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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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  • The modern natural dyerThe modern natural dyer : a comprehensive guide to dyeing silk, wool, linen, and cotton at home

    Vejar, Kristine.

    In The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with natural dye extracts. Demystifying the magic, Vejar Explains in explicit, easy to follow detail how to produce consistent, long lasting color. With stunning photography the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and twenty projects. This book is a comprehensive guide to dyeing silk, wool, linen, and cotton at home for aspiring and experienced dye artisans. Contents: [1] dyes from nature [2] choosing fiber [3] dyeing [4] dyeing with whole dyestuffs [5] dyeing with extracts [6] dyeing with Indigo [7] surface design technqiues.

  • 15 minutes of play--improvisational quilts15 minutes of play--improvisational quilts : made-fabric piecing, traditional blocks, scrap challenges

    Wolfe, Victoria Findlay, 1970-, author.

    Scraps never looked so good! This is improvisational piecing reinvented—learn how to create a unique piece of “made-fabric” in just 15 minutes with Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s improvisational scrap-piecing methods, then incorporate your made-fabric into traditional quilt blocks. As you play, you’ll sharpen your design skills and learn about combining colors and prints in new ways…then watch your quilt design emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic blocks like Sawtooth Star or Flying Geese can be, when they’re constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Includes 11 challenge exercises to strengthen your creative muscles, plus an inspirational quilt gallery.

  • Finishing schoolFinishing school : a master class for knitters

    Newton, Deborah.

    "The word "finishing" fills many knitters, beginners and more experienced alike, with dread. Some even abandon projects at this stage, rather than complete the necessary steps to achieve beautiful, wearable garments. In Finishing School, master knitter and designer Deborah Newton, shares her expertise and love of (yes, love of) finishing with knitters of all skill levels. She takes them step by step through the ins and outs of blocking, seaming, edging and embellishments, giving knitting the confidence and skills needed to create professional-looking knitwear. In addition to in-depth instruction, the book includes patterns for 12 sweaters, jackets and scarves, many with variations"--

  • Cool knitters finish in style: make your stitches smileCool knitters finish in style: make your stitches smile / a compilation of finishing techniques, hints and tips

    Neatby, Lucy.

    A revised and expanded edition of Taking the Chequered Flag: finishing in style. A compilation of finishing techniques, hints and tips designed to enable you to knit confidently and get away with unspeakable liberties! Lucy knows first hand how an understanding of the Mattress Stitch can change one's knitting forever. She encourages knitters on their path to happy stitches, serene knitting and stellar finishing. Challenge Swatches are given throughout the book that will encourage you to try out each technique as you learn it. These ten sets of swatches culminate in the Challenge Cardigan presented at the end of the book. Written in Lucy's charming style, each technique is clearly explained and diagrams throughout the book help illustrate these concepts. With the skills you learn and practice in this book, you will have a solid understanding of a myriad of techniques. With these skills, practice and an ounce of determination, you will knit with greater confidence and finish in style!.

  • CrewelworkCrewelwork : Essential stitch guide

    McDonald, Jacqui.

    Index. This book in the Royal School of Needlework series features the technique of crewel. It begins with a brief history of crewel followed by the basics needed to get started. The author discusses positioning and transferring the design. The section on stitches covers filling stitches, outline stitches and surface stitches. The author concludes with a section on stitch order and building up your own design.

  • American Quilter's Society 2008 Catalogue of Show QuiltsAmerican Quilter's Society 2008 Catalogue of Show Quilts : semi-finalists in the 24th annual quilt show & contents

    American Quilter's Society.

    This book is the 22rd annual American Quilter's Society quilt Show and Contest show quilts. It includes [1] 427 semi-finalist quiilts showcased exquisitely executed traditional patterns, cutting-edge contemporary designs and techniques, and everything in between [2] quilts from 46 states and 13 countries represent the best today's quiltmakers have to offer [3] arranged by category, each of the quilts exhibited at this presitgious Paducah, Kentucky, event is shown in full color [4] quiltmaker and quilt indexes plus the exhibit numbers make it easy to locate every quilt.

  • The Best of Vogue Knitting MagazineThe Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine : 25 years of articles, techniques and expert advice

    Drysdale, Rosemary (ed).

