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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.

  • 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.

  • Stitched Textile CollageStitched Textile Collage : innovative designs for textured surfaces

    Toumi, Lucille.

    Includes index. Lucille Toumi uses textiles and a combination of stitching and embellishment techniques to create unique graphic pieces of art. The book includes [1] 25 projects demonstrate techniques from appliqué patching and surface embellishment with beads, buttons, trimmings, and wire, to knitting and machine and hand embroidery [2] useful for readers with some knowledge of stitching and appliqué techniques, as well as those who hive more in depth knowledge [3] a source of inspiration as well as technical information, with the development of each project described in detail.

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  • Smart Fitting SolutionsSmart Fitting Solutions : foolproof techniuqes to fit any figure

    Ding, Kenneth D.

    Learn who to read a grament's wrinkles to identify the real fit probem and masteer the Smart Fitting technique of making and fitting a muslin. Learn to transfer alterations to the pattern.

  • Estionian Knitting Volume 1Estionian Knitting Volume 1 : Traditions and Techniques

    Pink, Anu (ed).

    Creating this series of books was inspired both by great joy at the increasing popularity of Etonian knitting and concern about the scarcity of our knowledge and skills, a truth which we discovered ruing our research over a long period of time. One can come upon rather superficial and inaccurate information about the history and technology of Estonian knitting, for example different techniques are quite often confused, or a more recent method is misinterpreted as an old one. The great interest of modern knitters in exquisite old knitwear lead us to the idea that we would need a comprehensive book about hand knitting. Yet in assembling considerable material, we realized that it would not fit into a single volume. For this reason you a now holding in your hands the first of a three-volume set. This book is appropriate for both young and old to learn how to knit as well as to improve formerly acquired skills. The book provides instructions for methods of knitting which have been used on al artefacts in Estonian museum collections. As the landscape of Estonian knitting has been extremely rich and varied, the list of techniques introduced in this book is quite long. Working on this book, we went through the entire literature on Estonian knitting that has been published so far. However the main sources were still the old hand knit items in museum collections. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the Estonian museums and the people working there who gave us the opportunity, over 3 years, to examine thousands of beautiful knitted items and learn about the techniques used to make them. Although this book contains a large number of photos of original knitwear from many different museums, we decided to knit the pattern samples, 212 in total, ourselves. This was partly because some of the objects were so shabby or fulled that it required a lot of imagination to see their decorative patterns, and partly because knitting these samples enabled us to notice even the tiniest details in the logic of the pattern. To make the patterns more visible, most of the samples are made with natural white yarn even if, for instance, the original was made of black yarn.

  • YarnitectureYarnitecture : a knitter's guide to spinning : building exactly the yarn you want

    Moreno, Jillian, author.

    Create your dream yarn! Discover the pleasures of designing and building custom-made yarn by spinning it yourself, choosing everything from color to feel and gauge. Jillian Moreno leads you through every step of yarn construction, with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos showing you how to select the fiber you want (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), establish a foundation, and spin a beautiful yarn with the structure, texture, and color pattern that you want. In addition to teaching you the techniques you need for success, Moreno also offers 12 delicious original patterns from prominent designers, each one showcasing hand-spun yarns.

  • Mittens of Latvia or Latviesa CimdiMittens of Latvia or Latviesa Cimdi : 178 traditional designs to knit

    Grasmane, Maruta.

    Mittens of Latvia c2 and c3 are in English. Latviesa Cimdi c1 is in Latvian. Mittens have been used extensively by Latvians both on a day to day basis and on special and ceremonial occasions as well as in ritualistic contexts. During the 19th century, the German explorer and geographer Johann Georg Kohl, whose travels took him throughout Europe, also left interesting documentation regarding Latvian cultured. He wrote: “Mittens, which no other nation uses to the extent that Latvians do, play a very significant roles vis-à-vis other clothing apparel. Hand attire seems just as necessary as foot or leg attire. That is why Latvians are almost always seen wearing mittens. When herding oxen or horses, a shepherd’s hands are clothed in mittens; woodsmen hew trees as infrequently without mittens as they work without an axe. Even men loading manure handle pitch forks with mittens, as if they were doing this for the sake of cleanliness. {…} In particular, a large number of mittens are given as gifts to al guests at a wedding.” The symbolism of mittens often derives from the symbolism ascribed to hands. A mitten is like a mask, under which an individual hides either an aggressive hand clenched into a fist or else a vulnerable and kindly hand. Perhaps that is why, even to this day, it is so important that a glove be taken off when shaking hands in greeting. The mythological perspective on mittens, similar to the view regarding clothing attire in general, is that these cannot be considered separately from the individual himself or herself.
    Contents: [1] The Symbolism of mittens in Latvian folklore by Prof. Janina Kursite. [2] Introduction [3] Knitting Traditiosn of ethnographic mittens: Vidzeme: Western Vidzeme Region; Northern Vidzeme Region; Piebalga Region; Lielvarde Region, Krustpils Region, Eastern Vidzeme Region; Latgale; Augszeme; Zemgale; Kurzeme, Northern Kurzeme Region; Eastern Kurzeme Region; Ventspils Region, Kuldiga Region; Alsunga Region; Southern Kurzeme Region; Nica Region; Rucave Region. [4] Instructions and advice for knitters of Ethnographic mittens [5] Pattern elements of ethnographic mittens [6] Source identification for the ethnographic mittens legend [7] Glossary of knitting symbols [8] Epilogue [9] National Costume Centre: Sena Klets and acknowledgments.
    National costumes master and converted barn founder Maruta Grasmanis latest book is dedicated to the Latvian Ethnographic Gloves. After conduction many years of research at the Latvian National History Museum and the Museum of Liepajas Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum, Maruta chose 177 of the 18th and 20th century gloves that best characterized the different Latvian regions and Latvian glove tradition. The work has the color photographs of these gloves.

