Ryland Peters and Small

  • Today, people are rediscovering the joys of baking their own bread, not only as a cost-saving measure, but with the desire to go back to basics and enjoy making something rewarding. Emmanuel Hadjiandreou is passionate about bread and in this, his first book, he shows you how to make it, step by step. The book starts by explaining the key to good bread: why flour, yeast and temperature are important, and which kitchen equipment makes life easier. In Basic Breads, you'll learn how to make a Basic White Loaf with clear, step-by-step photos. With this method, you'll have the base for a number of variations. The rest of the book covers Wheat- or Gluten-free Breads, Sourdoughs, Flavoured Yeasted Breads, and Pastries and Morning Bakes - in more than 60 easy-to-follow recipes. Emmanuel Hadjiandreou has worked for Gordon Ramsay, Flour Power City Bakery, Daylesford Organic and Judges Bakery in Hastings. He currently teaches at The School Of Artisan Food in Nottinghamshire. His sourdough bread, stollen and other bread creations have won him several awards.

  • Crystal therapy has long been used as a gentle system of holistic healing. By drawing on the unique qualities of crystals such as quartz and amethyst, you can balance the energy fields around your body, home and office to bring well-being, and gain health benefits. Crystals can help soothe emotional problems such as anxiety, mood swings, or shyness, as well as physical symptoms such as migraines and allergies. In addition, crystals can act as natural energy boosters and aid in detoxifying our systems.With crystal remedies for more than 250 common ailments and a directory of 250 crystals, as well as detailed explanations of the most effective healing methods, this book is the ultimate guide to healing with crystals. Illustrated with colour photographs, and supplemented with practical exercises and case studies, The Crystal Healer is the ultimate practical reference from a highly respected healer and teacher.Philip Permutt discovered crystals fifteen or so years ago after a severe illness. He has been practising as a crystal healer and teacher ever since. He owns and runs iSiS Crystals , the largest and most successful crystal shop in the UK, and its integral healing centre. Philip is a dowser and uses this ability, together with the magic of crystals, to change the energies in people's homes, offices and shops. Philip has lectured at the University of Hertfordshire on crystals and crystal healing and has a degree in Applied Biology from London University; his articles have been published electronically and in journals.

  • Most of us operate on auto-pilot much of the time, passing through the present moment with our mind either caught up in the past or straining toward the future. Through mindfulness meditation, an ancient Buddhist practice, Anna Black shows you how to intentionally pay attention to your daily experience. When we are not being mindful, we miss out on small moments that often are the most valuable be it a beautiful building that we pass on our journey to work, the taste and texture of lovingly prepared food, or the fact that we are needed by those we love the most. By being mindless we miss opportunities for personal growth by not being aware of our shortcomings or our inner strength, or by letting negative thoughts and emotions control us.
    In mindfulness meditation we pay attention to our ongoing experience whether it is pleasant such as appreciating a starry night sky; unpleasant a disagreement with a loved one; or neutral doing chores. We become aware of our habitual thoughts and behaviours and discover which are helpful and which are not. We learn to listen to the body and pick up warning signs of stress as well as tune in to our inner wisdom. Packed with short and simple meditations, this book can be used by all people, in all walks of life and at any time.Anna Black is a highly qualified mindfulness practitioner, who teaches mindfulness workshops. She has a Masters in Mindfulness-based Approaches to Health and has completed the Advanced Teacher Development Intensive run by teachers from the North Wales Centre for Mindfulness and from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Hospital, USA. She has an established personal practice in mindfulness and meditation (www.mindfulness-meditation-now.com) and supervises other mindfulness teachers.

  • Discover how to make the most of your gardening plot, however confined, with Isabelle's creative and inspiring projects, including creating a cocktail window box from which you can make your own delicious fruity drinks, recycling containers such as wine and fruit crates, and creating a country garden in the smallest urban space. You can also turn your balcony, roof terrace or patio into an attractive space to dine and entertain with stylish lighting and furnishing ideas. With The Balcony Gardener's uniquely different gardening ideas and practical advice, a lack of space won't hold you back; you will soon transform your mini-patch into a fabulous green oasis.Isabelle Palmer is the founder of The Balcony Gardener (www.thebalconygardener.com) an online company specialising in product ranges for small urban outdoor spaces. Isabelle studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and then embarked on a degree in Economics before working in PR. She's always been a keen gardener before she started her successful business.

