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Kew Book of Botanical Illustration

by Christabel King

Kew is eminent worldwide in botanical science and preservation, and Christabel King is their foremost botanical artist. Here she explains botanical art and illustration, covering materials, collecting plant material, drawing and painting techniques, magnification, and painting leaves, flowers, cactii and succulents, wildflowers, trees and plates for Curtis's Botanical magazine.

• Kew is a highly respected worldwide brand worldwide, and this is their first practical art book
• The author has been a botanical artist at Kew for 40 years, and is their foremost artist
• Brilliant teaching manual and source book for ideas
• Suitable for beginners and experienced artists

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Meet the Authors

Frances McNaughton

Frances McNaughton

Frances McNaughton demonstrates sugar fairies and making sugarcraft flowers the soft way, and...
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Jean Haines

Jean Haines

Well known for her enthusiasm and passion for art, Jean Haines covers a wide range of subjects in a...
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Terry Harrison

Terry Harrison

Terry Harrison became interested in art early on, attending Art School at the age of sixteen. His...
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Dave White

Dave White

After 30 years of being in finance, Dave White discovered he could paint, and recognising that we...
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Hashim Akib

Hashim Akib

Hashim Akib was encouraged to paint as a child. He attended art college and has worked as an...
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Ann Cox

Ann Cox

First and foremost, Ann Cox is a silk ribbon embroidery designer who runs her own company selling...
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Madeleine Millington

Madeleine Millington

Madeleine Millington is best known for her work with recycled, dyed blankets. Her main signature has...
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Jessica Alexandrakis

Jessica Alexandrakis

Jessica Alexandrakis learned to quilt while living in Hokkaido, Japan in 2002. She loves collecting...
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Janet Whittle

Janet Whittle

Janet Whittle is a professional artist and qualified teacher who specialises in flowers and...
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Marrianne Mercer

Marrianne Mercer

Marrianne (Maz) Mercer studied at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University to gain a degree in Graphic...
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Marisa Edghill

Marisa Edghill

Marisa Edghill grew up in a house filled with glitter, pretty paper, and an inherent love of craft....
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Arne & Carlos

Arne & Carlos

Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison, Norwegian and Swedish respectively, established their design...
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The Woolly Felters

The Woolly Felters

Roz Dace and Judy Balchin are crafty sisters who love to felt. Their frist book together, How to...
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Bobby Britnell

Bobby Britnell

She is a member of the Embroiderers Guild and of the Textile Study Group, a national teaching and...
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Susie Johns

Susie Johns

Susie Johns is an experienced crafter, specialising in knitting, papercrafts and embroidery. She...
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Sachiyo Ishii

Sachiyo Ishii

Sachiyo Ishii was a money broker in Wall Street and London, but discovered the joy of handcraft...
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Di Van Niekerk

Di Van Niekerk

Di Van Niekerk began with needlecraft at a very young age and has always been fascinated by colour...
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Fiona Pullen

Fiona Pullen

Fiona Pullen is the founder of The Sewing Directory, the popular and successful site for finding...
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Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared...
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Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is the publisher and designer behind Vetty Creations. She has a passion for whitework...
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Gill Stratton

Gill Stratton

Gill Stratton has always loved hats, a passion passed down from her Mum and Gran, who took any...
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Sue Stratford

Sue Stratford

Sue Stratford owns and runs The Knitting Hut, a yarn and needle supplier, and she finds the yarns...
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Hazel Everett

Hazel Everett

Hazel Everett first became interested in embroidery whilst still at school, and her teacher...
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Aimee Harman

Aimee Harman

Aimee is a self-taught mosaicist who became obsessed with making mosaics in 1998. In 1999 she...
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Val Pierce

Val Pierce

Val Pierce's passion for knitting began at the age of five. Later in life she began home knitting...
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Wendy Tait

Wendy Tait

Wendy Tait lives in Derbyshire and studied at the Joseph Wright School of Art. She produces designs...
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Free Pattern

Design Library: Heart & Flower Designs

Design Library: Heart & Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Library: Heart & Flower Designs
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The Complete Book of Flower Designs

The Complete Book of Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from The Complete Book of Flower Designs
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Design Source Book: Oriental Flower Designs

Design Source Book: Oriental Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 17: Oriental Flower Designs.
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Design Source Book: Chinese Designs

Design Source Book: Chinese Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 12: Chinese Designs
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Design Library: Maori Designs

Design Library: Maori Designs

This Free Pattern comes from Design Library: Maori Designs
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Design Source Book: Garden Flower Designs

Design Source Book: Garden Flower Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 22: Garden Flower Designs
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Design Source Book: Egyptian Designs

Design Source Book: Egyptian Designs

This FREE pattern comes from Design Source Book 09: Egyptian Designs
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Free Project

Love to Sew: Hanging Hearts

Love to Sew: Hanging Hearts

Have a go at making this simple Rustic Heart project from Rachael Rowe's Love to Sew: Hanging...
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12 Days of Penguin... On the tenth day of Penguin

12 Days of Penguin... On the tenth day of Penguin

To celebrate our 12 days of Penguin we have 12 days of free penguin projects. On the tenth day of...
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12 Days of Penguin... On the eighth day of Penguin

12 Days of Penguin... On the eighth day of Penguin

To celebrate our 12 days of Penguin we have 12 days of free penguin projects. On the eighth day of...
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Flowers to Knit and Crochet

Flowers to Knit and Crochet

To celebrate Remembrance Day we are offering this fantastic knitted poppy pattern for free.This free...
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Flowers to Knit and Crochet

Flowers to Knit and Crochet

A lovely project to make for Mother's Day or for yourself.  This project, Auricula in...
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12 Days of Penguin... On the ninth day of Penguin

12 Days of Penguin... On the ninth day of Penguin

To celebrate our 12 days of Penguin we have 12 days of free penguin projects. On the ninth day of...
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12 Days of Penguin... On the third day of Penguin

12 Days of Penguin... On the third day of Penguin

To celebrate our 12 days of Penguin we have 12 days of free penguin projects. On the third day of...
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12 Days of Penguin... On the seventh day of Penguin

12 Days of Penguin... On the seventh day of Penguin

To celebrate our 12 days of Penguin we have 12 days of free penguin projects. On the seventh...
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Paper Panda's Papercuts

Paper Panda's Papercuts

This fantastic free 'Owl Always Love You' project is taken from the popular Twenty to Make:...
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Festival Boot Cuffs

Festival Boot Cuffs

Get ready for Festival season! We are sharing a fun project for a pair of colourful boot cuffs,...
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