Textile Center Pat O'Connor Library

Textile Center

Welcome to Textile Center Pat O'Connor Library

New in Library

  • 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.

See full list...

Popular Titles

  • Strange MaterialStrange Material : Storytelling through textiles

    Prain, Leanne.

    Strange Material explores the relationship between handmade textiles and storytelling. Through text, the act of weaving a tale or dropping a thread takes on new meaning for those who previously have seen textiles—quilts, blankets, articles of clothing, and more—only as functional objects. This book showcases crafters who take storytelling off the page and into the mediums of batik, stitching, dyeing, fabric painting, knitting, crochet, and weaving, creating objects that bear their messages proudly, from personal memoir and cultural fables to pictorial histories and wearable fictions.

  • Sabine Lippert's beaded fantasiesSabine Lippert's beaded fantasies : 30 romantic jewelry projects

    Lippert, Sabine, 1967-

    Leading European beadier and teacher Sabine Lippert makes your beaded jewelry fantasies come true. This special book in the Bead weaving Master Class series includes Sabine’s most dazzling and romantic designs, from a sparkling pendant of golden rivolis and large deep green pearls to a necklace featuring a netting of silver seed beads that enfolds pale violet pearls and eggplant-colored beads. Her beautiful, inventive projects evoke the gilded Age, but with contemporary, wearable designs. All of the pieces are made using the most popular stitches in beadwork: peyote and right angle weave.

  • The complete guide to natural dyeingThe complete guide to natural dyeing : techniques and recipes for dyeing fabrics, yarns, and fibers at home

    Lambert, Eva, 1935-

    This book is the perfect resource for fiber artists wanting to color textiles the natural way. Includes [1] techniques for collecting and preparing dyestuffs [2] step by step directions for applying natural dyes to yarns and textiles, from batik to dip dyeing [3] an extensive directory of recipes for dyeing with madder, safflower, indigo, cochineal, alkanet, and more [4] information about the effects of dyes on various fibers and how to dye with mordants. This book provides comprehensive instructions and plenty of inspiration to get creative with nature's astonishing palette. Using natural dyes to color fabric, yarn, or fiber is simple, eco-friendly, and affordable.

  • Contemporary copper jewelryContemporary copper jewelry : step-by-step techniques and projects

    Miller, Sharilyn.

    Sharilyn Miller, best-selling author of Bead on a Wire, is back with a stunning collection of wire designs from top jewelry artists in Contemporary Copper Jewelry. Copper wire offers jewelry makers an inexpensive yet stylish alternative to silver. Learn step by step how to combine gorgeous copper wirework with beads, chain, and other metals for one of a kind designs. Inside this book you will find: [1] an extensive wirework technique section [2] 22 innovative projects from top designers, including Rachard Salley, Eugenia Chan, Dale "Cougar" Armstrong, Rachel Nelson-Smith, and Sharilyn Miller [3] Creative ideas for diistressing copper, cold-join metal work, and designing wire components [4] a wealth of tips, tricks, and ideas for design alternatives and material substitutions for every project. Inspiring projects and top-notch step by step instruction and photos will show you how easy it is to create stunning copper wire jewelry.

  • Who Does She Think She IsWho Does She Think She Is

    This DVD examines some of the most pressing issues of our time: parenting and creativity, partnering and independence, economics and art. This gorgeously photographed film follows five women artists, from Hawaii to Santa Fe, from Ohio to New York, as they navigate the challenges of making work outside the elite art world.

  • Wire styleWire style : 50 unique jewelry designs

    Peck, Denise.

    Express yourself with wire. In this collection of contemporary designs, top wire-jewelry artists turn the most universal and versatile material into dazzling jewelry designs for any occasion. With materials from base-metal to gold-filled wire and beach pebbles to semiprecious stone, the bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and earrings in this collection are the perfect way to make a stylish statement. Wire Style has something for wireworkers of every skill, budget, and personal style. Basic wireworking skills are explained and illustrated with step by step photography, and each project provides a new opportunity to coil, weave, loop, hammer, and wrap stunning one of a kind jewelry.

  • Eco colourEco colour : botanical dyes for beautiful textiles

    Flint, India.

    This book has been written in the hope of offering a more adventurous path to plant color. It should equip readers with the skills and information to extract dyes from a range of natural sources, make decisions as to the appropriate methods to apply to specific situations, analyze and substances for their potential as mordants and apply a range of print dye techniques. They will also be able to implement safe work practice in the home and studio.

  • Bead on a WireBead on a Wire : making handcrafted wire and beaded jewelry

    Miller, Sharilyn.

    Make a fashion statement with your own beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Packed with techniques, projects and insider tips, Bead on a wire is all you need to make stunning beaded wire jewelry. Author Sharilyn Miller shares her enthusiasm, experience and expertise to make this book a must have for jewelry makers of all skill levels. This book features a comprehensive introductory section and more than 20 step by step projects. It includes in-depth, clearly illustrated instructions. You will learn how to: [1] construct jewelry without soldering tools or other intimidating equipment [2] fashion beautiful earrings, bracelets, necklaces and fibulas not readily found in stores [3] stock your jewelry toolkit with only the necessary tools [4] make jump rings, links, clasps and other basic jewelry components to keep on hand for future projects [5] create project variations and new designs with your own one of a kind look.

  • 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.

See full list...