  • With this book in one hand and a brush in the other, you can learn how to create different finishes and effects with paint to change everyday rooms and furnishings into something special, all for the price of a pot of paint. The first section of the book tells you everything you need to know before you start - how to prepare surfaces properly, choose the right paint for the right place, use the best tools and select a colour scheme that will work with the room in question. 50 different techniques follow, with step-by-step photos showing you how to achieve the finished look, accompanied by inspirational photos showing the effect used on walls and doors, furniture and floors. Learn how to update old secondhand furniture, or how to give modern pieces a softly-aged appearance, all with the aid of a pot of paint and a brush. Whatever the style of your interiors, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations will show you the best way to makeover your home.By leading the decorative painting revolution over the last 20 years, Annie Sloan has become perhaps the world's most respected expert in decorative paint, colours, and techniques. Alongside her unique and versatile decorative paint, Chalk Paint, Annie has inspired generations with her accessible, lively, and creative approach to getting great results.

  • In Super-cute Pincushions you'll find 35 whimsical and creative pincushion projects that are pretty to look at as well as practical to use. Choose from an array of imaginative ideas: adorable pincushion pets such as the hedgehog or tortoise are the perfect gift for an animal lover, while the festive Christmas tree pincushion is a wonderful holiday gift. The pretty flower design with blanket-stitched petals is delightful and decorative, while the cute dinosaur cushion is a great project that kids can try.
    Kate Haxell's designs are also useful – some, such as the doughnut pincushion, have built-in storage, others can be hung up and some even sharpen your pins. With easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions, Super-cute Pincushions are simple to stitch and rewarding to make – they are the ideal gift for anyone who loves stitching.Kate Haxell is an experienced craft editor and author. She has worked on a wide range of craft and design books, including Vintage Hearts & Flowers, Quick and Easy Handmade Storage, Quick and Easy Handmade Garden Furniture and The Seed Bead Book, all published by CICO Books.

  • Contains 35 designs with comprehensive step-by-step instructions. Origami for Children is the perfect introduction to origami, the fun Japanese papercraft for parents and children of all ages. Divided into six sections, the projects cover a range of themes, from classic origami designs such as animals to party decorations and modern vehicles. There is even a project showing how to create the classic Japanese arcade character Pacman. You will be amazed at how much you can create with a few simple folds. Every stage is described in a series of clear step-by-step photographs, showing all the techniques you will need to complete each of these great designs.Mari Ono is an expert in origami and all forms of papercrafts. Born in Japan, she has lived in the United Kingdom for many years with her artist husband, Takumasa, where both work to promote Japanese art and crafts. Her previous books include The Simple Art of Japanese Papercrafts, also available from CICO Books.
    Roshin Ono came to the UK from Japan at the age of 7 with his mother and father. Now aged 14, he has participated in events introducing Japanese culture to the western world and has taught many children how to produce beautiful origami models.

  • The Student Cookbook will get you through your studies and become more valuable to you than any textbook. You won't need lots of kitchen gadgets, hours in front of the stove or a loan to make these recipes - they are all easy and cheap and designed to satisfy. Start with the basics: which essentials to stock up on so that you always have the foundation of a simple meal; tips on key equipment to buy; simple rules of food hygiene; and, no-fuss tips for throwing together ingredients no matter how little is lurking in your kitchen. When you're having a late-night dissertation crisis and you turn to the refrigerator for salvation, The Student Cookbook will come to the rescue with quick, stress-free Snacks & Bites. Chapters on Easy Meals and Vegetarian Meals include everything you could possibly want in your repertoire: macaroni cheese, panini, stir-fries, spaghetti bolognese, fajitas and lots more. Master the recipes in food to impress and you're sure to win friends. Finally, when there's no chocolate in the house and you need to satisfy a sweet craving, turn to Just Desserts and indulge in plum crumble, apple cake and brownies.

