Compendium of Jewellery Making Techniques Sara Withers Xuella Arnold

611MIdud08L._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press Ltd.

Together they show the reader how to fix common screw-ups, try out new creative techniques, get more skilled at familiar methods, improvise tools and discover ways to save money, such as recycling gold and other precious metal scraps. From beading to setting a stone, understanding annealing to soldering your own silver chain, you can riffle through the book, experimenting with new innovations to create your unique jewellery designs. Packed with over 200 expert fixes, insider tips, and tricks of the trade, content is arranged by topic to enable any jewellery maker to achieve a striking and professional look to their earring, necklaces, rings, and more. A must-have for anyone who makes their own jewellery, whether at beginner or intermediate level.


This is a brilliant introduction into the art of making Jewellery.

Filled with tips , techniques and expert advice, it covers everything you need to know.

Beautiful glossy photographs show a range of designs which can inspire. The authors have given away brilliant trade secrets and what I really liked was that they have shown ways of avoiding errors in order to get that professional look to your craft.

This is a book for beginners, intermediate and advanced Jewellery makers, The skills shown are simply explained and there is no reason that anyone cannot create a wonderful item.


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Joyful Daily Stitching, Seam by Seam: Valerie Bothell

61mxqM+oPOL._AC_US218_Pub:  C&T Publishing

Learn 61 basic embroidery stitches, including silk ribbon and beaded stitches, through step-by-step photos, plus get crazy-quilt block piecing instructions and helpful information on tools and supplies. Then put it all together in a gorgeous, intricate sampler

The first thing I loved about this book was the dedication.

It gives you an idea of just how this book is supposed to be used and why the author has titled it Joyful Daily Stitching.

Filled with beautiful and inspiring stitch work, it is not just a book about embroidery, it is a complete labour of love.

I just wish I could sew fast enough and show a sampler of all the stunning designs for my review.

There is a complete stitch demonstration of all the stitches and how they are created and using thread, ribbons and beads the effects are simply divine. If you love embroidery, this will a book that will fill you with excitement. it is amazing.

The stitches may seem difficult to achieve but with a little practice and dedication this book will be the perfect reference guide for beginners and advanced stitchers.

I think it’s perfect.



Each stitch demonstration is shown in pictorial and written form. The instruction is easy to follow.

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Each of the stitches are shown in beautifully coloured photography, and are labelled with the name of the stitches to achieve and create the seam.

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Bohemian Adventures Coloring Poster Book Valori Wells

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These 8 vibrant jumbo-sized posters are printed on high-quality, heavyweight paper, with a full-page illustration on one side and a border design on the other. Use them as a cocktail party activity, as posters for your home, or as banners for birthdays, graduations, or celebrations of any kind! Even a few minutes a day spent colouring these glamorous camels, gorgeous flowers, desert patterns, and more can help you relieve stress and infuse much-needed creativity into your busy life. Plus, explore a new kind of colouring with select grayscale designs that add depth and contrast to your work with no extra effort from you!


The first thing you notice about this book is..

the paper quality. It is thick.

If like me you despair at the thin quality of other double sided colouring art books then you will be rather pleased with this book.

Sixteen art projects on 8 double sided sheets are just stunning. The illustrations are divine and have been well drawn.

My favourites are the ones with Elephants, but there are Camels, Flowers and other art forms to decorate. You can add your own features and I am going to try and add some mixed media on a few.

These posters will be fabulous for a rainy day family activity, and all kinds of colouring pens and paints will be ideal. I can imagine adding glitter and just let my creative flow ..well just flow.

This book is amazing. I would make an ideal gift and is the most perfect project book for an afternoon of quiet time and artistic expression.



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2018-01-28 10.26.56 The posters are folded inside the book and the raw edges are perforated. Be careful when you rip them out, they are very thick, and some care is needed.

2018-01-28 10.28.46 The posters are 19 inches x 30 inches and are beautifully illustrated on both sides.


Happy colouring x


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Hoop Art Cristin Morgan

5192Sr1SsHL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press

This book by Cristin Morgan, founder of the popular hand embroidery company Marigold + Mars, containing a stunning collection of contemporary embroidery motifs with bold colour palettes for you to stitch away at for hours on end. The 50 illustrated motifs includes abstract and geometric patterns, botanical motifs, hand-lettered designs and much more, and will inspire you to get stitching in fresh and imaginative ways.

Beginners will learn to master the 10 basic stitches and skills needed to create the motifs inside, all clearly explained in an attractive, approachable way; then, whether you’re new to embroidery or the more experienced stitcher, your hand stitching skills can flourish by stitching the motifs in the 20 beautiful and practical projects inside, all featuring easy-to follow step-by-step instructions, lovely photography and helpful templates.

