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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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  • How to be creative in Textile ArtHow to be creative in Textile Art

    Triston, Julia.

    Unlock your inner creativity to produce unique and beautiful pieces of textile art. This fascinating book guides and supports you through the whole creative process, from initial inspiration to finished piece. The authors provide a wealth of ideas, tips and techniques to help you explore your chosen themes with confidence. Illustrated with stunning examples of contemporary textile art, this book is a must have for textile artists of all skill levels.

  • The big book of flaxThe big book of flax : a compendium of flax facts, art, lore, projects and song

    Zinzendorf, Christian, 1949-

    Learn the fascinating story of the flax to linen process in history, legend, song, crafts, lesson plans, and recipes. With 414 images, this comprehensive book covers thousands of years, from how flax was cultivated in the Middle East and Europe, its beginnings in America, to its use in the 21st century. Guidelines for planting, harvesting, breaking spinning, weaving, and other processes are provided. Includes guidelines for collecting flax tools, spinning wheels, and antique linens and clothing. Make a rope bed, a linseed oil lamp, and even bake buttermilk biscuits with flaxseed. Learn flax songs and folk tales. Discover the many great uses of this plant and the role it played throughout the world. This is a great resource for history buffs, collectors, educators, and anyone who wants to try their hand at this ancient yet still modern craft. Includes endnotes, illustration credits, bibliography and resources by subject and by chapter, and index.

  • LinenLinen : from flax seed to woven cloth

    Heinrich, Linda.

    Follow the saga of this remarkable fiber from seed to woven fabric. Learn about past and present day methods of flax cultivation, processing, and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth. There are 233 color photos and 156 black and white photos and drawings reveal the characteristics of linen and emphasize its practical use. An inspirational chapter includes handwoven linen projects and works of art designed by Canadian, American, Finnish and Swedish weavers and artists. Throughout you will enjoy folklore and historical information, including the use of linen by the ancient Egyptians, a history of Irish linen, and linen’s status in today’s world of fiber and fashion. The story of linen is timeless and fascinating.

  • The Humble Bags' Wonderful StitchesThe Humble Bags' Wonderful Stitches : 320 Decorative Stitches for Needlepoint

    Schultz, Diane M.

    320 decorative stitches for needlepoint.

  • Hooked RugsHooked Rugs

    Davies, Ann:.

    This book is about the revival of the craft of rug hooking. It includes everything you need to know to make rugs - how to choose, prepare, and dye fabrics, basic rugmaking techniques and a selection of 25 projects.

  • The book of fine linenThe book of fine linen

    Bonneville, Franðcoise de.

    Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Making extensive use of household inventories, diaries, and colorful details and anecdotes describing domestic arrangements, the author has examined centuries of textile history. She discusses the origins and symbolism of the trousseau, traditions of caring for linens and methods of growing and weaving natural fibers. Included is a history of linens from ancient Egypt through today.

  • Decorative backgrounds for needlepointDecorative backgrounds for needlepoint

    McKnight, June.

    Index. The author begins with the Ten Commandments of Backgrounds...rules to follow when doing needlepoint. She provides a list of suggested materials for various canvas counts. The rest of this book details stitches and includes hints and tips for each one, such as what types of stitches would look good next to it and whether it should be stitched vertically or horizontally.

  • LinenLinen : hand spinning and weaving

    Baines, Patricia.

    This book is a detailed description of the spinning and weaving of linen. Contents: [1] Spinning [2] Reeling, bleaching and dyeing linen yarn [3] Weaving [4] finishing Linen Cloth [5] Flax husbandry and processing the appendices deal with comparable fibers and a table of reeds. Black and white illustrations of the processes explained as well as historical photographs are included.

  • The fabric book IIThe fabric book II

    Voiers, Leslie.

    This is the Harrisville yarn company's book of swatches. It emphasizes mixing color, setts, and finishing and is illustrated with swatches. Drafts are provided and require from 2 to 8 shafts.

  • Handspinning flaxHandspinning flax

    Linder, Olive.

    Contents: [1] Brief description of flax fiber structure, the production of flax, flax for spinning [2] How to control very long fibers (English, Danish, Continental methods, the comb distaff, the tow fork) [3] Spinning from the distaff, other methods of spinning line flax, spinning tow, spinning from the combed sliver, Spinning with a hand spindle [4] Finishing the spun yarn (Equipment needed, finishing a singles weft yarn, finishing a singles warp yarn) [5] Bleaching cellulosic yarns [6] Dyeing raw flax or linen yarns [7] Plying handspun linen yarns (making multiple plies, how to spin and ply linen yarn for use in crochet) [8] Creating novelty yearns, blending other fibers with flax [9] Sample file record [10] Creating bulky yarns [11] Using your handspun [12] Presenting your work [13] Other books for spinners.

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