  • Anglais Cook School

    Grant Amanda

    "Cook School is a practical and inspiring cookery book for young children. Parents will be thrilled by the skills their children will develop." Marguerite Patten, CBEChildren's reading books, toys and games are often targeted at specific age groups, and this new book by 'one of the country's leading children's food educators', Amanda Grant teaches core cooking skills designed for children aged 3-5 years, 5-7 years and 7-10 years. Each skill is presented at the stage when a child's development, self-confidence and independence are ready. With plenty of step-by-step photographs for children to follow and easy, tasty and fun recipes that they will love to learn, this is an invaluable book for parents to help teach their kids practical kitchen skills that will remain useful throughout life. As well as explaining hygiene and kitchen safety, there are more than 50 recipes specially suited to particular age groups.Amanda Grant is a food writer, broadcaster and mother of three young children. She has written many books, mostly specializing in children's food and nutrition including Healthy Lunchboxes for Kids and Grow It, Cook It with Kids, both published by Ryland Peters & Small. She adapted and wrote the recipes for The Silver Spoon for Children (published by Phaidon). She is the food expert for Sainsbury's Little Ones magazine and writes for several other publications. Amanda is on the committee for the first ever dedicated Children's Food Festival and travels the country teaching children about good food and nutrition. Her television credits include her own series Power Food and BBC2's Food and Drink. To keep up to date with Amanda's news, take a look at www.amandagrant.com

  • Trees Can't Dance began over 4 years ago at the world's most northerly chilli farm. Against all conventional horticultural wisdom Dan May began growing chillies in the wilds of Northumberland. It wasn't long before Dan had to find something to do with all the produce. Disappointed with the quality of the chilli sauce brands available in the UK, he hit on the idea of filling a gap in the market by producing his own sauces using home-grown ingredients. In this fabulous book, chilli guru Dan shares more than 70 recipes celebrating chillies in all their varieties and strengths. Acquaint yourself with the history of chillies, how to grow them at home and how to identify the key varieties. There are ideas here for every kind of dish: soups and salads; nibbles and sharing plates; mains; side dishes; sauces, salsas and marinades; sweet things and drinks. Mouthwatering recipes include Thai Beef Noodle Soup; Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burgers; Texas Marinated Steak with Stuffed Mushrooms; Sweet Chilli-glazed Ham; Quick Chilli Lime Mayonnaise; three fiery pasta sauces; Chilli Pecan Brownies; and Chilli Hot Chocolate. Dan May once worked as a landscape photographer and he started grow chillies in 2005. Before he knew it, he had the world's most northerly chilli farm. Trees Can't Dance now supplies a range of chilli sauces throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

  • Baking is the most difficult aspect of the gluten-free diet to overcome, but using clever substitutes and ingenious baking methods, experienced baker Hannah Miles has created a delicious selection of gluten-free versions of everyone's favourites. Cookies, Brownies & Bars include Ginger Cookies, Caramel Shortbreads and White Chocolate and Walnut Brownies. A chapter devoted to Cakes provides inspiration for birthdays and other special occasions - try Apple and Pecan Cake; Caramelized Lemon Polenta Cake or Carrot and Coconut Cake. Small Bakes for every day include Buttermilk Scones and Apricot Cornmeal Muffins. Fantastic Breads to try are Perfect Pizza Dough, Bagels and Sunshine Cornbread. Pastry treats to try include Chocolate Profiteroles, Blackcurrant and Blueberry Millefeuille and Nectarine and Cream Choux Rings. Finally, Desserts include Plum and Amaretto Crumble and Toffee Apple Cheesecake. This book is a must for the gluten intolerant or for those who bake for gluten-intolerant family members or friends.Lawyer and 2007 MasterChef finalist, Hannah Miles has developed a second career as a cake maker and food writer.

  • At last, here's a beautiful book full of fuss-free and imaginative cakes to make for children of all ages. Annie Rigg shows you how to make various cake mixes in different quantities, as well as frostings and decorations for fabulous but effortless cakes. She then takes you through some Simple cakes such as Princess Cupcakes, a Meringue Mountain, and a just Fantastic Chocolate Cake to end all chocolate cakes! Chapters on Animals, Transport, Fantasy, and Wildlife offer all sorts of cake ideas for novice and confident bakers alike. From a Fluffy Sheep covered in marshmallows to a Pirate's Treasure Chest, and a Ladybird to a Hot Air Balloon, there's something here for every occasion, whether you're short of time or you are prepared to spend the afternoon in the kitchen baking, frosting, and decorating. Both girls and boys will be thrilled with the imaginative creations in this book, and making your own cake means that you aren't feeding young children a shopbought variety full of artificial flavours and preservatives. Annie Rigg is an experienced freelance food stylist and writer. She has worked on numerous books and best-selling magazines, such as Sainsbury's Magazine, Olive, Delicious, Country Living and Good Food Magazine. She has worked with a number of top chefs, and used to cook for world-famous singers and bands on tour, including Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones.

