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My First Crochet Book: 35 Fun and Easy Crochet Projects for Children Aged 7+...
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My First Crochet Book: 35 Fun and Easy Crochet Projects for Children Aged 7+...
Emmanuel Hadjiandreou is passionate about bread and in his award-winning first book, he showed us how to make it, step by step. No...w he invites the kids into the kitchen so that they too can discover the joy of baking but at an early age, just as his own young son has. The book starts by answering key questions such as “what is flour?” and “how is it milled?”and then the projects throughout the book—e.g. looking after your sourdough like a pet; making a bottle balloon; growing your own wheat, and so on—help bring the key scientific principles (and magic!) of turning flour, yeast, and water into something not only edible but delicious to life! Delicious and fun recipes are organized into kid-friendly sections such as Breakfasts, Lunchboxes, and Afternoon Snack Time with Friends and more than 20 easy-to-follow recipes include whole-wheat pitta pockets, sourdough pancakes, tiger bread, raspberry buns, sweet rice bread, and raisin and walnut rolls—all delicious, nutritious, and great fun to bake together! read more
Stuck for something fun to do on a rainy day or worried about how to keep entertained on a long car journey? Don't panic, because ...you have in your hands one of the best boredom-busting books on the planet! Packed with 35 of the finest paper projects this side of Tokyo, More Origami for Children shows how to take a simple piece of paper and turn it into something so much more exciting, like a finger puppet, a robot, pretty flowers, a gift box for all sorts of treats and treasures, and even a sumo wrestler. The projects range from very easy to more challenging-the tulip or the rabbit are great for teaching little hands the basics, while aspiring origami addicts will love the squirrel, windmill, snowflake, and even a snowman! You really will be amazed at what you can create with just a few simple folds. The best thing about the book is that it comes with 60 pieces of paper, meaning you can start folding straight away. And you really can make models anywhere: at home, in the park, on holiday, with your friends at school, or on a train... how cool does that sound?! read more
Whether you are just starting to crochet, or you have moved on to other stitches and patterns, "Modern Granny Square Crochet and M...ore" provides you with plenty of inspiration to get back to basics and reignite your love of granny squares, circles, triangles, and more. Starting with larger scale projects for the home, Pillows and Throws includes colorful, bright, and quick patterns for pillow covers, floor cushions, and afghans and throws, using hexagons, flower squares, and chevrons in addition to squares. Finishing Touches includes quick and easy pieces to complete your interiors, from a monochrome wall hanging to a granny circle rug, circular placemats in graphic black and white with fluorescent trim, and a collection of crochet 'pictures' to display. There is plenty to choose from in the Clothes and Accessories section too, including a book bag and coin purse, a granny hexagon tech case, and a triangle shawl, all in rich colors. The basic stitches and techniques you need are all fully illustrated and explained, so you just need the yarn and a hook to be able to create these beautiful, contemporary, and stylish pieces. read more
A keen crocheter, Emma Friedlander-Collins decided to explore the possibilities of using an extra-large hook—starting with one her... husband had made for her from the end of a wooden broomstick. She discovered that crocheting with her giant hook, combined with using super-chunky yarns, produced quick results and new textures. Here she shares 35 stylish patterns with you, all to make using a supersize hook. You can make your own hook for these projects, but you can also buy them, and details of suppliers are provided at the back of the book. Chapter 1, Clothes and Accessories, has a whole host of things you will love to make and wear, including scarves, a hat, jewelry, and slippers. Stay snug in the winter with the "super snood" sleeveless body warmer, which is ideal for wearing underneath a coat, or wear the chic 1920s cloche hat all year round. Plus, add a little crochet to your bicycle—make a matching seat cover and handlebar warmers, and a bike basket decorated with crochet flowers. Meanwhile, chapter 2, Homeware, offers ideas that are great for your own home or to give as gifts. Learn how to create pillows, rugs, and throws, as well as a basket and bathmat set, and a handy house bowl. There’s even a beautiful holiday wreath for the yuletide season. With so much inspiration, plus a comprehensive techniques section and helpful hints and tips, you’ll soon be hooked on making these gorgeous designs. read more
Making jewellery and accessories is a great way for kids to express themselves - and is also a fun and creative way to introduce t...hem to new skills. The 35 colourful projects in this book will let kids' imaginations run wild, and they will be so proud to wear what they have made - or give it as a gift. The book is divided into 3 sections: in Brilliant Beads kids will lear n how to thread beads and buttons of all sizes, plait friendship bracelets, and create pretty pendants from wire and beads. Fabric Fashions introduces sewing and cutting skills: kids will enjoy sewing a cupcake brooch or felt flower pendant; creating a bracelet from pom poms; and making their own tassel bag charm from fabric scraps. And in Modelling Magic card and felt are used to make a funky dinosaur badge; beads, brooches and hair clips are all created from colourful clay; and belts are decorated with hand-made buttons. With easily-achievable projects to suit a whole range of abilities for children from 3 years and upwards, and with simple step-by-step instructions, children will love crafting their own jewellery creations. read more
