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By Terence Conran

Plain Simple Useful

Terence Conran has always believed that objects – and surroundings – that are plain, simple and useful are the key to easy living. Here are three projects to get you started on creating a contemporary living space.

Kyle Books

The Urban Woodsman

Max Bainbridge
Authors:
Max Bainbridge

Hand carving is easy, satisfying and therapeutic when guided by Max Bainbridge. Create your own unique pieces and carve with confidence thanks to detailed information on tools, cutting techniques and clear step-by-step photography accompanying each project. Start with basic spoons, cooking spoons and spatulas, before moving onto butter knives, chopping boards and small bowls, with only a few simple tools required. Max also advises on the perfect finish for your projects - how to sand, ebonise, scorch and texture surfaces as well as waxing and oiling your new creations. Whether you are a novice or an experienced carver, this book will inspire you to make something that you will be proud of.

Mitchell Beazley

The Midlife Kitchen

Mimi Spencer, Sam Rice
Authors:
Mimi Spencer, Sam Rice

As featured in The Times and The Daily Mail.Are you at a point in your life where health is becoming more of a priority? Are you confused by ever-changing headlines that contrive to make the simple act of eating a peril rather than a pleasure? The Midlife Kitchen has the answers.Midlife is not a time to be concerned with food fads and foibles, but rather a glorious opportunity to wrest back control of your eating in the interests of health, happiness and a long life. Taste must certainly come first, but with health firmly snapping at its heels, underpinned by well-established nutritional common sense. Busy lives require simple, sustaining recipes that incorporate health-giving ingredients without too much fanfare or fuss. This book is not about 'clean-eating' or super foods, detoxing or restriction. Instead, it is about building up a balanced and diverse diet, with less sugar, better fat and good carbs. Alongside each recipe is the Midlife Kitchen emblem, the star anise. With each of the eight seeds representing a specific Midlife Health category - such as Hormone Harmony; Mind, Memory, Mood; or Heart Health - authors Sam and Mimi are able to provide simple nutritional information. Health tips explain the benefits of certain ingredients, while 'Why We Love It' sections explore the advantages of cooking each dish. Midlife Must-Haves show how to create homemade essentials such as Midlife Grown-up Granola, Midlife Power Porridge and Midlife Sweetener. From Seared Sirloin on Pan-roasted Veg to The Mother of All Greek Salads, Nurture Bircher to Three-ginger Fire Cake, the recipes in this book come together to create a vibrant menu bursting with mouth-watering flavours.

Kyle Books

The Fox, the Bear and the Bunny: Sew Playful Kids' Clothes

Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan
Authors:
Natalie Martin, Naomi Regan

From a cheeky Fox Duffle Coat to a sweet and simple Mouse Pocket Dress, the designs in The Fox, the Bear & the Bunny are great fun and utterly adorable. The animal themed projects include dresses, dungarees, coats and trousers, and each are embellished with different animals for a playful twist. The Bunny coat has ears and a tail, whilst the Cat Mittens have a fun pawprint motif. Aimed at crafters with some experience of machine sewing, the pull-out pattern sheets, simple, step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams make even seemingly complicated patterns easy to understand and accessible, and all the patterns can be scaled up or down to fit children aged 1-5. The fun features of these clothes encourage creative play, and children will love having unique and quirky clothes that really stand out. With everything from rabbits and owls to foxes and bears, youngsters and adults alike will be delighted by these whimsical and original designs.

Kyle Books

Home Sewn

Cassandra Ellis
Authors:
Cassandra Ellis

Divided into three sections - Eating & Sharing, Living and Resting - Home Sewn provides a range of practical soft furnishing projects dedicated to activities around the home. Items are gorgeous, but also useful, with both style and functionality. From leather placemats, a painted canvas floor cloth, to a linen ottoman, rustic linen pendant shades and a gathered antique lace valance, the ideas use a wide range of fabrics. With heirloom items as well as simple but effective creations, these projects will help create a striking interior in any home.