  • In Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe, organizational whizz and wardrobe expert Elika Gibbs shares the secrets of her unique three-step process, putting the luxury of a complete wardrobe makeover within everyone's reach.Elika starts with a wardrobe assessment that's designed to help you dress for the life you lead, and offers plenty of hand-holding as you clear out your closet. Once you've decided what to keep and what needs to go, the next step is to reorganize, rehang and colour coordinate your wardrobe. Finally, Elika focuses on savvy and successful shopping to fill the gaps. The result? A hard-working, streamlined wardrobe that makes it easy to get dressed and easy to feel confident about yourself. Elika Gibbs is a organizational whizz and wardrobe expert. She is every bit as glamorous as her celebrity clients, yet is also happy to get down on hands and knees to scrub out the bottom of a cupboard. Elika spent seven years running dress hire shop Bodie and Gibbs in Knightsbridge, where she transformed women of all shapes and sizes into a goddess for a night in the fabulous designer dresses and accessories that she hired out.'Elika is a practical genius...' Kate Moss

  • This book imparts the secrets of successful flower arranging to every reader, novice and expert alike. In Jane Packer's Flower Course, celebrated florist Jane Packer covers the same ground as the highly regarded four-week career course taught in her flower school, putting her wealth of experience and her celebrated designs within the reach of every reader. This beautiful new book is divided into three sections. covering irresistible floral gifts, gorgeous arrangements of all shapes and sizes, and fabulous party and wedding flowers. Jane Packer is one of Britain's best-known floral artists. She established Jane Packer Flowers in 1982 and now has outlets in London, New York, Seoul, Tokyo and Kuwait City.

  • Brown or black shoes? Single or double-breasted jacket? Tie or no tie? In our increasingly informal world, knowing how a man should dress for each occasion has become ever more challenging. So, take the stress out of getting dressed with this invaluable little book. The Perfectly Dressed Gentleman is an indispensable guide through the modern sartorial maze. Witty and informative, it offers practical advice on what to wear on every occasion, from workplace to wedding, from home to holiday. Discover what to look for in a suit, in terms of colour, fabric and fit; learn how to tie a bow ties and the different knots for ordinary ties; find out the best ways to accessorize any outfit; and much more. Not only will you learn how always to look your best, but also how to avoid making fashion faux pas. Packed with tips and tricks, and illustrated throughout, it ensures that, whatever the occasion, you will always be a perfectly dressed gentleman.Robert O'Byrne was Fashion Correspondent for the Irish Times for ten years and has written extensively on style and design. Among his previous books are Style City: How London Became a Fashion Capital and Mind Your Manners: A Guide to Good Behaviour.

  • Quirky, colourful and fun projects for preschool kids and their parents to make together. Small children love crafting and creating, and it's educational as well as enjoyable - crafting can help develop fine motor skills and teaches small children to follow instructions and work alongside someone else. Kate Lilley's hugely popular blog, Minieco, grew out of her desire to teach her own kids to be resourceful and use what's around them for creative play. Parents and kids alike will love the 35 bold, colourful projects featured in the book and divided into sections that include Music, Nature, Sewing, Science and Recycling Bin. The final section contains a list of 50 quick boredom busters that harassed parents can pull out of the bag in an emergency! Kate Lilley has a degree in Fine Art and a Master's Degree in Visual Communication. She then went on to work as a web designer before becoming a Mum. Kate's blog, Minieco, chronicles her adventures in crafting with her two young sons using inexpensive materials found around the home. Minieco has just celebrated its second birthday and currently receives 150,000 visits a month.

  • LOLA's is London's most fashionable cupcake bakery. Victoria Jossel and Romy Lewis, the creators of the company, spent weeks testing cupcake recipes and experimenting with piping bags and sugar sprinkles to create the most beautiful and delicious cupcakes. At the end of 2006, LOLA's was born and their bakers have been baking and decorating fresh batches of simple, sophisticated, handcrafted cupcakes every day since then. Now you too can make cupcakes with LOLA with this irresistible cookbook. There are more than 60 mouth-watering recipes for everything from the LOLA signature flavours (including Vanilla, Peanut Butter, Red Velvet, Lemon and Rocky Road) to deliciously original ideas like Chocolate Sundae, Toffee Apple, Salted Caramel, Cappuccino Wafer, Mint Hot Chocolate and Mango Berry Swirl. Romy Lewis and Victoria Jossel grew up in the same area of London when their families moved from South Africa in the early '90s. LOLA's was set up in 2006 by Victoria (a former derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs) and Romy (a journalist), both in their twenties. Their online store is the busiest part of their business, and they have a flagship store in Mayfair and concessions in Selfridges, Topshop and Harrods.

