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A brand new category for all you crafty and handy makers and doers out there, and all of you who just want to be more creative. Get sewing, knitting, drawing, pottery-making and more to thrill friends and family with your offerings!

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The Great Pottery Throw Down by Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge
The Great Pottery Throw Down
Liz Wilhide and Susie Hodge
The perfect companion for any potter, or lover of pottery out there. As a novice potter myself, and fan of the TV series The Great Pottery Throw Down, I plucked, well actually I snatched, this book up as soon as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/01/2017
Paper Home Beautifully Unique Origami Projects by Esther Thorpe
Paper Home Beautifully Unique Origami Projects
Esther Thorpe
I’ve read that origami is going to be the next “thing” after adult colouring books, another craft that can help stress relief and bring about the state of mindfulness. As an introduction to the craft, Esther Thorpe demonstrates some modern...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/06/2016
Print it! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques for Fabric, Paper and Upcycling by Joy Jolliffe
Print it! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques for Fabric, Paper and Upcycling
Joy Jolliffe
A great book for crafters who want to take things on from dressmaking, upholstery and other fabric crafts – why not print the fabric as well? There are 25 projects here that go from simple potato prints on wrapping paper...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/09/2016
Edward's Crochet Imaginarium Flip the Pages to Make Over a Million Mix-and-Match Monsters by Kerry Lord
Edward's Crochet Imaginarium Flip the Pages to Make Over a Million Mix-and-Match Monsters
Kerry Lord
Crochet is often the poor cousin of knitting for innovation and design so full marks to Kerry Lord for her totally original designs. Author of the delightful Edward's Menagerie, a range of soft toy animals, her new book features …...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
The Power of the Pencil Draw * Sketch * Doodle * Play with a Pencil by Guy Field
The Power of the Pencil Draw * Sketch * Doodle * Play with a Pencil
Guy Field
What you can do with a pencil – and it's not all drawing! There's pencil games, Hangman, there's learning how to twizzle a Pencil round your thumb and there are emergency pencil uses. The instructions, in a cartoon type...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/09/2016
William Morris Decor & Design (Mini) by Elizabeth Wilhide
William Morris Decor & Design (Mini)
Elizabeth Wilhide
I must admit to a great love of William Morris's textiles and Arts & Crafts furniture so reading Elizabeth Wilhide's guide to creating the “Morris look” can hardly be classed as work. If you want to find out how to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/08/2016
Ultimate Sewing Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Marie Clayton
Ultimate Sewing Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Marie Clayton
This book is well worth buying for the section on home furnishings alone, very clear instructions on some quite complicated furnishings like blinds and fitted covers and with the Ultimate Sewing Bible to hand I would feel confident in tackling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/06/2016
Ultimate Knitting Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques by Sharon Brant
Ultimate Knitting Bible A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques
Sharon Brant
I'd given up trying to knit as have never conquered wonky edges and dropped stitches with the added complication of being left-handed. But – with Sharon Brant's help I really think I could give it another go. For one thing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/08/2016
Mollie Makes: How to Knit With 100 Techniques and 20 Easy Projects by Mollie Makes
Mollie Makes: How to Knit With 100 Techniques and 20 Easy Projects
Mollie Makes
A range of designers share the knowledge giving apprentice knitters a good grounding in the craft with some interesting and often quirky ideas for putting their new skills to use. Absolute beginners will find this particularly appealing as the projects...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/03/2016
Winter Knitting Patterns for the Family and Home by MillaMia
Winter Knitting Patterns for the Family and Home
MillaMia
This inspiring new book from the team behind MillaMia knitwear is packed with projects to take you through the wintertime. As the seasons change from cool, crisp autumn to the cold and dark of winter, Scandinavians are particularly good at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
Hello Knitting! Simple Knits to Have You in Stitches by
Hello Knitting! Simple Knits to Have You in Stitches

With bright, modern, full colour illustrations, anyone can quickly learn to knit, master new stitches and make a selection of cute and easy knitting projects with Hello Knitting! With this book safely at your side for guidance, even those who...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
Mollie Makes: How to Knit Go from Beginner to Expert with 20 New Projects by Mollie Makes
Mollie Makes: How to Knit Go from Beginner to Expert with 20 New Projects
Mollie Makes
The team behind Mollie Makes magazine have brought together all their favourite knit designers to share their tips, stories and beautiful projects. Knitting may seem complicated, but in fact there are just two stitches you need to learn. Once you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
Best in Show: Knit Your Own Dinosaur by Sally Muir, Joanna Osborne
Best in Show: Knit Your Own Dinosaur
Sally Muir, Joanna Osborne
Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne are back with a new title in the Best in Show series. This time they have turned back time and delved into the fascinating prehistoric world with a collection of new patterns for dinosaurs and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/07/2015
Hello Sewing! Simple Makes That are Just Sew by Lena Santana
Hello Sewing! Simple Makes That are Just Sew
Lena Santana
Lena Santana has devised a collection of simple, beautifully made sewing projects that serve as a perfect introduction to dressmaking. With a comprehensive guide to choosing and using fabrics, and a handy techniques section beginners will be masters of sewing...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2014
Freehand Fashion Learn to Sew the Perfect Wardrobe - No Patterns Required! by Chinelo Bally
Freehand Fashion Learn to Sew the Perfect Wardrobe - No Patterns Required!
Chinelo Bally
Before appearing on the BBC's The Great British Sewing Bee, Chinelo Bally had never used a sewing pattern. She wowed the judges with her ability to create stylish, fitted garments using a freehand cutting method that was taught to her...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/11/2015
Secret Garden Embroidery 15 Projects for Your Stitching Pleasure by Sophie Simpson
Secret Garden Embroidery 15 Projects for Your Stitching Pleasure
Sophie Simpson
This whimsical collection of botanical-inspired needlework projects will take you from budding novice to confident stitcher as you explore a variety of simple counted embroidery techniques. There are 15 gorgeous projects on offer here, with templates, beautiful photos and comprehensive...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/06/2015
Fun with Fabric Sew, Cut, Print and Stick with Retro and Vintage Fabric by Jane Foster
Fun with Fabric Sew, Cut, Print and Stick with Retro and Vintage Fabric
Jane Foster
Fun with Fabric is Jane Foster's first book, and in it she presents 15 simple projects, using fabulous fabrics from her own collection. With a cheerful primary coloured retro design hardback cover, this is a small but perfectly formed book....
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2013
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As William Morris once said 'Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.'

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Here is a lovingly chosen selection of books to get you creating some beauty for your home. Whether you would like to knit, sew, sketch or print, you can hopefully find a book here that will spark your imagination.

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