World of Flowers – Johanna Basford

World of Flowers - Johanna BasfordA Colouring Book & Floral Adventure

Synopsis: An abundance of fascinating florals awaits in the gorgeous new colouring book from Johanna Basford.

Join ‘colourist queen’ Johanna Basford on a floral adventure around the world and beyond, into the realms of fantasy and imagination. This sensational new colouring book is filled with countless new blooms and blossoms, from floating gardens of water poppies in South Africa to delicate cosmos in Japan, ready for you to discover and bring to life in colour.

Get ready to show your colours!

Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Review
Johanna says that this book was inspired by her grandmother, who was both a gardener and an artist, and the illustrations are exquisite. We have loved all of Johanna’s previous colouring books but this is one of our favourites! The presentation is stunning, the quality of the paper and the detail in the designs will make it a joy for anyone of any age who enjoys colouring. With Tips for Colouring at the front and a beautiful wrap-around cover this would make a wonderful gift as well as a very enjoyable and relaxing activity. We loved it! Highly Recommended!


Maison – Home – Book of the Month

Maison - Home - Book of the MonthSynopsis: Good friends Ines de la Fressange, the paragon of Parisian chic, and Marin Montagut, the acclaimed watercolourist of the charming Bonjour map and city guides, share a passion for vibrant interiors that artfully blend a variety of design traditions into harmonious and very personal living spaces.

The authors take readers inside fifteen Parisian apartments—including each of their own—that demonstrate how to imbue a home with a sense of well-being through a mix of vintage and contemporary styles. Each owner is passionate about home décor—whether in a studio, loft, or town house—and their interiors continually evolve with new treasures uncovered in flea markets, on world travels, at design fairs, or in the workshops of artisans.

With a robust embrace of high-low, the spaces they love most feature natural materials like wood, wicker and bamboo to create homes of warmth and personality enhanced with family antiques, humble, yet deeply meaningful objects collected over a lifetime, plus gorgeous textiles, handcrafts, art and lots of colour.

With extensive photographs, Marin’s watercolour illustrations, mood boards, colour palettes and practical advice on the indispensable objects that personalize each maison, the book is rich in inspiration for creating a Parisian chic home bursting with your own personality.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Ines de la Fressange is the best-selling author of Parisian Chic, art director of fashion and home accessories at Ines de la Fressange Paris, creative consultant for Roger Vivier, designer for men’s and women’s lines at Uniqlo and a model. Marin Montagut is a designer and an author and illustrator of the Bonjour City-Map Guides series. His Parisian garden-themed watercolors have been produced as wallpaper for Pierre Frey and ceramics for his own brand. His other collaborations include French brands such as Diptyque Paris, L’Occitaine, and Sézane. Claire Cocano is an award-winning French photographer. She works regularly for MilK Décoration and her photographs were published in Habiter Zingaro: Le fort d’Aubervilliers.

© MAISON: PARISIAN CHIC AT HOME by Ines de la Fressange and Marin Montagut, Flammarion, 2018.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Review
We absolutely love this book!! Every once in a while a book arrives that makes you want to stop what you are doing and just immerse yourself in it, and this is one of those books. We love everything about it, but we particularly love the subtlety of the presentation of the book, even the book jacket unfolds into a mood poster to inspire readers to ‘infuse their homes with Parisian chic and elegance’.

There is so much detail, not just in the stunning photography, but in the inspiring advice, the gorgeous mood boards, Marin’s watercolours throughout, the colour palettes and the beautiful illustrations in the ‘Get the Look’ which follow each in depth look at the homes. Whether you are setting up home, or want to revitalise your existing home this is a most inspiring book.

This is one of our Top 10 favourite books this year and we are delighted that it is our Home Book of the Month!


Stitched Memories – Telling a Story Through Cloth and Thread – Tilly Rose

Stitched Memories - Telling a Story Through Cloth and Thread - Tilly RoseSynopsis
Creating unique textile art using vintage cloth and embroidery to tell a story and preserve memories

Our homes are full of treasured items from the past. Hidden away from view but never thrown away, they are our links to the special people and events that tell our story. In this beautiful and inspiring book, Tilly Rose encourages you to seek out your precious stash of pre-loved items and transform them into beautiful and practical textile artworks that celebrate the lives of your loved ones and preserve your memories for generations to come.

Tilly shows you how to make 15 gorgeous projects, including cloth journals, lavender hearts, framed collages, wall hangings and miniature quilts. All of the designs have a story to tell and are made using a plethora of vintage fabrics, threads, lace, ribbon, buttons, beads, photographs and other found items. If you dont have a collection of suitable materials at home, you can have fun sourcing them from online marketplaces, thrift/charity stores and flea markets, and try mixing them with modern fabrics and embellishments for a more contemporary look.

