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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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  • Textile collageTextile collage : using collage techniques in textile art

    Pattullo, Mandy, author.

    Discover a new way to reuse old fabrics and textile to create beautiful collages, including quilts, clothes, portraits and books. In this inspirational guide, artist Mandy Pattullo shows how found and cherished textiles can be used to create visually rich and thoughtful collages. With diagrams and easy to follow instructions, she takes you through various techniques and creative processes, including how to work with color, composition and texture to add extra interest to your work. Practical projects such as making patchwork quilts, textile books, applique and mini strippy collages will inspire those looking to develop their sewing and textile art techniques. As well as earning how to work with mixed media, how to transfer images onto fabric and how to mount your finished piece, you will be guide through every step of the process, from beginning to tend. With stunning textile art from the author and featuring work from international artists throughout, Textile Collage is an essential guide for anyone wishing to expand their repertoire of techniques.

  • Slow stitchSlow stitch : mindful and contemplative textile art

    Wellesley-Smith, Claire.

    The speed of life in the 21st century can be overwhelming but taking a calmer, more measured approach to the creative process can help you find new joy in the experience of making, and to produce textile art that is personal, sustainable and beautiful. Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more mind-set, valuing quality over quantity, and brining a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice. Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down. Take inspiration from textile traditions such as American quilting and patchwork, Kantha techniques, mending and darning, and Japanese Boro by working with what you already have, repurposing old textiles, re-piecing fabrics and building up textures with stitch. Use natural dyes from local leaves and plants to produce colors in thread and fabric that are more in harmony with the local environment. Harness the calming repetition of hand-stitch rhythms to explore your materials, make connections with other artists, be more aware of the creative process and rediscover the simple pleasures of making. Richly illustrated thought-out, and showcasing work from other international textile artists who work in this way, this is truly inspirational book for those looking to reconnect with their craft and to find a new way of working.

  • Stitched Textiles; FlowersStitched Textiles; Flowers

    Britnell, Bobby.

    Demonstrating how to create original flowers, this fresh and innovative book covers the design process itself—from inspiration to final design—and provides information on the materials used and step-by-step demonstrations of a whole range of techniques. Sections explaining skills such as dyeing, monoprinting, block printing, appliqué, foiling, photo-transfer printing, piecing, and stitching are followed by five step-by-step projects, including wall hangings, a needle case, a pincushion, and a cushion cover. Very much aimed at the contemporary textile artist, this beautiful book is designed to inspire and encourage new ideas and experimentation.

  • The Right handed Embroiderer's CompanionThe Right handed Embroiderer's Companion : a step by step stitch dictionary

    Stanton, Yvette.

    The Right Handed Embroiderer’s Companion will help you to learn and master over 170 embroidery stitches including their variations. With clear step by step instructions, accompanied by diagrams showing you what to do, it is very hard to go wrong. Examples of each stitch will inspire you to use the stitches creatively and experimentally in your embroidery. Because The Right Handed Embroiderer’s Companion is so easy to use and understand, in learning the stitches you will gain the confidence you need to create beautiful works of embroidery. You will discover [1] how easy it is to learn and master new stitches [2] how to work surface stitches, needlepoint stitches and counted thread stitches [3] how the stitches and their variations hound look, and how you can make yours look the same [4] how different stitches can be used creatively in your embroidery with color, texture and different types of thread. The Right Handed Embroiderer’s Companion is twin the The Left Handed Embroiderer’s Companion, which has been enthusiastically received by left handed embroiders around the works. Following the success of The Left Handed Embroiderer’s Companion some right-handed embroiderers developed a condition called left handed envy. It was found that they were jealous of the left handed stitch dictionary. We couldn’t have that, so this book aims to redress the imbalance.

  • Learn to spin with Anne FieldLearn to spin with Anne Field : spinning basics

    Field, Anne.

    With easy to follow, step by step directions, Anne guides the novice spinner through all they need to know to get started. She explains the spinning process and techniques, including preparation of fleeces, worsted and woolen spinning methods, plying, adjusting tension, treadling, skeining, drafting and blending as well as helpful advice about spinning wheels a d how they work. A wide range of the fibers suitable for spinning are featured, wool, alpaca, silk, mohair, cotton, angora, synthetic and blended fibers, with details on the characteristics of each fiber and the best spinning methods to use. Also included are many great projects with full instructions on how to use your newly spun yarns. The book is illustrated with color photographs throughout.

  • Learning to Warp your LoomLearning to Warp your Loom

    Hall, Joanne.

    It is important to pass along the loom warping traditions which make weaving enjoyable. The traditional warping methods presented here are easy to learn and will make warping your loom a pleasurable part of weaving. You will be able to warp your loom by yourself and these methods will help you to get your loom warped quickly. These techniques can be used with tour loom, whether you have a table loom or one of the many types of floor looms. These techniques can be used for long or short warps and with all kinds of weaving threads.

