Craft Focus - June/July 2020 (Issue 79)

75 BOOKS QUILLING 20 BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS Sena Runa £14.99 GMC Publications In the last few years, paper art has become even more popular among paper art lovers, craft enthusiasts and artists so following on from the success of her first book Quilling Art , Sena Runa presents a brand-new collection of exciting projects to make. The harmony of the shapes, colours and shades will not only attract people who enjoys the finished artworks, but also motivates the quillers to be more creative for the future projects they’ll work on. There are plenty of designs in Quilling that will appeal to the complete beginner, but there are also some more challenging designs for readers that want to build on their skills. We say: The book covers 20 projects with a range of subject matter that’ll appeal to all ages, including a cactus, rainbow, hot- air balloon, ice cream, airplane, scooter, mandala, dragon, llama and unicorn and more. ANIMAL FRIENDS TO SEW Sanae Ishida £19.99 9781632172358 GMC Distribution With Animal Friends to Sew by Sanae Ishida you can create beautiful handmade animal friends for the whole family: a whale teether, adorable fox baby slippers, stackable animal blocks, a lion throw pillow, or a fuzzy sheep backpack. Perfect for gifting, these one-of-a-kind handmade treasures are sure to be cherished. Inspired by the beautiful simplicity of Japanese and Scandinavian design, these projects will delight the creator as much as the recipient. We say: Whether you’re a beginner or have years of sewing experience under your belt, you can create magical childhood creations to love and treasure forever. MAGICAL WOODLAND KNITS Claire Garland £16.99 9781446308103 David and Charles Ltd Nature lover and author Claire Garland has studied animals and birds in the environment around her home in rural Cornwall and designed this delightful collection of patterns based on the wildlife she sees there. This is a magical collection of 12 knitting patterns for wonderfully lifelike animals and birds accompanied by the author’s sketches and studies of the natural world. Includes favourite animals and birds such as grey squirrel, barn owl, yellow-necked field mouse, wolf, fox, wild rabbit and even a roe deer fawn. We say: Readers will love this magical collection of knitting patterns for wonderfully lifelike animals and birds. HOUSE OF PRINT Molly Mahon £16.99 9781911641223 Pavilion Books House of Print is Molly’s love letter to block printing. In it she shares the inspiration behind her work and how she started her own creative journey. She takes us to the bustling printing studios in India where she explores the work of local craftspeople and block printing’s rich history and traditions. Closer to home she invites us on nature walks and shares tips on how to find the right colour palette. She also looks back in history for inspiration and shares the enormous impact that the work of Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group has had on her designs. We say: There’s insightful information on key tools, step-by- step techniques for printing on paper and fabric as well as pattern design advice. Quil ling Sewing Knitting Printing