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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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  • Alice Starmore's GlamourieAlice Starmore's Glamourie : Knitted costumes & designs

    Starmore, Alice.

    Glamourie is a Scots word meaning a charmed condition in which everything is invested with magical properties and possibilities. In this unique book, Alice Starmore leads us into the realm of Glamourie and, like the witches of Gaelic folklore, casts spells with needles and a single thread. Taking her daughter Jade's supernatural stories as inspiration, she uses the art of hand knitting to bewitch and bedazzle, and illustrates the tales with elaborate costumes and accessories that portray fanciful and extraordinary ideas. In creating these costumes, she has powerfully demonstrated the glamourie that can flow from the twin wands of a master magician. While the first half of this book is an unrestrained flight of fancy, the second half contains full instructions for knitting beautiful garments based upon each costume, all written with Alice Starmore's trademark accuracy and precision. By developing each of these patterns from its associated costume, she has revealed how her mind works and how her imagination led her from the initial inspiration through to the final design. Alice and jade Starmore are from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, and its moody Celtic landscape is the backdrop to the stories, costumes and designs they have created. The final stage of Glamourie was to take their creations back out into that landscape to be photographed. They trekked to special locations, far off the beaten track, and Jade's spectacular photographs depict both the sweeping panorama and the minute detail of their beloved native isle. Three years in the making this combination of photography and fable, of highly conceptual design and practical instruction, will enchant not only knitters but also those in the fashion and costuem world and readers fascinated by Scottish and Gaelic legends.

  • Fashion studiesFashion studies : research methods, sites, and practices

    Jenss, Heike (ed.)

    The study of fashion has expanded into a thriving field of inquiry, with researchers utilizing diverse methods from across subject disciplines to explore fashion and dress in wide-ranging contexts. With an emphasis on material culture and ethnographic approaches in fashion studies, this groundbreaking volume offers fascinating insights into the complex dynamics of research and fashion. Featuring unique case studies, with interdisciplinary scholars reflecting on their practical research experience, Fashion Studies provides rich and nuanced perspectives on the use, and mixing and matching of methodological approaches, including object and image based research the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods and the fluid bridging of theory and practice. Engaging with diverse subjects, from ethnographies of model casting and street style blogging, wardrobe studies and a material culture analysis of global denim wearing, to Martin Margiela’s design and archival methods, Fashion Studies presents complex approaches in a lively and informative manner that will appeal to students of fashion, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies and related fields.

  • Modern SashikoModern Sashiko

    Bosbach, Silke.

    This book combines the simple elegance of traditional Japanese sashiko with modern surface designs and materials. Creative designer Silke bosbach shows you how to create 15 modern sashiko designs on a range of fabric surfaces. The easy to follow techniques are perfect for the absolute beginner as well as providing wonderful inspiration for more advanced stitchers. The resulting beautifully embellished pieces are ideal for decorating the home, clothing and accessories. There are 15 designs combining tradition with a modern twist, sashiko embroidery templates, and inspirational photographs.

  • Simple weavesSimple weaves : over 30 classic patterns and fresh new styles

    Bengtsson Björk, Birgitta, 1953-

    This book includes patterns for weaving a variety of projects: towels, placemats, blankets, throws, pillows, rugs, and curtains. Illustrated instructions for popular weaving techniques, such as plain weave and twill; Monk’s belt and honeycomb; rosepath, overshot, and Jämtlandscrall (crackle) weave; waffle weave, color effects, M’s and O’s, and halvdräll; as well as block damask (true dräll). There are tips for weaving patterns using different techniques, such as a rug in waffle weave or halvdräll.

  • Little bits quilting beeLittle bits quilting bee : 20 quilts using charm squares, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and fat quarters

    Ricketson, Kathreen.

    Sewing with pre-cut fabric packs is all the rage. It allows for endless creativity and makes it a cinch to stitch up lovely quilts without breaking the bank. Little Bits Quilting Bee features 20 projects for small fabric scraps and bundles including jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes, and fat quarters. From king-sized quilts to wall hangings, and more, this beautifully illustrated book has something for sewers of every skill level. To top it all off, author Kathreen Ricketson founder of the hugely popular craft site WhipUp.net offers expert shortcuts and step-by-step instructions. The four full-size block templates included [1] Community Garden block [2] Floral notes templates (75% scale) [3] Garnets and Gold Block triangle templates [4] Summer Sundae blocks templates (75% scale).

  • More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm QuiltsMore Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts : 14 brand new quilt patterns

    Lintott, Pam.

    Pam and Nicky Lintott have sold over 250,000 books all over the worldtestament to their extraordinary talent for creating great quilt designs with easy-to-follow instructions. Here Pam and Nicky bring you a fresh collection of 14 brand new quilt patterns, each with a beautiful variation design.

  • Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray HayesWeaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes : Miniature Overshot Patterns

    Smayda, Norma, et al.

    This book features the original sample collection and handwritten drafts of the talented, early 20th century weaver, Bertha Gray Hayes, of Providence, Rhode Island. She designed and wove unique miniature overshot patterns for four-shaft looms. The book contains color reproductions of her seventy-two original sample cards and twenty recently discovered patterns, most pictured with a woven sample, and each with a computer-generated drawdown. Her designs are distinctive in their asymmetry and eprsonal in her use of name drafting to create the designs. Bertha Hayes attended the first nine National Conferences of American Handweavers (1938-1946). She learned to weave through the Shuttle-Craft correspondence course, was a charter member of the Shuttle-Craft Guild, and authored articles on weaving.

  • FeltiqueFeltique : techniques and projects for wet felting, needle felting, fulling, and working with commercial felt

    Davidson, Nikola.

    This book shows you step by step how to master this versatile material. In one simple guide, you will have everything at your fingertips to create charming projects using a variety of felting techniques. You'll learn: [1] that a little soap, hot water, and elbow grease is all it takes to master wet felting [2] that needle felting is like sculpting with wool [3] that if you can knit or crochet it, you can create strong durable wool fabric with the fulling technique [4] that commercial felt is all grown up, available in sophisticated colors and blends that transcend those summer camp projects [5] there are more that 45 unique projects.

  • Japanese Sashiko InspirationsJapanese Sashiko Inspirations : 25 ways to explore a traditional technique

    Bruiscoe, Susan.

    Capture the essence of Japanese design with Sashiko, the traditional technique of using decorative stitching to create striking patterns on fabric with lines of simple running stitch. Experiment with 12 e3ssential Sashiko techniques, each chapter includes a small starter project, ideal for everyone, then a more intricate design to perfect new skills. Discover all you need to know about threads, fabrics and techniques, with a look into the history of Sashiko. Achieve beautiful and creative results by combining modern materials with Japan’s rich textile heritage. Be inspired by the traditional Japanese pieces that influenced the 25 stylish projects.

  • Fleece DogFleece Dog : a little bit of magic creaed with raw wool and a special needle


    Sinco, the author, makes animal topiaries as part of her work. She received some fleece and a felting needle from a friend, and turned her topairy experience into fleece dogs. The author's real name is Nobuko Nagakubo. The book was translated from Japanese by Tokuko Iguchi and Ulrich Manz.

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