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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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  • Alice Starmore's GlamourieAlice Starmore's Glamourie : Knitted costumes & designs

    Starmore, Alice.

    Glamourie is a Scots word meaning a charmed condition in which everything is invested with magical properties and possibilities. In this unique book, Alice Starmore leads us into the realm of Glamourie and, like the witches of Gaelic folklore, casts spells with needles and a single thread. Taking her daughter Jade's supernatural stories as inspiration, she uses the art of hand knitting to bewitch and bedazzle, and illustrates the tales with elaborate costumes and accessories that portray fanciful and extraordinary ideas. In creating these costumes, she has powerfully demonstrated the glamourie that can flow from the twin wands of a master magician. While the first half of this book is an unrestrained flight of fancy, the second half contains full instructions for knitting beautiful garments based upon each costume, all written with Alice Starmore's trademark accuracy and precision. By developing each of these patterns from its associated costume, she has revealed how her mind works and how her imagination led her from the initial inspiration through to the final design. Alice and jade Starmore are from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and its moody Celtic landscape is the backdrop to the stories, costumes and designs they have created. The final stage of Glamourie was to take their creations back out into that landscape to be photographed. They trekked to special locations, far off the beaten track, and Jade's spectacular photographs depict both the sweeping panorama and the minute detail of their beloved native isle. Three years in the making this combination of photography and fable, of highly conceptual design and practical instruction, will enchant not only knitters but also those in the fashion and costuem world and readers fascinated by Scottish and Gaelic legends.

  • ShetlandShetland

    Wallin, Marie.

    This book has 12 Fair Isle designs by Marie Wallin. It also showcases the work of designer, Aisling Doolan. There is a gallery of work, patterns, and further information. Marie is a successful creative, independent knitwear designer with a renowned flair for photography art direction and styling. Over the last 10 years her reputation for beautiful color work hand knit and crochet designs has been nurtured while in her role as Head Designer for hand knit yarn brand, Rowan. In May 2013, Marie became freelance and started her design company. She now produces her own publications, holds popular creative workshops at Brooskby hall in rural Leicestershire as well as continuing a close relationship with Rowan. Jamieson's of Shetland and other British yarn producers.

  • Fairy tale mittensFairy tale mittens : Mitten paterns with in spiration from Norwegian fairy tale stories

    Myhre, Ann (ed).

    Eventyrvotter: Vottemonstre Med Inspirasjon fra eventyrene vare is written in Norwegian. The title translates to: Fairy tale mittens: mitten patterns with inspiration from Norwegian fairy tale stories. It is a series of Norwegian fairy tales that have inspired the knitted mittens represented in this book.

  • The embroidered gardenThe embroidered garden : stitching through the seasons of a flower garden

    Aoki, Kazuko, 1953-, author.

    From the roses and wildflowers that appear each season to the bees and butterflies that enjoy their nectar, the forty embroidery motifs here explore the abundance of the garden through the year. As a textile artist and avid gardener, Kazuko Aoki has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread. Her designs are exquisite, detailed, and artful. Full of decorative designs, including stitched wreaths to represent each season, this book also presents complete projects that feature the embroidery in lovely ways: make butterfly brooches, garden-theme notebook covers, bulb-shaped pincushions, and pouches decorated with the birds of spring. With beautiful photographs, clear step by step instructions, and detailed diagrams, The Embroidered Garden will guide those new to embroidery and delight those experienced with needle and thread.

  • YokesYokes : eleven signature designs, with stories of the sweater that changed the shape of modern knitting

    Davies, Kate.

    Kate Davies unravels the tale of on of the 20th century’s most distinctive sweater styles, the circular yoke. From Shetland and Iceland, to Canada and Sweden, Kate’s essays and conversations take you on a journey around the North Atlantic, exploring the yoke’s intriguing and often surprising regional narratives. A garment with unexpected national and political resonances; an important marker of personal and cultural identity; a fashionable barometer of trends and technical transformations from the 1920s to today, yokes have connected the lives and livelihoods of many different women. In this book you will hear the voices of those women, from designers to artists, from knitters to entrepreneurs. You will read bout Elizabeth Zimmermann’s seamless innovations, learn more of Kerstin Olsson’s knitterly aesthetics and discover the fascinating influence of the Greenlandic unuilarmiut. The essays and conversations are accompanied by a collection of 11 signature yoke patterns. Featuring a wide range of design elements from colorwork and cables to beads and texture, Kate has created a yoke for everyone.

  • Stitch ZakkaStitch Zakka : 22 projects to sew & embellish 25 embroidery stitches

    Runge, Gailen.

    • 22 small embroidered projects with simple step-by-step instructions—ideal for beginner and intermediate sewists
    • Learn 26 basic embroidery stitches and how to transfer embroidery patterns to fabric
    • Full-size embroidery designs with instructions for color and stitch placement

    Today’s coolest crafters use beautiful COSMO embroidery thread to bring a fresh perspective to the centuries-old technique of embroidery in this charming collection. Featuring 22 projects with a contemporary flair, you’ll find embroidery patterns for an iPad sleeve, e-reader holder, pillow, tote, baby bib, softies, and so much more. Each project is fully explained with simple instructions, helpful hints, color photographs, and plenty of creative inspiration.

  • Knit real ShetlandKnit real Shetland : 15 knitting projects in Real Shetland Wool from Jamieson & Smith

    Davies, Kate.

    This is the story of the beginnings of Jamieson & Smith Shetland wool production. This book contains 14 projects made with Shetland wool from Jamieson & Smith. It also includes abbreviations, project gallery, designer biographies, general information and acknowledgements.

  • Doodle stitchingDoodle stitching : the motif collection : 400+ easy embroidery designs

    Ray, Aimee, 1976-

    This follow-up to the best-selling Doodle Stitching offers fans expanded and updated basics, 400+ easy embroidery motifs on the page and on a CD sealed in the back of the book, 17 projects, and lots of added inspiration. More than a dozen categories include Alphabet, Asian Chic, Baby, Celebrations, Embellishments, Fruits & Veggies, Space, Trees, Flowers, Winged Wonders, and Woodland Creatures-and each section includes one motif stitched by the author.

  • Embroidered effectsEmbroidered effects : projects and patterns to inspire your stitching

    Hart, Jenny, 1972-

    Includes index and transfers. Modern embroidery master Jenny Hart shows you how with dozens of fun projects, new iron-on patterns, and more than 35 basic and advanced stitch techniques, some published her for the first time ever. Includes all the tried- and -true, plus fancy flourishes such as Lazy Lotus, Brick Ripple, Twinkle, Scalloping Chain, Blanket Fan, Open Cretan, Herringbone, Leaf, and more.

  • 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!.

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