The Art Journal Workshop Traci Bunkers

61hoy+x-6BL._AC_US218_Pub: Quarry Books


Many people want to express themselves through visual journaling, but are stuck or intimidated with how to get started, what to write, or how to move beyond gluing down a few images or putting some paint on the paper.

With beautiful illustrations, The Art Journal Workshop breaks down the entire working process of journaling with step-by-step photos and instructions from start to finish. You’ll learn how to use different media such as paint, photographs, and collage, while following journaling prompts and exercises to help you dig deeper and enrich the journaling process and experience. Traci Bunkers discusses the benefits of visual journaling, and walks you through battling a creative funk when you’re feeling down or uninspired.

Additionally, The Art Journal Workshop provides exclusive access to online videos that show the author creating six visual journal pages from the book, start to finish, through time-lapse video clips. This visual guide enhances the information in the book, showing her work progress in a way that goes beyond what can be captured in still photographs or through text.


Visual Journalling has always been an interest of mine.

It enables me to be creative and expressive and is a hobby that can be picked up and put down at whim. I have several on the go at any one time and depending on my mood I can be inventive and as individual as I choose.

This book gives ideas and inspiration, and shows how from start to finish, an art journal can be a mindful and artistic exercise.

You do not need to be a fantastic artist to design a journal, words and pictures can be collaged, drawn and even photographs can be used. Glitter, fabric, leaves, nothing is out of bounds, all you need is your imagination.

Traci Bunkers gives sound advice and ideas for everyone to be able to construct such a book, it can be a travel journal, a memory book or even a gift to someone.

This quirky work book is brilliant, and a must have for anyone who needs a helping hand to begin. It is highly original and very inspiring.

What is important is that it is fun and meaningful to you.



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Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls Jan Horrox

51XpgPOwJWL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press Ltd

Building on the success of Jan Horrox’s previous book, Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls, Jan’s new book focuses on her exquisite fantasy dolls, including beautiful fairies, amazing mermaids, an enigmatic witch and a steampunk doll with attitude. These magical dolls are full of character and are amazingly easy to achieve with the help of this practical book. Step-by-step instructions are provided for all the basic techniques, including how to make the bodies, heads, arms, legs, hands and feet; how to make the hair; and how to needlesculpt and paint the exquisite faces to really bring your character to life. There are instructions for making webbed fingers, delicate fairy wings as well as a mermaid’s tail, and there are three easy-to-follow projects to put all your newly acquired skills into practice. Jan encourages the reader to use their imagination and create dolls of their own, and the alternative designs that accompany each project show how easily this can be done simply by changing the faces, colours, fabrics and embellishments used.


If you are a fan of making dolls then Jan Horrox will be a name you know.

This book is a fabulous and worthy follow up to her book, Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls, which is perfect if you are new to doll making.

This book is filled with wonderful fantasy dolls. Fairies, Mermaids and Witches are just divine. The illustrations alone are inspiring and creative.

The screen printing section in this book is brilliant, and gives you an opportunity to design your own fabrics for these projects.

Every step of making the dolls is easy to follow. The templates are full sized and the dolls themselves are amazing and intricate. Their fingers and toes are so life like, it is easy to see why these books are so so popular with doll makers and sewists.

My favourite has to be the witch Rhiannon, but each of the ladies are superb. There are six in total, and can be made using scraps from your stash or using specific designed fabric for a stunning effect.

These dolls are more than just dolls, they are future heirlooms and keepsakes.

Each one perfectly formed and beautifully dressed, their facial features give personality and charm.

Highly recommended.


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Each colour glossy page is filled with beautiful illustrations, that give a step by step guide to ensure each part of your doll is perfectly formed.


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The Color Lab: Color Cues for Rug Hooking Wanda Kerr

38349775 Pub: Ampry Publishing

Playing and working with colour is one of the greatest pleasures we are afforded as human beings. Wanda Kerr’s The Color Lab: Color Cues for Rug Hooking explores what colour is, how to create it, and how to mix and match different colours in a rug to create your own masterpiece. By understanding the palettes, hues, and saturation involved in selecting different colours, rug hookers are able to apply new techniques to their beloved rugs to create more realistic and appealing designs. Infused with a combination of technical tips for the dedicated artist and down-to-earth language that even beginner rug hookers can relate to, Kerr’s book is a must-have for rug hookers of all experience levels.


