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Knitting out of Africa

by Marianne Isager

Beautiful and historic African carpets, baskets, and other textiles provide the design inspiration for these 16 sophisticated knitted cardigans, pullovers, and sweater vests. Intended for seasoned knitters, these projects use domino, double knitting, entrelac, intarsia, and stranded two-color techniques worked in fingering-weight yarns. The Shoowa Vest, the African Domino Pullover, and the Arrowheads Cropped Pullover show off fancy stitching, while other designs feature colors borrowed from the mud-dried fabrics of Mali, the block patterns of Ghana, or motifs from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zaire, and Zimbabwe. African animals decorate the Giraffe Vest and Zebra Cardigan, and elsewhere leaping antelope and birds in flight are used in repeating patterns.

Inca Knits

by Marianne Isager

Incorporating the vibrant style of ancient Incan knitting with a nod to contemporary trends, this new collection of knitwear designs features 25 garments that bring the vibrant and geometric motifs of the South American tradition to the 21st century. By innovatively combining knit-and-purl techniques in lightweight yarns, the stunning colors, stripes, and zigzags of South American patterns are complemented by subtle textures. All the featured projects are suitable for any intermediate knitter, with instructions and charts for each pattern as well as a glossary to clarify various knitting techniques. Beyond its instructional role, this guide also directs knitters to find inspiration for their own designs by examining the landscape, wildlife, and pottery of the high Andes.

Felted Knits

by Beverly Galeskas

Knitters will find specific techniques and instructions for felting their knitting in this detailed step-by-step introduction, including how to felt on purpose and not by mistake, techniques for both hand and machine felting, and choosing and testing yarns. They'll also learn whether knitting swatches is really necessary and how big to knit a piece before felting. Twenty-four detailed projects include stylish bags, totes, hats, and mittens; warm and fuzzy vests and slippers; and decorative pillows, placemats, and coasters. With a section on embellishing felting and felting on felt (needle felting), knitters will be inspired to create these beautiful projects for friends and family, from the baby's first felt hat to the furry slippers for cold winter nights.

Color Style

by Pam Allen Ann Budd

Color work is a popular form of knitting for projects of all types and complexity. Knitting is more fun when two or more colors are used and gives the knitter an opportunity to learn new techniques. From simple repeating stripes to intricate Fair Isle patterns, two or more colors can add life and dimension to garments and accessories. Color Style, following in the footsteps of Bag Style, Folk Style, and Wrap Style - with gorgeous patterns, luscious lifestyle photographs, and step-by-step instructions - features classic and innovative use of traditional color techniques by top knitwear designers that will be a welcome library addition for beginner and experienced knitters alike. From an easy-to-knit pullover that alternates narrow stripes of solid and variegated yarns to a multicolored Fair Isle cardigan worked with steeks, readers will find loads of practical projects and inspiration from fifteen top knitwear designers including Veronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, Kristin Nicholas, Shirley Paden, and more.In addition to seventeen inventive patterns, the Design Notebook chapter details the fundamental ways to incorporate color into knitting. Learn the secrets to successful Fair Isle, intarsia, and slip stitch or how different techniques can be used in combination for outstanding results. Soon you'll be on your way to designing your own colorful masterpieces! Even if you're a beginning knitter, shows easy ways to achieve colorful effects in your knitting.

Create Jewelry Crystals

by Marlene Blessing Jaime Hogsett

With projects ranging in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to more challenging seed bead weaving designs, this guidebook provides 20 stunning crystal designs with expert instructions. Explaining details on the basics of crystal crafting while revealing entertaining tidbits about this specialty bead, crystal jewelry projects are presented for any type of fashion, from classic looks and special occasion pieces to trendy, fashion forward designs. With a variety of glamorous projects - including a rich paisley brooch, a violet and topaz tapestry bracelet, or a midnight blue multistrand necklace for day or evening - crystal lovers will delight in this crafter's companion.

