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Quick Quilts Large and Small
SKU: QQLS/sand/922/499
Binding: Hardcover: 144 pages

With complete instructions for all the basic techniques of quiltmaking, this guide for beginners offers 20 projects each with clear instructions to the whole process, from choosing material to the finishing touches. 11"x9", colour throughout

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Irish songs - words and music, software
SKU: is/ebook/000
Binding: .exe file

Publisher: The Information about Ireland Site

Description: This ebook not only contains the lyrics to the most popular of Irish traditional, drinking and folk songs but also contains the actual music. You can listen to the music on your PC!

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How to build a paper watermill
SKU: hbpw/ebook/000

This ebook is a very simple 2 page plan. Ideally a waterwheel should be made with a material like wood or plastic that will not go soggy and floppy in water. But, as these need to be cut out with hacksaws or very sharp knives, it is much safer if models are made with cardboard—though they will soon disintegrate when used in water!!

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How to make a paper windmill
SKU: htbapw/ebook/000

This is a very simple two page plan to help you make a paper windmill. Just for fun....

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The Forgotten Arts - a practical guide to traditional skills. John Seymour
SKU: fa/1030/300
This nostalgic book is full of illustrations of yesteryear, telling of forgotten arts, such as coppicing, ladder making, fork making and charcoal burning, building crafts, thatching and slate cutting, and field crafts, such as hedge laying, dry stone walling and peat cutting.

There are also workshop crafts such as chair making, blacksmithing, wains and coaches, clog making, paper making, textiles, weaving, kitchen crafts, preparing food, ale and beer making, cheese making, dyeing linen, home doctoring, chimney sweeping, textile crafts spinning, rug making, quilting and patchwork, decorative crafts, painting and papering, stencilling. Surely something for everyone.

Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs and line drawings. The forgotten arts including: Hurdle making, Rake making, Lime burning, Hedge laying, Making stiles, sticks and crooks, rush and straw work,linen and silk craft etc.etc. very good clean condition with very good unclipped dj.

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Fieldcraft and Farmyard - groundwork for beginners
SKU: ff/434/000
Written by someone who has been practising 'green' farming methods most of her life, this is a comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide to farming the traditional way. Val Porter describes the basic techniques of making a pic of land productive". Includes; soil improvement, grassland management, building boundaries, housing livestock, crop planting and management, haymaking and basic machinery. B/W photographs, illustrations. 159 pgs.
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The new complete book of self sufficiency - new - John Seymour
SKU: SKU16222

The new complete book of self-sufficiency

The classic guide for realists and dreamers by John Seymour

“Nothing should be wasted on the self-sufficient holding. The dustman should never have to call” – John Seymour

Make the break, realise the dream and start living "the good life". Packed with comprehensive information on all the practical details, from ploughing fields to milking cows, as well as information on how to create an urban organic garden and harness natural energy, this second edition aims to be a useful handbook for realists and dreamers alike.

Packed with comprehensive information on practical details,as well as information on how to create an urban organic garden and harness natural energy, this second edition aims to be a useful handbook for realists and dreamers alike.

John Seymour is the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement. Author of more than 40 books, he draws students from around the world to learn self-sufficiency first hand at his farm in County Wexford.

 

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Forgotton Household Crafts - John Seymour - 1987
SKU: SKU7be8e3256f7980e7a34ac7e1ebf9a
This is a practical guide to the Good Old Days. Rediscover the lost world of traditional household crafts with 'the grand master of self-sufficiency' ("Kitchen Garden") John Seymour. Master tried and trusted methods that have been honed over the centuries and learn to make butter and cheese, embroider, keep bees, decorate your home, and more. As Seymour himself once said "we must fill our homes and our lives with beautiful things again and cast out the mass-produced rubbish. This book shows that such things are possible." It contains all the practical advice you need to produce what you need for yourself.
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The Fat of the Land
SKU: tfotl/154/000
Binding: Paperback: 176 pages

Is it feasible to opt out from the industrial-mercentile society and keep yourself alive on 5 acres? So many people think longingly about this very thing. It is a favourite dream. I want to recommend this book to them all. It is a practical, detailed, documented, down-to-earth account of one family's adventure in being self-supporting.

First published in this edition in 1961 this 1976 reprint of the 1974 version is in very good condition with tight pages and no tears to the paperback cover.

176 page classic by John Seymour.

