Earlier on this year my book Seasonal Plant Dyes was published. The book takes you on a seasonal journey throughout the year, showing you how to create colourful and environmentally friendly dyes using the different plants available in each season. I designed four lovely craft projects to go in the book too – a cushion cover, an embroidered picnic blanket, a hot water bottle cosy and a quilt – which I created to show off the plant dye colours beautifully. Over on my Instagram I asked you if you had any questions – about Seasonal Plant Dyes or about botanical dyeing in general – and you provided me with lots of interesting questions to answer. So lets get started.
Did you know a compost heap generates as much energy as the Sun? Or that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate? Maybe you have not been into space but if you have then you will know that astronauts have feet as soft as babies! 101 Facts You Didn’t Know About Space takes you on a wild journey around the Universe bringing you facts galore. Whether you are a space enthusiast or a newcomer you will find plenty of facts in here to keep you amused and entertained.
White Owl Books, a leading publisher for hobby enthusiasts are pleased to announce the
arrival of their new Craft series, covering a wide range of subjects from Crochet and Felt
Making, through to Quilting and Embroidery, for crafters of all abilities.
White Owl Books have teamed up with one of the industry’s leading content creation teams
to produce a beautiful series of books that any publisher would be proud to publish. The
team have previously produced content for one of the leading magazine’s in the craft trade.
Each concept for our series has been extensively evaluated and researched, before the books
themselves are meticulously designed.
Our new release Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts features 14 colourful contemporary patchwork tutorials. Each project is broken down into easy-to-follow steps accompanied by detailed illustrations, advice on fabric choices and expert hints and tips to get you started. The cushion and mini projects are perfect for complete beginners, offering small-scale options that can be completed within a day. Once you’ve developed your skills, you’ll be ready to tackle the six tutorials showing you how to create vibrant large-scale bed quilts, lap quilts, and a picnic blanket.
Enjoy a sneak peek at this new book!
So it was a usual Monday afternoon when I received the telephone call from my husband advising me that he had been offered a job in Valencia in Spain….. and that he accepted……..and that he was leaving on Wednesday!!! Yes, he left with one suitcase and at that point apart from knowing what country Valencia was in, I actually had no idea where it was. Fast forward three weeks and I had closed up our house in the UK, shipped what belongings we needed plus cars, stored everything we did not need, found a new house, enrolled my children in an International school and had started life in Spain. Was it daunting? Absolutely! But this adventure turned out to be the most wonderful three years of our lives. We embraced a new language and culture, made some wonderful friends and experienced true Spanish food at its very best.
Amazingly, lovely rave review just in for Villager Jim‘s Garden Wildlife!
Thank you to our newbie reviewer, Travis Powell on Tumblr, for this glowing ★★★★★ feedback. Read his thoughts on Villager Jim’s Garden Wildlife online here https://biblioshark.tumblr.com/ and below:
Review: “This is such a cute book! The photography is really well done, and I am so jealous of Villager Jim’s garden and all the amazing creatures he gets to see! The captions for the photos in this book are hilarious and sweet, and I found myself smiling every time I turned a page! It is so wonderful to see someone who is so in tune with nature, and the respect he has for all living things is just nothing short of amazing! Wonderful book for wildlife/garden/environment lovers!”
Synopsis: Birds, bees, and a whole host of other flora and fauna that share Villager Jim’s garden in the tiny Peak District village of Foolow, are featured in this stunning book of photographs. Bobbin Robin is just one of the regular visitors to the garden; she and her friends have a huge social media audience, with tens of thousands of viewers. Open up the book to see the daily goings on of these wildlife friends in some of Jim’s very best pictures taken in this beautiful setting. They illustrate the close relationship Jim has formed with some of the regular wildlife visitors to his garden. His quirky captions capture the mood and spontaneous character of each individual shot and are an essential element of what makes Villager Jim’s pictures so special.
The book is OUT NOW at Pen & Sword Books for £19.99
Have you seen our brand new imprint, White Owl Books? White Owl is an exciting new imprint from Pen & Sword, launched in January 2017. White Owl publishes informative and entertaining titles by expert authors covering a wide variety of topics including healthy eating, lifestyle, wellbeing, photography, nature and gardening.