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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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  • Yarn WorksYarn Works : how to spin, dye, and knit your own yarn

    Johnson, W.J.

    Yarn Works is the ultimate sheep to sweater reference book for fiber enthusiasts everywhere. Have you ever wondered what the best spin method is for a chunky yarn? Or how to dye fiber to the color you want? Or perhaps your yarn isn’t holding its shape when you knit… This how-to book answers all of those questions and more in a detailed, behind-the-science manner. The better you understand the science behind the subject, the better you’ll be at applying your creative inspiration to spinning, dyeing, and knitting your own yarn.

    This book is divided into four main sections—Fiber Workshop, Spin Workshop, Dye Workshop, and Knit Workshop—and includes a brief history on each subject. Each short, informational workshop takes you through the essential learning activities for spinning, dyeing, and knitting, giving you the hands-on experience you’ll need to master the subject.

    Follow yarn from its fiber beginnings, through the process of spinning, to dyeing the spun yarn with natural and synthetic dyes, and finally finish off by using your new yarn in fun projects.

    Whether you’re a knitter interested in learning to spin and dye your own yarn; or a current spinner or dyer looking for inspiration, you’ll find everything you need to know about the subject of yarn in this book, along with some great exercises to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol. 2Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol. 2 : 2013-2014

    McKinnon, Kate.

    Contents: Basics, New threadpaths, Winged things, horns, fortune teller bangles, rick racks, oddments and delights.

  • Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol. 1Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol. 1 : 2011-2012

    McKinnon, Kate.

    Contents: [1] Basics [2] Triangles [3] Wings and Horns [4] Zigs and Zags [5] Glorious Combinations [6] Cones [7] Introduction for Backwards Readers [8] Bead Number Tables.

  • StumpworkStumpwork : Essential stitch guides

    Sinton, Kate.

    Index. This book from the series by the Royal School of Needlework features the technique of stumpwork. Using full color photos, the author details all you need to know to get started. The stitch section covers: flat surface stitches, rasied surface stitches, needlelace stitches and metal thread work. The section on techniques covers: padding, slips, wrapping and found objects.

  • Getting Started on a Drop Spindle ?Getting Started on a Drop Spindle ? learn how to use a simple, portable tool to make your own yarn

    Learn about the simplest way to spin yearn, with the drop spindle, and use it to start adding twist into your fiber and make the yarn of your dreams. Maggie starts with a description of the spindle’s parts and styles of spindles, then moves into what materials you need. With the park and draft technique, Maggie shows you how to take control of the process of spinning and master drafting, twisting, and storing your yarn on the shaft of the spindle. She then demonstrates how to spin continuously standing up Afterward, learn how to take the yarn off your spindle and twists two strands together in the opposite direction to create a plied yarn. End with finishing techniques, how to make a skein, tie it, and wash it.

  • How I spinHow I spin : a common-sense approach to great productivity and creative joy

    Rita Buchanan has spent more thoughtful time preparing fiber, spinning yarn, and making fabrics from her handspun than perhaps anyone in the world. In this set you will learn [1] how to control yarn size with your hands, not with wheel adjustments [2] how to create the most wonderful preparations using cards, combs, and more [3] a no fuss way to dye fiber in your oven [4] an easy approach to plying and why plying may not matter much [5] how to spin cotton while reading your favorite book.

  • Productive SpindlingProductive Spindling / spindle spinning in the early 21st century

    Garripoli, Amelia.

    Productive Spindling explores popular top-whorl, bottom-whorl and Turkish spindles, getting you started and then amping up your techniques for efficiency, with a few tricks that sure make productivity look cool. Spindlers will find many useful tips for all kinds of fiber, on spindle choice, drafting, joins, plying and finishing. This book is packed with photos to show technique, spindles, yarn, and finished items by the author and the worldwide spindling community.

  • Respect the spindleRespect the spindle : spin infinite yarns with one amazing tool

    Franquemont, Abby, 1972-

    Why would modern spinners choose to make yarn with a prehistoric tool? Abby Franquemont explores one of the world's most productive, versatile, and convenient devices and teaches readers to make yarn using it.

  • Hand-dyeingHand-dyeing / Teach Yourself Visually

    Parry, Barbara.

    Hand-dyeing your own yarn and fiber takes you're knitting and spinning projects to a whole new level. This photo-intensive guide walks you through all the steps to creating one of a kind hand-dyed yarn and fiber, from solids and semisolids to self-striping and variegated yarns. A compendium of essential techniques, it covers immersion dyeing, hand-painting, over dyeing, and more. Plus, an extensive discussion of color principles helps you find just the right shades and combinations.

  • Eco colourEco colour : botanical dyes for beautiful textiles

    Flint, India.

    This book has been written in the hope of offering a more adventurous path to plant color. It should equip readers with the skills and information to extract dyes from a range of natural sources, make decisions as to the appropriate methods to apply to specific situations, analyze and substances for their potential as mordants and apply a range of print dye techniques. They will also be able to implement safe work practice in the home and studio.

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