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Vintage Knits

Sarah Dallas (Author)

Vintage clothing has gained enormous fashion credibility over the past few years. Not everyone can afford the expensive price tags often attached to vintage designer clothing, but it is possible to achieve that vintage look without spending a fortune. Vintage Knits presents 30 exquisite knitting patterns for sweaters, cardigans, jackets and tops, all based on original postwar designs, updated and interpreted for today's modern yarns and contemporary colour palette. Extremely wearable and highly desirable garments for women of all ages range from a delicate lace-trimmed cotton camisole to an elegant cotton jacket with chenille edging. The vintage look is set to be popular for seasons to come and Vintage Knits is a collection of the most desirable and accessible of these classic knits.

Encyclopedia Of British Pottery And Porcelain Marks

Geoffrey A Godden (Author)

This monumental and authoritative encyclopedia lists over four thousand British ceramic marks, making it the most comprehensive volume of its kind.

Debbie Bliss Step-By-Step Knitting Workbook

D Bliss (Author), Debbie Bliss (Author)

Knitting is experiencing an enormous boom, as more and more people appreciate the opportunity it affords to create something truly special and individual. Many of these new knitters, however, have not learnt the skills from their mothers, like previous generations, and need help with their techniques. There can be no better guide than Debbie Bliss, highly successful knitwear designer and author of numerous bestselling books. In Knitting Workbook Debbie provides a guide not only to basic techniques - casting on, key knitting stitches, sewing up garments successfully etc - but also pinpoints the key features of her successful designs and takes knitters through them step-by-step. A basic guide to how to knit, accompanied by step-by-step illustrations and photographs, kicks off the book. Debbie then concentrates on the techniques she feels are essential to creating successful knitwear, from using simple shapes to colour work such as fair isle and intarsia and adding finishing touches with embroidery and beading. Colour illustrations are used to demonstrate each technique then a range of projects, featuring step-by-step photographs pinpointing key stages, allow the knitter to practise and perfect their skill. As a guide to how to knit, and an insight into the secrets of this highly successful designer, this book will be invaluable.

Make Life Beautiful

Camilla Morton (Author)

Make biscuits with Manolo Blahnik or customise your bike with Paul Smith.

Let Charlotte Olympia put a spring in your step and turn a magazine into a millinery with Stephen Jones.

Fashion a Bella Freud jumper or a Topshop Tee, make a Fabergé egg and dress up like Henry Holland.

Let Michael Howells and Christian Lacroix help you create a drama and Nick Knight a cup of tea.

Turn on your imagination and MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL.

MAKE LIFE BEAUTIFUL provides a unique glimpse into some of style’s most creative minds with full-colour pictures throughout and a personal introduction from the designers to each of the projects.

Craft has never been so fashionable.

Sew Over It

Lisa Comfort (Author)

As seen on Kirstie Allsopp's Vintage Home.

Nobody wants to look like everyone else and Lisa shows you just how easy it is to stand out from the crowd. In these tough economic times we're all looking for fun ways to make our pennies stretch further and so it's no wonder making-your-own is back in vogue.

Expert crafter, Lisa Comfort, in this, her first book, shares the secrets of her sewing passion. Lisa guides you through all the basics of sewing by hand and machine, as well as providing you with the skills you need to follow her simple but stylish projects.

Beautifully illustrated with step-by-step photography for over 25 fun and easy-to-follow sewing projects, this book is guaranteed to get both fashionistas and the crafting community talking, and the rest of us taking a trip to John Lewis...

* Simple projects to make in a weekend
* Customise, adapt and update vintage clothes
* Make your own accessories
* Easy instructions for one-off pieces to wear

Now pick up your needle and thread, and get sewing!

Purls of Wisdom

Jenny Lord (Author)

With the clearest instructions and pictures, and with Jenny Lord as your knitting tutor, Purls of Wisdom: The Book of Knitting will teach you to knit in a series of simple steps.

Do you want to learn to make:

  • The 'Born Under a Star' baby blanket?
  • 'Cloud Nine' socks?
  • A classic men's beanie?
  • Honeycomb cable cushion?
  • A bramble stitch scarf?

Well, the good news is anyone can. After a whirlwind tour through the history of a craft that's been enjoyed for generations, you'll discover where to source the best yarns, and progress from knitting simple scarves to mastering the art of sock knitting and even more sophisticated projects. Following totally original patterns - created by Jenny and some of her friends from the online knitting community - you'll be able to make charming gifts for all your favourite people: your man, your mother, your godchild or the little baby next door.