Mitchell Beazley

Makery: Sewing

Kate Smith
Authors:
Kate Smith

Makery: Sewing is the latest craft book from Kate Smith, owner of the thriving Makery sewing café workshops. Now she's been busy with her needle and sewing machine to bring you a collection of 30 sewing projects spanning highly original fashion, gift and home ideas.Create and wear tailor-made fashion items such as the beautiful Smocked Purse and Skinny Bow Belt. Alternatively, give loved ones a gift with a truly personal touch, such as the Man's Wash Bag or easy Lipstick-Holder Keyring. Or add originality to your home with creative accessories destined to become household favourites like a Padded Oven Mitt, gorgeous Table Place Mat or a colourful Doorstop.Makery: Sewing is suitable for beginners and is very user-friendly with clear instructions, time guidelines and handy tips as well as required tools lists to guide you through the techniques with ease. The book includes stunning full-page photography and pull-out patterns and templates, plus there's a chapter dedicated to stitches to ensure that you sew your way to success.

Kyle Books

Hook, Stitch and Give: 30 Elegant Projects for Making and Giving

Kat Goldin
Authors:
Kat Goldin

The only thing better than receiving a homemade present is giving one not only do you get to enjoy the recipient s reaction, but you can also have fun creating a personalised present just for them. In Hook, Stitch & Give Kat Goldin provides modern and desirable patterns/ideas for gifts for every occasion, from birthdays to housewarmings and festive celebrations. Why not make a cosy cardigan for your dad s birthday or an adorable pair of pom-pom slippers for a baby shower or christening? Help friends feather their new nest with a classic yet contemporary cabled throw or cushion and celebrate Mother s Day by treating your mum to an elegant handmade necklace. Have a merry Christmas with festive makes such as snowflakes and stars, perfect as gifts but also to get your own home into the yuletide spirit. With projects for a range of abilities and some that can even be made in an evening for those last-minute gift emergencies, let Kat inspire you to pick up your crochet hook and create a gift that will be treasured.

Mitchell Beazley

Learn to Sew with Lauren

Lauren Guthrie
Authors:
Lauren Guthrie

Lauren Guthrie was a very popular finalist in BBC TV's Great British Sewing Bee. Now Lauren wants to show anyone who has been bitten by the sewing bug how beautiful, useful things for your home, for yourself and for family and friends can be only a stitch away.Through a series of step-by-step projects that gradually increase in complexity, Lauren provides structured techniques that allow you to build expertise and confidence - and make some gorgeous projects in the process. The clothes and homewares reflect her own lovely pared-back style, and feature in particular the attention to detail and distinctive touches that she loves to bring to anything she makes, from an unexpected lining to a clever edging. From bags, belts and simple tops to blinds and cushions, each of the projects includes one or more variations to the design, fabric or embellishments, so that, once you have mastered the basic technique, you can create endless, stunning alternatives.To make it even easier, full-size patterns are provided with the book.

Kyle Books

Sew Tiny: Simple clothes, quilts & toys to make for your baby

Jazz Domino Holly
Authors:
Jazz Domino Holly

Sew Tiny is what every new mum needs. Babies require a whole heap of things - clothes, cot bumpers, changing bags, dribble bibs - and that's just for starters, so rather than spending a fortune on overpriced, mass-produced stuff why not harness your inner creativity and make it yourself. Jazz Domino Holly, who's been there and done that herself, shows the way with 30 original, easy, sewing projects for everything from burp cloths to pram accessories. Her ideas are always inventive yet simple, practical yet fashionable - forget boring pastels, babies love day-glo and animal print! Everything is young, fresh, quick and cool, and you don't have to be any kind of expert. These are projects to fit in between naps and feeds, which will give you a few calm, crafting minutes to yourself and empower you through your baby's first months and beyond.