Create Jewelry Stones

by Marlene Blessing Jaime Hogsett

Add a few or many semiprecious stones to jewelry designs-turquoise, amethyst, jasper, or onyx or any of the stones commonly available today-to punctuate or entirely shape the look and feel of a piece. From sassy, elegant, dressy, or flirty, Create Jewelry: Stones presents twenty-three projects ranging in difficulty from easy stringing pieces to seed bead weaving designs. All projects are glamorous and timeless and represent unique ways to use stones in jewelry designs for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The authors combine innovative designs with intriguing anecdotes, history, and tips about these multifaceted beads. Following in the footsteps of Create Jewelry: Pearls and Create Jewelry: Crystals, Create Jewelry: Stones presents stunning designs, all incorporating various semiprecious gemstone beads.Projects are divided into Classic, Special-Occasion, and Fashion-Forward categories, so readers can easily find designs of their choosing. Beautiful photos are accompanied by step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow, so readers can re-create their own designs. Additional material of interest for stone lovers includes stone basics, the differences between semiprecious and precious stones, entertaining tidbits about these specialty beads, and more.

Beaders Stash

by Laura Levaas

The finest independent bead shops across the United States and Canada open their doors and their bead boxes in this showcase of materials and techniques to inspire beaders of all stripes. Forty projects mix insider tips with inventive arrangements, employing techniques from stringing and weaving to bead embroidery, wire wrapping, and soldering. Beginners will find an array of rewarding projects and advanced beaders will delight in the original ideas, such as a tic-tac-toe art deco piece, beaded lanterns, a fuzzy felted bead bracelet, a vintage-inspired picture pendant necklace, a spiritual talisman lariat and bracelet, and a unique mosaic bead tray. An instructive Beading 101 section, an illustrated techniques glossary, and a bead shop directory round out the book, making this collection a staple of creative beadwork.

Knitted Jackets

by Cheryl Oberle

Knit Jackets With Style. Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary is an inspiring collection of 20 step-by-step designs for creating wearable jackets varying from long to short, close to loose-fitting, and every design features gorgeous colors and textures.Knit Fashionable Designs without elaborate shaping. The structure of these jackets is, for the most part, simple; there is no elaborate shaping and most are designed to have a minimum number of seams, allowing them to be "knitted together" rather than sewn.Learn from Clear, Straight-forward Instruction. In addition to clear patterns and step-by-step instructions, each of the 20 patterns in Knitted Jackets has detailed yarn information accompanied by the Craft Yarn Council's standard weight symbol. A dedicated chapter on Materials and Techniques makes yarn substitutions easy.Knitwear Designer Cheryl Oberle has divided her book into three main sections, each with a selection of fabulous designs that can be worn every day.

Simply Modern Jewelry

by Danielle Fox

Geared toward the novice beader, this comprehensive introduction to making jewelry begins with "Bead Shopping 101" - a description of basic beads and how to differentiate between bead varieties and colors. Thirty projects are presented in a step-by-step manner with full-color illustrations to simplify techniques such as stringing, crimping, and the proper use of jump rings. All the designs reflect a modern sensibility for creating fashionable, boutique-quality jewelry.

Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags

by Jean Campbell

These designs for a wide variety of bags from the beading world's top designers will amaze beginners as well as advanced beadworkers. These 30 projects include clutches, drawstring purses, wrist bags, amulet bags, and even a market bag. Featured are a variety of techniques leading to bags that are not only beautiful, but can often be completed in an evening or weekend, providing instant gratification. Included are tips to help start each project and clear demonstrations of each stitch used in the book. Each project includes information about the designer, giving a feel for the people in and the bead buzz surrounding this interesting and accessible community.

Expelling the Plague

by Zlata Blazina Tomic Vesna Blazina

A vibrant city-state on the Adriatic sea, Dubrovnik, also known as Ragusa, was a hub for the international trade between Europe and the Ottoman Empire. As a result, the city suffered frequent outbreaks of plague. Through a comprehensive analysis of these epidemics in Dubrovnik, Expelling the Plague explores the increasingly sophisticated plague control regulations that were adopted by the city and implemented by its health officials. In 1377, Dubrovnik became the first city in the world to develop and implement quarantine legislation, and in 1390 it established the earliest recorded permanent Health Office. The city's preoccupation with plague control and the powers granted to its Health Office led to a rich archival record chronicling the city's experience of plague, its attempts to safeguard public health, and the social effects of its practices of quarantine, prosecution, and punishment. These sources form the foundation of the authors' analysis, in particular the manuscript Libro deli Signori Chazamorbi, 1500-30, a rare health record of the 1526-27 calamitous plague epidemic. Teeming with real people across the spectrum, including gravediggers, laundresses, and plague survivors, it contains the testimonies collected during trial proceedings conducted by health officials against violators of public health regulations. Outlining the contributions of Dubrovnik in conceiving and establishing early public health measures in Europe, Expelling the Plague reveals how health concerns of the past greatly resemble contemporary anxieties about battling epidemics such as SARS, avian flu, and the Ebola virus.