The projects incorporate a range of exciting techniques, all explained through clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, including layering and collage, hand embroidery, transferring your own designs to cloth, stamping, appliqué, embellishing, patchwork, free motion embroidery and photo transfer.

This book will take you on a truly inspirational journey, encouraging you to be creative, to source and re-use materials of special significance, and to incorporate them into textile artworks that become treasured keepsakes.

https://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782215653/stitched-memories

Hot Brands Cool Places Review

We were really excited to receive this book, we have been waiting for its publication and we were not disappointed, the exquisite content really lives up to its title. This beautiful book will inspire anyone to venture into the world of creating your own pieces of textile artworks. With 15 different projects, there is something for everyone. The start of the book is one of the most comprehensive guides we have ever reviewed. It is full of really useful information about how to find inspiration, the tools and techniques you will need and this is followed by the gorgeous projects, again with step-by-step guidance and stunning photography.

We love this book so much we are delighted to have chosen it as our Highly Recommended Crafting Book of the Month!


Ivy and the Inky Butterfly – Johanna Basford

Synopsis: From colouring book queen Johanna Basford, a lavishly illustrated fable about a girl named Ivy who stumbles upon a secret door leading to the magical world of Enchantia.

A charming story that interacts playfully with beautiful, colourable artwork in Johanna’s signature style, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is a one-of-a-kind adventure for the whole family and readers of all ages to customise, colour and cherish.

Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love Johanna Basford’s books, and Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is a delightful development from her usual colouring books. By including a charming and enchanting story this book becomes something very precious to work on and to be kept for generations to come. The quality of the paper is sublime and the detail in the illustrations is exquisite. Our junior reviewers absolutely adored this book and it is a perfect gift for all the family to enjoy together. Highly Recommended!


Cut it Out! by Poppy Chancellor

Cut it Out! by Poppy ChancellorSynopsis: Featuring 30 highly original and stylish designs by cutting edge illustrator and renowned paper cut artist Poppy Chancellor, transform a blank sheet of paper into a stunning work of art.

Forget complicated step-by-step instructions, no need for lots of expensive equipment, all you need is a sharp scalpel, craft mat, Poppy’s imaginative designs and a bit of creativity, and you can make cards, masks, invitations, partyware and presents for birthdays, hen dos, weddings, Halloween and Christmas.

Complete with a beautiful paper cut cover and stunning photography.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Cut It Out! Poppy Chancellor has created a stunning collection of original designs for every occasion, she also offers advice on paper and suppliers, including sensible safety advice for first time users, and also how you can frame and display your finished results. The book itself can be used to create the designs, or you can copy them if you wish to keep the book intact. The cover is also very inspirational! If you are looking for a new and original hobby for this Autumn, this book is perfect!


The Simple Art of Origami – Mari Ono

The Simple Art of OrigamiThe Simple Art of Origami reveals the best of true Japanese design, focusing on understanding and using paper in a modern and authentic style to make beautiful gifts, decorations, and more. Tokyo-born graphic designer Mari Ono reveals the top Japanese origami techniques in a range of projects, each with clear step-by-step images and easy-to-follow instructions. Also included are 50 pieces of gorgeous origami paper to help you get started.

The projects range from traditional ideas to more contemporary designs. Give a card embellished with Oriental symbols of love and luck on a special occasion or fill a vase with pretty paper irises to decorate your home. Why not present some roses in your own handmade flower box, or if you are an animal lover, bring paper to life by folding a rabbit or a crane?

With tips and variations throughout, this is the book that will show you how to create truly authentic Japanese papercrafts using the best papers from the modern East.

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The Simple Art of Origami ExampleHot Brands Cool Places Verdict

Take one 12 year old, one stunning book, beautiful paper, result – half-term creative activity sorted! The Simple Art of Origami is a delightful collection of very pretty and useful Origami creations. The designs are graded for levels of difficulty and the step-by-step photographs really help with the creation. Our young reviewer absolutely loved it.

With clear instructions, inspiring photographs, and gorgeous paper this book is a joy for all ages. Highly Recommended!


Monograms – The Art of Embroidered Letters by Susan O’Connor

Monograms - The Art of Embroidered Letters - Susan O’ConnorSynopsis: The allure of an elegant monogram is irresistible and has timeless appeal. Contemporary applications illustrated in this book include cushions, napkins, bridal bag, towels, blankets, sheets. Any of the projects in this book can be adapted for different uses.

Through the pages of this book readers will learn, in step-by-step photographs, how to produce the various forms of stitching, what materials to use, and where to place a monogram.  A range of alphabets from cross stitch to padded satin stitch are also supplied.

http://www.searchpress.com/book/9780992314446/monograms

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

We adored this beautiful book! It is a comprehensive guide that will appeal to both the beginner and experienced embroiderer.

