Every good crafter is likely to have a huge, almost uncontrollable and ever growing collection of beads - most of which they wont know what to do with.
Fun & Simple Beads by Tair Parnes is the antidote to that, with dozens of adorable jewelry projects. Use up those beads and fill up your jewelry box with a Tickled Pink Bracelet, Tempting Tassel Necklace, Double Rainbow Chip Earrings, and a Candy Shop Ring. There are plenty of styles to choose from and the step-by-step instructions make the projects easy to create.
The book is not limited to beads though, there are a number of projects involving ribbons, bows and yarn, such as a Very Victorian Brooch and a Pom Pom Necklace. I particularly like the Satin Surprise Necklace, which is a perfect project for using up unwanted and ugly beads, by wrapping them in fabric.
The title may sound like something you'd do on your CV, but Creative Embellishing by Kayte Terry is a wonderful book filled with techniques and ideas for adding unique touches to your accessories.
The thing that I liked most about this book was the variety of projects. There are nice and simple projects such as Button Pins and more complex and skilled projects such as a knitted Ultra Violet Scarf. The book will teach you all the appliqueing skills you need, such as felting, beading and printing, and give you the basics for more complex skills, such as sewing techniques for sculpting fabric, patchwork, embroidery, knitting and crochet.
Complete with all the templates you need to make the items in the book, there are 25 kitschy and stylish projects to choose from. Including a Bits And Pieces Scarf made from doilies, an Audrey Hepburn style Pearl Button Purse, a contemporary Trompe L'oeil Lampshade, and a Patchwork Pocket that you can add to your tote bag. This is a sweet little book and a great purchase if you want to add a bit of sparkle to your homeware, clothes and accessories.
You can pick up a copy of the book from Collins & Browns. CO+K Reader Offer: Order a copy for only £14.99 including free UK p&p. Call 0870 787 1613 and quote reference CH1056.
If, like me, you take pleasure in looking around other people's homes, then you will love 1000 Home Ideas by Christian Sarramon. The former brochure designer, has spent the past 30 years photographing and collecting home ideas from around the globe.
From rustic and cozy, to contemporary and unconventional, this book will take you behind closed doors and show you how other people live and layout their homes. Full of interesting design decisions and neat storage ideas, the book covers both the minimalistic and cluttered. However, every home featured is very stylish.
Though more of a coffee-table art book than a practical home design book, this will provide you great inspiration for your own home. I particularly love the bookcases and wardrobe sections, which provide an insight on how different people organize.
London-based design label Weardowney are renowned for their hand knitted fashion and in their first pattern book, Weardowney Knit Couture you can learn how to make your own.
Taking knitwear to the catwalk, this gorgeously-produced book includes 20 patterns for you to try, complete with tracing-paper inserts to emphasize details for each piece. Along with a selection of classic and cozy sweaters, you can make a modern and stylish Striped Tunic Dress, DIY Tweed cardigan or vintage inspired Skating Skirt.
This book is a great investment - spend a penny to save a fortune with your own handmade couture. If you do, your hard work will really pay off and you'll be in for a very stylish winter.
As Napkin Origami will teach you, origami doesn't need to be restricted to paper, with 25 designs to brighten up any table setting.
The books includes a variety of seasonal, humorous and romantic designs, and there's one for every occasion. Spice up a Valentine's meal with a napkin rose or heart, lighten up a business with lunch with an origami shirt and tie, or celebrate Christmas with angel wing's and a napkin Santa. There's even a range of practical ideas including a dessert server and bread holder.
Each design will only take a few minutes, just follow the simple step-by-step illustrations to create something unique and wonderful for your dinner part. Memorize one and you can always use it as a great party trick!