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    $14.96 $10.00 list($22.00)
    1. What You Wear Can Change Your
    $16.47 list($24.95)
    2. Hidden Block Quilts: Discover
    $20.37 $19.53 list($29.95)
    3. Concrete Countertops: Design,
    $9.76 $8.71 list($13.95)
    4. Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's
    $9.95 $6.49
    5. At Knit's End : Meditations for
    $17.79 $17.77 list($26.95)
    6. Journey of an Art Quilter : Creative
    $19.95 $13.15
    7. The Knit Stitch (The Knitting
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    8. 300 Paper-pieced Quilt Blocks
    $49.50 $49.38 list($75.00)
    9. Gee's Bend: The Women and Their
    $119.95 $78.95
    10. The Art of Floral Design
    $17.95
    11. Freeform Knitting and Crochet
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    12. 500 Cups : Ceramic Explorations
    $29.95 $17.69
    13. Knitting on the Edge : Ribs *
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    14. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
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    15. Weekend Knitting : 50 Unique Projects
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    16. Knitting Over The Edge : Unique
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    17. Reversible Quilts: Two at a Time
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    18. 500 Brooches : Inspiring Adornments
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    19. Early Georgian Interiors
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    20. Ribbonwork The Complete Guide:

    1. What You Wear Can Change Your Life
    by TrinnyWoodall, SusannahConstantine
    list price: $22.00
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    Asin: 1594481482
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Trade
    Sales Rank: 28
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    FROM THE STYLE GURUS WHO TAUGHT YOU WHAT NOT TO WEAR...

    TRINNY AND SUSANNAH ARE BACK--AND THIS TIME THEY'RE NOT FOOLING AROUND. THEY'RE OUT TO CHANGE LIVES.

    Here is the "bible" from the authors of the New York Times bestseller What Not to Wear. What You Wear Can Change Your Life shows you how to redefine your look and style from head to toe.

    Trinny and Susannah go over the basics of choosing colors that suit you best, what underwear to buy, which accessories to look for, how to store clothing, how to revamp your wardrobe at no cost, and how to make the sartorial most of being pregnant.

    This is a gorgeous, lavishly illustrated package--a resource to consult again and again. Trinny and Susannah anticipate the needs and questions of every woman and address them with the surefire style, self-deprecating wit, and friendly but firm empathy that have made them the last word in looking better.

    Topics covered include:

    - Defining the Shape
    - Underwear
    - How to Wear Color
    - What to Keep, What to Toss
    - Accessories
    - Storage
    - Make-up
    - Travel
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Bad Tone, and Worse Typesetting, 3 and 1/2 Stars
    Okay, I know "the girls" are pull-no-punches types. And I know they try to be humorous as they tell-it-like-it-is.Honesty and humor are admirable attributes for writers and fashion consultants alike.

    However, and I admit this is very personal reaction, I found the the writing "voice" used by Trinny and Susannah too shrill. (I had the same reaction watching them on the Oprah show.)

    Granted, there are a few "compassionate moments" in the book, for those who don't look their best (such as the mention of new mothers who spend all their money on others so there's none left to buy clothes). But again, the condescending tone grates on the nerves.

    Probably what I liked least about the book was the typesetting and style of type used. VERY hard on the eyes.

    Nice pictures though. And SOME decent suggestions for improving one's look and wardrobe. Which is why I've thrown in the extra 1/2 star on this rating.

    Reviewer: Linda Painchaud-Steinman, PARK EDGE BOOKS

    1-0 out of 5 stars This book is simply horrid!!!!
    I have read many style books and this book is the most unhelpful guide I have ever read.You may find this book helpful if you have the same size and shape and Suzanne and Tiffany, no boobs verse big boobs.I fall into none of these categorizes and nor is any advise presented for my size, shape or color.The authors mention that the most important thing when wearing a scarf is how it is tied, however, they neglected to provide any detail descriptions on how to tie a scarf.I have had my colors evaluated on what would enhance my appearance (i.e. spring, summer, fall, winter).The authors, again, informs the reader on what colors look good on Suzanna and Tiffany.If you are not Caucasion, stay far away from this book.

    There is very little information provided in this book.The pages contain more pictures of Suzanne and Tiffany in various outfits, undergarments, and assessories than written advise.