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Instructions in handicrafts (Brompton library)
SKU: IIH/260/000
From the cover: An introduction to a wide range of popular handicrafts including paper craft, lino printing, picture framing, woodworking, carving, modelling, leatherwork, etc.
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Free Guitar Lessons for Absolute Beginners
SKU: fgl/ebook/000
Binding: pdf - ebook, download. 17 pages.

A no frills step-by-step manual to get you started and up to intermediate level: perfect if you're unsure the guitar's for you, or can't afford lessons.

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The Good Life. A guide to traditional skills and self-sufficiency in Australia
SKU: tgl/844/000
Very Rare guide to self-sufficiency in Australia. Chapters include - The posibilities: The propoert: The Services: The Garden: The Crops; The livestock: The kitchen: The crafts: Family health.

Very well illustarted large format hardback.160 pages.

Everything from energy to cheese and herbs to pottery.

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The Forgotten Arts - a practical Guide to Traditional Skills. John Seymour (CLONE)
SKU: fa/1030/200
This nostalgic book is full of illustrations of yesteryear, telling of forgotten arts, such as coppicing, ladder making, fork making and charcoal burning, building crafts, thatching and slate cutting, and field crafts, such as hedge laying, dry stone walling and peat cutting.

There are also workshop crafts such as chair making, blacksmithing, wains and coaches, clog making, paper making, textiles, weaving, kitchen crafts, preparing food, ale and beer making, cheese making, dyeing linen, home doctoring, chimney sweeping, textile crafts spinning, rug making, quilting and patchwork, decorative crafts, painting and papering, stencilling. Surely something for everyone.

Illustrated throughout with b&w photographs and line drawings. The forgotten arts including: Hurdle making, Rake making, Lime burning, Hedge laying, Making stiles, sticks and crooks, rush and straw work,linen and silk craft etc.etc. very good clean condition with very good unclipped dj.

£11.00
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Trees and How to Paint them in Watercolours ebook
SKU: thpw/ebook/000/000

EXTRACT

"I DON'T know how it is, but I can't do trees" is a remark an artist frequently hears; and it is too often justified by the poor and crude attempts at tree painting that accompany it. And to the regretful exclamation perhaps something is added about "want of knack" the "right sort of touch" as though, in order to successfully draw or paint a tree (as distinct from the painting of any other object) some extraordinary gift or sleight of hand were necessary, some special cleverness of manipulation that should enable its possessor to accomplish "tree-work" perhaps without effort, and certainly without very much study. "I'm very fond of out-door sketching, nothing is so nice; and although I love trees, and have tried to paint them many times, somehow or other I can't manage it," continues the disconsolate artist. This idea of natural inability in regard to tree-painting perhaps becomes in him a settled conviction and he goes floundering on for of course he cannot give up his sketching, blotting in his trees with meaningless and inartistic dabs (which by-and-by become his recipe) and from this very hopelessness, making little or no attempt at reproducing the forms, which, as a matter of fact, he sees quite plainly, and is perfectly conscious of.

Now, this theory of spontaneous foliage-cleverness we entirely disagree with. Of course a natural love of art is quite essential to success in any kind of painting, but we hold that, given the artistic ability, it is just as capable of being turned in the direction of tree-painting as in any other; and with success, if only the study of tree form be set about in a right manner and with conviction. "Freedom of handling" we are told, and "lightness of touch" are necessary to tree-painting. This is undoubtedly true, for a tree is an object that is continually on the move, swayed by the wind first one way and then the other and through which a bird can fly. It is only with certain dexterity that this appearance of life and motion can be given.

But "freedom of handling" is only another name for that sureness of brush which results from practice, and from the knowledge obtained by the mastery of the subject from its elemental stages upwards. When painting a tree it should always be kept in mind and never forgotten, that it is a tree, composed of delicate, feathery leaves, and not a solid, immovable substance like brick or stone. It ought to be the painter's aim to portray the quality and material of the tree as well as its form and colour.

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Bent Iron work - including elementry art metal work
SKU: biw/238/557
Binding: Paperback: 160 pages

This appeared in 1903 – four years before Hasluck’s “Metal Working” described elsewhere in this list. Some of this material is included in “Metal Working”, but you get much more. Consider bent iron work. You don’t need heat, but you do need a bench anvil, hammers, pliers, and other sturdy tools to turn iron strap into fancy lamp brackets, candlestick brackets, grills, fire screens and much more. Fastening is done with simple clamps and rivets. Chapters include tools and materials; bending and working strip iron; simple exercises in bent iron. And the projects he shows are British! You’ll see drawings of grills and screens from Winchester and Chichester Cathedrals, and Westminster Abbey. Classic, beautiful stuff. Profusely illustrated. 160 pages.

