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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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  • Metal Jewelry Making with a Micro TorchMetal Jewelry Making with a Micro Torch

    Delve into metalsmithing right at your kitchen table. Join popular instructor and jewelry maker Cassie Donlen as she shows how easily you can solder using a simple butane micro torch. Cassie begins by presenting the tools and materials needed, including a full explanation of how to fuel and use a micro torch. She then proceeds through several fusing and solder demonstrations, sharing tips for which types of wire, solder and flux to use for each project. Create bezels for your favorite cabochons. Solder beaded wire into fun links or earrings. Make decorative and functional toggles. Cassie shows all of this and more. At the video’s conclusion, she even fashions a bracelet with several of the pieces just demonstrated. Let go of any trepidation as Cassie proves thaw with a little training and practice you can make beautiful jewelry with a butane micro troch from the comfort of your home. [1] Decode solder and soldering, exploring the different types and techniques [2] Learn characteristics of sterling silver wire, fine silver wire, and copper wire [3] create bezel settings, and learn how to work them into rings, links, and pendants [4] Craft artistic links, toggle clasps, and beaded-wire post earrings [5] fuse silver rings without solder, and create ball-end headpins in a flash [6] Pickle, polish and patina your way to matte and shiny finishes [7] See troubleshooting secrets for fixing mistakes.

  • Little bits quilting beeLittle bits quilting bee : 20 quilts using charm squares, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and fat quarters

    Ricketson, Kathreen.

    Sewing with pre-cut fabric packs is all the rage. It allows for endless creativity and makes it a cinch to stitch up lovely quilts without breaking the bank. Little Bits Quilting Bee features 20 projects for small fabric scraps and bundles including jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes, and fat quarters. From king-sized quilts to wall hangings, and more, this beautifully illustrated book has something for sewers of every skill level. To top it all off, author Kathreen Ricketson founder of the hugely popular craft site WhipUp.net offers expert shortcuts and step-by-step instructions. The four full-size block templates included [1] Community Garden block [2] Floral notes templates (75% scale) [3] Garnets and Gold Block triangle templates [4] Summer Sundae blocks templates (75% scale).

  • More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm QuiltsMore Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts : 14 brand new quilt patterns

    Lintott, Pam.

    Pam and Nicky Lintott have sold over 250,000 books all over the worldtestament to their extraordinary talent for creating great quilt designs with easy-to-follow instructions. Here Pam and Nicky bring you a fresh collection of 14 brand new quilt patterns, each with a beautiful variation design.

  • Metal work wire essentialsMetal work wire essentials : tools, techniques and finishes

    Join artist and best selling author Denise Peck in 5 watch and learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to make fabulous wire jewelry from preparation to professional finishes. Master wireworking basics as you boost your jewelry making skills and your jewelry collection with these fun techniques in coiling, wrapping, spiraling, and more. Included: [1] get started with a tools and materials overview for wireworking simplified. [2] discover the secrets to the perfectly shaped spiral [3] create your own jump rings, ear wires, and other findings in less than a minute [4] give your piece that extra shine with finishing how-tos. Tools [1] chain-nose pliers [2] round-nose pliers [3] flat-nose pliers [4] flush cutters [5] various mandrels for shaping [6] carpenter’s pencil [7] steel bench block [8] ball peen hammer [9] texture hammers [10] awl [11] metal hole punch [12] rawhide mallet [13] metal files [14] polishing cloths [15] butane micro torch [16] soldering block.

  • FeltiqueFeltique : techniques and projects for wet felting, needle felting, fulling, and working with commercial felt

    Davidson, Nikola.

    This book shows you step by step how to master this versatile material. In one simple guide, you will have everything at your fingertips to create charming projects using a variety of felting techniques. You'll learn: [1] that a little soap, hot water, and elbow grease is all it takes to master wet felting [2] that needle felting is like sculpting with wool [3] that if you can knit or crochet it, you can create strong durable wool fabric with the fulling technique [4] that commercial felt is all grown up, available in sophisticated colors and blends that transcend those summer camp projects [5] there are more that 45 unique projects.

  • Wire WrappingWire Wrapping

    Chandler, Linda L., 1946-

  • Wire & Bead Celtic JewelryWire & Bead Celtic Jewelry : 35 1uic & stylish projects

    Jones, Linda.

    This book has 35 enchanting jewelry designs inspired by the art of the Celts, rings, kilt pines, charm bracelets, spiral chains, and necklaces trace the intricate curves, knots, swirls, and symbols of Celtic art, specially commissioned step by step photographs show exactly how to make each piece, includes decorative jig pattern designs. Contents: Introduction, Tools, Materials, Basic techniques [1] Rings and pins [2] Bangles and brooches [3] Spiral chains [4] Necklaces and chokers [5] Accessories: clip, key ring, cufflinks, hair grip, watch-strap bracelet. Also, jig patterns, suppliers, index and acknowledgments.

  • Bead & wire art jewelryBead & wire art jewelry

    Michler, J. Marsha.

    Fashion Beads and Wire into Stunning Jewelry

    Jewelry artists look no further, Bead & Wire Art Jewelry is THE resource you need to bring together two of your favorite mediums—bead and wire. From simple stringing to extensive wirework, author J. Marsha Michler's detailed, step-by-step instructions will show you how to create over 50 stunning pieces of jewelry. Learn techniques including stringing, stitching, jigwork and loomwork, and even learn to make your own findings. From easy to advanced, you will find a project to suit your skill level and tastes.

    This inspirational book features:

    50+ easy, intermediate and advanced jewelry projects
    A variety of rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces
    Variations to inspire your creativity.

  • Fleece DogFleece Dog : a little bit of magic creaed with raw wool and a special needle


    Sinco, the author, makes animal topiaries as part of her work. She received some fleece and a felting needle from a friend, and turned her topairy experience into fleece dogs. The author's real name is Nobuko Nagakubo. The book was translated from Japanese by Tokuko Iguchi and Ulrich Manz.

  • Woven wire jewelryWoven wire jewelry : contemporary designs and creative techniques, including PMC techniques

    Chandler, Linda L., 1946-

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