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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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  • Zakka embroideryZakka embroidery : simple one- and two-color embroidery motifs and small crafts

    Higuchi, Yumiko, 1975-, author.

    Zakka Embroidery presents designs that are an elegant blend of Japanese and Scandinavian style. The motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nostalgia. Here Japanese designer Yumiko Higuchi presents embroidery motifs to be stitched using just one or two colors, creating patterns and designs that are more evocative for their form and texture than for a play of colors. Each embroidery design is paired with a simple craft project, transforming the stitched fabric into a functional object, including pouches, pillows, aprons, and more. With beautiful photographs, clear step by step instructions, and detailed diagrams, Zakka Embroidery will be an inspiring guide for those new to embroidery and a delightful experience for those accomplished with needle and thread.

  • Hand stitchHand stitch : perspectives

    Kettle, Alice, 1961- :.

    The companion volume to Machine Stitch, Hand Stitch is an essential read and reference for any textiles student, practicing embroiderer, designer and artist. Together these two titles form the significant and substantial references on current stitch practice. Each chapter is written by an established maker, embroiderer, artist or academic and discusses hand stitch from a different perspective. Wonderful illustrations of artistic hand stitch, both contemporary and historical, demonstrate this diverse and intimate craft in detail. The contributors draw upon important collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, and the rich archive held by Manchester School of Art in this extensively researched and beautifully presented volume.

  • Drawn to stitchDrawn to stitch : line, drawing and mark-making in textile art

    Hedley, Gwen.

    Tools, materials and backgrounds -- Line drawing and textile processes -- Interpreting line quality: drawing and stitching -- Using line -- To conclude.
    Describes how lines can serve as a muse for innovative drawings and stitch replicas, offering information about the tools, materials, and methods used, and projects that range in difficulty for practice.

  • Needle feltingNeedle felting : simple techniques, beautiful projects

    Lenich, Linda.

    Get a complete introduction to the hottest new craze in wool crafting-needle felting. Learn all the basics, and then try your poke-and-punch skills in five fun projects.

  • Contemporary Hawaiian QuiltingContemporary Hawaiian Quilting : at the cutting edge

    Arthur, Linda,.

    Hawaiian quilts are a stunning visual testament to the collision of the Western and Polynesian worlds in the 19th century. In 1820 the first permanent residents from the Western world came to Hawaii to stay and set in motion a chain of events that have repercussions even today. These quilts directly reflect the natural world of the Islands, and the culture of the varied peoples who have inhabited the Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaii's textiles, more than those of any other region, are intimately tied to their environment and to the breathtaking beauty of the Islands.

  • Colorwash bargello quiltsColorwash bargello quilts

    Williams, Beth Ann.

    Includes bibliography and resources. The Author shares ten great projects with easy to follow directionsfor blending and arranging fabric colors and visual textures.

  • Embroidery from sketch to stitchEmbroidery from sketch to stitch

    Langford, Pat.

    The book features a variety of contemporary embroideries completed by the author, some by hand and others by machine. A special section at the end of the book outlines the techniques and processes she employed in creating each work.

  • The very stuffThe very stuff : poems on color, thread, and the habits of women

    Beal, Stephen, 1939-

    In this book Stephen Beal offers readers the opportunity to experience an artist's concept of beauty as, through poetry, he explores meanings, memories, stories, and emotions evoked by colors of embroidery floss. An accomplished fiber artist, Beal finds that colors are magic carpets for his mind and for his heart.

  • Bargello quiltsBargello quilts

    Edie, Marge.

    Bargello quilts are striking contemporary quilts inspired by a traditional needlepoint stitch. The book includes 8 projects. Included are [1] Step by step basic and advanced Bargello instructions. [2] Resourceful tips for experimenting with color, texture and contrast. [3] Follow the instructions and review the hints for achieving more complex Bargello designs. [4] Combine Bargello and Log Cabin construction methods that will make your quilt come together more quickly. [5] There are color photos for over 20 quilts to show the versatility and innovation of Bargello technques.

  • Quilting with styleQuilting with style : principles for great pattern design

    Marston, Gwen & Cunningham, Joe.

    Contents: [1] Getting started [2] straight line designs [3] circle designs [4] fan designs [5] cable designs [6] feather designs [7] individual designs [8] tools and makring. It includes a gallery of quilts , gallery of patterns, dictionary of shapes, bibliography and index of quilts.

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