    For the very first time, the best of Vogue® Knitting is gathered in one gorgeous, must-have anthology. Practical, comprehensive, and inspiring, this richly illustrated treasury presents invaluable workshops on beginner and expert techniques, as well as smart tips on the design process. Look no further for advice on proper gauging, altering patterns, sketching and scale-drawing, hemming, stitching sleeves, shaping the garment, sweatermaking, and more. And from beloved knitwear designer Elizabeth Zimmermann and daughter Meg Swansen: their most memorable essays and seminars ever, available again. In addition, there’s a look back at Vogue® Knitting’s history, question and answer profiles of top designers, and articles on knitting around the world. Every knitter will have to own this!.

  • American Quilter's Society 2006 Catalogue of Show QuiltsAmerican Quilter's Society 2006 Catalogue of Show Quilts : semi-finalists in the 22nd annual quilt show & contents

    American Quilter's Society.

    This book is the 22rd annual American Quilter's Society quilt Show and Contest show quilts. It includes [1] 427 semi-finalist quiilts showcased exquisitely executed traditional patterns, cutting-edge contemporary designs and techniques, and everything in between [2] quilts from 46 states and 12 countries represent the best today's quiltmakers have to offer [3] arranged by category, each of the quilts exhibited at this presitgious Paducah, Kentucky, event is shown in full color [4] quiltmaker and quilt indexes plus the exhibit numbers make it easy to locate every quilt.

  • The Ultimate Sashiko SourcebookThe Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook

    Briscoe, Susan.

    Contents: Introduction; History; Getting started; Projects; Pattern library. Sashiko means "little stab," which accurately describes the simple running stitch required for this traditional technique. Originally invented for warmth and economy, sashiko combines country style with intricate designs. In this comprehensive sourcebook, talented needlewoman Susan Briscoe shares everything you need to know to get the most from sashiko, from selecting fabrics and threads to marking and stitching the patterns. Ten easy project chapters provide the perfect introduction to the incredible library of sashiko designs; these are followed by a gallery of sashiko masterpieces for further inspiration.

  • The knitter's book of finishing techniquesThe knitter's book of finishing techniques

    Wiseman, Nancie, 1950-

    Contents [1] Introduction [2] Nancie's finshing secrets [3] Cast on: long tail, knitted on, cable cast on, picot cast on, chained cast on, tubular cast on provisional cast on [4] Increases: knit in front and back of a stitch or bar increase, make one increase, raised increase [5] Decreases: knit two together and purl two together, slip, slip, knit and slip, slip purl, central chain decrease, double central decrease [6] Slevages: slip stitch at beginning of every row, garter stitch selvages with stockinette stitch, double seed stitch selvage [7] Bind offs: traditional bind off, knit two together bind off, grafting or Kitchener stitch bind off, two and three stitch I-cord bind off, or Applied I-cord bind off [8] Seams: starting yarn for seaming at cast on edge, starting a new piece of yarn with seaming in progress, woven seams, garter stitch seams, woven shoulder seams, short-row shaping in preparation for three-needle bind off, three-needle bind off for shoulders, Kitchener stitch seams, grafting live stitches to cast on or bound-off stitches, patch pocket seams, inset pocket seams [9] Pick up stitches: to work, picking up stitches on a bound-off edge, picking up stitches on an edge with rows of knitting, picking up stitches on an edge with decreases [10] Borders, bands, and finishes: hems, folded or hemmed neckbands, knitted-on button bands, sewn-on button bands, zippers, attached I-cord, Slip stitch crochet, single crochet, reverse single crochet or crab stitch [11] Buttonholes: two-row button hole horizontal, one-row buttonhole horizontal, yarn-over button hole, I-cord-loop buttonhole, crochet-loop buttonholes, buttonhole worked in crochet border, vertical buttonhole, buttonhole stitch to finish buttonholes [12] Odds and ends: joining new yarn with knitting in progress, weaving in ends, reinforcing shoulders, knitted shoulder pads, flat knitting versus circular knitting, blocking, sweater and yarn storage [13] worksheets, resources, bibliography, about the author and index.

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