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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"--

  • The modern natural dyerThe modern natural dyer : a comprehensive guide to dyeing silk, wool, linen, and cotton at home

    Vejar, Kristine.

    In The Modern Natural Dyer, expert Kristine Vejar shares the most user-friendly techniques for dyeing at home with foraged and garden-raised dyestuffs as well as with natural dye extracts. Demystifying the magic, Vejar Explains in explicit, easy to follow detail how to produce consistent, long lasting color. With stunning photography the dyes themselves, the dyeing process, and twenty projects. This book is a comprehensive guide to dyeing silk, wool, linen, and cotton at home for aspiring and experienced dye artisans. Contents: [1] dyes from nature [2] choosing fiber [3] dyeing [4] dyeing with whole dyestuffs [5] dyeing with extracts [6] dyeing with Indigo [7] surface design technqiues.

  • Natural Processes in Textile ArtNatural Processes in Textile Art : from rust dyeing to found objects

    Fox, Alice.

    Bring the rhythms of nature into your craft! More and more textile artists are using natural processes in their work, from dyeing with rust to incorporating found and scavenged items. This is the first book dedicated to this popular topic, with advice on how to work creatively with what's close at hand. Bury your embroidery to give it a patina, make sun prints with found objects, and do "beachcombing weaving." These projects, along with examples from the best contemporary artists, show respect for the environment, and capture a strong sense of place, calm, and contentment.

  • 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.

  • Green Craft MagazineGreen Craft Magazine

    Olivarez, Christen (editor).

    This magazine is a semi-annual publication. Each issue is devoted to using recyled materials to upcycle, or design new creations using the old.

  • A fiber artist's guide to colorA fiber artist's guide to color : With Laura Bryant

    Includes color exploration from light to dark, creating wraps with unexpected combinations of color and texture, variegated yarns, Fibonacci series, and woven ensembles.

  • Around the corner crochet bordersAround the corner crochet borders : 150 colorful, creative crocheted edgings with charts & instructions for turning the corner perfectly every time

    Eckman, Edie.

    This book contains 150 colorful, creative crocheted edgings with charts and instructions for turning the corner perfectly every time.

  • Colours from natureColours from nature : a dyer's handbook

    Dean, Jenny.

    Useful for anyone wanting to explore color without harming the natural world, this navigable reference book offers organized guidelines on how to obtain dyes through environmentally friendly methods. Featuring dyes obtained from natural sources, such as plants, insects, and shellfish, this striking guidebook contains up-to-date information combined with simple recipes that will offer pleasing results for more than 100 colors. A comprehensive recipe section gives instructions for mixing both traditional dyes, such as cochineal, indigo, madder, and weld, and dyes drawn from alternative sources, such as blackberries, rhubarb, oak trees, and walnuts. Using color charts, this resource covers every step of the natural dyeing process, employing simple, user-friendly methods, clear instruction, and an advanced knowledge leading to excellent results.

  • Beyond the square crochet motifsBeyond the square crochet motifs : 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes

    Eckman, Edie.

    Containing a directory of motifs and blocks, plus patterns, you can either create your own designs from the wealth of glorious motifs illustrated or follow one of Melody's fail-safe patterns that are also included. Inspiration varies from simple geometric patterns, to pretty floral and spiral designs to picture blocks created from the motifs shown. Once you start, you will realize the possibilities are endless. Each motif is displayed in a close-up colour photograph next to a clear, easy-to-follow stitch diagram. The insturctions are also written out in full so you can choose the way you prefer to work. Full instructions are given for the type of yarn to use, the tension and the size of the motif, plus tips on how to achieve the best result. There are also sketches and photos showing how the motif can be used, either on its own, with several together, or partnered with other motifs. Uses for your completed blocks include cushions, coverlets and afghans, scarves and wraps, and bags and totes. *Provides a wealth of original corchet motifs. *All motifs suitable for beginners and more experienced craftspeople alike. *201 blocks, motifs, and pattersn to choose from. 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes.

  • Creative authenticityCreative authenticity : 16 principles to clarify and deepen your artistic vision

    Roberts, Ian, 1952-

    To those engaged in making art, an authentic voice is the most crucial yet most difficult ability to come by. Why does so much conspire to hide what is ultimately the closet, simplest thing of all? Creative Authenticity outlines 16 principles that will help you peel back the fears, misconceptions, should and confusion around courageous creative expression. You will discover [1] you are more than creative enough [2] talent has little to do with success [3] van Gogh syndrome is one of the most destructive myths of what it take stop create [4] the dance of avoidance upon arriving in the studio is inevitable, learn to see through it and begin [5] the necessity of finding a truthful relationship it your work so it feeds you, not torments you.

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