With every pattern rated by level of difficulty, we guarantee that, whether you're a beginner or a more capable knitter, this is the knitting book you'll keep referring to, again and again.

'The only book about knitting you'll ever need. Gorgeous and essential'
  India Knight

Having learned to sew at the age of five, Jenny Lord discovered knitting in her early twenties when she could no longer resist the luxury yarns she kept spying in her local haberdashery. This is the book she would have liked to own when she first started knitting. Jenny lives in London. Purls of Wisdom is her first book.

The Ultimate Colouring for Grown-Ups

Ryan Hunter (Author) , Taige Jensen (Author)

With more than 150 challenging (and snarky) activities, the THE ULTIMATE COLOURING FOR GROWN-UPS provides a hilarious, darkly satirical twist on the adult colouring trend.

Packed full of colouring pages, connect-the-dots, paper doll cut outs, word searches, mazes and more, readers will find activities such as:

- 'Hipster or Homeless' colouring page
- 'Find the Meaning of Life' connect-the-dots
- 'I Tolerate You' Valentines
- 'Evade Jury Duty' word search
- 'Escape the Toxic Relationship' maze

With books like Milly Marotta's Animal Kingdom and the Mindfulness Colouring Book fuelling the colouring for relaxation trend, COLOURING FOR GROWN-UPS throws laughter into the mix: the perfect gift for any fans of black comedy looking to escape from the strains of adult life.

The Flower Arranging Expert

Dr D G Hessayon (Author)

The Flower Arranging Expert is one of the books in the Expert series written by the world's best-selling gardening author.

There are so many beautiful books on flower arranging, with authors showing you examples of their work. The purpose of The Flower Arranging Expert is not to try to inspire you with the style of a particular expert - it sets out to put you on the road to becoming your own expert.

The basic principles, the containers to buy, the plants to choose, the way to use colour, and so on. There are the step-by-step guides to the various basic styles - some old-fashioned and others contemporary, some you will love and others you will hate...this book does not make the choice for you.

Junior Knits

Debbie Bliss (Author)

As more and more people are joining knitting workshops and learning to knit, Debbie is creating another easy-to-follow, accessible book for those new to knitting as well as those already part of her fan base. For this book, Debbie is concentrating on hip and fun knitwear for children aged 3 to 10 years old. Designers and retailers have focussed on this area successfully, adapting designs to include hooded sweaters, zip-up tops and sports-style knitwear. Debbie now shows you how to make these yourself with her own designs and knitting patterns, including a classic parka, legwarmers, handwarmers, a reefer jacket and a raglan-sleeved sweater. Complete with step-by-step instructions, simple charts and full colour photographs for each of the 30 designs, this book will show you how to create easy, stunning knits for yours, your family's and your friends' kids.

Family Collection

Debbie Bliss (Author)

At every lecture and workshop she has given in recent years, Debbie Bliss has been asked why her stunning childrens` knitwear designs are not available in adult sizes. Now she has responded to these appeals with her first collection to cover the whole age range-from babies right through to adults. Many of th designs in this exciting new book include patterns for a complete size range-so a classic guernsey sweater, for example, can be knitted for a 2-year old or an adult man. A number of the designs also include variations and different colourways-a woman`s cabled sweater, for instance, is also featured as a child`s cardigan using the same stitch patterning. Each design is illustrated in colour photography by leading photographer Pia Tryde and the result is an excitingly versatile collection of irresistable designs for all the family.

The Time Chamber

Daria Song (Author)

A new adventure awaits as the clock strikes midnight. But where will the magic take you this time?

The Official Outlander Colouring Book

Diana Gabaldon (Author)

The perfect gift for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels and the Starz original series, this spectacular coloring book features forty-five all-new illustrations!

THE WORLD OF OUTLANDER AWAITS

From the lush green of the Scottish Highlands to the military red of a British soldier’s coat or the vibrant hues of a tartan kilt, the colorful world of Claire Beauchamp Randall and Jamie Fraser is now yours to explore. Featuring gorgeous natural landscapes, detailed drawings of Claire’s medicinal herbs, depictions of the books’ most beloved scenes and characters, and intricately rendered clothing, weapons, and armor straight out of eighteenth-century Scotland, these exquisite black-and-white images—from renowned illustrators Juan Alarcón, Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, Jon Proctor, Tomislav Tomic, and Rebecca Zomchek—are designed to dazzle and inspire. Fans of the series, as well as lovers of history and art, can party like it’s 1743.