As a crafter, colour is an important element in most things I create.

The Colour Lab enables you to choose your colours wisely for Rug Hooking, giving information on colour ‘families’ contrast and design.

I think that the lessons learned can be used in other areas of craft and artwork.

Each chapter is a lesson in the various colour techniques, it will help you develop your design and enhance your work to it’s full and best potential.

I never realised the importance of colour and texture fully until I read this book and I learned a lot. It is an interesting and knowledgeable book that guides and teaches,and along with the exercises given I believe I will be more artistic and adventurous with my colour designs.


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Hooked on Celtic Rugs Gail Lambert


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Hooked on Celtic Rugs contains a gallery of 20 Celtic rugs to serve as inspiration for your on designs as well as 12 intriguing designs to model off of by master designer David Rankine. Come with us into the colourful world of Celtic rug hooking, a world of amazing designs. Celtic rug expert Gail Lambert leads us through the process of colour planning and hooking these appealing designs, with tips and suggestions on deciphering and untangling a pattern, outlining the complex details, and finishing your hooked piece. As a special treat, Gail included seven Irish recipes for the busy rug hooker. With this book you’ll learn how to colour plan and hook your Celtic rug, how to create illuminated letters and fanciful birds, and how to create both simple and complicated Celtic knots.


Rug Hooking is a craft making a huge comeback..

This is a beautiful book that showcases the most stunning Celtic designs. If nothing else it is truly inspiring.

The Introduction is interesting, covering the start of Celtic design and the history of the symbolic and religious background.

A complete lesson in ‘how to’ is clear and easy to understand and pointers and tips are highlighted.

What I loved about this book, is that is also littered with recipes, soups, scones and breads, my big favourite  a Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb is going to be a family treat.

The patterns are amazing and the colour co-ordination show these rugs off to their very best. The designs are in the back and can be photocopied for easy use. I probably shouldn’t say this but they would also make some beautiful embroidery designs for matching cushions etc.

The designer David Rankine is truly talented and Gail Lambert is a master of her craft.

Hooked on Celtic Rugs would be  good starter book for beginners, and for advanced rug hookers the ideas and designs are inspiring and stunning.


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Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls Jan Horrox

51MF9zWMtVL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press

This highly practical guide to cloth doll making is aimed at those who are new to doll making, as well as more experienced needlecrafters. Jan’s beautiful dolls are exquisitely made, yet by breaking the process down into easy-to-follow steps, they become surprisingly easy to achieve. Full of character and life, Jan’s dolls are made using a wide range of colourful fabrics, trims, ribbons and buttons and are ideal for using up scraps and oddments of materials. There are clear, step-by-step instructions for making hands, feet and faces, together with diagrams where needed, and useful templates for all the body pieces are supplied at the back of the book. With three different projects to choose from, and three alternative designs using different colour schemes and materials, this book provides the means to make your own gorgeous doll, whatever your ability, and gives ideas and inspiration for many more.


While not a quick sewing project..

sewing amazing dolls and watching them come to life is a thrill for any sewist.

This book has three unusual and beautiful dolls to create, with helpful hints and tips and an array of ideas for decorating and trimming.

These lifelike dolls are exquisite. They are cleverly designed and with full sized templates and a few fabric scraps, you too can make a doll that stands 16 – 18 inches high.

Every step is told using words and pictures and are very in depth.  You really cannot go wrong.

The illustrations are divine, and easily inspire.  This is a must have book, the details and the information given will really help you develop your doll making skills and I cannot wait to get started.


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Each page is in glossy full colour and the dolls are stunning.


