Crafts have undergone a welcome revolution in recent years. Never before have the diverse disciplines within arts and crafts been so accessible or the finished objects so witty, vibrant and desirable. More and more people are discovering for themselves the pleasure of creating something beautiful that they can actually use.
This book is a comprehensive guide to traditional and up-to-the-minute craft techniques, sumptuously illustrated with over 2000 glorious full-colour photographs. Explore the possibilities of a wide range of skills: from papercrafts to stencilling and stamping; from machine embroidery to applique, patchwork and cross stitch; from modelling with polymer clay and salt dough to simple woodwork; from wire and tinwork to decorating ceramics and glass. Each chapter has an introduction explaining the basic techniques for that particular craft, while expert practical step-by-step advice simplifies the method and makes it possible to achieve stunning results every time.
Designed by talented contemporary craft artists, the 300 projects in this book range from delightful tokens and gifts to practical yet beautiful objects for today's homes and interiors. Create your own papier-mache sunburst bowl or crackle-glazed cupid print; stencilled sprig curtain or decoupage rose eggs; silver moth scarf or seashell beach bag; appliqued sunflower card or star patchwork sachet; salt dough star frame or Shaker hand; wooden Amish sewing box or punched metal frame; Japanese glass vase or majolica-style tiles.
This creative compendium is sure to be an unlimited source of ideas and inspiration for every craft enthusiast.
Lucy Painter, consultant editor, is a creative artist and editor. For this book she has brought together an original collection of practical projects and activities from a range of fabulous contributors and craftspeople.