Staging Strife

by Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

Concerned with traditional power imbalances between researchers and participants, contemporary social science has begun using collaborative research as an empowering methodology that involves participants in key decisions. Collaborative research is a potentially revolutionary method for studying people and their cultures, but does it work in practice? Staging Strife looks at the limits of this methodology by examining a politically charged theatre performance undertaken with a group of Roma women in Poland. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston describes a production she co-wrote and co-directed using collaborative methods. She had hoped this would result in more equitable research and raise community awareness about the violence and racism Roma women face. Instead, she found herself embroiled in ethically questionable power games in order to salvage the production. Staging Strife is the result of a painful re-examination of the experience, her motives as a researcher, and a long-overdue critique of collaborative research. Disarmingly honest, this exploration of innovative theatre techniques and social science methodologies will lead anthropologists to rethink the ways in which they work.

Beadwork Creates Beaded Rings

by Jean Campbell

Beaders learn how to create bold and original finger jewelry quickly and easily with this guide to beadwork. Spectacular beading projects created by prominent designers are provided along with beautiful photography and clear step-by-step instructions. The gorgeous variety of stylish rings include flashy rhinestone coils and modest pattered tubes, flowers for the hand, crystal domes that catch the light, leopard skin and sea urchin rings, and a ring for one's chakra. The techniques used to create these fun and easy rings range from simple netting to peyote stitch.

Hip to Knit

by Judith L. Swartz

Knitting is no longer just a grandmother's pastime! This extraordinary guide for the newer or younger knitter introduces classic and contemporary patterns that can be completed in a reasonable time, with clear, precise instructions. The creative, hip, and diverse designs include a boyfriend's sweater, chunky scarf, halter top, color block tote bag, cute mittens, mismatched striped socks, and much more. Each project is rounded out with a mini-lesson that covers such practical skills as fringing and striping, circular knitting, working with double pointed needles, and creating decorative edges and decreases. This collection is the beginner's single source for getting started and having fun with chic designs that will never go out of style.

Classic Knits

by Marianne Isager

This timeless collection of knitwear designs from Danish designer Marianne Isager is a stitch technique guide and a gallery of design inspiration in one book. Classic Knits features 25 traditional, appealing projects worked in basic knit and purl stitch patterns, each with a distinctive design element typical of Marianne's style, be it an interesting combination of yarns, a clever use of stitch pattern, or an unusual form of construction.Choose the knitting technique you'd like to learn - entrelac, color stranding, double knitting, slip stitch, herringbone, and more - and apply them to your design by first practicing with a gauge swatch. When the swatch is knitted to the correct gauge and the same size as shown in the book, the garment will match the measurements listed in the pattern.Many of the garments in this book are based on simple knit-purl pattern stitches. None require extensive knitting experience. You only need to know how to cast on, knit, and bind off to successfully complete any project in this book. All other information is provided in sidebars and the Glossary. Plus, if you have trouble with the finishing process, don't worry, the garments have been designed to require as little finishing as possible. Several of the garments are worked from the top down, so it's easy to add or remove rows to customize the lengths.If you're looking for innovative knitwear designs that include a variety of knitting techniques, Classic Knits will appeal to you!

Folk Style

by Mags Kandis

The unique cultural patterns contained in this lively collection will inspire knitters looking for such bright, new projects as Mexican floor pillows, Shibori neck wraps, Asian cropped vests, and Peruvian tunics. Featuring fashionable items for women, children, babies, and the home, this guide shares techniques on colors, motifs, details, and styles. The vibrant photos and step-by-step directions give beginning and advanced knitters alike the keys to creating colorful, ethnically diverse crafts.