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The Blacksmith's Craft - 1952, ebook
SKU: tbc/ebook/000/000
Binding: pdf 116 pages

This book, first published in 1952, aimed to meet the needs of craftsmen, technical schools and apprentices training at the time. Today this book continues to be a valuable resource for those studying and working in the blacksmiths craft. The skill of the smith has been faithfully recorded in sequences of still photographs married to brief descriptive captions. The sequences are arranged in lessons which should not be difficult to follow if text, drawings and photographs are carefully studied.

Published by the Rural Development Commission. 116 pages detailing tools, equipment, fire, work and materials, techniques, etc. Hundreds of b&W ilustrations and photographs.

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The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing
SKU: cgtwf/ebook/000/000

Wood finishing can be tricky and after spending hours on building your project you want to be sure that you get the best outcome possible.

In The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing you will learn how to get beautiful, professional results no matter what your project is, even if you have never tried your hand at wood finishing before.

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Crafts From the Countryside
SKU: cftc/822/120

For All The Family To Enjoy The Whole Year Round. Great ideas for using all kinds of natural materials. All projects are simple to follow with clear and attractive illustrations and colour photographs. Not only are the materials free and easy to find but the tools used are found in most households.

Projects include weaving, dyeing, carving, preserving grasses & flowers, cooking, making jam & preserves and more.

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The Survival of the Bark Canoe
SKU: sbc/sand/232/299
McPhee is one of the few contemporary writers whose own enthusiasm, acquisitive curiosity and delight in the minor marvels evokes a similar reader response. Here the subject is canoes, and McPhee, admiring, intimidated and bemused, pries into the craft of Henri Vaillancourt, a young man from New Hampshire, who makes his own canoes. "He carves their thwarts from hardwood and their ribs from cedar. . . . No nails, no screws, or rivets, just root lashings." Henri, like many artists, is shy, taciturn, vain, and given to occasional headlong decisions in uncertain situations. These qualities were noted by McPhee on a canoe trip (Henri's fourth) with some friends north into the Maine wilderness. "A canoe trip is a society so small and isolated that its frictions. . . can magnify to stunning size." McPhee, in his customary style - as seamless and resilient as one of Henri's canoes - reports on bits of Americana (Indians, voyageurs, loggers) sights and sounds. He observes water and winds, the antics and cries of loons, gathering fresh clams, two full-scale steam locomotives abandoned in the forest, "bits of Thoreau flying back and forth," and a muddy portage; there is also an amusing account of gathering tensions and personality clashes (punctuated by Henri's "bummer!"). McPhee displays none of the exhibitionism of the "personal" journalist, yet his fidelity to the scene never sacrifices vigor and high spirits. Another unique profile by a master craftsman. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Victorian Crafts Revived
SKU: vcr/sand/604/399
Binding: Paperback: 128 pages

50 projects for items of Victorian craft ranging from sailors'' shell- work valentines to a traditional christening robe, with templates, patterns and step-by-step instructions, diagrams and photographs of the finished article. 11"x9", colour throughout

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Self-sufficiency Soapmaking
SKU: sss/bp/228/234
Binding: Paperback: 128 pages

Our skin is our largest organ. We often think about how the things we put into our body effect us, but how much time do we take to consider how the things we put onto our body effect us? This timely book is packed full of helpful advice about how to make your own luxurious and beautiful soaps at home, using only the best natural ingredients. Not only are the soaps good for you, they look great and are wonderfully indulgent too. Sarah Ade begins by listing the natural ingredients available and their properties before describing how to put ingredients together for a specific purpose. She also discusses the benefits of a macrobiotic lifestyle and holistic skin care, and why your body will thank you for it. The recipes range from the fun and frivolous to sensible and serious and the text is packed with homemade skin care ideas. This is an essential guide for anyone interested in what they put onto their body as well as what goes inside.

