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This elegant seed bead necklace, inspired by a 1930s example, was complicated to design but is actually extremely easy to make. The bead loops are simply added one at a time.
Eddie the Elephant is a gentle giant. He has big flapping ears to hear even the tiniest of sounds, but that doesn't stop him from getting scared. The naughty little mice always try to make him jump, and when an elephant jumps, everyone knows! Eddie's ears and feet are lined with pretty scraps of fabric, and his tail is made from a crocheted chain. Purl ridges make the wrinkles in his trunk.
These cute cookie-shaped toys make lovely decorations for the kitchen at any time of year. You could make Mr and Mrs Gingerbread, as shown here, or make a whole family and decorate each one in a slightly different way by using a variety of ribbons and other embellishments. You could also make padded gingerbread hearts and stars from the same linen to match the gingerbread family.
From The Bag Making Bible by Lisa LamHalf the fun of making this cheerful bag is choosing three fabrics that all look fabulous together. Once you have chosen the fabrics you'll find this bag just kind of makes itself! The more you piece it together (like a colorful jigsaw) the more you'll want to see the yummy finished result. Pop a pretty fabric flower onto the button closure for an extra touch of cuteness.
These flower corsages are a novel and attractive way to make use of your favourite fabric scraps. Color-wise, the sky is the limit.From pretty florals and funky retros to winter wools and velvets, you could make a corsage to coordinate with every outfit. These corsages look fantastic pinned on to a jacket, but they could also jazz up a hat or a bag. Have fun embellishing with buttons, beads or stitch details to create a huge variety of different effects!
What better way to keep ice-cold lemonades and fruit juices safe from pesky insects than crochet covers in acid lime green, clementine orange or the hue of homemade lemon squash? This project is also a great way to start working with beads. The pattern has been adapted with four designs, each using different sizes and styles of beads.
This is a great bag for a hot summer's day. The vivid colours zing against each other, and the sewed-on leaves add a pleasing three-dimensional touch. The stylish flare shape is created by decreasing the sides and bamboo rings are attached for added impact. Knitted in ever-versatile cotton yarn, this bag is robust enough to take on the beach, and smart and sassy enough to take to summer garden parties.
Red and white samplers have been popular throughout sampler history, sometimes used to practise marking linen for future seamstresses and sometimes purely for decoration. Helen Philipps' own red and white home sampler is a more contemporary take on the Antique French style, with ultra-white linen, a white frame and buttons. It has a contemporary look but the old French influences are still there.
This wall hanging has a lovely naive folk-art quality. The scene, in fresh spring colors, is filled with birds flitting about and perched in the trees, with flowers and grasses embroidered beneath them. The techniques used include freezer paper applique, making appliqued stems for branches, easy machine stitching and quilting and some fun hand embroidery using thread and silk ribbon.
Cats are well-known for their curiosity, but giraffes? This pretty, prancing giraffe certainly has an inquisitive side to her nature, although she can be a bit jumpy and bound off if things go horribly wrong as a consequence of her investigations. Simple gathering is used to good effect here in creating Gerbera's frilly mane and attractively shaped ears. She may be spotted like her wild cousins, but her cover is easily blown with her coat of a heady mix of bright colours and patterns.
Another fascinating miscellany that will delight railway buffs everywhere. The branch lines of transport history are fully explored and all who love trains will delight in stories of the old railway companies, famous engines, discontinued lines, and all sorts of other railway trivia.
An enthralling book that not only satisfies our fascination for lost wisdom of our ancestors but also indulges the British obsession with the weather. Probably the best known country saying of them all is 'red sky at night, shepherd's delight'. Wise Words and Country Ways Weather Lore presents us with dozens more similar, but largely now forgotten, words of wisdom that are imbued with a centuries-old understanding of the patterns of British weather, seasonal changes and the behavior of plants and animals around us. It has highly relevant content for an age where we all feel we have lost touch with the patterns of nature.
Contains generations of advice on simple ways to run an environmentally-friendly home, based around well-known, and not-so-well-known, sayings. Everyone is keen to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve resources, eat and live more healthily. Ruth Binney's fascinating collection of traditional wisdom shares how our forbears lived well within the resources available.
Britain's many traditions have long been one of its greatest attractions; some are extremely famous, but other more weird and wonderful customs are not so well-known and these are often the most fascinating, intriguing and amusing. Organized by month, nearly 100 customs from all over the UK are described and their history and purpose explained. For those who want to take their curiosity a little further, the date and location of each event is given, and there is a section at the back of the book listing the contents by region to allow readers to find out if they can experience the events for themselves either by watching or participating.
A fascinating collection of first-hand accounts of life in the time of Jane Austen (1775-1817), showing how social standing and etiquette were prime considerations of the period, and revealing the stark contrast between 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' and the lives of men and women. With extracts from Jane Austen's novels, letters, biographies, memoirs and newspapers, including previously unpublished material held by The Jane Austen Society, British Library, Hampshire Record Office and Kent County Archives.
An evocative look at the lives of twelve English countrymen spanning the period from Edwardian England right through to today. From Ernest Sharp the thatcher to George Ranger the farrier; and from John Furzey the beekeeper to Bill Thomson the hurdle maker, experience the working and home lives of these colorful characters in the glorious English countryside.