Hip to Crochet

by Judith L. Swartz

A broad range of garment patterns and home accessory projects that transform traditional crochet projects into today's trendiest clothing are provided in this collection of fashionable crochet designs. Presented with easy, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and photos, these 23 projects include a bohemian coat sweater, a mohair hat, retro bed slippers, and an assortment of trendsetting bags. Projects are included for baskets, pillows, and a throw to add a stylish twist to a crocheter's home decor. In addition to introducing basic crochet techniques, this guide tackles more advanced projects using a variety of yarns, including mohair, merino, angora blends, and linen.

Shadow Knitting

by Vivian Hoxbro

The mysteries of shadow knitting - a simple technique of alternating rows of dark and light yarn to produce a subtle patterning that appears and disappears depending on the angle from which it is viewed - are explored and refined here by a professional knitwear designer. The basic principles and techniques of shadow knitting are introduced through clear, well-illustrated instructions and are followed by spectacular projects that include winged shawls, squared bags, a matching cap and scarf, vests, sweaters, and Japanese-style kimonos. Each project is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs.

Simple Style

by Ann Budd

From simple stripes to intricate Fair Isle patterns, this resource provides a solid foundation and numerous examples of the best ways to bring knits to life. Full of gorgeous patterns and clear instructions, 15 top knitwear designers - including Véronik Avery, Mags Kandis, Deborah Newton, Kristin Nicholas, and Shirley Paden - provide inspiration and practical projects for the beginning and experienced knitter alike. From an easy-to-knit pullover that alternates narrow stripes of solid and variegated yarns to a multicolored Fair Isle cardigan worked with steeks, this guidebook is filled with projects that take advantage of the countless ways in which knits can be enriched with color.

Knit So Fine

by Carol Sulcoski Lisa Myers

Put down those chunky yarns and fat needles and discover the creative possibilities of thin yarns. Think thin yarns are slow and boring to knit with? Think again! This information-packed book features more than twenty stylish and contemporary projects knit with lightweight yarns. Thin is in!Lightweight yarns have a bad reputation: slow to knit with, unfashionable, limited to socks and lace, and fussy to deal with. Give those skinny yarns another look! Projects knit with thin yarns can range from quick, easy, and daring to bold, elaborate, refined, and sophisticated. Perfect for all skill levels, the projects in Knit So Fine show that garments knitted with thin yarns fit more precisely, are more flattering to the figure, feel better against the skin, are great for layering, and offer more versatility for fashion elements like ruching, ruffles, gauzy layers, and drape.Knit So Fine educates knitters about fine yarns: what they are, the many advantages of knitting with fine yarns, plus tips and techniques to make the knitting process more enjoyable. Knitters will also find stylish and contemporary patterns, including a drapy silk top, a supple zippered cable hoodie, a bamboo skirt with stunning drape, a bohus-inspired pullover, a wrap dress, a ruffled scarf, and much more! Discover the versatility of knitting with fine yarns, from quick knits and small projects to long-term projects that are worth the wait, with Knit So Fine.

Twisted Sisters Knit Sweaters

by Lynne Vogel

Adapting basic sweater patterns for personal preferences and measurements is the focus of this step-by-step guidebook that helps knitters refashion knitting schematics. The designs, illustrations, and photos demonstrate how to adjust patterns to different styles so that any knitter can customize sweater patterns into unique creations. Challenging projects - ranging from sweaters and vests to pullovers and jackets - and easy-to-follow instructions illustrate the basic elements of sweater design to inspire knitters at all levels. Learning how to fit the bodice; change yarns, proportions, neckline styles, sleeve length, and color and stitch patterns; and add collars and edgings will give knitters the confidence to alter any pattern to meet their needs.

