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

81 BOOKS NEEDLE FELTING TEDDY BEARS FOR BEGINNERS By Roz Dace & Judy Balchin £9.99 9781800920194 Search Press Needle-felting is an easy and fun technique, requiring little in the way of expensive materials or equipment. Its accessibility means it’s becoming more and more popular, and award-winning authors Judy Balchin and Roz Dace show how to make 20 wonderful little teddy bears using this tactile technique. Each bear measures around 10-12cm (4-5in) tall and can be made in a matter of hours from a bundle of wool fibres, a felting needle and some carefully chosen embellishments. Each bear has its own special character, and they make ideal gifts and keepsakes for friends and loved ones. Each project is accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, and there are handy hints and tips throughout the book to help make the crafting process even easier. Detailed guidance is provided at the start of the book on the materials and equipment you need; how to sculpt a basic bear; make your bears’ paws, feet and faces; and how to really bring your bear to life by carefully positioning the nose, eyes and ears. The techniques are easy to learn and soon you will be designing and making bears of your own to keep or give. We say: Such a gorgeous book! There’s even a pretty ballet bear, a cool Christmas bear, as well as a vintage bear, rainbow bear and cute baby bears. Needle felting NIFTYTM CLEAN & ORGANIZED Money-Saving Hacks and Easy DIYs for a Clean and Clutter- Free Home! By NIFTYTM £12.99 9781446309056 David & Charles From straightening out your kitchen drawers and maximising closet space to keeping your home clean and tidy, the tips, tricks, and hacks in NIFTYTM: Clean & Organized will take your space to the next level in no time. From the popular BuzzFeed lifestyle destination NIFTYTM, this home organisation guide is perfect for anyone who wants to bring a little order to whatever space they call home. It includes helpful advice on how to clean and organise every room in the house, making life easier, more organised, and less stressful than ever before. With money-saving tips, fun DIYs, and inventive ideas for maximising space, this book is the ultimate cleaning resource. Whether it’s tackling the chaos of the bedroom closet or making the most out of the limited space in your tiny bathroom, this title makes tidying up and staying organised easier than ever. We say: NIFTYTM is the popular vertical of BuzzFeed – a DIY destination that will spark the curiosity of those who seek creativity and inspiration. Home organisation AMIGURUMI FARMYARD By Josefine Bjørn Knudsen £7.99 9781800920118 Search Press All 26 projects are quick and easy to make, and for those who are just learning to crochet, all the materials and techniques are explained at the start of the book. There are cute and quirky animals to make, including a friendly cow, a happy pony, a pig, a sheep and a naughty goat, plus a barn and fences, grass and food for the animals, a wheelbarrow, milk churns, hay bales and much more. Replace the beads with stitched eyes and leave out the stiffening wire in the legs, and children will have as much fun playing with this woolly farmyard as you’ll have making it! We say: Crochet everything you need to make your very own mini farm! Crochet COLOUR MY MOOD By Olive Yong £9.99 9781446309032 David & Charles This cute bedside book gives kids and young teens a safe space to record their feelings and monitor their moods every day in a fun and rewarding way. Each night before sleep, they simply colour in the relevant day’s illustration and see it build over the month to create an accurate record of their changing emotional state. Therapists acknowledge that keeping a record of moods and emotions can help to identify triggers, see patterns, helping to develop emotional intelligence and – ultimately – control. Mood-tracking has become a much-loved activity for Bullet Journalling and even apps – this kid-friendly, mindful, analogue approach will help them find balance, realising that there are good days and bad days and that’s OK. Filled with a range of adorable graphics that are different every month, there’s space to quickly to record emotions, allowing comparisons day by day, month by month, year by year for a five-year period. We say: If your young person has tried and failed to keep a diary or journal, this easy activity book offers a much more manageable and fun space to record what matters, giving them – and you – the insight into how they are really feeling. Colouring