Bending over backwards to keep the kids entertained? Well, struggle no more - teach your children the wonders of sewing with this ...easy-to-follow guide. Kids love to make things, so why not get them stitching animals, dolls, fancy-dress outfits, bags, jewellery and more? Crafting expert and mother of two Emma Hardy guides you through all the fundamentals of sewing with clear step-by-step instructions that will help little ones to learn while at the same time having fun. And once the basics have been mastered, a whole world of crafting possibilities will be unlocked. With 35 simple projects for boys and girls, each one designed specifically to help children learn to sew, this is the perfect book for beating boredom and entertaining little ones in a naturally inventive way. read more
Old Quilts, New Life features 18 stunning quilts designed by passionate quilter, author, and designer, Sarah Fielke. Sarah has sel...ected 9 beautiful quilts from The American Folk Art Museum in New York and created two designs inspired by each quilt—the first, a sympathetic interpretation of the original piece and the second, a more contemporary creation. Old Quilts, New Life showcases these stunning quilts—each one accompanied by step-by-step instructions so you can create them at home. The book takes you through the history of the quilting tradition and explores the techniques and styles employed by quilters over the centuries. From the beautiful simplicity of an Amish quilt to a pretty pinwheel design, there is a quilt here to suit all skill levels and styles. read more
For over 15 years, through her blog, her stunning quilt books, her fun classes, and her fabric, Sarah Fielke has been inspiring qu...ilters worldwide to step outside their comfort zone with her vibrant and contemporary designs. Hand Quilted with Love is no exception. With 16 stunning new projects, you can join in Sarah's passion for this addictive craft. Whether you class yourself modern or traditional, a beginner or advanced quilter, there is a project in this book to inspire and challenge your own passion for quilting. This beautifully photographed book is brimming with Sarah's insider tips and provides the quilter with an accessible way to try out new methods, textures and colors, and in the process build upon their skills. Sarah also shares her passion for needle-turn appliqué and hand-quilting techniques, which give her quilts their contemporary and unique style. Share in Sarah’s passion for this truly addictive pastime. read more
News of a new arrival brings about a flurry of activity. In reality there is very little a newborn needs other than warmth and lov...e and what better way to show that you care than to hand-knit a beautiful baby blanket.From the first car journey to an outing in a stroller, a knitted blanket will accompany baby wherever they go. Laura Strutt has designed a teddy bear travel blanket that cleverly folds away into a pillow and a hooded wrap for keeping cozy in a sling. For the nursery there is a soft crib cover and a dungaree-style sleeping sack in breathable merino yarn—perfect for a peaceful night’s rest. For playtime, there’s a cotton-backed blanket that can double up as a rug to take out and about and a tiny comforter blanket guaranteed to become baby’s closest companion. With stunning yarns, simple techniques, and gorgeous designs there’s sure to be a blanket here that will be treasured for years to come. read more
Doll-sized quilts can be completed relatively quickly and inexpensively. They can be made into pillow covers, runners, or wall dec...orations, or used as a lesson or as a trial for a larger project; and they can be swapped, gifted, or posted. In Little Quilts’ 15 step-by-step projects, sometimes the quilt is just one block, sometimes several blocks, but all have been designed with the same attention to detail as a full-sized quilt. Seven quilts have been designed by Sarah Fielke and seven by Amy Lobsiger, and the final quilt is a collaboration—with Amy making the central circle, then sending it to Sarah to turn it into a finished quilt. Techniques include hand- and machine-quilting, traditional piecing, paper piecing, appliqué, and embroidery. The size of the quilts (nothing larger than 24 x 24 inches) will tempt you to try a new sewing technique or a new design concept, and you can either follow the instructions or use them as inspiration for your own quilt design. read more
It seems that suddenly everyone wants to be Scandinavian, and to "hygge" (pronounced hue-guh) which means "a sublime state of cosi...ness" felt when you are with friends or loved ones. It can be enhanced by the addition of a log fire, a sweet treat and a cozy knit . So spread the love, and keep things cozy, by knitting yourself—or your family—a warm and beautiful sweater, hat, gloves, or socks, with a Scandi feel. From Shetland to the Faroe Islands, Norway and beyond, there is a shared tradition of knitting intricate patterns in colors that combine and contrast. Whether you have been inspired by watching Danish dramas or you are fascinated by the intricate geometric patterns of Fair Isle, there are designs here that will make you want to pick up your needles and get knitting. Garments include a tank top with a vintage feel, an adorable cardigan for a baby, and a Nordic-style yoked sweater. For the home, there’s a cafetiere cozy, a chunky pillow cover, and more. There’s also a baby blanket that would make a perfect gift, and a lined cover for your e-reader. With full color charts for all patterns, and a techniques section to explain essential Fair-Isle knitting skills, you will have everything you need to know. (Previously published as Fair Isle and Nordic Knits.) read more