  • Anglais Tea with Bea

    Vo Bea

    Bea's of Bloomsbury has been offering mouth-watering teatime treats in the heart of London since 2008. Every day the layer cakes, meringues and tiers of cupcakes in the shop window entice passers-by. Now you can enjoy Tea with Bea in your own home with these easy-to-follow recipes. Cookies & bars are made to enjoy with a cup of tea. Be it lavender shortbread or double chocolate chip cookies, there's something here to fill the tins. Imagine afternoon tea and what spring to mind are Scones & Small Cakes. Bea provides the ultimate scone recipe and other sweet fingerfood, such as French macarons. When teatime calls for something special, turn to the Tarts chapter. With recipes for two types of dough, and golden whisky pecan custard pie and key lime pie, you won't be stuck for ideas. Bea's key to cake success is a handful of failsafe recipes that she can always rely on. The Cake chapter is devoted to staple recipes which can be embellished or layered to create the dazzling ideas in the Special Cakes chapter. And when only a Cheesecake will do, you'll find plenty of choice here - from the simple to the sublime.Bea Vo is a chef and the owner of Bea's of Bloomsbury. Born in the Washington D.C. area, she first discovered her love of pastry at the age of seven when she managed to get flour on the ceiling. Upon graduating in Science and Technology at Cornell University, she immediately threw herself into cuisine. She trained at Le Cordon Bleu and opened Bea's of Bloomsbury in 2008, with branches in London's literary Bloomsbury, the City of London and Chelsea.

  • Snog is the hip new food brand responsible for bringing deliciously healthy frozen yogurt to London. Rob Baines and Pablo Uribe discovered frozen no-fat organic yogurt, (topped with fresh fruit and drizzled with the natural sweetener agave nectar) in Miami and the idea for an innovative business was born. They now have four super-stylish London stores - in South Kensington, Soho, Westfield and Covent Garden - serving frozen yogurt, toppings, drinks and gluten-free bakes. All are healthy and totally delicious treats you can enjoy without the guilt. In this irresistible new cookbook they share 60 of their favourite recipes with chapters on Frozen Treats, Gluten-free Baked Treats, Raw Food Treats and Smoothies & Drinks. Each recipe makes the most of delicious natural ingredients and is accompanied by an inspirational health tip. From Pomegranate Vanilla Pod Frozen Yogurt to a Iced Almond Chai, being good never tasted so great.Before founding Snog, Pablo Uribe worked in architecture and interior design, including designing a Miami beach house for Calvin Klein, and Rob Baines worked in investment banking and the speciality coffee market.

  • Capture the spirit of the sixties and seventies with these 35 patterns for scarves, skirts, tank tops, turbans, and more. Do you have a passion for vintage fashion? If so, you're guaranteed to love the 35 patterns in Geek Chic Crochet . With a combination of cute, quirky and cosy items, you will find clothes suitable for any occasion, all inspired by retro designs. If you're meeting for coffee with friends, the tank top in orange and black is perfect teamed with jeans and flats. Heading out to see a band? Opt for the crocheted skirt and brogues. And for a winter walk, wrap up in the granny-squares scarf. For the summer months there's a cute crop top to wear to the beach and cool cover-ups to put on when the sun goes down. You'll also find accessories to complete an ensemble - the collar is perfect for giving a new lease of life to last year's favourite dress or adding detail to a coat. Finally, there are brightly coloured pillows for your bedroom and an oversized hoodie that's perfect to relax in the day after the night before. Making your own clothes is also fun and rewarding. Even if you have never crocheted before, you'll find easy patterns to stitch, plus an extensive techniques section explaining everything you need to know.Nicki Trench is one of the leading figures in the revival and promotion of home crafts. She is the founder of Laughing Hens , the UK's leading online yarn store, and Rooster Yarns . Some of her books include Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes , A Passion for Quilting and Super Scary Crochet . Visit her website at www.nickitrench.com and blog at nickitrench.blogspot.com.