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The Natural Navigator
SKU: tnn/bp/486/399
Binding: Hardcover: 288 pages

Starting with a simple question - 'Which way am I looking?' - Tristan Gooley blends natural science, myth, folklore and the history of travel to introduce you to the rare and ancient art of finding your way using nature's own sign-posts, from the feel of a rock to the look of the moon. With Tristan's help, you'll learn why some trees grow the way they do and how they can help you find your way in the countryside. You'll discover how it's possible to find North simply by looking at a puddle and how natural signs can be used to navigate on the open ocean and in the heart of the city. Wonderfully detailed and full of fascinating stories, this is a glorious exploration of a rediscovered art.

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Glass Painted Projects - Twenty to make
SKU: gpp20TM/150/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages

In this title, 20 projects offer great ideas for a fantastic collection of fun, chic and stylish designs, with alternative pieces accompanying each beautiful item. Bringing together popular themes and subjects, Judy Balchin presents a whole range of decorative delights, from quirky fairies, funky cats and glitzy Christmas baubles to glowing lamps and elegant cocktail glasses. This is a wonderful source book and practical guide for anyone looking for new ways of working with glass paints.

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Wedding Favours (Twenty to Make)
SKU: wf/150/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages

What could be better than personalised wedding favours for your big day? This book gives you instructions for twenty projects, and ideas for twenty more variations. It features twenty alternative colourways and step-by-step instructions.

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Tags and Toppers (Twenty to Make)
SKU: tat/100/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages

Never be stuck for inspiration again with this delicious book-full of ideas for homemade tags & toppers. With the help of these nifty ideas, you'll get great results using the simple paper scraps from your stash! Tags & Toppers contains 20 ideas to make tonight. Give a smiley snowman a snow globe twist, get funky with layered felt or try Christmas pud toppers. There's something for everyone here. A handy bonus is the ready-to-trace shape templates, coupled with easy step-by-step instructions

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Bracelets (Twenty to Make)
SKU: bttm/100/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages

A fantastic new series bringing the latest and best in crafts, featuring a whole range of funky, imaginative and contemporary ideas. Each book contains twenty innovative projects which are accompanied by easy-to-follow recipes and beautiful close up photography. Bracelets are a great introduction to jewellery making - simply link a few beautiful beads together, attach a fastening and you are finished. It has over 20 bracelet designs plus variations. It provides simple techniques to get you started quickly. It is a great introduction to making jewellery. Once you've made one there will be no stopping you

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Micro Macramé Jewellery
SKU: mmj/100/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages
Suzen Millodot illustrates the versatility of a few simple macrame techniques and creates twenty imaginative designs and great alternative ideas using braids, cords and beads. She includes patterns for two easy knots: the square knot and the lark's head knot, showing how to tie them in different ways using just four cords, and combines them with beads to make stylish necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Repeat one knot and complement the cord with contrasting beads to make eyecatching bracelets.Interweave cords of different colours and create trendy necklaces, or vary the position of the knots for an original look. This up to date look at macrame techniques offers crafters and jewellery makers fresh, inspirational ideas and takes an exciting look at a traditional craft. Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by close up photographs of all the designs and material lists provide all the information needed to create beautiful jewellery. This title provides twenty great designs, twenty alternative colour schemes, clear step-by-step instructions that are easy and fun to make.
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Necklaces - 20 to make
SKU: nttm/100/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages
Features twenty necklaces you will want to make using simple techniques and gorgeous beads. This title features twenty alternative colour schemes, and step-by-step instructions.
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Layered Cards
SKU: lc/100/100
Binding: Paperback: 48 pages
Renowned crafter Joanna Sheen has designed twenty beautiful layered cards you will want to make using simple techniques and gorgeous backing papers and toppers.This book features: twenty great designs; twenty alternative colour schemes; clear step-by-step instructions; and, readily available materials.All the materials required to make the cards shown in this book are available worldwide with no shipping charge from the author's website.
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Make Your Own Natural Soaps: All Vegetable Herbal Recipes
SKU: myons/254/598
Binding: Paperback: 166
The author, Maxine Clarke grew up in Jamaica and as a child was taught to make soaps by her grandmother. 'Make Your Own Natural Soaps' is intended for beginners, includes both hot and cold process soap making, with careful step-by-step instructions. There are extensive bar, liquid and cream soap recipes, full details of the equipment needed to make a start and a re-batching chapter just incase anything goes wrong! And for anyone interested in turning their new skills to profit there is information on the legislation and regulations you need to comply with to be able to sell soap.
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