Kyle Books

Cloth

Cassandra Ellis
Authors:
Cassandra Ellis

Organised into five sections - Cotton, Wool, Silk, Linen and Hide - Cloth provides insight into their craftsmanship and history and includes striking projects that make the most of each fabric's properties, such as using antibacterial hemp to make napkins. Projects include: * cotton tote bag, waxed cotton purses, Liberty print cushions * silk sari curtains, a tie-dyed silk scarf and antique silk wheat bags * wool oven gloves, pillow covers and a dog bed fashioned from a kilim * linen bedcovers, slippers and hand-dyed cushions * leather purses, journals and a sheepskin stool With a resource guide containing all the information you need to indulge a passion for textiles, such as where to buy antique fabrics, suppliers of organic and well sourced cloth, specialist shops and websites, plus a toolkit of essential kit and instructions on hand-dyeing fabric.

Kyle Books

Vintage Home

Sarah Moore
Authors:
Sarah Moore
Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Crochet

Sara Sinaguglia
Authors:
Sara Sinaguglia

Portable, pretty and quick to learn - crochet is back in vogue and Sara Sinaguglia is one of its most talented advocates. Taking her inspiration and palette from her country cottage home and the glorious Dorset landscape that surrounds it, Sara has created 35 easy-to-make crochet projects for in and around the home. The book begins with step-by-step photographs demonstrating how easy it is to teach yourself to crochet. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and her now famous apple cosies, bring a little of Sara's stylish vintage vibe into your crafting life. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning a few balls of richly coloured yarn into something individual. Never has crochet looked so beautiful!

Mitchell Beazley

Creative Makers: Simple Sewing with Lola Nova

Alexandra Smith
Authors:
Alexandra Smith
Kyle Books

Homemade Gifts Vintage Style

Sarah Moore
Authors:
Sarah Moore

Shops and markets selling vintage furniture and trinkets are an absolute treasure trove for anyone looking to inject some character and charm into their hoe without spending a fortune. 'Homemade Gifts Vintage Style' takes this one step further by inspiring you to make or customise your own vintage wares and present them as gifts. Rather than throwing out worn jumpers and blankets, give them a new lease of life by turning them into cute animals for children's birthdays. Instead of ditching cushions that have seen better days, why not transform them into something unique with colourful and eclectic vintage fabrics. Sarah Moore shows you how with step-by-step photographs accompanied by simple instructions. Projects can be sewn by hand or accomplished with one simple stitch on a sewing machine so are suitable for all abilities. With their colourful vintage look these projects make the perfect gifts for any occasion - so lovely that you'll have to resist the temptation to keep them for yourself.

Hamlyn

Bread Machine Easy

Sara Lewis
Authors:
Sara Lewis

There's nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread, but not everyone has the time to hand-make their own. With Bread Machine Easy, you won't have to. Packed with 70 easy-to-follow recipes, this practical recipe book shows you how to make the most of your bread machine. Using an imaginative range of ingredients for traditional and international favourites, you can easily bake anything from everyday classics such as Olive Oil Bread to more exotic loaves like Mediterranean Herb with Salt Glaze, and even wheat-free breads. Including step-by-step instructions for basic techniques, expert's tips and an easy-reference troubleshooting guide, Bread Machine Easy takes all the effort out of baking the perfect loaf.

Kyle Books

Sew It Up

Ruth Singer
Authors:
Ruth Singer

Sewing is no longer the preserve of housewives. More and more people are making or customising their own clothes, curtains or accessories but few have been taught the basic sewing skills. This book contains everything you need to know. It covers both hand and machine techniques used in crafts, dressmaking and soft furnishings, illustrated with full-colour photography and with tips, masterclasses and projects. Written by an accomplished textile designer and teacher, this is an enjoyable and easy-to-use book with a no-nonsense approach. Ruth will show you how to put in an invisible zip, make your own trimmings and how to alter clothes using pleats and gathering as well as decorative techniques such as appliques. Projects will demonstrate these skills and include clothes, cushions, toys and bags.

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