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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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  • Vogue Knitting Norah Gaughan 40 timeless KnitsVogue Knitting Norah Gaughan 40 timeless Knits

    Gaughan, Norah.

    Norah Gaughan, knitting artist, and Trisha Malcolm, from Vogue Knitting Magazine, chose from more than 120 pieces, a tremendous body of work, editing down to the 40 you find here. Norah and Trisah went over each piece, considering whether to include it. They discussed if the older designs had stood the test of time and would still appeal to knitters today. As they reviewed, many personal experiences came into play, designs they both had very fond memories of, the beginnings of an exploration of a new technique, or various milestones, such as anniversary issues. Some yarns are still available, but others don’t have suitable replacements on the market right now, so that helped cull as well. Every effort had been made to find suitable yarn substitutions, and they have included the original yarns used in case your stash still contains some of these gems.

  • Rowan 40 iconic hand knit designs 40 yearsRowan 40 iconic hand knit designs 40 years

    Woodland, Rosee (ed).

    Marie Wallin first became aware of Rowan in the late 1980s when she had her first business designing and making ready to wear garments. Back then she was introduced to Rowan’s beautiful yarns initially for machine knitting and then later for hand knitting. The day she first saw the iconic Rowan shade card she was smitten. It was a designer’s dream, not only beautiful yarns, but available in a huge range of fabulous colors. Because of this, Rowan has always held a very special place in my heart. As a quintessential British brand, Rowan has been both creative and inspiring, influencing hand knit design over the last few decades with designs from the heady days of the 80s, 90s, and00s still as relevant today. From 2005 to 2013, Marie was lucky enough to be responsible for the glorious Rowan Magazine and hopefully contributed to Rowan’s rich heritage. The designs feature within this book reflect he work of some very celebrated knitwear designers, designers Marie personally has been proud to have met and worked with.

  • Sequence KnittngSequence Knittng : simple methods for creating complex fabrics

    Campochiaro, Cecelia.

    Every knitter, whether a beginner or an expert, wants easy projects for travel, gifts or those times when following a complex pattern is impractical. Sequence Knitting introduces a radical and simple approach for creating amazing fabrics by working a sequence of stitches over and over again. Beginning with 1-row patterns, the book delves into the possibilities of this technique, expanding into methods for creating complex designs that can be worked back and forth, in the round, or in shapes like triangles. The book includes stitch dictionaries with over 190 fabrics, many of which are new and reversible, as well as over 40 patterns for simple and elegant accessories. This groundbreaking book is sure to become a classic must-have for every knitter s reference library.

  • Favorite projects and lessons from Rosalie NeilsonFavorite projects and lessons from Rosalie Neilson : Handwoven's master weaver collection

    Interweave Press.

    Rosalie Neilson is a rep weaver, being both technically and artistically proficient. Her sense of color and design, coupled with a mathematical mind, continue to inspire pattern and color possibilities.

  • T-shirt quilts made easyT-shirt quilts made easy

    Deleonardis, Martha.

    Learn how to stabilize t-shirts for a neat, finished look and adjust an size shirt design to fit your quilt plan. Sew curves and circles as easily as straight seams on t-shirt fabric. Guides are provided for easy designing and sewing.

  • Top Ten Placemats on Eight ShaftsTop Ten Placemats on Eight Shafts :. Best of Handwoven

    Interweave Press.

    Beautiful, colorful, fun and easy to weave on an eight shaft loom, this placemat collection is also a compendium of multishaft pattern weaves. Doubleweave, diversified plain weave, every kind of lace weave, summer and winter, samitum, and more! You'll love what you weave and what you learn from this book.

  • Top Ten Table Runners on Eight ShaftsTop Ten Table Runners on Eight Shafts :. Best of Handwoven

    Interweave Press.

    Weavers love to weave table runners. They are rectangular so require little fussy finishing. They use yarns - primarily cottons and linens - that are readily available in all colors imaginable. Table runners can be woven in just about any weave structure you'd like to explore, making them the best of "samplers you can use." Weave structures include double weave, overshot,monk’s belts, fancy twill and twill blocks, shadow weave, summer and winter, spot Bronson, and huck and Atwater-Bronson lace.

  • Jenny's Island LifeJenny's Island Life : the story of Jenny Cirone and Nash Island Light

    John Purington brought his family to live on Nash Island in 1916, when he became the keeper of Nash Island Light. He, his wife, and their nine children would live there for the next 19 years, through a World War and through a depression. Jenny Purington Cirone was one of those children.

  • Creative feltingCreative felting

    Houghton, Lizzie, 1948-

    Includes index. Discover your own creativity with the ancient art of felting. Included are [1] 30 exciting felting projects, inspired by nature [2] step by step instructions and illustrations teach you how to felt the easy way [3] experiment with different fibers and techniques, and with blending and contrasting a whole range of colors.

  • Beautiful QuiltagamiBeautiful Quiltagami : New ideas for fabric folding

    Hiney, Mary Jo.

    Quiltagami combines the traditions and techniques of quilting and origami to enable you to create unique decorations, as invitingly tactile as they are visually striking, for your home. Butterflies, roses, penguins, and other appealing subjects spring to dimensional life in wall hangings, pillows, and even tote bags. Quiltagami is an exciting and rewarding pursuit for everyone.

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