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24-Hour Knitting Projects

by Rita Weiss

Even if you have only one hour a day to devote to knitting, you can make any one of these chic patterns in less than a month! Twenty-four quick and easy projects for knitters at all skill levels include shawls, hats, sweaters, afghans, and other items. The simple instructions will appeal to beginners, and advanced knitters will appreciate the chance to whip up a variety of keepsakes and gift items.Full-color photographs of the finished products illustrate the complete, easy-to-follow instructions, and a helpful "Refresher Course" covers everything from casting on to weaving in ends. Stylish and practical projects include Snazzy Scarves, Boudoir Afghan, Yummy Throw, Pocket Shawl, Snappy Scrappy Purse, plus an exciting variety of sporty caps and cozy tops.

24-Hour Quilting Projects

by Rita Weiss

It doesn't have to take months or years to make a quilt - believe it or not, these patterns require only 24 hours or less! Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced quilter, these simple instructions for 20 projects offer everything you need to know from start to finish. You'll discover innovative, time-saving techniques that make fast work of cutting and sewing heirloom-quality quilts.Full-color photos illustrate directions for pinwheel layouts, zig zag arrangements, patchwork designs, and appliqué motifs. Create wall hangings, decorative throws, and traditional quilts of all sizes that will add charm to any room. This wealth of projects -- many of which can be finished in just six hours--offers designs that look as if they took months to stitch. In addition to their keepsake value, the quilts make wonderful gifts for all occasions.

Crochet Master Class

by Jean Leinhauser Rita Weiss

Crochet Master Class presents 18 crochet techniques taught by some of the world's best crochet designers and instructors. Each chapter focuses on a different technique, inviting you to dip in, experiment, and then apply your newfound skills to create a custom piece designed by these crochet luminaries. You'll learn Hairpin Lace from Stitch Diva Jennifer Hansen, discover the intricate color work of tapestry crochet from Carol Ventura, and explore free-form crochet with renowned fiber artist Prudence Mapstone. Filled with expert instruction, inspiring stories, and projects created exclusively for this book, Crochet Master Class is your guide to the incredible range of crochet possibilities. Techniques include:Filet Crochet * Hairpin Lace * Tapestry Crochet * Aran Crochet * Entrelac Crochet * Fashion Crochet * Tunisian Crochet * Woven Crochet * Double-Ended Crochet * Tassels * Bullion Stitch * Overlay Crochet * Bead Crochet * Bruges Crochet * Painted Crochet * Free-Form Crochet * Irish Crochet * Wire CrochetFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Favorite Irish Crochet Designs

by Rita Weiss

Create airy and delicate lace designs for table, bed, and wardrobe using the time-honored technique of Irish crochet. This handsome handicraft, known for its raised floral motifs and intricate background patterns, probably originated in the convents of Ireland, where diligent nuns prepared beautiful ornaments for use in church services. Today, this stunning form of lace-making has been adapted and simplified for dozens of day-to-day uses: decorating curtains, tablecloths, pillows, bedspreads, lingerie, collars, children's clothing, doilies, and more.Rita Weiss, a noted needlework designer and bestselling author, has collected the finest, easily workable examples of Irish crochet from rare American thread company booklets of more than 50 years ago. Step-by-step instructions, stitch and hook charts, metric conversion charts, and 40 clear illustrations allow you to make magnificent accessories in these lovely patterns: My Wild Irish Rose, Popcorn, Rose of Sharon, Cinderella, More Than a Touch of Blarney, Beauty Rose, "Smilin' Through," Tournament of Roses, Wedding Ring, Dublin Beauty, Irish Springtime, and others. No skills beyond a familiarity with ordinary crochet technique are needed to create these beautiful patterns. In addition, expert tips on blocking and finishing make it certain that your final product will be nothing short of a work of art.With this versatile, inexpensive guide, the beauty of Irish crochet -- once thought too difficult to achieve by any but the most experienced needleworkers -- is now within reach of even beginning crocheters.

