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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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  • Make + MendMake + Mend : sashiko inspired embroidery projects

    Marquez, Jessica.

    Requiring no special equipment other than a sewing needle and thread, Make + Mend introduces the incredibly simple technique of sashiko-a striking Japanese hand sewing method using a running stitch to form pleasing geometric patterns. Sashiko is traditionally used to mend and repair clothing and textiles, but it can just as easily be employed to create beautiful, decorative projects for the home. With 15 projects applying a modern, on-trend aesthetic to this ancient craft, Make + Mend shows you to apply sashiko stitching to a variety of projects, such as repairing torn jeans, mending a ripped hem, and making a toe bag or a patterned scarf.

  • Color a workshop for artists and designersColor a workshop for artists and designers

    Hornung, David.

    Taking a practical approach to color, Color: A workshop for artists and designers is an invaluable resource for art students and professionals alike. With its sequence of specially designed assignments and in-depth discussions, it effectively bridges the gap between color theory and practice to inspire confidence and understanding in anyone who works with color. Generously illustrated—including all-new, contemporary examples—this book provides a unique set of tools that make the complex theory of color accessible and practical.

  • Elegant scarves and wrapsElegant scarves and wraps : 25 gorgeous felt designs

    Denton, Jill.

    The author draws upon the color and texture of the natural world to create exquisite designs for scarves, wraps and decorative pins. Decorative techniques include applique, fabric manipulation, nuno and embellishing with silks, as well as simple wet felting processes. The book contains a range of projects that are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced feltmakers in search of new ideas and approaches to this popular craft.

  • Collage unleashedCollage unleashed

    Bautista, Traci.

    Dripping paint, washes of color, layers of fabric, transparencies and more come together in collage as you've never experienced before. Step by step photos, instruction and inspiration guide you through the edgy world of the artist and her no fear, anything goes approach to making wall art, journals, artist's books and more.

  • Handmade Embroidered BagsHandmade Embroidered Bags

    Rolfe, Jenny.

    Jenny Rolfe has used quilting and free machine embroidery techniques to create a stunning collection of bags for all occasions. All the techniques are explained fully, including how to make your own fabrics and cords to give your bags that really personal touch.

  • Imprints on ClothImprints on Cloth : 18 years of filed research among the Miao People of Guizhous, China

    Torimaru, Sadae.

    For eighteen years, we conducted research among the Miao in Guizhou Province, People's Republic of China from the late 20th century through the turn of the 21st century. Our experiences, observations, and accumulated knowledge have been recorded with the sincere hope that such remarkable traditional crafts continue to be handed down through future generations.

  • China National Silk MuseumChina National Silk Museum

    Yu Minmin, Jin Lin.

    China National Silk Museum, near West Lake in Hangzhou, was opened in February 1992 and welcomes visitors without charge since January 2004. As the largest center for textile collection, display, conservation, research and education in China, it is now the showcase of Chinese silk history and culture. This book features items on exhibit at the museum.

  • Miao Textiles from ChinaMiao Textiles from China

    Corrigan, Gina.

    This book includes descriptions of the Miao people of SE Asia and their stunning clothing. Over 20 textiles from the British Museum's collection are examined and illustrated in detail to provide designers at all levels with inspiration.

  • Arts and crafts of ChinaArts and crafts of China

    Minick, Scott, 1955-

    Carved and scented boxwood fans; lacquered boxes with gold and silver inlay; porcelain vases wrapped in finely woven bamboo; glistening silver earrings in the shape of fish; gold brocade children’s shoes; painted clay animals representing the signs of the Zodiac, these and many more examples of China’s vibrant craft traditions have been specially photographed in color for this book, and are discussed with great authority after extensive original research in China. Achievements in all the main media, textiles, jewelry, lacquer, ceramics, bamboo, wood and paper, are examined, the historical and cultural background simply defined and advice on collecting succinctly given. There are 183 illustration and 147 color photographs.

  • Papermaking for basketry and other craftsPapermaking for basketry and other crafts

    This book includes many projects for creating baskets with paper. Included is a chart of botanical items which can be used in the projects and how to collect and prepare each of them.

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