    This is definitely a must have not book!!!!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good points, bad points, and potty-mouth
    This companion book from the BBC show "What Not To Wear" contains generally solid advice about dressing for success, and includes sections on understanding your body shape, proper undergarments, make-up, general color choice, pregnancy clothing, scaling jewelry to your bone structure, as well as pant, neck-line, shoe and boot style guidelines for your body type, etc.Not bad at all, particularly if you like Trinny and Susannah and are a fan of the show.

    The photos are large and clear and illustrate their points well.To their credit, these photos show Trinny and Susannah at their absolute un-made-up worst -- they are brave and admirable women indeed!

    HOWEVER, this book is seriously marred by hard-to-read type layout at the beginning of each section and lots of casual potty-mouth language throughout the text, which detract from whatever useful advice might be found here.The language isn't even that bad, it's just stupid, and makes them appear painfully juvenile which in turn makes it very hard -- for this reader at least -- to take anything they have to say seriously.

    The book is up-to-the-minute fashion-wise and well worth a look, but they could have benefited from a better editor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me realize that I am not THAT ugly : -)
    I realized once again that some books are worth buying and keeping. This particularly applies to "What You Wear..." Theses two ladies really know their subject. They made me realize that the way I feel depends a lot on the way I am dressed. They made me realize that looking good is not only the privilege of young and healthy...

    Like after reading "Ca We Live 150 Years?" by Tombak I have become more self-confident when it comes not only to my longevity and my health, but also to my looks and day-to-day happiness. Dr. Tombak helped me sort out some problems that I had before considered as the inevitable result of aging...

    Well, maybe I am too preocupied with my age, but these two books are loaded with many excellent tips that make them worth each penny...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not that helpful if you don't have obvious flaws
    I adore Trinny & Susannah for giving me hope that even my Mum can look good, and for doing so much to save humanity from pleated tapered pants.However, the more I think about it, the more I realise that their advice doesn't apply to me.

    I have a fantastic figure compared to the women they work with on the show, yet I know I have flaws.The thing is that my flaws are minor (very slight belly, very slightly untoned upper arms, very slight wobble on my inner thighs) and I can get away with a lot of different kinds of clothes.In fact, if I apply their advice tailored for the extreme cases on my not-so-extreme flaws my wardrobe choices become severely limited and unfairly so.

    I am a very confident dresser, feel comfortable wearing colour and don't fear prints, accessories, high heels, vintage.Yet, if I try to ignore my innate sense of what's right for me, and try to apply their rules, say, for colour and accessories, as detailed in this book, I find myself completely at sea.I feel like everything I know is wrong, yet I know it can't be, because everyone who knows me considers me their best dressed acquaintance (mind you, my friends are not the snappiest of dressers but even so).

    So what I'm saying is - if you have a good sense of style already, maybe this book will confuse you more than it'll help you.

    I actually found their first book the most helpful in general because it shows in a very clear pictorial manner what works and what doesn't for people with obvious figure flaws.Again, I didn't think it was helpful to me, but I use that book all the time to point out to friends how to disguise and correct areas they're insecure about.

    I find this book rather carelessly and hurriedly written, and the photos are not as inspiring as in their first two books.Also the fonts used are not unlike those in a children's book, very big and bold, but then the text is denser and hard to read.

    Bottom line: if you think you're a good candidate for Trinny & Susannah's TV show, then you would probably benefit from this book.

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    2. Hidden Block Quilts: Discover New Blocks Inside Traditional Favorites : 13 Quilt Settings, Instructions for 55 Blocks
    by Lerlene Nevaril
    list price: $24.95
    our price: $16.47
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    Asin: 1571201793
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
    Publisher: C&T Publishing
    Sales Rank: 4439
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Find new designs hidden in favorite blocks! By changing patches in beloved traditional blocks, you'll find variations that blend beautifully with the original. This book features 13 imaginative quilt projects based on this clever hidden block technique. Quilters will find 76 variations on 12 favorite traditional patterns, such as Carpenter's Wheel, Friendship Star, and Bear's Paw. Also featured is a full-color gallery of incredible hidden block quilts. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars an excellent design resource
    This is a five-star quilting book.
    In this book, many traditional blocks are broken down into their components and "new" blocks evolve from these components. When the new block(s) are combined with the traditional block, magic happens.
    The best quilt books provide inspiration to the reader to move beyond just replicating a pattern to create her/his own works, and Lerlene Nevaril achieves this in Hidden Block Quilts.
    I don't think I will ever run out of unique design ideas with this book in my quilting library! ... Read more