Tatting Doilies and Edgings

by Rita Weiss

Whether you are an experienced tatter or a beginner, this rare collection of patterns gives needleworkers instructions for making over thirty tatted doilies and almost fifty edgings for fine linens, towels, handkerchiefs, collars, placemats, and other items. Included are such lovely items as tatted edgings, a bread tray doily, handkerchief edgings, edgings for fine linens, luncheon sets, chair sets, a lace elegance doily, and an anemone doily. For those completely new to tatting there are step-by-step tatting instructions including how to wind and work with the shuttle and make all of the stitches necessary to complete the projects. Unlike other historic collections, all of these patterns will be recognized as immediately usable for today's home and fashions.

Traditional Edgings to Crochet

by Rita Weiss

For the enthusiastic crocheter who may not have the time to make tablecloths or bedspreads, crocheted edgings offer a popular and enduring alternative. With more than 130 patterns to choose from in this attractive collection, crocheters can personalize an item by simply adding a delicate, handmade finishing touch.Assembled by noted needlework authority Rita Weiss, the selections in this volume have been reprinted from rare thread-company leaflets published in the 1940s and 50s. (Many of these instruction books -- originally created to sell thread -- are collector's items today.) Needleworkers will be delighted with the wide range of heirloom-quality patterns that include traditional filet crochet and filigree designs, as well as floral motifs incorporating such familiar blooms as the pansy, rose, forget-me-not, buttercup, and aster. Clear, step-by-step instructions make these patterns easy to work anywhere -- in the home, at meetings, or on public transportation.Crocheters will want to use these lovely edgings again and again on a variety of personal and household items such as handkerchiefs, napkins, placemats, collars, cuffs, lingerie, pillowcases, and much more.

Traditional Patchwork Quilt Patterns with Plastic Templates: Instructions for 27 Easy-to-Make Designs

by Rita Weiss

No more scaling up of blocks. No more tracing patterns. No more gluing designs onto sandpaper or cardboard. Patchwork quilting has never been easier, thanks to the special feature of this volume -- permanent plastic templates.From the four easy-to-use templates provided, needleworkers can create 27 of the most popular patchwork patterns, using traditional handsewing techniques or the sewing machine. Choose from such authentic favorites as Windmill, Susannah, Road to Oklahoma, Stars and Stripes, Puss-in-the-Corner, Ohio Star, Dutchman's Puzzle, Martha Washington's Star, and others. Selected for their relative simplicity, the motifs are still intriguing enough to provide challenges for both beginners and experts.Use the blocks together to create stunning sample quilts, or repeat a single block over and over again for a striking one-design quilt. Many of these blocks produce wonderful optical illusions when an entire quilt is made of the same block. For equally eye-catching results, try repeating two or three different blocks in one quilt. The number of quilts you can make with this volume is virtually limitless!Colors have not been specified for the quilt blocks, but noted needlecraft designer Rita Weiss has indicated light, bright, medium, and dark fabrics as guideposts. Let your imagination dictate your own color scheme and achieve beautiful one-of-a-kind quilts that reflect your unique personality and creativity. You'll find 59 helpful illustrations, plus complete instructions for using the templates, material selection, cutting, sewing -- everything needed for successful quilt-making.Traditional Patchwork Quilt Patterns with Plastic Templates will inspire needleworkers at all levels of expertise. Now you can produce inexpensive, toasty warm, colorful bed coverings that will add distinctive period charm to every bedroom in the house.

Victorian Alphabets, Monograms and Names for Needleworkers: from Godey's Lady's Book

by Rita Weiss Godey’s Lady’s Book

The Victorian woman put initials on nearly every piece of linen and clothing she owned -- everything from handkerchiefs and blouses to tablecloths, napkins, and towels. The modern needleworker may not be quite so avid about initialing everything, but initials and monograms are still attractive and popular ways of decorating common items.This book brings you a large selection of alphabets, initials, monograms, and common names from Godey's Lady's Book and Peterson's Magazine, the most popular American women's magazines of the Victorian era. Each is available in a variety of letter forms, so that you may find the most suitable for your sewing needs: scripts, floral, geometric, Old English, block, ornamental, and many more. Although eminently usable for embroidery, there are also a number of alphabets for crochet and needlepoint. You will find these motifs of the highest quality -- both easy to use and productive of professional-looking results.For traditional embroidery and sewing needs, these alphabets, monograms, and names are ideal but you will also find them applicable to a number of modern uses: for decorating blue jeans and hats, for patches, and even a variety of non-sewing needs.

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