Craft Focus - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 88)

80 Bookstand Stock your shelves with the latest craft-related book releases SUNDAY FUN DAY By Katherine Halligan £16.99 9781788009058 Nosy Crow Published in collaboration with the National Trust, this beautiful book is filled with 52 inspirational activities for every weekend of the year, the perfect gift for the whole family to enjoy! Gardening, crafting, cooking and outdoor activities are seasonally arranged to make the most of every time of year, encouraging children to explore the natural world around them. Whether out and about or staying snug and warm inside, this collection of activities is perfect for having fun with friends and family. We say: Packed with a nature activity for every weekend of the year, this book is a gift that the whole family will treasure for years to come. ATMOSPHERIC ANIMALS IN WATERCOLOUR By Jean Haines £19.99 9781782219590 Search Press Known for the vibrant colours and exciting, innovative painting techniques that she brings to her work, Jean’s latest book invites beginners and more experienced artists alike to share a journey through painting animals from around the world. Painting animals requires a delicacy of touch. Jean starts with simple monochrome artworks and progresses on to more vivid paintings that incorporate exciting textural effects. Using lessons from nature to help bring the reader closer to the animals, Jean shows how to portray the animal’s spirit and bring vitality to the reader’s artwork. We say: Suitable for all abilities, from first-time painters to experienced artists, Jean shares all the materials and techniques she uses, and provides a wealth of expert tips and advice inspired by the animals themselves, helping the reader to progress and find their own path. Crafting Watercolour KNIT LIKE A LATVIAN: ACCESSORIES By Ieva Ozolina £15.99 9781446308684 David & Charles Stranded colourwork knitting never goes out of fashion because the results are so beautiful. This is the third title in the Knit Like a Latvian series which looks at knitting patterns using traditional Latvian colourwork designs. This title features 40 patterns for gloves, hats, wraps and scarves all featuring a distinctive Latvian colourwork design element. You can choose from gloves and fingerless mittens with selected colourwork details on the cuffs or an all over stranded colourwork design on a scarf or wrap for maximum impact. Knitting has always played an important role in traditional Latvian culture: girls are taught to knit at a young age, and some schools still teach knitting as part of the curriculum. It is also traditional for brides to give socks and mittens as a gift to guests on their wedding day. This collection captures the essence of these stunning folk patterns and shows how you can mix these traditional designs with your contemporary wardrobe. We say: Knit Like a Latvian Accessories also looks at the stories behind the design motifs which are steeped in folk tradition, for example, if you include the sun motif design in your knitting it is thought that the item will offer extra warmth to the wearer, so you can understand the traditions behind the knitting. Knitting