From the Bookcase: Mini Cupcakes – Twenty to Make by Lorna Fleming

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  Mini Cupcakes: Twenty to Make by Lorna Fleming is another in the handy, pocket-sized series from Search Press. Learn how to create mini cupcakes for every occasion that look fantastic and taste delicious too. Author Lorna Fleming explains how creating beautifully decorated cupcakes need not take a great deal of time at all to Read More

From the Bookcase: Quilled Animals – Twenty to Make by Diane Boden

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  Quiller Diane Boden shows readers how they too can create 20 wild and whimsy animals from the most basic tools, providing an excellent alternative to gift tags, greetings cards or even framed pictures. Quilled Animals: Twenty to Make contains a brief introduction to the tools followed by a slightly more in-depth explanation of techniques Read More

From the Bookcase: Arm & Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt

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  Arm & Finger Knitting is designer and maker Laura Strutt’s newest offering to the crafting world. Forget needles – all you need are fingers and arms and you too can create any of the 35 fabulous projects packed into this book! Opening with an encouraging welcome from Laura, she then goes on to cover Read More

From the Bookcase: Print & Pattern Geometric by Bowie Style

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  Originally a place for Marie Perkins (Bowie Style) to keep a record of her textile design research, her creative blog now celebrates its latest book release with Print & Pattern Geometric. Packed with over 460 full-colour illustrations, Print & Pattern Geometric includes a fascinating variety of designs, motifs and patterns made using geometric Read More

From the Bookcase: The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking

beginners guide to dressmaking wendy ward

  If learning to make your own clothes is on your list of things to do this year, Wendy Ward’s Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking is a great book to get you started. This 128 page book contains easy to follow projects and pattern sheets to create six classic garments. The book also covers 14 dressmaking techniques with clear, Read More

From the Bookcase: Vintage Beauty by Daniela Turudich

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  Vintage Beauty by Daniela Turudich takes us back in time to the bygone era of Hollywood glamour and glitz where homemade recipes and natural ingredients were the key to beauty. With many of its leading ladies swearing by the simplicity of natural ingredients, this book shares their tips, tricks and recipes for you to try Read More

From the Bookcase: The Kingdom Revealed by Rob Ryan

The Kingdom Revealed Rob Ryan

    Following up from his book The Forgotten Kingdom, papercut artist and author Rob Ryan proves once again that fairy tales aren’t just for children. The Kingdom Revealed (Hutchinson Books) tells the story of a young boy who doesn’t want to be King. Believing the grass to be greener on the other side, he runs Read More

From the Bookcase: Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee

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    We have spent hours thumbing our way through Kitchenalia by Vinny Lee, a book that can only be described as the definitive guide to styling your dream vintage kitchen. We call it research but really, we just loved it. Forget the gadgets of today, Kitchenalia (published by Jacqui Small) shows you how to create Read More

From the Bookcase: How to Crochet

How to Crochet A complete Guide for Absolute Beginners Alison McNicol

  If you’ve always wanted to turn your hand to crochet but haven’t yet got around to it, How to Crochet: The Complete Guide for Absolute Beginners aims to be a simple to follow guide for those picking up a crochet hook for the first time. Author Alison McNicol is no stranger to teaching, having created Read More

From the Bookcase: Giftwrapped by Jane Means


  We’re not known for our giftwrapping prowess here at Make It Shabby so when we had the opportunity to check out Giftwrapped by Jane Means, it was a sign that things could only get better for our skills. Fascinating isn’t how you’d imagine a book on wrapping presents to be, but fascinating it certainly Read More