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Win craft books from Pen and Sword Books

selection of craft books by Pen and Sword

I don’t know about you but I love craft books. They are packed full of inspiration and I just love discovering new artists, new crafts and inspiration for my latest make. Pen and Sword Books, and their lifestyle imprint White Owl, kindly sent me a selection of craft books to enjoy. Let me tell you about them, and read on for your chance to win the same selection below!

Pen and Sword Books publish a range of lifestyle books covering book binding to crochet, needle felting to spinning and all the crafts I enjoy too, such as embroidery, quilting and paper crafts. The three books I received were Floral Embroidery by Teagan Olivia Sturmer; Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts by Paula Steel; and Paint, Make, Create by Becki Clark.

Floral Embroidery: Create 10 beautiful modern embroidery projects inspired by nature by Teagan Olivia Sturmer

floral embroidery

Each project features easy-to-follow steps, detailed photographic walk-throughs and templates to trace on your fabric. Starting with basic projects for compete beginners, you’ll build on your embroidery skills by learning new embroidery stitches and techniques. Once you’ve mastered all the stitches, you’ll be ready to tackle the more detailed and intricate designs. Stitched in beautiful muted colours, each project is inspired by a Shakespearean quote and celebrate the author’s love of flowers.

Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts: 14 vibrant rainbow quilt projects, plus handy techniques tips and tricks by Paula Steel

modern patchwork quilts

This inspirational book 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.

Paint, Make and Create: A Creative Guide with 25 Painting and Craft Projects by Becki Clark

paint make create

Paint, Make & Create showcases seasonal, multi-craft projects all woven together by painting. Designed for all abilities, the 20 engaging activities will guide you through the seasons and include working with clay, printing, collaging, sewing and embroidery with a fun and modern painterly twist. Featuring contemporary craft projects, from creating painterly table settings for Summer gatherings right through to painting Christmas gifts and decorations.

The books are priced around £12 each and all available from Pen and Sword Books.

Win a selection of craft books

One reader of the gingerbread house can win a copy of Floral Embroidery by Teagan Olivia Sturmer; Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts by Paula Steel; and Paint, Make, Create by Becki Clark. To enter my giveaway you must answer the question via the Rafflecopter widget below, there are some bonus entries too. The giveaway is open to those with a UK postal address only and ends on 10th April. The winners name will appear on this post. Good luck!

Don’t forget to check out my other giveaways on my competition page. Good luck!

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130 Comments

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    Jessie
    March 28, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Seeing those photos has made me fall in love with craft books. So beautiful and lovely; if I had a UK postal address, I would definitely enter the giveaway. Anyway, thank you for sharing an awesome article!

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    Susie Wilkinson
    March 28, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    An Introduction to Needle Felting

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    Kim Murray
    March 28, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    ‘Gardening to eat’ fantastic range of books – spoilt for choice xx

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    Margaret Gallagher
    March 28, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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      John Taggart
      April 2, 2022 at 9:52 pm

      Gardening to eat

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        Jo Glasspool
        April 10, 2022 at 10:07 pm

        Gardening to eat, might have to invest in this one.

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    Linda Jones
    March 28, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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    Paul Bingham
    March 28, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Paint Make Create

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    Joyce Willis
    March 28, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    Gardening To Eat

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    Lisa Davies
    March 28, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    Annabel Greaves
    March 28, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    MICHELLE O'NEILL
    March 31, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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    kathleen warwick
    March 31, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Crochet

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    Keith Hunt
    March 31, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    embroidery

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    Alice Dixon
    March 31, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Embroidery

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    Yasmin0147
    March 31, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    book binding, crochet, needle felting, spinning or embroidery

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    Laura F
    March 31, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Crochet, needle felting and lots of others it sounds like ♥

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    Mark R
    March 31, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Gardening to eat

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      Jenny Prest
      April 10, 2022 at 6:23 am

      Book binding 🙂

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    Mandy Doherty
    March 31, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Needle felting

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    Pam Gregory
    March 31, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    book binding, crochet, needle felting, spinning or embroidery

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    john prendergast
    March 31, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    Tracy Nixon
    April 1, 2022 at 12:50 am

    An Introduction to Needle Felting

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    Sadiyya Maryam
    April 1, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Embroidery

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    Sharon Hirst
    April 1, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Needle felting

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    Caroline Stokes
    April 1, 2022 at 9:52 am

    gardening to eat

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    amy simpson
    April 1, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Paint Make Create

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    Corinne Peat
    April 1, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Introduction to needle felting.

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    Jill Osborne
    April 1, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Gardening to eat

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    Ray Dodds
    April 1, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    Simon Knuckey
    April 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Gardening To Eat

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    Alex Fowler
    April 1, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    book binding,

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    Laura Pritchard
    April 1, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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    claire woods
    April 2, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Crochet

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    Margaret Clarkson
    April 2, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Gardening to eat

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    georgie pope
    April 2, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts

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    Sophie Breeze
    April 2, 2022 at 11:55 am

    Gardening to Eat

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    Alison H
    April 2, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    Embroidery

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    Natalia S
    April 2, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Needle Felting

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    Lesley Smith
    April 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Gardening to eat

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    Dawn Samples
    April 2, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    The super organic gardener by Matthew Appleby x

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    Alan Mcdonald
    April 2, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Gardening To Eat

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    Helen Tovell
    April 2, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    365 way to feel better

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    Carole Nott
    April 2, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    An Introduction to Needle Felting

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    Sean Lambourne
    April 2, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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    Siobhan N
    April 2, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    An Introduction to Needle Felting

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    Patricia Avery
    April 2, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Gardening to eat…….sums me and mine up!

