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A Guide to Navajo Weavings

Kent McManis and fellow trader Robert Jeffries have provided us with the definitive introduction to one of the most popular American Indian arts — Navajo rug weaving. It covers development from the seventeenth century through innovations of the craft today–everything from the classic Chief’s Blankets, to the famous Two Grey Hills designs, to the latest in pictorial rugs. Of great help to the new collector is the list of standards in judging the quality of a rug and advice for its proper care. Fully illustrated with stunning examples of over fifty rug types.

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Armenian Knitting

by Meg Swansen

This exciting new book offers designs in the knitting technique used to create fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s famous Bowknot sweater. Authors Meg Swansen and Joyce Williams were enchanted to find that the Schiaparelli sweater had not been knitted using Intarsia. Instead, Armenian Knitting (named by Elsa) was used; the motif color is carried throughout the plain part of the garment (trapped across the back) until it is needed. A large and exciting window of design possibilities opens up through this application of trapping. Three practice hats teach you the Armenian technique and Joyce and Meg offer 8 contemporary designs resulting from their work in this discipline. The Armenian Knitting book contains Joyce Williams’ Knit/Purl and Olive Branch pullovers, and a lovely, long Lily Jacket (based on the Japanese Haori style jackets). Plus, from Meg Swansen, two versions of a Monarch pullover and three vests, among them, a sleek Cossack knit in the beautiful gray and black Icelandic Unspun. Innovative garment shaping details are spotlighted; all techniques are described fully including three different methods of how to trap.

Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Schoolhouse Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0942018273
ISBN-13: 978-0942018271
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches

 

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Ashford Book of Projects for the Eight Shaft Loom

by Elsa Krogh

 

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Book Book of Handspinning

By Alden Amos

Being a Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinion on the Noble Art & Craft

Wheel designer and maintainer of textile traditions, Alden Amos the recipient and evaluator of traditional wisdom lets no point go unexamined. This is truly a BIG book offering decades of experience in making and handling yarn. He’ll change your spinning for the better, whether you agree with him or not.

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781883010881

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Casual Elegant Knits: Classy Designs for Men and Women

by Faina Goberstein

Stitch yourself some classic chic, choosing from two wardrobe ensembles plus a collection of must-have accessories. These timeless projects will be in style years after you ve knit the last row.

* Create wardrobe essentials that combine classic lines with comfortable styling

* Find 24 projects that cover a variety of techniques and stitch patterns in three stylish collections: the City Life and Elegant Afternoon ensembles featuring hats, tops, skirts, and bags and the Gotta Have It collection featuring irresistible hats, scarves, and gloves

* Versatile designs make projects easy to knit for both him and her

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Martingale & Co Inc (July 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1564778401
ASIN: B006LWFKUG
Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches

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Coat of Many Scrumbles

by Prudence Mapstone

The coat of many scrumbles is not a `how to’ book for freeform
crochet, nor is it a pattern book. Rather, the book chronicles the
story of how an amazing freeform coat, shawl, scarf and umbrella
came  to be — from challenge to vision to construction process to final
products. Created by freeformers from around the globe for Chain
Link  2006, this project was a response from the International Freeform
Crochet Guild to a challenge for local guilds to create something
together as a group. Participants ranged from young children to
retired school teachers, from sculptors and fiber artists and
freeform  devotees to crocheters who had never tried freeform before.
Photographs of the finished garments show off the richness of fiber,
stitch, and color.

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Decorative Tassels and Cords

by Effie Mitrofanis

A lavishly illustrated work on the techniques of tassel making, which also contains many suggestions for their use. Each finished project is shown in a full page color photograph, and is explained step-by-step in further color photographs.

Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Kangaroo Press Pty.Ltd (October 31, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0864177380
ISBN-13: 978-0864177384
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches

 

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Doubleweave (The Weaver’s Studio)

Doubleweave is the art of weaving two layers of cloth at the same time, one above the other on the loom, creating beautiful cloth that is reversible yet unique on each side. Using pick-up techniques and clever color mixing, patterns emerge that are different but complementary on each side.

The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave begins with a brief history of doubleweave and how it has evolved into the contemporary weaving pieces seen today. Next, you will learn all the basics of doubleweave techniques, as well as tips and tricks of setting up the warp, and a variety of doubleweave specialty techniques all shown through detailed process photography and a wealth of swatches demonstrating different effects. Specialty techniques are shown for 4-shaft and 8-shaft looms. The weaving effects covered include lace, tubular weave, pick-up, color mixing, and more. And since doubleweave showcases color and pattern in unique ways, you will learn how to use these to great effect in your cloth designs. Throughout the book, you will find a wealth of inspiration with many examples of finished cloth and projects, from wall hangings and table runners to scarves and pillows.

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Favorite Mittens

by Robin Hansen

Robin Hansen can justifiably claim to be the person who started the groundswell of interest in roots knitting patterns for mittens. When Fox & Geese & Fences: A Collection of Traditional Maine Mittens was published a generation ago, it was an instant success, and nary a knitter above the age of thirty has not heard of it. It was followed by a second, equally inspiring collection: Flying Geese & Partridge Feet: More Mittens from Up North & Down East. Favorite Mittens is a compilation of some of the most popular traditional designs from Robin’s groundbreaking first two books, presenting these tried-and-true patterns in a new format, with step-by-step directions revised and updated for ease of knitting, thanks to the helpful feedback Robin has gotten from the knitters who flock to her workshops all around the country.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Down East Books (February 24, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 089272627X
ISBN-13: 978-0892726271
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.2 x 10.6 inches

 

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Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding

By Alta Turner

Learn the ancient art of flat braiding (a method that predates the loom) and make beautiful woven sashes, belts, collars, neckties, and headbands. Fully diagrammed and illustrated, these directions show how to create original, expertly woven creations. Includes historical information on the techniques and designs used.

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