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Quilted Throws, Bags & Accessories Sanae Kono

51xX6fxYiZL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press

Inspired by traditional quilting techniques, including patchwork, English paper piecing and applique, master quilter Sanae Kono has created a charming collection of bags, quilts and accessories to make for you and your home, and to give as charming gifts for your friends and family. Inside you’ll find all your favourite quilting motifs – squares, log cabins, hexagons, diamonds and spools – plus exciting new techniques such as broderie perse, a style of Persian applique which utilises `fussy cut’ print fabric elements. Designs are included for 28 different quilts, bags, pouches, table runners, pillows and more, and each section includes a step-by-step colour photo tutorial with special tips and tricks from the author. Even veteran quilters are sure to learn something new! These beautifully constructed bags and quilts are sure to appeal to both classic and modern quilters.


What is wonderful about this book, is that it contains many many techniques for quilting..

There are 28 projects, but the skills you will learn will take your quilting to another level.

Each beautiful piece showcases a specific quilting design such as Apple Core,  Hexie and Broderie, which is simply stunning.

Rugs, quilts and bags are just some of the impressive items and if you can sew a single stitch then you will be able to create one or more of them.

Included in this book are the templates, which are full sized and the instructions for each piece are simple and easy to follow. The various techniques are given in written and pictorial format and what I loved was the charm of the design are pretty and simple.

My favorite has to be the Broderie Perse and the Hexie Pocket Mini Tote will be the first thing I make, it is just lovely and will make any Summer outfit complete.


2018-04-03 08.58.57 The Hexie Pocket Mini Tote is just so pretty.

2018-04-03 09.05.00 I have never made a floor mat and the Log Cabin is an easy pattern to start with.


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Handmade Glamping Charlotte Liddle and Lucy Hopping

51rmrCSyi8L._AC_US218_Pub: CICO Books

Decorate your tent, tipi, caravan or camper van with any of the 35 stunning projects in Handmade Glamping.

Using a variety of crafting techniques including knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, patchwork and appliqué, Charlotte Liddle and Lucy Hopping have created a wonderful range of accessories that will bring retro charm to your idyllic country getaway. Whether you fancy a quiet retreat to secluded beaches or are off to live it up at the summer festivals, you will find something to make your home-away-from-home look stunning and feel cosy and comfortable. Divided into four chapters, Handmade Glamping starts with Recycling and Repurposing, which will show you how to make some stunning embroidered curtains using vintage fabrics or the hexagonal patchwork scatter cushions to put on the camp bed. In Campfire Cooking there is everything you’ll need for a romantic meal under the stars, including decorated plates, quilted placemats and a picnic bag. Pretty Decorations has crocheted bunting to string outside, a cute cross-stitch picture to hang inside, and pretty storage ideas for small spaces that recycle jam jars and other household items. Finally, Outdoor Living comes with ideas for candle holders, a tent tidy, a wind break and even a re-upholstered deck chair.


This is a delightful project book to make your camping more glam.

35 projects from pillows to glass lanterns are all showcased for recycling, beautifying, and making.

Who knew that outdoor living could be so charming and pretty?? Whether it’s for a tent, caravan or just your picnic table, there is a project for you.

The projects can be made from scratch or you can repurpose an old item and make it new again.

Painting, sewing and embellishing has never been so much fun, and you do not really need any major skills, this book is all about inspiring and your own creativity will be enhanced by the ideas in this wonderful book.

There are templates included which need to be enlarged, and the techniques section gives tips and advice on embroidery, crochet sewing and knitting.  All the projects and ideas are useful and pretty.

Handmade Glamping  is colourful and beautifully presented. It would make a perfect gift and I for one can highly recommend it.


I decided to make the ‘Crochet Food Cover’..

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2018-04-02 16.50.20 Choosing two pieces of fabric I used a bowl to draw two circles. I cut them out using pinking shears and with right sides together, I stitched around the edges leaving a small gap.

2018-04-02 17.02.13 Pull the circle through the gap so it is the right way and press.

2018-04-02 17.49.24 I used Perle cotton for my crochet,and using a blanket stitch I stitched around the edge of my cover..

2018-04-02 19.02.26 I used complimentary colours for my two rows of double crochet..

2018-04-02 19.08.26 and on the third row, I thread some beads onto my cotton before using it to crochet..

2018-04-02 19.20.17 at regular intervals I placed a bead until the last row was completed.

2018-04-03 06.59.31 These covers are perfect for covering food or just keeping the dust off your water 😃


Happy Glamping x


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