Sherlock: The Mind Palace

Mike Collins (Author)

The game is on…

The Mind Palace is a unique celebration of the rich visual landscape of Sherlock, featuring over 50 intricate pieces of artwork by artist Mike Collins. Recreate classic scenes, add colour to intricate interiors and illuminate the fascinating world of Sherlock with the power of your imagination.

A vital clue from each episode is hidden within the original black and white illustrations, and only by completing the scene can they be found. Fill Sherlock's world with colour and find the secrets hidden within The Mind Palace.

Draw My Life

You (Author)

In the vast tapestry of your life, what are the memories and images that stand out?

Draw My Life is the story you can create in pictures. Following cues you can illustrate and annotate your best moments, as well as your craziest, happiest, silliest and most surprising ones! For anyone who has struggled to keep a journal or diary, this will help unlock those priceless memories and record them forever. Inspired by the YouTube phenomenon, this is a lasting and wonderful object that you can keep and treasure. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun.

*No previous drawing experience necessary. Colouring pencils advised.*

Cut It Out!

Poppy Chancellor (Author)

Featuring 30 highly original and stylish designs by cutting edge illustrator and renowned paper cut artist Poppy Chancellor, transform a blank sheet of paper into a stunning work of art.

Forget complicated step-by-step instructions, no need for lots of expensive equipment, all you need is a sharp scalpel, craft mat, Poppy’s imaginative designs and a bit of creativity, and you can make cards, masks, invitations, partyware and presents for birthdays, hen dos, weddings, Halloween and Christmas.

Complete with a beautiful paper cut cover and stunning photography.

Johanna's Christmas

Johanna Basford (Author)

37 collectable, perforated pull-out art prints, ideal for framing or giving as festive greetings. The perfect Christmas present for colouring fans from Johanna Basford.

Delicate tangles of holly and ivy, bauble-laden Christmas trees and mountains of exquisitely wrapped gifts are all waiting to be brought to life in this new collection of pull-out prints. From flurries of delicate snowflakes to deliciously decorated gingerbread houses and reindeer-led sleighs, Johanna’s Christmas is a celebration of this wonderful holiday season that invites you to pick up your pens and pencils to colour, complete or embellish each of the festive artworks.

Hidden in this book are a flock of elusive little robins – can you spot them all?

For this fun and festive colouring book Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

The William Morris Colouring Book

William Morris (Author)

Pick up your pencils and make each of these famed William Morris patterns your own.

Taking nature as his inspiration, William Morris created over a hundred intricate and iconic wallpaper, textile and embroidery designs. As much a poet and activist as a designer, today he is considered one of the most outstanding and influential designers of the Arts and Crafts movement of the late nineteenth century. His patterns continue to be made and sold today and can be found all over the country, including at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London.

Relax and unwind with these beautiful, decorative patterns - and marvel at their timeless appeal.

Lost Ocean Postcard Edition

Johanna Basford (Author)

Featuring beautiful selections from Johanna Basford’s Lost Ocean, this set of 50 loose postcards in a premium gift box with a ribbon invites you to colour in shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses, delicately penned seahorses and more – all while exploring the magical depths of the sea. Perfect to colour, keep and share.

The Time Garden

Daria Song (Author)

The Time Garden will sweep you away into an enchanted world, created in intricate pen and ink by Korean artist Daria Song.

Journey through the doors of the cuckoo clock and into its inky innerworkings to discover a magical land ready and waiting for you to customize with whatever colours you can dream up.

The Time Garden is an international best-selling colouring book and this edition finally makes it available in English. Full of beautifully detailed illustrations, this is the perfect gift for colouring fans of all ages.

Sew Over It Vintage

Lisa Comfort (Author)

**Includes simple and accessible instructions for how to cut your own patterns**

Following on from her successful first book, Sew Over It Vintage is a brand new collection of fabulous projects from sewing expert Lisa Comfort. Inspired by Lisa’s love of vintage style and fashion, the stylish projects each have a vintage twist but still retain the modern style, allowing these pieces to work with and complement the rest of your wardrobe and your home.

Featuring 25 projects, ranging from jewellery, hats, tops, dresses and bags, to cushions, lampshades, placemats, lanterns and a luxury chair pouffe, there are ideas for those who want to quickly create an accessory on a lazy afternoon as well as suggestions for those that want to invest their time in a large and impressive project.

Every project has a clearly labeled skill level as well as step-by-step photography, ensuring the directions couldn’t be any easier to follow. And with instructions on how to draft your very own bodice block, all the clothing can be made to fit your body shape perfectly.

There is no better way to inject some classic vintage style into your everyday life.

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