    3. Concrete Countertops: Design, Form, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
    by Fu-Tung Cheng, Eric Olsen
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    Asin: 1561584843
    Catlog: Book (2002-03)
    Publisher: Taunton Press
    Sales Rank: 3485
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars From Grogg to Artisan
    As a young man I paid for my through school by doing concrete work - sidewalks, driveways, paths... etc - At the time I felt concrete had a certain fluid beauty - but that was lost on all my co-workers. Today many years later as a business professional I'd come across Buddy Rhodes web site - and eventually that lead me to this book and building my own countertop. Form Soup to Nuts - this book is it. Design - Mold making - installation - care and finishing. It has it all - in beautiful semi-gloss photos. It's well written and easy to follow. If you're looking to build your own or are simply interested in the design aspect - give this book a browse. My wife even picked it up to look at the beautiful kitchens.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book on Concrete
    I love the idea of using concrete in the home, for unusual uses i.e. table tops, counters. I have been looking for a good how-to book, and this book fills the bill. It is well written; nice, clear photography and very helpful step-by-step instructions on how to do it right. They are frank with mistakes they have made, but the projects they have completed make me think they got most of it right.

    It is a great book even if you are just interested in seeing how versatile and beautiful concrete can be, written by an architect from San Francisco. Nice, buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    I have been looking for ways to add onto my Concrete Home Business this book was an essential add on to show me how to add counter tops. Find out more at our website. www.insulatingconcretehomes.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluble secret has been revealed by this book
    For the author to give the secrets away that he does in this book to his very special craft tells a lot about him as a person. Many people would love to keep unique skills such as this to themselves. This book contains every piece of information you need to create your own work of art that doubles as a kitchen counter or an end table, the possibilities are endless.

    The format of the book is more of a guideline on how to create from concrete than a step by step procedure on how to conjure a countertop from cement. The author shows examples (very nice photography) of work that he has done and gives details on how it all came together, so it isnt as dry as a manual on how to assemble a swingset or an entertainment center. Each part of the process is outlined by chapters, of which go into detail on how to construct a mold, mix cement, design, etc. The reason for this is there are so many ways to change each part of this process and expand on it, to me it seemed the author wanted to incite creativity upon the reader to make this art bigger and create upon the ideas that he has rather than just saying "take a mold, pour, glue it to some wood and viola". He gives multiple examples on the many unique things that can be done, things to avoid that cause problems such as sections too large (heavy), cracks, etc.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in creating with concrete things that are outside of the mainstream. Concrete isnt just for sidewalks and driveways!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book that I know of on the subject
    I'm giving this book 5 stars, since it inspired me to create my countertops in concrete; something I wouldn't have done otherwise. Don't be confused by my comments below, I don't regret buying this book at all. I even plan to put concrete countertops in the next house I build. However, there were quite a few hurdles that had to be overcome. It has been mentioned that the author glossed over quite a few things, and I agree.

    A few comments:

    First, contrary to the author's comments, an electric sander is completely inadequate for vibrating the concrete. Buy or rent a professional vibrator unless you want pinholes in your work. Hand "massaging" and rapping the sides with a hammer will not completely eliminate the problem either. I tried all three methods and still ended up with a moderate amount of honeycombing. As the author mentions, this is easily patched, and it even adds character to the work if you use a slightly different color, but be aware: properly vibrating the mix is not nearly as simple as it seems to be in the book. My comments pertain to a mix that has proper slump (i.e., not too wet).

    Second, the author makes a reference to plastic cabinet legs being inadequate to support a concrete countertop. That may be accurate for the flimsy off-the-shelf cabinets, but the plastic cabinet legs that are quickly becoming a standard ... are load-rated at 650 pounds EACH. This is more than enough to support a think concrete countertop (probably even better than a shimmed 2x4 base).