  • Make over 35 fabulous projects, from quick and easy scarves to mug cosies. The granny square is the starting point for many people when they first learn to crochet, but as their skills progress, this versatile crochet block is often forgotten. In Granny Square Crochet , crochet teacher Catherine Hirst presents 35 projects which show how this traditional square can be updated and used in many different ways. The first chapter has over a dozen projects for the home, ranging from a blue-and-white mug cosy which can be made in less than an hour, to a stunning bed cover. There are cushions and seat covers to brighten up your living room, plus place mats, drinks coasters and a runner for your table. The second chapter has some great accessories, including gloves, scarves and bags, and even a dog coat to keep your favourite hound warm in winter. The third chapter has a great range of patterns to make as gifts for children and babies, such as crib and pram blankets, bibs, hats and toys. Each project is graded according to the level of skill required, and there is a comprehensive basic techniques chapter explaining all you need to know. Catherine Hirst was taught crochet at a young age by her grandmother and took to it immediately - she quickly learned to knit and embroider as well, and has been hand-making clothing, accessories, and gifts ever since. Her first book, Teeny Tiny Crochet , is also published by CICO Books.

  • Craft Beer World is the must-have companion for anyone who appreciates decent beer. The last few years have seen an explosion in the popularity of craft beers across the globe, with excellent new brews being produced everywhere from Copenhagen to Colorado, Amsterdam to Auckland. With more amazing beers available than ever before, it's hard to know which ones to choose. That's where Craft Beer World comes in. Gathering together over 300 of the most innovative and tastiest beers you need to try, and divided into 50 different catagories, you will find the best of the best each style has to offer. Every category comes with an explanation of the key characteristics of the style - whether it's an American IPA bursting with citrusy C-hops or an Imperial Stout full of dark roasted malts - along with an example of a classic brew and a selection of cutting edge versions that are certain to become instant favourites. So whether you're looking for bitter beers or balanced flavours, a hit of hops or a hint of coffee, the reviews will point you in the right direction to find the perfect beer to suit your tastebuds. Also included throughout the book are interesting nuggets of beer information, covering everything from the catalyst that has caused the astonishing growth in craft beer through to matching beer with food and how to serve your drinks.Mark Dredge is an award-winning beer writer and runs the popular blog Pencil and Spoon where he writes about anything ale-related. Mark has won awards from the British Guild of Beer Writers in 2009, 2010 and 2011, his work is featured in leading publications across the globe and he's an international beer judge.

  • With 35 simple yet striking projects, Super-cute Felt is a must-have book for anyone with an appreciation of adorable, hand-crafted objects. Start with the 'Accessories' chapter, packed with pretty brooches, necklaces and scarves to keep you warm and snug - try the cute kitty purse that is sure to delight any little girl. 'Gifts' is next, with plenty of inspirational ideas, such as the fruity pincushion that any keen crafter will use again and again. In 'Homewares', you will find coasters, tea cosies and hot water bottle covers, all with a touch of vintage glamour. Finally, 'Celebrations' has unique decorating ideas for all the holidays, including Christmas, Halloween and Easter. There are projects for all skill levels, so you don't have to be an old hand in order to create something really special. Every design comes complete with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations to guide you through each step. And at the back is a helpful techniques section explaining all the stitches and skills required, plus tips and tricks to make your creations really stand out.Laura 'Lupin' Howard is completely obsessed with felt and set up her online store Lupin Handmade in 2007 (lupinhandmade.com), selling a range of adorable felt brooches, flower headbands, animal masks and other fun stuff. All her felt-works are 100% hand-stitched, and all the pieces are cut by hand from her own original patterns. She uses no mechanized cutters, sewing machines or glue - everything is literally handmade. Her work has been featured in a number of magazines, including Cloth, Metro, Vogue and Sew Hip.

  • Store-bought soft furnishings can be expensive and the choice is often limited but with so many gorgeous designer fabrics on sale, there's never been a better time to make your own. Sewing in No Time sets out 50 simple step-by-step projects using nothing more than the most basic of sewing skills. Cosy and colourful scatter cushions, stylish curtains and blinds, elegant table linen, handy storage bags and baskets, a comfy cushion for a garden bench and even a funky play tent for the kids to run riot in: these are just a few of the ideas that Emma Hardy has designed using readily available fabrics and trims. Illustrated throughout using specially commissioned photographs and easy-to-follow step-by-step diagrams, Sewing in No Time is the perfect book for people who are big on ideas but short of time. Whether your home is a traditional country cottage or a modern warehouse-style apartment, you're sure to find plenty of ideas to inspire you.Emma Hardy is a stylist and designer who has worked on various lifestyle and interiors magazines, including Country Homes & Interiors and Marie Claire.

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