Sew, stitch and stencil your way to a new hobby…

There’s something really satisfying about creating your own piece of work whether it’s knitting a scarf or finishing off that painting you started a few months ago. Add to your skills by trying out a new creative hobby but if you’re not sure where to start, let us help point you in the right direction.

There are tons of gorgeous craft books packed with inspiration including Cath Kidston’s latest one called ‘Patch’ (Quadrille). Hitting shelves in November the book is packed with beautiful ideas from creating make-up bags to cushions. It even comes with some cheery Cath Kidston fabric – perfect to get you started.

Her other books ‘Knit’ and ‘Crochet’ are completely adorable and both come in a tin shaped book containing everything you would need to get started - wool, needles and an instruction book with lots of illustrations detailing how to hold the wool, hooks and needles in your fingers.

If you’ve ever considered sewing then ‘The Shirt off his Back’, by Juliet Bawden (Jacqui Small publishers) is your one-stop shop for ideas on how to recycle and transform men’s shirts into quirky and practical items for the house. From bunting to bags every part of the shirt can be used including buttons, cuffs and collars.

If painting is more your bag then check out ‘Stencil It, 101 ways to decorate your home’ by Helen Morris (Jacqui Small publishers). It’s packed full of clever tricks and tips as well as 20 pull out stencils. Whether you want to add a stylish theme to your wedding stationery, decorate a cushion or glam up your bedroom walls this is the way to do it.

For more sewing and home decorating inspiration, check out the DK book promotion at ACHICA

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shop at ACHICA.

Emma Morton Turner, Guest Editor

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