This is a fascinating and useful reference to the history of the London Underground that reveals new insights into the history of the iconic transport system - the perfect gift for commuters, tourists and railway enthusiasts alike. For anyone who has lived, worked, visited or even passed through London, the tube is one of the iconic and defining characteristics of the city. Amazing & Extraordinary London Underground Facts takes you from the famous roundel symbol and standing on the right of the escalators, to the instantly recognizable and hugely influential route map. This title helps to discover the tales of the building of the first lines in the mid-nineteenth century and the steam trains that ran along them, the ever expanding network of routes, the abandoned ghost stations, the notorious incidents and colorful characters that have all played a part in the amazing and extraordinary history of the London Underground.
This title offers a comprehensive look at the undercover war, revealing just how much of WWII was won away from the battlefields and how each side desperately tried to get into the 'mind set' of their enemies' code makers.From the British cryptologists to the Navajo Indians whose codes helped win the war against Japan, this book reveals the stories of extraordinary people and their chance finds, lucky accidents, dogged determination and moments of sheer brilliance, to expose how the war was really won.It includes an intriguing glimpse of the early history of the computer - its spectacular uses and subsequent development. It features vivid first-hand accounts from the staff of Bletchley Park, French and Dutch resistance fighters, the American secret agents and members of the Services Liaison Unit who passed on vital coded information to field commanders. It also includes a 16 page plate section with rare archive photographs.
This title offers an amazing insight into the events of World War II through the eyes of those who fought against the Allied forces in all theatres of the war. It features many previously unpublished accounts of the war from German and Japanese soldiers, civilians and military leaders. It covers every major arena of the war: Europe; the German invasion of Russia; Rommel's Afrika Korps; and, the Pacific war between Japan and force of the US, Australia and New Zealand.
Bake Me I'm Yours...Cupcake Fun: Over 25 sugarcraft character designs for fun family baking, from top cake decorating author Carolyn White. Discover how to bake perfect cupcakes every time with easy-to-follow recipes and clever tips for professional results. You will also learn essential cake decorating techniques, including buttercream piping and creating character features with sugarpaste and rolled fondant icing - perfect for making unique cupcake designs! Enjoy making fun cupcake characters, from barnyard animals, nurses and firemen, to pirates, mermaids and space aliens! Inside Bake Me I'm Yours...Cupcake Fun: With delicious cupcake recipes for every occasion: * Banana and Macadamia * Blueberry and Almond * Chocolate Brownie * Classic Vanilla * Double Chocolate * Strawberry Jam Surprise * And loads more ideas for tasty cupcake recipes!
10 brilliant patterns for knitting your very own team of athletes. Whether it's a team of synchronized swimmers, a pair of heavyweight boxers or an accomplished equestrian (complete with horse) that takes your fancy, you'll find all the instructions you need here to go for a medal-winning performance!
This charming guide to the world of the English country house reveals all the essential hints and tips for living in and running a great house, whether you were lord, lady, maid or cook. By esteemed author Ruth Binney and with a Foreword by Julian Fellowes, creator of the much-loved Downton Abbey. Discover the rules of etiquette and manners that existed both 'upstairs' and 'downstairs', the daily routines of servants, bygone housekeeping maxims for everyone from the scullery maid to the gardener, and learn how to prepare for a grand ball. The intricate way in which the country house worked is reflected in the six chapters of this book, beginning with Keeping House and progressing to The Daily Routine and The Country House Kitchen . Since correct behavior was so important to all activities of the house, A Matter of Manners addresses the essentials of etiquette, a theme that also extends into Leisure, Entertainment and Sport . Finally Garden and Grounds focuses on everything from the cultivation of exotic fruit for the table to brewing and the care of horses and other animals. With beautiful line drawings, Wise Words and Country House Ways will be fascinating for anyone who has wondered what it would be like to be served, or in service in a grand country house.
Over 30 delicious homemade treats to delight your friends and family all year round!Packed with recipes and designs for cakes, cupcakes, mini cakes, fondant fancies and cookies.There's something for every occasion, from the Mad Hatter's tea party and a seaside celebration, to a lacy white wedding and some special Christmas gifts.Step-by-step illustrated instructions and detailed techniques guide you through each stage of baking and decorating.
An incredible collection of truly breathtaking weather phenomena. Produced in association with the Met Office, the world's premier weather forecasting bureau, Extraordinary Weather unearths astonishing photographs and compelling satellite imagery that reveals the otherworldly, wayward and often ambiguous nature of the weather. From the beautiful snow rollers that can form on icy rooftops to the dramatic lightshow of volcanic lightning, these powerful images-accompanied by commentary from the award winning Richard Hamblyn-inform and explain the science behind the most extraordinary weather phenomena ever seen. Extraordinary Weather presents a beautiful and dramatic visual exhibition of the perpetually changing sky, bringing us closer to the natural world. Discover the world's altering climate and its affects all around us, explore weather events on a larger scale through powerful satellite imagery, and learn of unusual and out of the ordinary weather phenomena considered unbelievable until you have seen them with your own eyes. Acclaimed author Richard Hamblyn celebrates both impressive natural and man-made weather wonders from frost feathers created by rime ice to wingtip vortices formed by accelerating aircraft. The six themed chapters of the book explore storms and tempests, ice and snow, heat and drought, atmospherics, strange phenomena and man-made weather revealed through some of the most visually stunning and intriguing photographs and satellite images seen yet.
Respected transport author Julian Holland delves into the intriguing world of steam in his latest book, which is full of absorbing facts and figures on subjects ranging from Cornish beam engines, steam railway locomotives, road vehicles and ships through to traction engines, steam rollers and electricity generating stations and the people who designed and built them. Helped along the way by the inventive minds of James Watt, Richard Trevithick and George Stephenson, steam became the powerhouse that drove the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the late 18th and 19th centuries.