Hoop Art will help you bring embroidery out of the hoop to add a touch of stylish handmade flair everywhere.


With ten basic stitches, you will be able to create the most beautiful projects.

This amazing book is both creative and fun. The projects are colourful and simple but have the most stunning effects.

If you are a beginner or an advanced embroiderer, this book will thrill and delight. There are handy templates and the stitch guide gives clear instructions.

I loved the nature inspired hoops and the Wink Pillow is just divine.

This is a book that will help you to master some fabulous techniques and contains a lot of useful information, such as thread suggestions and hoop sizes.


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Mehndi for the Inspired Artist Heather Caunt-Nulton (Author),‎ Alex Morgan (Author),‎ Iqra Qureshi (Author),‎ Sonia Sumaira(Author)

61xeIQT2O2L._AC_US218_Pub:  Walter Foster Publishing

Mehndi for the Inspired Artist is your one stop resource for creating mehndi designs. Whether you’re familiar with the art form, or are coming to it with fresh eyes and eager anticipation, our four expert artists will give you the most rewarding experience possible.

You’ll be creating artwork on day one with this guide book’s step-by-step approach of creating a variety of traditional and modern mehndi designs. You will then learn to incorporate these elegant mehndi designs into DIY art projects you can place around the house, and have the pride of knowing each one has a unique, personal flair.

Customize candles and mason jarsjewelry and stationery, and anything else you can get your hands on. Mehndi for the Inspired Artist is sure to inspire endless DIY craft projects with contemporary mehndi patterns that will delight henna enthusiasts of all ages.


This is a great beginner’s book..

It is also very beautiful. showcasing the art of ‘Mehndi’.

Mehndi is traditionally Indian, and I have always admired the beautiful painted hands of the girls on their wedding day.

This is a book that not only tells you the history of this art form, but it shows you how you can learn and create your own painted items using the technique.

Using pens, pencils, paint and henna paste, there are many templates to copy and inspire.

Each technique is perfectly explained and each of the book contributors add their own, ancient and contemporary patterns to items such as candles, jewellery boxes and even a tambourine, which is truly amazing.

I am sure with a little practice this art will a beautiful skill to master.


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Little Needle-Felted Teddy Bears Judy Balchin Roz Dace

515n57Be5DL._AC_US218_Pub: Search Press Ltd

Needle-felting is an easy and fun technique, requiring little in the way of expensive materials or equipment. Its accessibility means it’s becoming more and more popular, and here Judy Balchin and Roz Dace show you how to make 20 wonderful little teddy bears using this tactile technique. Each bear measures around 10-12cm (4-5in) tall and can be made in a matter of hours from a bundle of wool fibres, a felting needle and some carefully chosen embellishments. Each bear has its own special character, and they make ideal gifts and keepsakes for friends and love ones. There’s a pretty ballet bear, a cool Christmas bear, as well as a vintage bear, rainbow bear and cute baby bears. Each project is accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, and there are handy hints and tips throughout the book to help the making process even easier. Detailed guidance is provided at the start of the book on the materials and equipment you need; how to sculpt a basic bear; make your bears’ paws, feet and faces; and how to really bring your bear to life by carefully positioning the nose, eyes and ears. The techniques are easy to learn and soon you will be designing and making bears of your own to keep or give.


I have always been interested in Needle Felting and this book is perfect to learn techniques and upgrade your skills.

There are some lovely pictures and the Teddy Bear projects are adorable.

There are 18 bears and the clear instructions are easy to follow.

With names such as Circus Bear, Thread Bear and my particular favourite Ballet Bear, there is a lot of choice. Every one loves a Teddy Bear and this would make perfect little gifts for young children and adults.

The book comes complete with templates, that help with shaping and size, and anyone looking for a new hobby will be delighted with this fantastic book.


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The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks Sarah Pekkanen

unnamed Pub: MacMillan

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement.

It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.

The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

You will be wrong.


The Wife Between Us is just one of those books that grips from the start and doesn’t let go.
I can see a lot of readers wanting this read on their book pile.

I do not usually like collaborations, but the twists with this wife/mistress plot line is simply brilliant. I imagine the authors had a lot of fun bouncing their ideas and getting them down. The writing is amazing.

Vanessa Thompson’s marriage has ended, and when she finds out that her husband is to remarry she has an idea. I was absolutely thrilled with the drama and the unsettled feeling I got with every page.

I could read it all over again and still be thrilled



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