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    lynn neal
    April 2, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Gardening to eat!

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    Katie B
    April 2, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Gardening to eat!

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    Coldi
    April 3, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Embroidery, crochet, gardening to eat

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    Laura Jeffs
    April 3, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Gardening to eat

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    Harry G
    April 3, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Embroidery

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    Marie S
    April 3, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Crochet

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    Rachel Mccraith
    April 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Gardening

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    Angela T
    April 3, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Needle Felting

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    Lisbeth
    April 3, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Villager Jim’s Highland Cows

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    Toni
    April 3, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    Rich Tyler
    April 3, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Paint Make Create

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    Darren Jacobs
    April 4, 2022 at 5:41 am

    Introduction to needle felting

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    Debbie Winstanley
    April 4, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Embroidery

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    Emma Wolski
    April 4, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Gardening to eat

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    Dale Dow
    April 4, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Paint Make Create

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    Sophie Hedley
    April 4, 2022 at 11:17 am

    An Introduction to Needle Felting

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    Lauren C
    April 4, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Floral embroidery

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    Olivia Applewhite
    April 4, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Colourful fun embroidery!

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    Becky Patterson
    April 5, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Paint Make Create

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    Amy D
    April 5, 2022 at 2:44 am

    Gardening to eat

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    dana
    April 5, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Gardening to Eat

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    Matilda Mummery
    April 5, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Gardening to eat! Sounds like an interesting read.

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    Helen Arlow
    April 6, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Floral embroidery

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    elaine stokes
    April 6, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    crochet

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    Louise Fairweather
    April 6, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    book binding , crochet, needle felting , spinning and all the crafts,embroidery, quilting and paper crafts.

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    Emma Jones
    April 6, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Book binding

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    Chloe Leanne Brookes
    April 6, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Pant make create!

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    leanne weir
    April 6, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Gardening To Eat

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    Ruth Harwood
    April 7, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Gardening to Eat

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    Joanna Coleshill
    April 7, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Gardening To Eat

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    Emily walker
    April 7, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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    Adrian Clarke
    April 7, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    book binding

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    Julie Ward
    April 7, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Gardening to eat

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    Ellie Spider
    April 7, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    gardening to eat

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    Rachel S
    April 7, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    paint make create

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    SarahJane Carter
    April 8, 2022 at 2:34 am

    Introduction to needle felting

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    Philippa Hughes
    April 8, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    KATHY DOWNING
    April 8, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Book binding

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    Caroline Kelly
    April 8, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Gardening to Eat stood out to me!

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    Anthea Holloway
    April 8, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Gardening to Eat which I love to do!

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    Sheri Darby
    April 8, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    Gardening to eat

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    Iris
    April 8, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Crochet

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    Troy Easton
    April 8, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    embroidery

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    Veronica
    April 9, 2022 at 9:09 am

    crochet

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    jen shaw
    April 9, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    paint make create

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    Sarah Price
    April 9, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Crochet

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    Rebecca W
    April 9, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Crochet

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    Helen Southam
    April 9, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Book Binding

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    JAMES HOLYLAND
    April 9, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Crochet

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    Janine Atkin
    April 9, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    crochet

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    jacqui vickers
    April 9, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    quilting

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    Angela Muir
    April 9, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Book binding

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    Liz Atkin
    April 9, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    gardening

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    Brendan Gavan
    April 9, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    needle felting

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    Ian Yates
    April 9, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    Mary Baldwin
    April 9, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Quilting

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    Christopher Read
    April 10, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Crochet 🙂 Thanks for running the giveaway

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    A.E. ADKINS
    April 10, 2022 at 12:49 am

    Modern Rainbow Patchwork Quilts

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    Debra Walker
    April 10, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Gardening to eat

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    Tina Hall
    April 10, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Crochet

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    Graham A
    April 10, 2022 at 8:40 am

    embroidery

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    Nicole Atkin
    April 10, 2022 at 9:41 am

    spinning

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    Stephanie
    April 10, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Crocket

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    Emma davison
    April 10, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Gardening to eat

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    Cathryn Crawshaw
    April 10, 2022 at 11:19 am

    book binding

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    Logan Gavan
    April 10, 2022 at 11:43 am

    paper crafts

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    laura lou stewart
    April 10, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    book binding, crochet, needle felting, spinning or embroidery

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    sharon martin
    April 10, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Gardening to eat

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    Caroline Shepherd
    April 10, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    Needle felting

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    Milly A
    April 10, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    needle felting

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    Michelle Ferguson
    April 10, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Gardening to eat

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    Adrian Bold
    April 10, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    Dora A
    April 10, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Gardening

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    Claire Hamilton
    April 10, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Paint Make Create

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    Stef Acaster
    April 10, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Floral embroidery

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    Louise Heaton
    April 10, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Embroidery

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    Patricia Barrett
    April 10, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Gardening To Eat

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    Rose Eros
    April 10, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Introduction to needle felting

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    Robyn Clarke
    April 10, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    An Introduction to Needle Felting

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    Tammy neal
    April 10, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    Embroidery

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    Zoe Coen
    April 10, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Embroidery

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    Natalie Gillham
    April 10, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Floral Embroidery

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    clare ollif
    April 10, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    I am really interested in floral embroidery as a lot of my jewellery work is floral and it’s another craft to explore .

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