Had a great time on your art and craft holiday in Cornwall and want to carry on your newfound hobby when you get home? No problem! As well as coming back on another course (of course!), there are some great books out there to help you from novice to needleworker. Selected authors include Aggie Arts’ own Billy Deakin, Caroline Pedler and Poppy Treffry!
Pasties, Textiles, Freehand Machine Embroidery and More!
Proper Pasties – Billy Deakin
In ‘Proper Pasties” Billy Deakin, 2 times World Pasty Champion, delves into the colourful history of the Cornish pasty and what it means to the Cornish people. From tin mining and pilchard driving in Cornwall, to the 2012 “pasty tax scandal” and beyond, the book discusses the pasty’s history, and why it’s so popular today, before sharing more than 20 pasty recipes including the award winning recipe Billy used to win his 2 World Pasty Champ titles. 2nd edition – now contains both Imperial and metric measurements for all recipes.
Break the rules with a sewing style that’s all about irresistibly rough edges, uneven stitching and mismatched fabric! Step into the studio of popular textile designer Poppy Treffry, as she demonstrates how to create quirky, fun and memorable sewing projects using freehand machine embroidery, in this follow up to her first book Free and Easy Stitch Style. Learn to draw and doodle with your sewing machine, using scraps of new, used and vintage fabrics for one-of-a-kind creations.
Go into the studio of popular textile designer Poppy Treffry, as she demonstrates how to create quirky, fun and memorable projects and motifs. Layering, fraying and applique all add to the free and easy effect, while techniques such as freestyle shading and texturing create pictures with charm and attitude. The variety of projects include home accents such as curtains and cushions, plus personal accessories like handbags and purses. Step-by-step instructions, illustrations and photographs combine with a fresh design to offer you a new twist in needlecrafting.
Uniquely Felt – Christine White
Felt making is the magical transformation of a loose pile of wool fibres into a durable, alluring non woven fabric. An ancient process that continues to work its wonder on modern artisans and crafters, felt making produces a flannel-like fabric with a tactile appeal like nothing else. How is this fabric alchemy accomplished? The felt maker adds a little soap and water to the wool, presses the fibres until they tangle together and hold the shape of cloth, and then vigorously works, or fulls, the cloth until it shrinks and strengthens to the desired shape. In “Uniquely Felt”, Christine White, a professional teacher and felt maker, gathers her considerable knowledge of the craft to write the comprehensive guide to all things felt.
Painting, Illustration, Watercolours and More!
Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner – Alwyn Crawshaw, Sharon Finmark & Trevor Waugh
This popular book provides all the information you need to get started in watercolour painting. Full of clear, simple advice and more than 70 step-by-step demonstrations, Watercolour for the Absolute Beginner will teach even the least confident of beginners the skills and techniques needed to start painting. In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide, three professional artists explain all the basic watercolour techniques. Top TV artist Alwyn Crawshaw demonstrates the basic techniques including brushstrokes, colour mixing and depicting distance and foreground to get you started in watercolour.
Art in Cornwall
Glyn Macey’s Cornwall – Glyn Macey
144 page hardback book featuring 120 paintings of Glyn’s native Cornish landscape. One of Cornwall’s most celebrated artists. Watch this space for upcoming Aggie Arts art workshops with Glyn himself.
Bedtime for Little Bears – Caroline Pedler
Caroline Pedler, one of our local stars is an internationally-published children’s illustrator. Her signed work can be purchased in St Agnes. Or click below to buy her wonderful work from Amazon.
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