Craft Focus - April/May 2022 (Issue 90)

71 BOOKS THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS FELT FRIENDS By Cynthia Treen £16.99 9781446309223 David & Charles Bring The Wind in the Willows to life with beginner-friendly sewing patterns for felt animals. Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is a classic that has entertained adults and children alike for over 100 years. Characters such as Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible Mr Toad, have influenced children’s stories ever since. This book instructs you in the joyful craft of hand-stitching wool felt animals, made posable thanks to interior wire armatures. It will teach you basic sewing and the specialised techniques required to create these charming felt friends that will provide hours of play. The book includes five key characters from the classic Kenneth Grahame tale, with interchangeable clothing, accessories, and a few small furniture pieces. Interwoven throughout the book, a collection of magical photographs and quotes from the original book highlight the animals and their accessories in natural settings to spark the imaginations as you create. We say: This book will transport you to a light-hearted, creative world of charming wool felt animals, imagination and mindful hand-stitching. Stitching THE JOY JOURNAL FOR GROWN-UPS By Laura Brand £16.99 9781529074741 Bluebird The Joy Journal For Grown-ups invites you to experiment, play and unlock your creative potential with a range of simple crafts that can bring a little more calm into your everyday life. Using store-cupboard ingredients and easily foraged supplies, this beautifully illustrated handbook includes new and inspiring ideas for adding a personal touch to celebrations, creating gifts, and making stunning keepsakes. Laura Brand gently guides you through a host of delightful projects including beautiful flower-pressed candles, scented body butter, and origami hearts. She invites you to carve out ‘me time’ and enjoy shared creative experiences with friends that can help us to feel more connected and harness the freedom of play from childhood. We say: Imaginative, engaging and easy to follow, this gorgeous, step-by-step guide features all the encouragement you need to find inspiration, awaken your creativity and brighten your mood. Journalling A MODERN GIRL’S GUIDE TO GRANNY SQUARES By Celine Semaan & Leonie Morgan £10.99 9781800920385 Search Press With more than 40 bright and contemporary designs, blocks are the best way to try out new stitches and colour combinations. There are also four gorgeous projects showing you how to combine your granny squares into larger items, including a blanket, cushion and wall hanging. A useful colour section will help you to select fabulous colour combinations, and all the granny square patterns have written instructions, charts and photos showing the stitch detail. We say: These are definitely not your usual granny squares! Bursting with colour and ingenuity, these exciting and adventurous crocheted blocks will really get your creativity flowing. Crochet CROSS STITCH FOR THE HEART By Emma Congdon £16.99 9781446309209 David & Charles The third title in Emma Congdon’s bestselling ‘Cross Stitch for the…’ series, this time celebrating love in all its forms: from the romantic to family, friends, humanity, charity. Love from far away, love you’ve yet to discover… Whether it’s a declaration to a soulmate, gratitude for a true friendship or compassion for the whole of humanity, this celebration of love in all its forms will heal your heart, one stitch at a time. Emma’s iconic designs are universally loved by her fans who have bought over 50,000 of her patterns on Etsy, and who have set up a dedicated fan group on Facebook, where they share their work in progress and proud finishes. We say: Stitch a kinder world with this stunning collection of heartfelt designs from leading cross stitch designer Emma Congdon. Cross stitch