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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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  • Woven shiboriWoven shibori

    Ellis, Catharine, 1951-, author.

    Rediscover Woven Shibori

    In this update of the classic Woven Shibori, master weaver Catharine Ellis teaches weavers of all skill levels how to create beautiful dyed woven cloth, using environmentally friendly natural dyes. Shibori is a traditional Japanese technique, in which a piece of cloth is shaped by folding, stitching, tying, or wrapping then dyed to create stunning color patterns. Ellis developed a method of weaving resist warp and weft threads directly into the cloth and shared her findings in her breakthrough book. Featuring all-new information on working with natural dyes and dozens of new photographs, this revised edition is an invaluable resource for weavers. It features:
    Techniques for incorporating shibori into two-shaft weaves, monk's belt, overshot, twills, laces, and other patterns
    Guidance and inspiration for creating your own woven shibori designs
    Instructions for preparing the fabric for dyeing and finishing the dyed cloth
    Recipes for creating natural dyes from plants and insects to dye both plant and animal fibers
    Special effects for enhancing woven shibori, including layering colors, cross dyeing, felting, creating permanent pleats, and burning out
    Woven Shibori opens up a world of creative surface design possibilities.

  • 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.

  • ShiboriShibori : designs & techniques

    Southan, Mandy.

  • ShiboriShibori : a beginner's guide to creating color & texture on fabric

    Caldwell, Lynne.

    Create patterns and texture in fabric using shibori. Learn a variety of traditional methods of folding and clamping, stitching and gathering, arashi (pole-wrapping), and binding to enhance cloth with interesting motifs and shapes. From silk dupioni window panels to cotton T-shirts, these diverse projects incorporate traditional processes with a contemporary design sense.

  • The Ashford book of rigid heddle weavingThe Ashford book of rigid heddle weaving

    Hart, Rowena,.

    International weaving teacher, Rowena Hart, shows how you can create exciting, beautiful garments and crafts, all on a simple two harness loom. Also known as the rigid heddle frame loom, this loom is simple to use, light and compact. You will produce fabrics and tapestries whether you are a novice or experienced weaver. This is an excellent beginner's manual for learning to weave on the rigid heddle loom. Learn to warp the loom, weave small tapestries, rugs, cushions, cotton towels and leno lace. Hart provides clear descriptions and instructions as well as projects in full color.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ShiboriShibori : The inventive art of Japanese shaped resist dyeing

    Wada, Yoshiko Iwamoto; Rice, Mary Kellog; Barton,

    Well-illustrated information on the tradition, techniques, and innovation of Japanese shibori.

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