  • One-block wonders encore!One-block wonders encore! : new shapes, multiple fabrics, out-of-this-world quilts

    Rosenthal, Maxine, 1944-

    "A follow-up to One-Block Wonders, these quilts incorporate more fabrics New content includes the much-anticipated instructions for making hollow cubes and instructions for letting the design elements fall into the border. Includes instructions for 6 projects."--Provided by publisher.

  • Boro - Rags And Tatters From The Far North Of JapanBoro - Rags And Tatters From The Far North Of Japan

    Koide, Yukiko.

    Only a few decades ago, Toboku (snow country), and especially Aomori Prefecture was synonymous t most Japanese with dire poverty. Situated dead-end on the northernmost tip of the main island of Honshu, Aomori was home to dirt poor farmers who out of desperate necessity, created an astonishing textile aesthetic out of boro (mere rags).
    To those familiar with mingei and the Japan Folk Craft Movement, Aomori typically suggest intricate kogin-sashi and hisbi-zasbi geometric needlework discovered in the region during the pre-war years. Much closer to the lives of the people, however, boro stitchery remains largely unknown, even intentionally buried as an embarrassing reminder of the poverty that was Tohoku. The frozen north was too cold to grow cotton, the northernmost limit for cultivating cotton is Fukushima Prefecture, over 300 kms to the south, so the local folk grew and wove hemp for clothing. Through the Edo Period (1600-1868), when silk was restricted to a privileged handful of samurai class families, commoners were also forbidden to wear cotton despite the bitter climate (Aomori City has the highest snowfall of any prefectural capital in the whole of Japan.) Thus everything from work clothes to baby’s diapers to futon bedding for the long winter nights was sewn from stiff, scratchy hemp cloth. And if a single layer wasn’t warm enough, they stitched and reinforced layer on layer, patching holes and stuffing hemp fuzz in between for whatever little insulation they could get. Boro was the shape of survival in this inhospitable land. Throughout this same Edo Period, farmers down in the Kanto plains around what is now Tokyo and the Kinki region further southwest toward Kyoto and Osaka wore cotton. It wasn’t until l1892, when the first Tohoku Railway line was opened, that anything cotton really found its way north, and even then it didn’t read isolated mountain villages until much later.
    Not just rolls of soft cotton yardage, but any scraps of old cloth were coveted commodities to the poor folk Tohoku. The tiniest precious snippets were saved. A lowly furoshiki wrap-cloth filled with threadbare shreds and tatters was all a girl took with her when she got married.
    They soaked worn-out old clothes in rice-rinsing water in order to loosen and pull out threads, never wasting the least scrap, stitching over ripped and ragged layers as thick as they could. Or else, they cut it into thin ribbons, which they re-loomed with hemp warps into distinctive nubby saki-ori (literally tear- woven cloth). And as a last resort, any remaining bits of fiber were braided into rope to be worn as headbands while doing farm work. They say these ropes also burned very slowly, making them useful for repelling mosquitos. Hemp from the land makes cloth, becomes rags and finally turns to ash and returns to the soil.
    Presented herein is the collection of one Chuzaburo Tanaka who, virtually alone in all of Tohoku, walked the farming and fishing villages of Aomori from the mid-1960s, searching out these traces of the locals’ love of fabric known as boro.
    If exactingly reproduced and labeled with French or Italian designer tags, these “not-so-glad-rags” would undoubtedly fetch high-end prices, so perfectly artless is their detailing. Just as consummate “outsider art” shocked contemporary art professionals, the beauty and sheer compositional skill of these boro creations made by impoverished country folk pose fundamental questions to fashion and design circles everywhere.

  • Doodle-stitchingDoodle-stitching : fresh & fun embroidery for beginners

    Ray, Aimée, 1976-

    Asian-inspired lampshades embellished with flying fish. Canvas sneakers decorated with pink and white swirls. A pretty pillow adorned with a sleeping bunny, sweetly curled up. All it takes to create these appealing projects—or add charming embroidered touches in no time at all—are a few simple stitches, some easy techniques, and the nearly 30 projects in this book. Begin by learning several styles for outlining, filling, decorating, and appliqué. Find out about floss, fancy threads, fabrics, and needles. Get the scoop on hoops, and the lowdown on transferring your very own designs onto every type of fabric. The fresh ideas, witty patterns, and clever color illustrations take stitchers from novice to accomplished in a blink of the eye!.

  • Felt to stitchFelt to stitch : creative felting for textile artists

    Smith, Sheila.

    Take your feltlmaking to another level. This book contains all the techniques you need for the magical process of creating felt, plus ideas for further manipulation, blending colors, surface embellishment, three-dimensional forms and innovative methods including shibori and Nuno felt. There are step by step projects help you develop your felting skills, including a purse, gift bag and book cover. Contents: making hand-rolled felt: Color in felt: Line, shape and pattern: Other fibers in felt: a book cover: Shibori: texture with Nuno felt: Three-dimensional felt: Hollow forms: Finishes for felt: Surface pattern on felt: Cobweb felt: Needle punched felt: Conclusion: Glossary of Useful terms: Bibliography: Useful addresses and suppliers: Index.

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