This is a very special book, beautifully produced with stunning examples to uplift and inspire you, a wonderful gift, or something special for you to create. Highly Recommended!


Mini Knitted Toys by Sachiyo Ishii

Mini Knitted Toys by Sachiyo IshiiSynopsis: The latest title from innovative knitter, Sachiyo Ishii, this charming book contains fun, simple knitting patterns for a range of wonderful toys. Create simple playthings such as animals, cars, trains and cupcakes, as well as larger items, including a castle under siege, a prehistoric play-scene and a fairytale cottage complete with characters!  The book is suitable for knitters of all skill levels, and all the patterns require only small amounts of readily available yarn.

http://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782211457/mini-knitted-toys

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

This delightful book creates a fun and charming range of toys, from simple bears, figures and playthings to larger castle scenes, prehistoric characters and fairytale settings. The book also contains a useful techniques section containing step-by-step instructions for the necessary techniques, including stuffing and sewing up figures, creating knitted eyes, and all the embroidery stitches needed to create the facial features and details.


Half Yard Christmas by Debbie Shore

Half Yard Christmas - Debbie ShoreSynopsis: Half Yard Christmas contains over 30 stylish, festive projects in six Christmas-themed chapters. Simply select your favourite Christmas style or mix and match them throughout your home. Featuring Debbie Shore’s informative and friendly guidance, this book is ideal for all abilities.

http://www.searchpress.com/book/9781782211471/half-yard-christmas

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

We absolutely love this book, there are over 30 simple, stylish projects, each requiring only a half yard of fabric, Beautifully produced with easy-to-follow photography, this book is ideal for beginners as well as providing inspiration to more experienced.   We loved the variety of styles, you can pick and choose from the six Christmas themes: ‘Scandinavian’, ‘Rustic’, ‘Traditional’, ‘Contemporary’, ‘Monochrome’ and ‘Kids’.

This book is perfect for family crafting.  Highly Recommended!


We Love to Craft Christmas by Annabel Wrigley

We Love to Craft Christmas by Annabel WrigleySynopsis:
Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Then it’s time to think about presents! This year, give your family and best friends something they can’t find in the shops!  This book will teach you how to make 17 of the cutest things you’ve ever seen. All you need is paper or fabric! You’ll learn how to make barrettes, pillows, ornaments—you name it.

You’ll even learn how to make Christmas stockings for everyone in your family! Tips on sewing and picking fabric will make you the best gift-giver ever!

http://www.searchpress.com/book/9781617450679/we-love-to-craft-christmas

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

This is a delightful book, perfect for Christmas crafting, we loved the selection and range of projects in this book, everything from a skirt for the Christmas tree to cute wreaths for the front door.

As well as detailed descriptions and templates for the projects there are also tips and tricks for successful sewing and crafting. Our junior reviewers loved it! Highly Recommended!


Christmas stockings by Rachael Rowe

Christmas stockings by Rachael RoweChristmas stockings by Rachael RoweSynopsis: Sewing expert Rachael Rowe has designed twenty fantastic Christmas stockings that readers will want to make. There are step-by-step instructions with selected photographs and beautiful styled shots of the finished stockings, and all the templates are provided. Ideal for beginners to sewing and full of ideas for the more experienced.

http://www.searchpress.com/book/9781844489749/christmas-stockings

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

This is a cute collection of Christmas stockings in a wide variety of styles: shabby chic, country style, modern and sophisticated, traditional and more. The techniques required are all shown with step by step photographs at the beginning, then each project has full step by step instructions and selected step photographs, with beautiful styled photographs of the finished stockings


The Affirmations Colouring Book by Louise Hay

The Affirmations Colouring BookSynopsis
World-famous teacher Louise Hay has already helped millions of people to free themselves from the cycles of fear, stress and guilt that limit our lives. Now, in this first ever affirmations colouring book, Louise combines the life-changing powers of affirmations with the profound positive effects of creativity. This unique combination will enable readers to start creating deep shifts in their lives.

Colouring these in and focusing on the affirmation at the same time encourages our minds to put attention on what we truly desire in life. What’s more, through creative right-brain activity, we tap into our subconscious, and therefore all transformations through this process are even more effective and long-lasting.For all those who want to take their work with affirmations to a new level through an enjoyable, relaxing and meditative activity.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1781806454

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

Colouring books have seen an amazing growth in popularity with all ages and this stunning colouring book, by Louise Hay in collaboration with Alberta Hutchinson, features 44 affirmations, each coupled with an exquisite illustration and decorative border. A beautiful and uplifting gift.