    Next, I would have to say that I was slightly annoyed at the lack of "recipes" needed to produce some of the stunning work shown in the book's illustrations. Visiting the author's website was also annoying since there it doesn't help much (unless you want to buy one of his pricey kits.) One of the reasons I went with concrete was because it is cheap. We ended up using Quickrete5000 and a Quickcrete dye (Buff). We threw in a couple of geodes for effect. It turned out quite nice, and works well with our slate floor. I understand and respect that the author is trying to run a business, but I have to reconcile that with my being on a budget.

    Again, I'd like to remind the reader that I would not have built my countertop if I had not found this book, but the method for building a form split at the sink seemed a bit silly. They used a single form that then had to be flipped all at once (very heavy, dangerous, and a potential cause for damage to the countertop). Because of the weight, I chose to split my countertop (diagonally at the sink, as in the book), but instead I built two forms. Much safer and easier to flip over.

    Finally, it is a matter of taste, but as soon as you are happy with the texture of your countertop, stop grinding/polishing! As he states in the book, the pads are expensive.

    One more thing, In the future I'd like to try using something other than melamine for the forms. The slight texture of the melamine is perfectly reproduced in the concrete. I noticed in a few of the angled spots that used paint over bare wood, the concrete was perfectly smooth (i.e., no grinding required). I suspect that using perfectly smooth plywood with a smooth coat of polyurethane would produce a better countertop out of the box. Since I don't really want to expose any aggregate (accomplished by grinding), this might work better for me, although I won't know until I try. All in all, I'd have to say it is a wonderful book, but be prepared to experiment and to think for yourself. ... Read more


    4. Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook
    by Debbie Stoller
    list price: $13.95
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    Asin: 0761128182
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Workman Publishing
    Sales Rank: 105
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best knitting books out there
    I LOVE this book. My friend got it for me as a gift, and though I'd been knitting for about 3 months, I only knew how to make scarves using the knit stitch. Though the left-handed instructions are near-absent, the patterns are extremely cute, though some of the designs wouldn't appeal to older knitters, they certainly appeal to me and all of my friends (mostly 13-year-olds.). The instructions seem easy enough to follow, and I love the knit bikini (very 70's) and the cell phone cozy (Each of my friends is getting one as an Un-birthday present.) Though this book doesn't have the clearest instructions, I would definitely recommend this book to knitters with a bit of previous experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the bunch!
    I should start this review with a disclaimer: one of the patterns in the book is mine (the Princess Snowball Cat Bed). But even if that wasn't true, I would absolutely LOVE this book!!

    I've been a knitter for a lonnnng time, so I don't need help in the beginner-knitter department. But, if I did, Debbie's advice and instructions would have me well on the way to creating fun, wearable stuff. And the patterns! Simple - yes. But they are so cute! I can't wait to make about half of them for myself.

    The thing I like best about the book is that Debbie doesn't always try to present every single way to knit (/cast on/finish/block/make an edge stitch). In some cases she does this (her contrast of continental vs. English method is very good), but mostly she talks about how she prefers to do things. In a very fun and personal way, she passes on her knowledge and love of the craft to a whole new generation of knitters, the way centuries of our foresisters have done before us -- knitter to knitter, one-on-one. We love her and the book for that.

    If you've never knitted before, or have knitted for decades, you owe it to yourself to add this one to your bookshelf. It epitomizes the best qualities of this "new generation" of knitters, and is going to prove to be one of the reasons our great-granddaughters are knitting 100 years from now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great patterns and informative writing.
    I'm an intermediate knitter and I bought this book for the great patterns but was very impressed by the way it was written. It's easy to understand and offers tons of information. I have several knitting books, but this is the one that I refer to when I have questions. It's an excellent investment and is great for all levels of knitters.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An instructive, original and highly entertaining book
    I love this book. I am a beginning knitter and this book has been very helpful to me - it is easy to follow and I have been able to try new techniques simply by following along with the pictures and instructions in the book. Each pattern describes the skills needed so you'll have a good idea as to how hard each pattern is before you get going. Plus, this book is so much fun to read!! I found her writing style and this book to be absolutely refreshing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Any plans for Stitch 'N Bitch 2??
    I got this book after seeing an interview with Debbie Stoller on the Today show and have had many hours of knitting pleasure since. The instructions are clear and have helped me to advance my skills. I'd say I'm an intermediate knitter now after reading this book. This book is a great resource for deciphering the cryptic abbreviations in patterns and introduced me to the extremely cool technique of illusion knitting. The patterns are fresh, but not too young. I'm in my early 30s and I've made several patterns for myself, along with items for family and friends. I have not found that the patterns ran small as was noted in other reviews. I found that the patterns seem to be pretty true to the measurements given as long as your gauge is consistant. As with any pattern, you should always do a gauge swatch. I know it's tedious, but it saves you the heartbreak of frogging a piece you've spent hours on. I'd love to see a second (third, fourth) collection of patterns from the contributors to this book. It's so hard to find patterns that aren't intended for grannies or infants. I've also given this book several times as a gift to both beginning knitters and to more advanced knitters looking for interesting patterns. This makes a great gift when paired with the supplies for one of the patterns that reinforce the basic lessons taught in the book. Happy knitting everyone!! ... Read more


