Meet the Authors: Amy Mullins & Marnia Ryan-Raison, Authors of Macraweave

Tell us a bit about your new book? Macraweave is a how-to book that will teach you the fundamental macrame and weaving techniques and how to combine then. It is complete with instructions for getting started on the projects, a knot and technique quide, and 18 step by step patterns for projects ranging from accessories, […]

free zoom backgrounds for crafters

Free Zoom Backgrounds for Crafters

The video conferencing app Zoom has become a daily part of life during lockdown, not only for work but also for keeping in touch, for family quiz nights, virtual cocktail parties or just a quick catch up with pals. Up your Zoom game and transform your background into one that crafters’ dreams are made of […]

How to Sew a Face Mask

DIY Face Masks

We are all seeing the images and hearing the advice on wearing face masks to help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus. The advice seems to be different in each country and we have readers from all around the world. It seems to us that the common theme is to ensure you are not using up […]

Free Crochet Rainbow Pattern | Kawaii Crochet

Rainbows are the motif of the moment, with kids drawing rainbows and placing them in windows all over the world. This free crochet rainbow pattern comes courtesy of Melissa Bradley, author of the fabulous book Kawaii Crochet – filled with amazing amigurumi patterns to brighten up your day. Enjoy this free crochet rainbow pattern on […]

Behind the scenes during COVID-19

I recently emailed our authors to provide an update as best as possible and it seemed a natural step to write this open article. This post is written partly for general interest but also to acknowledge the tremendous effort being put in by our staff in the current circumstances. Trading Position Our sales up until […]

The Positive Power of Cross Stitch

When I commissioned Cross Stitch for the Soul from the talented Emma Congdon of Stitchrovia, I had no idea that the book would end up being published at such a huge moment in history. With the world locked down due to Coronavirus, people unable to leave the house except for food, medicine and exercise, and […]

Inspiration from our authors

For some extra inspiration during these times, why not follow our fantastic authors on social media? Here’s a list of some of our inspirational authors who have published with us in recent years. Many of these designers are offering project ideas and downloads during these times. In the list below, the author name links to […]

60 years of David and Charles Publishing

We celebrate 60 years of publishing in 2020 and will be marking the milestone with a number of book trade offers and reader competitions. Our 60th Anniversary Bumper Prize Draw is now live and you can enter here. David and Charles was originally founded on 1st April 1960. Initially a part-time hobby, it grew into a […]

Meet the Author: Marna Gilligan, Author of Cat Knits

Tell us a bit about your new book? It’s Cat Knits! I love cats, and I love knitting – and apparently I am not alone in this. The book contains lots of cat-themed knits – both garments and accessories – for the cat-obsessed knitter. I’ve tried to structure the book to make it easy for […]

16 Cornerstone Books for all Crafts

Many people are turning to arts and crafts to keep themselves occupied during a period of time at home. We’ve put together this list of essential books for a range of crafts. Each book provides you with everything you need to start a new craft or return to a neglected hobby. Our books are available from […]