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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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  • Inventive weaving on a little loomInventive weaving on a little loom

    Mitchell, Syne.

    Rigid-heddle weaving is simple to learn, is easy to master, and offers a lifetime of possibilities to discover! Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom covers everything rigid-heddle weavers need to know about the craft, from the basics—how to select a loom, set it up, and get started—to a wide variety of fun techniques that yield beautiful results. Begin by exploring a variety of weave structures, including finger-manipulated laces, tapestry, and color play with stripes, plaids, and multicolor yarns. Then move on to more complex designs and irresistible projects, from pillows and curtains to bags, shawls, and even jewelry. Explore warp-face patterning, weft-pile weaving, weaving with fine threads, woven shibori, shadow weave, and the textural effects you can create with different yarns and with wire and conductive thread. Everything you need to know is here, with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions to ensure success.

  • The weaver's idea bookThe weaver's idea book : creative cloth on a rigid-heddle loom

    Patrick, Jane.

    Celebrating the immense potential for creative possibilities with the simplest of tools, this book opens new avenues for exploration on both rigid heddle and miltishaft looms. Covering a wide variety of techniques and tools, this book is perfect for weavers at all levels to achieve their textile dreams and make exquisite cloth. Learn the tricks of the trade, from one who know, including finger techniques such as leno and soumak to pick up stick patterns and two heddle weaving. This book is arranged by structure or type of weave, from variations on plain weave to doubleweave. Each chapter contains patterns along with illustrative swatches and step by step photography. Plus, there are project ideas throughout, from wearables to home décor. Weaving drafts for multishaft looms are included for all of the rigid heddle puck up patterns which expands the scope of this book beyond the rigid heddle loom.

  • Elegant scarves and wrapsElegant scarves and wraps : 25 gorgeous felt designs

    Denton, Jill.

    The author draws upon the color and texture of the natural world to create exquisite designs for scarves, wraps and decorative pins. Decorative techniques include applique, fabric manipulation, nuno and embellishing with silks, as well as simple wet felting processes. The book contains a range of projects that are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced feltmakers in search of new ideas and approaches to this popular craft.

  • Collage unleashedCollage unleashed

    Bautista, Traci.

    Dripping paint, washes of color, layers of fabric, transparencies and more come together in collage as you've never experienced before. Step by step photos, instruction and inspiration guide you through the edgy world of the artist and her no fear, anything goes approach to making wall art, journals, artist's books and more.

  • Handmade Embroidered BagsHandmade Embroidered Bags

    Rolfe, Jenny.

    Jenny Rolfe has used quilting and free machine embroidery techniques to create a stunning collection of bags for all occasions. All the techniques are explained fully, including how to make your own fabrics and cords to give your bags that really personal touch.

  • Imprints on ClothImprints on Cloth : 18 years of filed research among the Miao People of Guizhous, China

    Torimaru, Sadae.

    For eighteen years, we conducted research among the Miao in Guizhou Province, People's Republic of China from the late 20th century through the turn of the 21st century. Our experiences, observations, and accumulated knowledge have been recorded with the sincere hope that such remarkable traditional crafts continue to be handed down through future generations.

  • China National Silk MuseumChina National Silk Museum

    Yu Minmin, Jin Lin.

    China National Silk Museum, near West Lake in Hangzhou, was opened in February 1992 and welcomes visitors without charge since January 2004. As the largest center for textile collection, display, conservation, research and education in China, it is now the showcase of Chinese silk history and culture. This book features items on exhibit at the museum.

  • Miao Textiles from ChinaMiao Textiles from China

    Corrigan, Gina.

    This book includes descriptions of the Miao people of SE Asia and their stunning clothing. Over 20 textiles from the British Museum's collection are examined and illustrated in detail to provide designers at all levels with inspiration.

  • The complete idiot's guide to Knitting and crochetingThe complete idiot's guide to Knitting and crocheting

    Diven, Gail.

    This book includes [1] step by step fully illustrated instructions for mastering the basic stitches in crochet and knitting [2] valuable hints for selecting material and equipment for each project [3] a glossary of common terms and tear card of common abbreviations [4] simple projects that you can start right away [5] project saving tips for fixing mistakes [6] Right-handed and left-handed instructions.

  • 75 Quick & Easy bobbin lace patterns75 Quick & Easy bobbin lace patterns

    Sorenson, Veeronica.

    This book brings together 75 original and a wide ranging collection of lace designs. With the emphasis on simplicity of technique and the use of a small number of bobbins, the techniques used are Bruges Flower, Schneeberg, Russian Tape, Free Laces and a selection of Torchon, Honiton and Bedfordshire patterns. The 75 designs are grouped in themed chapters which cover small motifs, mat edgings, picture frames and handkerchiefs, earrings and animals. Each design is complete with prickings, diagrams where necessary and a picture of the finished piece, and is graded so that you can pick the right design or adapt the design to your skill level.

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