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Cable knitting is easier than it looks and it looks extraordinary! Brilliant patterns and quality yarns give great results and this fantastic collection from Ivar Asplund shows off the beauty, versatility and endless possibilities of cable knitting.
With over 20 projects ranging from sweaters, cardigans and ponchos to scarves, wrist warmers and hats, for children and adults, there is something here to please everyone. Novice cablers can work up something quickly with a single eye-catching cable edging, while seasoned knitters can test their skills on larger, more complex patterns with multiple interwoven cable designs.
With step-by-step instructions, a tutorial section that explains the principles of working and combining cables to achieve a variety of striking effects and tips and tricks to help ease your way, it’s a dream come true for any cable knitter.$38.99
This gorgeous book tells the story of stained glass, from the Medieval period, its demise during the Reformation, its revival in the Victorian period, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco, right up to today. It also gives a brief introduction to the techniques used to make it – much the same today as they always have been.
Recommended for ages 5+.$9.99$6.99
Fill your life with colourful, quick and stylish knits.
Acclaimed young designer Lauren Aston specialises in patterns using super chunky yarns and big needles, so you can quickly knit up a cushion cover, blanket or bean bag for your home. If you're looking for something new to wear, there are patterns for a hat, slipper socks, a snood and a shawl that can all be made in no time.
There is a also a full techniques section explaining the stitches you will need to know. Using a variety of yarns and needle sizes, you will soon be able to achieve the same stunning results as Lauren herself.$29.99
This definitive history of lace-making is a landmark of nineteenth-century erudition and scholarship that has never been surpassed for its wide learning and comprehensive treatment of the subject. This fourth edition, published in the United States in 1911, is reprinted here complete and unabridged.
Combining meticulous research with a concise, readable style, Mrs. Palliser traces the history and development of lace-making in Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Flanders, France, England, Scotland, Ireland and other lands. Quoting extensively from the literature of the day, the author outlines the evolution of reticella, a Venetian lace based on geometric forms; the light and flowery point de France; Valenciennes, a fine diamond-meshed lace much used for trimming and ruffles, Chantilly, a delicate mesh with ornate patterns; point d'Espagne, made with gold and silver threads; and many other varieties. In addition to detailing the development of the lace itself, Mrs. Palliser acquaints us with the social, cultural, and economic conditions that affected its manufacture.
Over 90 photographs and 173 prints and line drawings depict dozens of different laces and their use in collars, ruffs, handkerchiefs, aprons, fans, mantillas, petticoats, masks, mantles and ecclesiastical garments. Many of the illustrations have been enlarged to show details of stitching.$74.99
Planning a sewing getaway? Heidi Staples presents everything needed to have a successful trip, including helpful packing and organizing tips. Each section of this fun, colourful book is organized with travel in mind, offering small, medium and large projects to be achieved while on the perfect sewing retreat:
- Daytrips: Small projects include a Bookmobile Sleeve, Road Trip Pillow, Snapshot Needlebook, Sewing Bee Pincushion and Coffee Shop Coasters
- Weekend Retreats: Bigger projects include a Patio Pillow, Beachcomber Pouch, Kitchenette Set, Scout’s Honor Pouch and a Color Book
- Summer Vacations: Extended projects include a Big Bear Cabin Quilt and Palm Springs Bag
Get ready to have a fabulous sewing retrea!$34.99
Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour and used it to create the famous blue crown of Queen Nefertiti? Or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? In the Roman Empire, hundreds of thousands of snails had to be sacrificed to produce a single ounce of dye. Throughout history, pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and pure luck, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history’s most vivid colour pigments.
Featuring informative and detailed colour histories, a section on working with monochromatic colour, and “recipes” for paint-making, Chromatopia provides colour enthusiasts with an eclectic story of how synthetic colours came to be. Red lead, for example, was invented by the ancient Greeks by roasting white lead, and it became the dominant red in medieval painting.
Spanning from the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, and vibrantly illustrated throughout, this book will add a little chroma to anyone’s understanding of the history of colours.$49.99