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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I cannot express how excited I am about the television series starting on BBC1 this evening, and I cannot believe I haven’t written a review of the book before now. If one day I am famous and interesting enough to be on Desert Island Discs, this would be the book I’d choose to take with me….

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Fabric Art Workshop by Susan Stein

This book explores techniques and materials in more ways than you could possibly imagine! I like the step-by-step instructions for each technique – they are straight forward and easy to follow with plenty of pictures so you can follow them with no problems. I’m not particularly a fan of the books that tell you how to achieve the projects that the author has made – they leave no room for imagination – so this book is ideal for me. For example, it won’t tell me how to make a mono-print elephant tea cosy; it simply tells me how to do the mono-printing. (Which is good because I don’t really want an elephant tea cosy.)

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Mixed Media Explorations by Beryl Taylor

Mixed Media Explorations

by Beryl Taylor [Quilting Arts]
Price: £24.95 $22.89

This book is fairly old now, but I only recently discovered it and really hope Beryl Taylor will have a new one published soon because I can’t get enough of her work! Mixed media is a relatively new thing in the UK, but over in America, they’re experts. Beryl Taylor is a mixture of both; living across the pond now, but grew up in England. Anyway, as a brief explanation, mixed media art usually involves a range of materials and techniques, including stamping, painting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, beading, gluing and lots more!

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