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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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  • Modern printmakingModern printmaking : a guide to traditional and digital techniques

    Covey, Sylvie.

    "A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists. Printmaking is flourishing in the digital age, appealing to both "traditional" artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital technique. This all-in-one guide to printmaking technique is a complete technical and inspirational book on the history and contemporary processes for relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media/transfers, and post digital graphics, with extended profiles of a wide range of contemporary printmakers. Featuring instruction, interviews, example images, and philosophy, this beautiful book provides a truly modern look at printmaking today, in all its forms"--

  • 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.

  • Stitch storiesStitch stories : personal places, spaces and traces in textile art

    Holmes, Cas, author.

    "Acclaimed textile artist Cas Holmes show how embroidery and textiles can create visually rich narrative artworks and personal stories. Explore useful techniques that add extra interest to your work, such as making layered collages, how to 'sketch' with stitch and advice on design and colour. Illustrated with a wealth of inspirational examples of stitched stories, from the Middle Ages to contemporary artists working today"--Page [4] of cover.

  • From Art to StitchFrom Art to Stitch

    Edmonds, Janet.

    Janet Edmonds creates amazing textile pieces inspired by great artists including Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Chuck Close, Kandinsky, Hundertwasser, Morandi and Matisse. Exploring what inspires her in their work through various fascinating artistic processes, she develops each project into a beautiful stitched piece. The finished pieces include a purse, a landscape, embroidered boxes, moulded vessels and a stitched panel, and the stitch samplers with each one are works of art in themselves. Every chapter is an artistic workshop, providing endless inspiration and ideas for textile artists everywhere.

  • Stitch and structureStitch and structure : Design and technique in two and three dimensional textiles

    Draper, Jean.

    In this book, leading textile artist Jean Draper explores how structure in both the built and the natural environment can inspire and inform the design and construction of stitched textiles. The work begins with study and research and then develops through work in thread stitch, cloth and other materials to create new structures. Through a series of exploratory stages (beginning with thread and concluding with fabric) the author shows how the formations we see around us can be interpreted and represented in textile art. These can be two dimensional structural surfaces made from stitching, or more complex three dimensional constructions made from either stitch alone or from a combination of stitching fabric and mixed media. Both machine and hand stitching techniques are covered, with easy to follow instructions and diagrams for more unusual methods and examples of experimental stitched textiles, and structures made with stitched fabrics. Illustrated throughout with examples of the author’s work as well as that of other textile artists, this beautiful book will inspire you to experiment with your own stitched structures.

  • Lichen dyesLichen dyes : the new source book

    Casselman, Karen Leigh, 1942-

    Lichens are curious plants, compased of fungi and algae, that often resemble splotches of paint peeling from rocks or wood. They have been used to create brilliant, versatile dyes for over 4000 years. This excellent guide will be indispensable to novices and experienced dyers who wish to learn the age old art and craft of dyeing with lichens.

  • Craft of the dyerCraft of the dyer : colour from plants and lichens of the Northeast

    Casselman, Karen Leigh, 1942-

    This book is a guide to contemporary and traditional dyeing methods using dyes made from plants. It has an alphabetical listing and description of 150 plant and lichen species which can be used to make textile dyes. Many of the plants and lichens are readily available throughout North America. Others are indigenous to the area east of Manitoba and Minnesota and as far south as Virginia. The book covers how to search for and recognize dyestuff materials in nature, and how to collect, grow, and preserve them. Photographs have been color-matched to demonstrate the actual tones achieved by the author in dyeing various fibers.

  • A complete guide to creative embroideryA complete guide to creative embroidery : designs - textures - stitches

    Beaney, Jan.

    This book illustrates a wealth of ideas for designs, textures and stitches to use in embroidery.Presented by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, two internationally renowned embroiderers.

  • The colour cauldronThe colour cauldron

    Grierson, Su,.

    Contents: [1] The historical background [2] The dyes of some Scottish textiles [3] Dyeing and industry [4] A new era [5] Technical [6] Conservation [7] Native dyes [8] Lichen dyes [9] Imported dyes. Scotland has a rich tradition of textile production and Scottish cloth is noted for its glorious colour; the glowing tartan hues and the muted tones of rural tweed, intricate patterning of shawls and vibrant colours of printed cottons, all have their place in Scotland's textile history. But although these unique colour uses are universally recognised, until now no detailed study of the dyes used to create them has been produced. This book looks at the historical aspects of dyeing in Scotland, both rural and industrial, and also presents detailed information about the use of more than 150 dyeplants. While basically historical in detail, the information in this volume is presented so as to be of direct use to the craft dyer of today. There are basic how to do it instructions for beginners, and at the same time a whole section is devoted to the modern problem of wild plant conservation: dyers are given realistic help and advice. This book is enhanced by the beautiful line drawings of plants produced by Guy Kinder. It also contains both black and white, and color photos.

  • Thread paintingThread painting

    Hubbard, Liz.

    Glossary. Blibliography. The author leads you through the process of creating thread painitngs with your sewing machine. She includes: materials and equipment needed, working with texture and color, using composition, presenting your work, using a variety of techniques to create excitement in your design, and a chapter on thread painting for children.

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