Custom Cool Jewelry

by Melinda Barta

Add a personal, handcrafted touch to any piece using just a few easy-to-find materials for one-of-a-kind results every time. Inside you'll find:Ideas for creating jewelry that is uniquely you, with custom clasps, pendants, and charms made to fit your personal style. Includes over 275 quick and easy ideas for mixed media components as well as 7 full stringing projects.Quick and easy projects- all projects feature easy techniques with stunning results.Project designs ranging from clever to contemporary, artsy to stylish- featuring boutique-style projects with a personal twistHundreds of project ideas and lots of inspiration for customizing your jewelry and creating one-of-a-kind pieces with how-to solutions for creating inexpensive alternatives to many store-bought jewelry componentsCustom Cool Jewelry teaches you how to create personalized, affordable, and unique alternatives to store-bought beading components using a wide range of jewelry and basic crafting materials including embossing powder, collage papers, wire, fibers, glass etching cream, patinas, found objects, fabric, memorabilia and more.

Woven Treasures

by Sara Lamb

Renowned fiber artist Sara Lamb gives weavers an inside look at her groundbreaking work in Woven Treasures. From inspiration and project planning, to her signature hand-manipulated techniques, Lamb leads weavers through the steps of making exquisite bags using folk weaving techniques that evoke modern ideas in brilliant colors and textures.Woven Treasures includes:An overview of Lamb's recent bag series.An introduction for the weaver to the process of concepting and planning a woven piece.A technique section of 6 folk weaving tutorials, such as hand-manipulating weaving techniques with a multi-technique sampler that gives basic instructions for soumak, twining, cut pile, cardweaving, inkle weaving, and plain weave.Project instructions for 8 hand-woven bags.Sidebars sprinkled throughout the book include the history of folk weaving techniques, as well as Lamb's signature beaded and stitched embellishment designs.Woven Treasure's bag designs allow weavers an immediate sense of accomplishment, and the finished projects can be used and/or displayed as works of art.

Double Stitch

by Erika Simmons Monika Simmons

Make a fashion statement with Double Stitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista, a collection of stylish, sexy, and modern crochet patterns for the fashion diva. Chicago-based crochet designers and twins Erika and Monika Simmons bring edge to the craft with twenty-five fashion-forward projects inspired by their retail design line using simple crochet techniques mixed with innovative construction, form-fitting designs, playful color combinations, and unique detailing.Even if you've never crocheted before, the simple techniques in Double Stitch-and the flirty, sassy designs-will have you crocheting in no time. Projects are divided into two main sections: "Out and About" features daytime crochet wear perfect for layering over T-shirts or wearing with jeans-taking you from the downtown coffeehouse to the beach with ease. Choose from projects that include a webbed halter dress, hooded poncho with matching leg warmers, a salsa belt, the remix T-shirt using a finished shirt with added crocheted sleeves, a tube-style apron top, plus much more. "Paint the Town" features evening looks with fun detailing, open weave crochet, and glamorous accessories. Projects include a gothic shawl, feather choker with matching cocktail bag, peek-a-boo full-length dress, slinky tailored shrug, corset with satin ribbon tie, shrunken jacket, plus much more. At the back of the book are all of the basic crochet techniques you need to create each project featured. The projects all have a hip, bohemian, urban vibe that can be dressed up or down based on the styling.Whether you live in a big city or just want to look like you do, the young designers behind Double Stitch show how easy it is to make crochet fashionably modern, flirtatious, and fun.

Elements of Style

by Rosemary Hill

Make wearable pieces of art with the clever techniques and unique designs ideas in Elements of Style. It's all about the mix in this creative approach to making fabulous jewelry.These seventeen modern wire, bead, and fiber jewelry designs using knit, crochet, and felting techniques will appeal to jewelry makers of all levels. Get familiar with materials, tools, and techniques-crafters will use basic wireworking, beading, knitting and crochet for most projects. Crochet or knit silver or copper wire and mix it with contrasting beads and metal findings. Knit or crochet thin textured yarns, such as linen, hemp, or unique fiber blends to create wire-framed beads, fiber hoop earrings, or an elegant scarf necklace. Or use a variety of felting techniques to create wire-caged beads, wide-cuff bracelets, rope necklaces, and more. Special technique sidebars and tip boxes throughout the book ensure success with every project. The delicate scale of projects makes them a great way to use up small amounts of fiber, beads, and wire from your stash. With projects ranging from a Felted Rings Cuff and Framed Beads Bracelet to a Knitted Tube Necklace, you'll have lots of clever designs to choose from featuring a variety of beads and fibers.

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