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Here are 15 books to help you start that hobby you have always wanted to try. Whether it be cross-stitch, knitting, gardening, soap-making or painting, check out these great books below to get you excited to try out something new!

  • Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch - Anna Fleiss, Lauren Mancuso

    Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch pairs the irreverent reinvention of a classic American craft with the sassy feminism of Notorious RBG in a fresh, modern celebration of groundbreaking women.

  • The Modern Embroidery Workshop - Lauren Holton

    Master embroidery stitches with this collection of 20 eye-catching motifs, patterns and projects, ideal for novices through to experienced embroiderers.

  • You Will Be Able to Knit by the End of this Book - Rosie Fletcher

    You want to learn to knit, but somehow you always end up in a tangle of knotted yarn and baffled by complicated and conflicting advice. This beginner's handbook goes back to basics, with clear step-by-step illustrations demonstrating how to cast on and how to ace a range of stitches, while 15 easy projects allow you to practise your skills and build your confidence.

  • New Botanical Painting - Harriet de Winton

    Award-winning artist Harriet de Winton shows you how to create contemporary watercolour artworks to treasure and share. Through more than 30 step-by-step projects, discover how to paint individual flowers and foliage, as well as beautiful botanical compositions. Use your new skills to make art for your wall, unique cards, invitations, or simply paint for pleasure.

  • Get Up and Gouache - Jessica Smith

    GET UP AND GOUACHE shows you how to bring the vibrant and versatile medium of gouache to life. Get stuck in to 20 step-by-step projects that show you how to layer, blend and bloom in order to create beautiful and lively paintings ideal for prints, cards, gifts or simply the pleasure of painting.

  • The Joy of Watercolor - Emma Block

    For a soothing boost of creativity and whimsy, try your hand at watercolour. With a few simple steps, anyone can discover their artistic side and achieve moments of peace and tranquility doing so. Forty straightforward lessons promise fun and colourful results: no previous artistic skill required. This simple painting medium produces colorful, modern paintings to adorn invitations, gifts and walls.

  • Get Into: Sewing - Jane Marland

    Learn how to sew from scratch and create awesome colourful projects! Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations show you how to complete eleven fantastic sewing projects, from bunting to a cushion cover and even a tote bag! Each project will introduce a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill.

  • I Love My Plants: A Gardening Journal - Press Running

    Aimed at today's hip gardeners, this playful, attractive and informative guided journal is perfect for dreaming, planning and tracking indoor and outdoor gardens. I Love My Plants is a perfect gift, or self-purchase, for anyone looking to cultivate a green thumb!

  • Love Origami! - Ross Symons

    From swans to butterflies, flowers to sea shells, this book takes beginners straight to the fun origami projects, and promises maximum satisfaction from a minimum of house spent folding. If you have ever had a go at origami, and gave up after the first try at a crane or a waterbomb base, then this book will be a revelation.

  • The Scented Candle Workshop - Niko Dafkos, Paul Firmin

    Paul and Niko of Earl of East London share the secrets behind the gorgeously scented candles they create at their studio. As well as the basic steps required to prepare and pour candles at home, the pair include a fascinating exploration of the art of building scent, so you too can create your own signature fragrances.

  • Complete Guide to Digital Photography - Ian Farrell

    Are you intent on capturing the perfect sunset? A budding photojournalist? Or ready to take your holiday snaps to the next level? The COMPLETE GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY is your definitive guide to taking, processing and printing sharper, more colourful and better looking pictures.

  • How To Make Your Own Soap - Sally Hornsey

    This book will guide you through creating your own liquid and bar soap. Design and create bars of soap using traditional methods that incorporate moisturising oils and butters, and make fun and funky glycerine soaps that look almost too fabulous to use.

  • The Modern Tarot Reader - Claire Goodchild

    Let award-winning artist and astrologer Claire Goodchild help you to unlock the ancient mysteries of the tarot as you harness this powerful tool of self-discovery and spiritual growth.

  • Modern Calligraphy - Lucy Edmonds

    A beautiful workbook that provides an introduction to modern calligraphy and creative ways to develop your own unique style of lettering

  • How to Play the Piano - James Rhodes

    An accessible and inspiring guide by the pianist and international bestselling writer James Rhodes, who promises that this book gives anyone with two hands, a piano or an electric keyboard and just 45 minutes a day the tools they need to learn to play Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major in 6 weeks, even if they know nothing about music and have never even touched a piano before.

Jemma Rowe

Jemma Rowe

Publicist at Hachette Australia and mother of two miniature dachshunds. My love can be bought with a glass of wine or a good romance.

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