessories that will complete an outfit and transport you to another era, full of excitement, potential and extravagance.
- Introduction to the world of steampunk and its origins
- Advice on designing unique pieces and creating your own steampunk style
- Over 25 projects ranging from simple cog necklaces to more intricate goggles and ray guns
- Accessories and outfits for both men and women
- Inspirational photos and advice to help put an outfit together
Jewellery-makers will learn how to tie decorative knots from across the world with this stylish directory. Clear diagrams are teamed with step-by-step instructions to make tying 75 different knots simple. And each knot is graded so even complete beginners can get started right away.
A selection of projects allows you to create beautiful and original jewellery. Combine ornamental knots with beads for a modern look, or choose a more traditional style with entirely knot-built pieces. With detailed material lists and photography of finished items, this book is the complete guide to a unique style.$34.99$14.99