As well as taking the opportunity to get outside in the fresh air, the weekend also presents an opportunity to spend time being creative.
Around this wonderful island of ours there are so many amazing places to inspire your creative juices. For us our inspiration often comes when we are by the sea, but nature in all it wonderful forms can be breathtaking. Beautiful urban architecture can equally be awe-inspiring.
All that is needed is to connect with what stirs your soul, that magical place that makes you want to stop and stare and wait awhile soaking in the atmosphere.
There has been a focus in recent times on mindfulness; those actions that encourage you to slow down and really focus on something. Colouring, doodling are examples of this where the very nature of the activity encourages you to slow down and in doing so it reduces your stress levels and lowers your blood pressure.
Taking time to stop and stare and breathe is such a good thing for us particularly in the fresh air away from the central heating or air conditioned offices.
We don’t always have to be busy, or connecting through technology, take a break!
We have a wonderful selection of books to help stimulate your imagination and encourage you to enjoy being creative.
Lost Ocean: An Inky Adventure & Colouring Book by Johanna Basford
Synopsis A beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves, from the creator of the worldwide bestsellers, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. Also features a large double-sided pull-out poster to colour and keep. With Lost Ocean, Johanna Basford invites colour-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea. Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest fans and newcomers alike will delight in this creative journey into an inky new world. For Lost Ocean Johanna 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.
Seashore Creative review
The details in these drawings is amazing, with intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish. There are shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses and delicately penned seahorses, coral reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks, as well as intricate shells and pirate treasure. There is also hidden throughout the book jewels and treasure to find. We loved it! Highly Recommended!
Machine Embroidered Seascapes by Alison Holt
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Synopsis: A richly illustrated book that is both instructional and inspirational, showcasing the authors exquisite machine embroidered seascapes and explaining, step by step, how they can be achieved.
Building on the success of her previous books,
Alison Holt shows you how to produce incredible seascapes using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. The techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions, and there are five stunning projects as well as many examples of Alison’s original and exquisite work to delight and inspire you.
Alison ‘paints’ her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results. The raised effects of the embroidery produce a beautiful three-dimensional look and her clever use of perspective is effective and easily achieved. This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know.
Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic scenes, from the sunlit glow of the Mediterranean to the drama of a stormy, windswept beach in winter. Alison also introduces a new technique that combines paper, fabric and stitch to produce embroideries with a more abstract feel. This is an inspirational book for artists, embroiderers and textile artists alike, and a must-have instructional book for anyone interested in learning about free-motion machine embroidery.
Detailed descriptions of how the author works and what inspires her, as well as practical guidance on the basic techniques, stitches, materials and equipment, make this book both instructive and inspirational
Numerous examples of the authors exquisite work to excite and inspire you
Five step-by-step projects to enable you to put your skills into practice and produce beautiful machine embroidered seascapes of your own
Seashore Creative Review
Machine Embroidered Seascapes is a stunning book! Alison Holt provides detailed descriptions of how she works and what inspires her, as well as practical guidance on the basic techniques, stitches, materials and equipment.
Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic scenes, from the sunlit glow of the Mediterranean to the drama of a stormy, windswept beach in winter.
This book is both instructive and inspirational. There are numerous examples of Alison’s exquisite work to excite and inspire you plus five step-by-step projects to enable you to put your skills into practice and produce beautiful machine embroidered seascapes of your own.
The Amazing Stitching Handbook for Kids by Kristin Nicholas
Synopsis: Transform your plain stuff into awesome stuff with just a bit of fabric and thread! Glam up boring bookmarks, tote bags, and even your jeans! Bored during a road trip or on a rainy day? Grab your favorite colour thread and get stitching! Learn and choose from different stitches to make each project exactly what you want. Make presents that your friends and family will love. Put your own stamp on pillows and picture frames.
Seashore Creative Review
This is a brilliant book to encourage young people to sew. Using clear instructions and well illustrated, there are 23 different examples of gifts to make for friends and family. There are easy projects and 17 stitches that show how to personalise projects. This book is a great way to encourage young people away from technology and to make things. Perfect for the holidays. Highly Recommended!
For Keeps – Meaningful Patchwork for Every Day Living by Amy Gibson
Synopsis:This book features quilts that will inspire you with the stories they tell. This book features quilts that soak up meaning through our family times together; that become heirlooms, not because of their meticulous construction, but because of the stories they tell and the stories they inspire. Some of the projects in the book are inspired by specific activities in which stories can be created and memories made. Other projects fall into more of an inspirational category. They are beautiful, unique quilts that have been inspired by traditions that are meaningful to the author’s own family. These are lovely versatile patterns- but the inspiration accompanying each of them is meant to encourage and inspire readers to ponder new and fun ways to tighten and build their own relationships with loved ones.
Seashore Creative review
With 17 inspiring patchwork projects celebrating family moments and adorable block-based patterns using fresh, modern fabrics this delightful book encourages modern quilt makers to create patchwork projects that are inspired by and used for encouraging family time. Beautiful colours, inventive designs, full of inspiration!
We adored this book, it is a really thoughtful addition to any home library. Full of beautiful quotes and wonderful stories this book takes patchwork to whole new level. Highly Recommended!