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Our June Catalogues are now online with some excellent new releases!
Oil paint is such a responsive and versatile medium that no two painters need use it in exactly the same way, and since its invention in Renaissance times it has never lost its popularity with artists. Amateurs also find it appealing, both because it is enjoyable to use and because mistakes can be so easily rectified.
This compact book explains all the materials, techniques and different approaches to painting with oils. Step-by-step sequences show how to paint a range of themes, from still life to portraits and landscapes, with advice on more difficult subjects. There are also suggestions for presenting your finished paintings and how to go about getting your work seen and exhibited.$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
There is no name more closely linked to ornate and fanciful fabric designs than Tula Pink. Sewists and quilters have long delighted in using her fabric to create whimsical sewn creations. Now hand embroiderers, too, can join the fun and stitch her signature designs with needle and tread!
In Coloring with Thread, you'll find 17 of Tula's animal and floral designs from her best-selling fabric collections rendered and primed for hand embroidery. Step-by-step stitch instructions for over 20 embroidery stitches are included to help you bring adorable bunnies, octopi and elephants to life right in your hands. Each motif features a colour guide and thread colour suggestions selected by Tula herself to insure a gorgeous finished design. Plus, you'll find every motif on CD-ROM, where they are ready to size and print for your individual project needs.
Whether you follow her colour guides or make each design your own, you'll love coloring with thread and stitching the whimsical world of Tula Pink!$37.99
Do you long to make beautiful quilts but have such a busy life you can never find the time? Imagine creating a quilt top – maybe even your first – in just a weekend!
This jelly roll quilt pattern collection includes 15 contemporary quilts, which are easy enough to piece in a weekend. Jelly rolls are a fantastic shortcut to patchwork and quilting: you can avoid the hours of cutting and preparation required for making a quilt and go straight to the fun bit – the sewing!
Pam and Nicky Lintott are jelly roll experts, having written numerous books and hundreds of patterns, and they have developed a brand new collection of quilt patterns for jelly roll lovers and quilters looking for a stunning quilt pattern that comes together in super-fast time.$36.99
Artists of all interests will find a lot to inspire them in this detailed, practical and beautiful guide on drawing birds. The book includes sections on materials, basic techniques and reference gathering, as well as how to draw the key features of birds such as beaks, eyes, claws, wings and feathers.
A special section focuses on birds in flight, and this is followed by chapters on the main bird groups including: Waders and water birds, Wildfowl, Birds of prey, Owls, Garden and woodland birds, Seabirds and Game birds. Each chapter covers the techniques specific to the group as well as numerous examples and a full step-by-step demonstration. The absence of colour means that Andrew uses other aspects such as pattern, shading and shape to give his paintings life and interest.
Written for artists who wish to apply their skills to drawing birds, as well as experienced artists who want to improve their drawing skills, this is an expert guide to producing exquisitely rendered, lifelike drawings of birds in their natural habitats and nothing could be more inspirational than Andrew's accurately observed and truly beautiful drawings.
Look inside the book.$34.99
Bianca Slade has a passion to recreate traditional desserts, treats, snacks and sweets to suit her wholefood ways by minimising processed ingredients and maximising raw and natural ingredients Bianca keeps her ingredients and methods simple without compromising on taste, and her delicious morsels accompanied by photography good enough to eat, have garnered Wholefood Simply a huge following.
The 100 recipes in this book cater for many food intolerances, avoiding refined sugar, gluten and dairy. From her moreish take on chocolate brownies to Not Quite a Snickers Slice, you'll find a host of quick and easy recipes for delectable bliss balls, bars, cookies, cakes, ice creams and smoothies, as well as classic sweets reinvented, from peppermint creams to all kinds of fudge.
Delicious, simple, easy – and healthy, too!$34.99