Upcycle your glass jars and other vessels into useful and lovely objects. Follow Hester van Overbeek’s easy steps to make a fresh ...flower-decorated tea-light votive for a garden party, store all your grains and pasta in large jars with vibrantly painted lids, or why not surprise a friend with the colorful "birthday in a jar"? There are lots of quick ideas that take no time at all, such as vacation memories in a jar, the table-setting jars, or the floral centerpiece that will charm all your guests. Some are elegant, some are homespun, but all make use of natural materials such as wood, shells, flowers, and leather—to give an original but sophisticated feel to your home and garden. Once you are confident in making the simpler crafts, there are more intricate projects to try, using basic DIY techniques: make a fabulous drink dispenser, a desk lamp, or a rustic vase display by attaching jars to a weathered piece of wood. All the projects have clear step-by-step instructions and hand-drawn illustrations to guide you, so all you need to do is pick the project you want to make first! read more
Melanie Porter has long used giant needles for her knitting creations, and here she shares 35 stylish designs with you. There are ...lots of projects to knit using needles from sizes US 15 to US 50, as well as some that use extra large needles (35mm), and the great thing about using big needles is that you can work up items quickly to great effect. Divided into three chapters—Chunky Textures, Summer Knits, and Mega Knits—and using a variety of beautiful bulky yarns, there’s a whole host of inspiration here for any knitter. Hats, scarves, and other winter items are all featured in different stitches and yarns, but there are lightweight knits too, including a tunic dress, shrug cardigan, and cowl. Go from small-scale ideas—a necklace, headband, coin purse, and bangles—to supersize projects, such as the oversized shawl, throw, body warmer, and pouffe. There’s a comprehensive techniques section, too, which covers the basics for beginners and acts as a reference guide for experienced knitters. read more
This is an amusingly illustrated book for any boy or girl who likes pirates. Want to sail the high seas? If you want to captain yo...ur own ship, this book tells you all you need to know about becoming a pirate. It helps you create pirate accessories, with projects on how to make a hat and eye patch, map, treasure chest and pirate flags. To be a true buccaneer, you also need to brush up on swashbuckling traditions, such as walking the plank, singing seafaring songs and making pirate grub. So, what are you waiting for? It's time for some Jolly Roger adventures! read more
In arguably the greatest, most enlightening discovery since the Rosetta Stone, cat ambassador Gemma Correll has managed to get hol...d of the secret diary of Tiddles, a three-year-old moggy, which she has transcribed and illustrated in order to explain to cat owners across the globe what their pet gets up to when left to its own devices. By reading through Tiddles’ journal, many of those great unanswered questions you have about your cat’s life will be answered, like what does he does for hours on end when he crawls under the bed just as you leave for work or where has she been when she barges her way through the cat flap and into the kitchen, yowling for attention? It’s a true insight into the secret world of cats and a must-have, eye-opening read for any cat owner. read more
35 beautifully simple designs to knit in natural yarns Karen Miller and Susan Ritchie, of online yarn store Mrs Moon, bring you st...itch-by-stitch proof that it can be super-simple to create modern-casual knitted clothes, accessories, and homeware. There are quick-to-knit pieces that you can make in a day, through to more ambitious projects that will take longer, and will introduce novice knitters to techniques such as cables, colorwork, and chunky lace. From an easy-knit Sloppy Joe sweater that will become a favorite wardrobe staple to a brioche-stitch scarf that uses a beautifully simple stitch pattern, from a zigzag-stripe throw in delicious colors to a textured bolster, from a delightfully droopy bunny to a cute baby beanie, there are projects here for you, your home, and your family, whatever your level of knitting knowledge. Karen and Susan’s successful business and constant interaction with knitters of all levels of skill and all kinds of tastes, have given them a wonderful insight in to the types of projects knitters crave, and Simple Chic Knits is filled with items that will have fingers itching to knit. read more
35 easy-to-follow crochet patterns for quick and colorful cozies. Crochet a cozy for your phone, your teapot, your laptop, your fa...vorite books, your passport, and more! Cover all your most precious items with cute and colorful crochet, and then why not make something for all your friends too? Start with simple vase cozies to brighten up your mantel, keep your tablet or e-reader safe with a wave-patterned striped cozy, then move on to more complex designs such as the adorable crocheted flower tea cozy, the pretty lace tea-light votive covers, and the soft and warm hot water bottle cover. Expert crafter Nicki Trench, a crochet teacher and author with over 20 years’ experience has designed a series of patterns that will guide you through making these beautiful projects incorporating a wide range of crochet techniques. There is a comprehensive techniques section that explains all the stitches with clear artworks and instructions, followed by three chapters packed with patterns that will delight and inspire you. read more