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  • Cable confidenceCable confidence : a guide to textured knitting

    Harper, Sara Louise, 1963-

    This book will debunk the myth that cables are too tricky to master. Cabling is just a series of knits and purls worked in a particular order. Learn the basics and discover a whole new knitting world of gorgeous cable projects. Unlock the mysteries of ready stitch charts, using cable needles, and much more with this beginner-friendly guide. Start with the easiest stitches, and then move on to more complex cables diamonds, and braids. Knit up a range of projects, from pillows and a scarf to gorgeous Aran pullovers and cardigans, 14 projects in all.

  • Hand knitting collection Book OneHand knitting collection Book One

    Sharp, Jo.

    This book contains 9 patterns for sweaters, hats, and scarves. The gallery of sweaters is shown at the beginning of the book and the patterns are at the end of the book. There are 9 sweater patterns in this Jo Sharp book. She uses Jo Sharp DK Wool Hand Knitting Yarn.

  • Hand knitting collection Book OneHand knitting collection Book One

    Sharp, Jo.

    This book contains 9 patterns for sweaters, hats, and scarves. The gallery of sweaters is shown at the beginning of the book and the patterns are at the end of the book. There are 9 sweater patterns in this Jo Sharp book. She uses Jo Sharp DK Wool Hand Knitting Yarn.

  • Fitted knitsFitted knits : 25 designs for the fashionable knitter

    Japel, Stefanie.

    Whether you are tall or short, curvy or slender, you deserve clothes that fit you perfectly. Fitted Knits gives you patterns that create well fitted garments designed to accentuate your positives. You simply knit to your measurements, easily adjusting the pattern so it's tailored to your unique shape. You will be surprised at how easy it is to add shaping details that ensure a perfect fit for your figure. There is something her to keep you knitting happily the whole year through, form lightweight summer tanks and tees to shrugs, raps and cardigans perfect for those transitional times, and, of course, warm and cozy sweaters, vests and coats to get you through the cold months. Inside this book you will find [1] a how to fit your knits guide that shows you exactly how to adjust the patterns in the book to get a perfect fit [2] 25 wearable fashion inspired knits for all seasons [3] a user-friendly skill level guide so you know what to expect with each pattern [4] an essential information section including a knitting abbreviations key, a knitting needle conversion chart, a helpful reference library and a list of great knitting web sites.

  • And a Time to Knit StockingsAnd a Time to Knit Stockings

    Pence, Katherine.

    In the 1830s, James Chamberlain’s grandmother faced this quandary. She solved it by teaching each child to knit his own socks as soon as he was old enough to hold needles. James grew up to farm, raise and trade horses, work as a postmaster, run his general store and knit his own socks. For him, finding a time to knit socks was a necessity, and I suppose that the only thing he ever knit was socks, probably the same pattern over and over. His daughter, my grandmother, Gertrude Black, told me that he almost died in a blizzard when he was working as a teamster in Kansas. His frostbit shins were intolerant to cold after that so he changed his sock pattern so that the cuff covered his shins for protection. Katherine Pence designed the sock patterns in this book purely for fun. Along the way, she was inspired and encouraged by many people. Her husband, David, photographed this assortment of socks and Marilyn Buster of Tulsa, Oklahoma proofed the layout.

  • Sensual knitsSensual knits : luxurious yarns, alluring designs

    Ferreira, Yahaira.

    Today we are inspired by the sophisticated, sensual appeal of luxury yearns. Nothing complements the elegant curves of the female form like a garment made from the finest merino, alpaca, silk, cashmere, or angora. Twenty-five high fashion projects put the romance back into the craft. Create alluring apparel that turns heads, including [1] a textured jacket with a form fitting nipped in waist [2] a bishop sleeved sweater with a daringly plunging neckline [3] a shoulder baring minidress. Inside you will also find camisoles, negligees, and evening wear. Rest assured: these timeless pieces will transcend today's fashion trends and look great for years to come.

  • Tapestry Topics MagazineTapestry Topics Magazine : a quarterly review of Tapestry Art Today

    This Tapestry Topics quarterly newsletter was created in 1982. It includes letters from the co-directors; discussions from various artists; information about exhibits; historical information; updates on workshops; and information about the directors and membership form.

  • Handwoven MagazineHandwoven Magazine

    Interweave Press.

    Contents: [1] Letters [2] Getting Started [3] Reviews [4] News and Views [5] For starters [6] Marketplace [7] Events, Exhibits, Classes, and Travel Calendar [8] Product News [9] Classifieds [10] Endnotes.

  • Water-based screenprinting todayWater-based screenprinting today :. from hands-on techniques to digital technology

    Henning, Roni, 1939-

    Includes index. Master printer Roni Henning has embraced water based screenprinting for its benefits to both the environment and her personal health. In this insightful guide, she has gathered the works, techniques, and experiences of many of the talented artists and printers with whom she has crossed paths during her own illustrious career, printing editions with the likes of Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, and Jack Youngerman. Through the work of Bearden, Youngerman, and Gene Davis, among other top artists, you are guided through the traditional screenprinting process, form building and stretching a screen to color separations, color mixing, proofing, and printing. Henning discusses advances in techniques and process since the rise of water based screenprinting, the collaborative relationship between artist and printer, and monoprints and monotypes as art forms. Finally, the use of computers and image manipulation software to complement screenprinting is also investigated.

  • Sources of inspirationSources of inspiration : for ceramics and the applied arts

    Genders, Carolyn.