  • Creative Estonian KnittingCreative Estonian Knitting : / textured stitches to swatch and explore

    Merike Saarniit treasures the richness and creativity of her Estonian textile heritage. Reading the complex knitting patterns in her Estonian stitch dictionaries, Merike fell in love with the innovative designs and endless variations. Learn to knit these beautiful patterns and expand your knitting horizons in this video workshop. In addition to the traditional stitches, you will discover how Merike's innovative cast on and selvedge treatments transform a swatch into a useful start for a hat, cuff, or even a sweater. With Merike's guidance, you will knit: [1] stretchy decorative elongated stitches [2] spurprising stitch manuplations [3] several kinds of nupps [4] elegant horizontal and traveling patterns. Merike Saarniit is a designer, teacher, and expert in Estonian knitting and spinning. She has been teachin workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving, and dyeing for over 20 years. She lives in Fordia.

  • Dress our loom the vavstuga wayDress our loom the vavstuga way : a bench-side photo guide

    Ashenden, Becky.

    nThe Vavstuga Weaving School in Massachusetts specializes in teaching traditional Scandinavian weaving techniques. Vavstuga's instructor Becky Ashenden walks you through the steps of warping a large ountermarche or counterbalance loom using traditioal methods. The process is recorded in 280 photographs taken from right at Becky's side.

  • The principles of knittingThe principles of knitting : methods and techniques of hand knitting

    Hiatt, June.

    This book is the revised edition. Includes glossary of terms, bibliography and index. This book has comprehensive and instructive material for all knitters. June Hemmons Hiatt has examined the techniques and methods for virtually every detail of the craft and now presents them in a clear, fresh manner. In most cases she offers alternatives and innovations; in every case the matter at hand is more accessible than ever before. With this book the reader will master every aspect of knitting, from the most basic (casting on and off, simple stitches and increasing and decreasing) to specialty stitches, cables and twists, clustering, and such exquisite effects as embossing and knitted lace. Special techniques are presented and made comprehensible in this book: picking up and joining; hems, facings and folds; and buttonholes and other openings. In the area o decorative techniques, the reader will find instruction on color, including intarsia and inlay, and working with beads and sequins. Materials from yarn to tools are discussed in detail and guidance on every aspect of a project, from selecting a pattern to finishing and cleaning knitted fabrics are included here. The book provides the instruction and inspiration for a knitter to become creative; once mastered, the techniques and methods will provide the ability, knowledge, and confidence to produce original, beautifully crafted knitted garments and goods. It is written in clear, direct language, easy to understand and follow. There are more than 600 instructional drawings and 400 photographs. New methods of working gauge and a new stitch charting system is introduced. The garment charting methods make designing particularly easy.

  • Harvesting colorHarvesting color : how to find plants and make natural dyes

    Burgess, Rebecca, 1977-

    Index. Master Dyer Rebecca Burgess spotlights 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades, and she shows just how easy the dyes are to make. Pokeberry creates a vibrant magenta while a range of soft lavender shades is derived from elderberries; indigo yields a bright blue, and coyote brush produces stunning sunny yellows. There are color photographs, maps that show the range of each plant throughout North America, and seasonally based knitting projects.

  • Knitted Lace of EstoniaKnitted Lace of Estonia : Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions

    These distinctive and elegant designs of Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia are brought to life. Nancy offers valuable unique techniques for making traditional and modern Estonian lace scarves and shawls. In this video, she guides you through tips and technique s of knitting your own heirloom lace shawl. You will learn how [1] to get started with the proper tools, cast on method, and information on the shawl types and shaping [2] to read a lace chart and work your lace pattern, with tips for calculating your shawl’s center and edgings [3] various Estonian lace knitting techniques including the class nupp [4] to plan an edging and finish your project with ease, including tips on blocking your shawl to make it look its best.

  • Noro the world of natureNoro the world of nature


    This book contains 12 projects for adults and children. A booklet written in English accompanies this Japanese pattern booklet.

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