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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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  • Marlisle a new direction in knittingMarlisle a new direction in knitting

    Maltz, Anna.

    Somewhere within the tightly bound belief that everything has been done before, a little finger hole of wiggle room can be found to tease out a loose end and twist a different tale. Marlisle is a simple, yet novel approach to stranded knitting, where two colors magically become three, using yarn held double. Anna Maltz has designed 11 contemporary and wearable circular knits to introduce this technique to adventurous knitters of all levels. Spanning fingerless mitts, mittens, cowls, hats, a scarf, shawl, cardigan and sweaters, these cozy projects deftly show how Marlisle can be used to combine different weight yearns, create scattered motifs and mask jogs in unexpected ways. The results are strikingly graphic, textured, inspiring and intriguing. A design origin story and yarn pairing notes set the scene for each pattern. All the projects are knitted in a combination of a natural, sheepy shade and a hand-dyed yarn from 22 different, passionate small-producers from around the world.

  • The Unknown CraftsmanThe Unknown Craftsman : a Japanese Insight into Beauty

    Yanagi, Soetsu, 1889-1961.

    This book challenges the conventional ideas of art and beauty. What is the value of things made by an anonymous craftsman working in a set tradition for a lifetime? What is the value of handwork? Why should even the roughly lacquered rice bowl of a Japanese farmer be thought beautiful? The late Soetsu Yanagi was the first to fully explore the traditional Japanese appreciation for objects born, not made. Mr. Yanagi sees folk art as a manifestation of the essential world from which art, philosophy, and religion arise and in which the barriers between them disappear. The implications of the author’s ideas are both far-reaching and practical. Soetsu Yanagi is often mentioned in books on Japanese art, but this is the first translation in any Western language of a selection of his major writings. The late Bernard Leach, unrenowned British potter and friend of Mr. Yanagi for 50 years, has clearly transmitted the insights of one of Japan’s most important thinkers. The 76 plates illustrate objects that underscore the universality of his concepts. The author’s’ profound view of the creative process and his plea for a new artistic freedom within tradition are especially timely now when the importance of craft and the handmade object is being rediscovered.

  • Handmade Scandinavian ChristmasHandmade Scandinavian Christmas : Everything you need for a simple homemade Christmas

    Barnholt, Hege.

    From simple yet stunning ways to decorate the Christmas tree, to delicious festive treats to eat and drink, Handmade Scandinavian Christmas is bursting with ideas to inspire you year after year. Begin you festive season in the forest, collecting pinecones, twigs, and berries, the perfect ingredients for a rustic Christmas. Crate light and warmth in the dark winter months by crafting colorful lanterns and candle making. Add a personal touch by making your own beautiful gifts for friends and family, and follow the ingenious ways of wrapping them.

  • Old Swedish weavings from North to SouthOld Swedish weavings from North to South / a collection of everyday Swedish weavings from 1850 to 1950

    Wiklund, Doris.

    A wonderful collection of everyday Swedish weavings from 1850-1950. Each project includes in-depth drawdowns, charts, descriptions and diagrams.

  • Indian Textiles in the EastIndian Textiles in the East : from southeast Asia to Japan

    Guy, John.

    Featuring dazzlingly varied cloths, this book presents a visual record of one of the great stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. It also examines the history of the cloth-for-spices trade, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries when the thousand-year-old trade was at is peak.The cloths presented here are the visual record of one of the great stories of Asian design history: the trade in Indian textiles to Southeast and East Asia. John Guy examines the history of the cloth for spices trade, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries when the thousand year old trade was at its peak. With beautiful photogrpahs of the textiles themselves (outstanding among them the famous cotton chintzes and the tie and dye silk pataola), illuminating images of people and places, and vivid first hadn descriptions by travelers and mechants, this is both an indispensable resource and a visual feast. John Guy is Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art in the Department of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and was formerly Senior Curator of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His most recent major publication is Indian Temple Sculpture. Included are 241 illustrations (145 in color). There are notes, a glossary and an index.

  • Cloth Doll ArtistryCloth Doll Artistry : Design and Costuming Techniques for Flat and Fully Sculpted Figures

    Willis, Barbara.

    This book takes you on a step by step journey from designing a color board to creating three styles of dolls: a two dimenbsional figure, a basic cloth doll with either a painted or transferred face, and an elaborately sculpted cloth doll.

  • Svenska mönster för konstväfnader och broderier =Svenska mönster för konstväfnader och broderier = : Swedish patterns for art weaves and embroidery

    Kulle, Jakob, 1838-1898.

    Swedish textile art has ancient traditions, and the magnificent and colorful art weaves of Scania, the southern-most province of Sweden, are especially precious. Jakob Kulle spent 20 years studying Scania's art weaves and colelcting patterns. In Swedish Patterns for Art Weaves and Embroidery, published in 892, Kulle describes 8 traditional weaves: [1] rosengang (rosepath), [2] flamskvavnad (tapestry), [3] rolakan (interlocked tapestry), [4] krabbasnar, [5] munkabalte, [6] upphamta and [7] dukagang (extra-weft patterning, and [8] flossa (knotted pile). This book contains 36 color charts with 200 patterns for weaving and embroidery. This edition is a fascimile print of the original text and charts, with a modern English translation of the text.

  • Winning Towels 21st Century Towel ContestWinning Towels 21st Century Towel Contest : Best of Handwoven

    Interweave Press,.

    We received over 200 entries to Handwoven's 2006 contest "Towels for the Twenty-First Century". This is testimony to the important role the towel plays in the lives of handweavers. This volume contains weaving instructions for 17 of the winners. Only three winning towels are not included here (the instructions for making them go beyond what would be practical in this volume). The first, by Kathie Roig, was woven on a drawloom; the second, by Eleni Pavlou Papathimiopoulou, used many hand techniques; and the third, by Brenda Osborn, included images created with half-dukagang pick-up. Project directions in this book have been standardized to provide two towels per warp. Information is included to make it easy to adapt for more. A handy manual for using the book and for designing and weaving towels is given on page 35.

  • Top Ten Towels on Eight ShaftTop Ten Towels on Eight Shaft : Best of Handwoven

    Interweave Press.

    Here is the second volume in Handwoven's new eBook series: Best of Handwoven. In this new eBook "Top Ten Towels on Eight Shafts" you will find directions for a lot more than ten towels (there are actually more than twenty) since in many of the articles, several very different looking towels can be woven on the same threading. Not all of the towels require eight shafts; some are woven on five or six. All of them, however, show the advantages in design and use of weave structure provided by more than four shafts. You can weave pictures like the sheep in Goergeann Curran's summer and winter towels. Or you can use Kathleen Farling's eight shaft twill threading for eight completely different towels on the same warp. Or choose Kathy Bright's eight shaft rosepath threading to weave towels with holiday borders of Christmas trees or Santa Clauses. This and two other towel projects in the book will make great holiday gifts.

  • Beginner's guide to Art QuiltsBeginner's guide to Art Quilts

    Finwall, Barbara (editor).

    This book includes step by step instructions for easy sewing techniuqes, fast and fun fabric dyeing,fabric painting, photo-transferring, embellishing, and an inspiring gallery of art quilts.

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