Published July 2011
Welcome to the magical world of Everything Alice, where nothing is quite as it seems. Alice’s fantastical adventures in Wonderland provide the inspiration for a charming and original collection of 50 craft makes, ranging from a hand-sewn white rabbit toy and pompon-decorated slippers to papercraft tea party invitations and cut-out and-keep dress-up dolls. Whilst this book captures the very essence of Lewis Carroll’s popular tales – which have been translated into 125 languages and made into numerous films – each of the 50 ‘Make Me’ projects stands alone as a gorgeous item to cherish. Who wouldn’t be seduced by a red polka dot frilly pinny to wear whilst baking cupcakes fit for a king, or a heart-shaped pinboard to house precious keepsakes, or an exquisite beaded napkin ring in the initials of each of your dinner guests? Decorate your home and garden with the supremely simple yet highly effective no-sew fabric covered teapot planters. Serve your partygoers from a china cake stand made from mix-and-match vintage crockery. And create wonderfully scented candles that fill oversized teacups to present as handmade gifts.
Published Sept 2011
Nothing warms the heart more than a handmade gift. The thoughtful consideration and investment of time poured into a hand-knitted present is guaranteed to make the recipient feel cherished. Knits to Give is a collection of 30 gift ideas from top knitwear designer Debbie Bliss.
The book is divided into five sections – For Her, For Him, For Baby, For Kids, For the Home – and contains the solution to every tricky gift-giving problem. All the projects are designed to give maximum joy whilst taking the minimum of time and fuss – no project should take longer than a week to make, with some as quick as just a single evening. There are also plenty of entry-level projects that will suit the beginner knitter, yet still result in an individual and enticing personal gift. Whatever the occasion, all the projects in Knits to Give are a joy to make,to give, and to receive.
Published October 2011
…and Knit! by Cath Kidston
Both £20, Paperback in tin with gift set
Crochet! is an irresistible gift set that is perfect introduction to this traditional craft. Bringing her usual modern take to crochet, Cath Kidston has designed a colourful patch cushion that will cheer any room. Using double-knitting weight yarn in six upbeat, bright Cath Kidston colours, you can now make your very own Cath Kidston cushion.
Knit! is the most fantastic gift set that is sure to wow any novice knitter. Cath Kidston has created an exclusive yet simple striped scarf design that is the perfect beginner hand-knit project. Using double-knitting weight yarn in six classic, cheery Cath Kidston colours, you can now make your own Cath Kidston scarf.
Patch! By Cath Kidston
£15, paperback plus gift
The latest addition to Cath Kidston’s best-selling range of craft titles is Patch! This book presents Cath’s new and innovative take on traditional patchwork, which combines established techniques with a more contemporary approach. Mixing her own distinctive prints with vintage fabrics, Cath has designed 30 original and irresistible projects including not just the pieced quilts that you might expect but also numerous accessories and home furnishings – bags, cushions, pillowcases, even a toddler’s toy ball and a dog bed.
Patchwork, also known as pieced work, simply involves sewing together cut pieces of material to create a larger design, and Cath has broadened the boundaries of conventional patchwork to create projects from vintage embroidered traycloths, striped linen tea towels, and shirting, returning to its origins as a craft born out of thrift at a time when new fabrics were scarce. Many of the projects in this book can be made out of the scraps and leftovers that crafters accumulate, thereby putting all those odds and ends to perfect use.
With the clearly written instructions accompanied by explanatory diagrams, and each project shown in detail in colour photographs, Patch! is the worthy successor to the best-selling Make!, Sew! and Stitch!
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