    Includes index. There are times when all artists struggle for inspiration. This can be particularly true when they try to create patterns, textures and designs with which to decorate their work. In the book Carolyn Genders presents a wealth of images, of both natural and manmade objects, that will spark the imagination of all who see them. Along with this, she shows how these images can be visually abstracted and then refined and enveloped to create other beautiful patterns, designs and forms. The result is not only a useful guide to how the creative process works but also a visually glorious sourcebook of images. This book is a must for all artists, whatever filed they work in and whether they are amateurs or professionals.

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  • Modern printmakingModern printmaking : a guide to traditional and digital techniques

    Covey, Sylvie.

    "A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists. Printmaking is flourishing in the digital age, appealing to both "traditional" artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital technique. This all-in-one guide to printmaking technique is a complete technical and inspirational book on the history and contemporary processes for relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media/transfers, and post digital graphics, with extended profiles of a wide range of contemporary printmakers. Featuring instruction, interviews, example images, and philosophy, this beautiful book provides a truly modern look at printmaking today, in all its forms"--

  • Stitch and structureStitch and structure : Design and technique in two and three dimensional textiles

    Draper, Jean.

    In this book, leading textile artist Jean Draper explores how structure in both the built and the natural environment can inspire and inform the design and construction of stitched textiles. The work begins with study and research and then develops through work in thread stitch, cloth and other materials to create new structures. Through a series of exploratory stages (beginning with thread and concluding with fabric) the author shows how the formations we see around us can be interpreted and represented in textile art. These can be two dimensional structural surfaces made from stitching, or more complex three dimensional constructions made from either stitch alone or from a combination of stitching fabric and mixed media. Both machine and hand stitching techniques are covered, with easy to follow instructions and diagrams for more unusual methods and examples of experimental stitched textiles, and structures made with stitched fabrics. Illustrated throughout with examples of the author’s work as well as that of other textile artists, this beautiful book will inspire you to experiment with your own stitched structures.

  • The Ultimate Sashiko SourcebookThe Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook

    Briscoe, Susan.

    Contents: Introduction; History; Getting started; Projects; Pattern library. Sashiko means "little stab," which accurately describes the simple running stitch required for this traditional technique. Originally invented for warmth and economy, sashiko combines country style with intricate designs. In this comprehensive sourcebook, talented needlewoman Susan Briscoe shares everything you need to know to get the most from sashiko, from selecting fabrics and threads to marking and stitching the patterns. Ten easy project chapters provide the perfect introduction to the incredible library of sashiko designs; these are followed by a gallery of sashiko masterpieces for further inspiration.

  • Sew and quilt Japanese décorSew and quilt Japanese décor

    Boerens, Trice.

    Through superb watercolor illustrations, exquisite photography, and full-size template patterns, author Trice Boerens artfully shares 18 home decorating projects that include quilts, pillows, wall hangings, and table runners.

  • Asian eleganceAsian elegance : quilting with Japanese fabrics and more

    Pippen, Kitty, 1919-

    Got a passion for exotic fabrics? Feature the fabrics of Japan, Polynesia, and Hawaii in your next quilt! This talented mother-daughter team shares their love of unusual fabrics in one-of-a-kind designs.
    Learn the best ways to use beautiful, bold fabrics in nine step-by-step projects
    Break the traditional rules of design by playing with asymmetry, space, and movement
    Get creative by combining several fabric styles, from elegant kimono silks to colorful tropical prints.

  • Raising the surfaceRaising the surface : with machine embroidery

    Grey, Maggie.

    This book begins with a chapter on backgrounds and suggests some possible starting points for the journey. It proceeds through ideas for working on these surfaces to produce low-relief embroidery with the use of textural stitches. In subsequent chapters, the surface is raised by means of a variety of techniques and meda. Contents: [1] Making backgrounds [2] Raising the surface a little [3] Raising the surface a lot [4] Using applied motifs for high relief [5] Frames, masks and high-relief embroidery [6] Three-dimensional constructions.

  • QuiltagamiQuiltagami : the art of fabric folding

    Hiney, Mary Jo.

    These completely unique, raised designs are created using traditional origami folds with fabric instead of paper.

  • The healing quiltThe healing quilt : a novel

    Snelling, Lauraine.

    When her aunt Teza faces a second bout with breast cancer, Kit Cooper resolves to raise money for a new mammogram unit by creating a magnificent king-sized quilt to be sewn and auctioned by the women of Jefferson City.

  • Japanese inspirationsJapanese inspirations : 18 quilted projects

    Haigh, Janet,.

    Discover the tranquil elegance of the Orient in 18 quilted accessories that will complement any decor, from contemporary to country. Combining the traditional fabrics and motifs of the East with the ease and versatility of Western techniques, this extraordinary collection of home decor accents and gifts will wrap your home in luxurious, distinctive Japanese look. The book includes 18 easy to make quilted projects, from small wall hangings and pillows to full size quilts and room screens. Chapters are arranged by season, offering a unique set of designs and colors for every time of year. A sizeable pattern library, with over 50 traditional Japanese motifs to trace, reduce, or enlarge.

  • Twelve TreasuresTwelve Treasures : Advnaced Sashiko for machine sewing

    Rostocki, Janet K.

    Sashiko is a very old needle art form of hand sewing from Japan, originating as the common man’s garment decoration. It was known not so much for its attractiveness as for its practicality. The purpose originally was to extend the life of well used garments and later became more artistic in its use. As Sashiko increased in popularity as a decoration, design evolved from simple curves and straight lines to more elaborate adaptions of thins in nature. Sashiko is traditionally handwork done with heavy white cotton thread on blue indigo cotton fabric, either several layers for whole cloth quilting, or a single layer for embroidery. The stitching is a simple running stitch done without a hoop and uses stitches that are 5 to 7 per inch in length. The patterns are customarily hand-drafted with careful precision directly on to the sewing fabric. For machine sewing, the techniques are a bit different and simplified but the style is still Sashiko.

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