    5. At Knit's End : Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much
    by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    list price: $9.95
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    Asin: 1580175899
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
    Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
    Sales Rank: 1965
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Knitting finally takes its rightful place on the spectrum of personal obsessions, alongside golfing, fishing, and gardening. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in these 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the self-proclaimed yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

    As any knitter can attest to, this is an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. To soothe the unraveled knitter's soul, Pearl- McPhee has selected some of her favorite quotes to cast off from, and then, like the standup comic of the knitting world, she rants, raves, and reflects on common experiences that are sure to leave avid knitters in stitches.

    At Knit's End captures the wicked — and wickedly funny — musings of someone who doesn't really believe it's possible to knit too much, and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and her sanity on a regular basis in order to keep doing it. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has seen it all — from the deadly “second sock syndrome,” to a house so full of yarn she can't find her washing machine, to desperate all-nighters spent feverishly finishing gifts.

    This hilarious collection of short, pithy readings offers plenty of reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, “Am I alone in my mania?”
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    5-0 out of 5 stars At Knit's End
    We,knitters, have all been there "at knit's(wit's)end".And that is just one of the ways the reader will relate to this book.With each page one finds a tidbit of something familiar.The entry about finding the value in work out machines based upon could you knit at the same time was right from my life.The key is to go when no one else is there and actually enjoy the stationary cycle.Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is right on target and this book is a delightful read, that can be picked up and put down based on ones knitting schedule.

    5-0 out of 5 stars pith is in
    not so big in stature, but very big on human nature and knitting. get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful little book
    I was given this book as a birthday present, and the next day I finished it at work.I was surprised by how entertaining and practical a book with no patterns in it could be!It made me long to get home and grab my knitting needles, even though I had only just put them aside the night before.The book is funny and bright and shows me that the problems I have encountered knitting are not mine alone.Other people do understand.It was actually my boyfriend who objected to the words "too much" in the title."Hey," he reminded the cousin who gave me the gift, "Don't forget that she's still working on projects for me."Luckily, the book had quite the right affect and I rushed home today to finish the first sleeve of a sweater I'm making him.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Non-knitter
    I don't knit and I still loved this book!(Although I just might start.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars More of the Harlot
    Stephanie does a wonderful job of pointing out the foibles of knitters. As a regular reader of her blog, I wasn't surprised to find this a funny book. I'm just happy to add it to my library.

    Read it if you knit, or if you know someone who does. It explains a lot. ... Read more


    6. Journey of an Art Quilter : Creative Strategies and Techniques
    by Barbara Olson
    list price: $26.95
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    Asin: 0964120186
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Dragon Threads
    Sales Rank: 13939
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    Book Description

    As much about motivation as it is about teaching techniques, this bold and vibrant quilting resource guides readers through the stages of the quilting process while offering encouragement and advice. Leading readers on a personal journey, the projects detail the joy of pursuing a passion for quilts through the creative exercises designed to help others tap into their own individual style and free their artistic spirit. With hints and tips on everything from fabric selection to choosing the right tools, this inspirational and instructive guide is a must for anyone interested in quilting.
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    7. The Knit Stitch (The Knitting Experience, Book 1)
    by Sally Melville, Alexis Xenakis
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 1893762130
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-15)
    Publisher: XRX Books
    Sales Rank: 3928
    Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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    The Knitting Revolution? What`s revolutionary about knitting today is who is knitting (the new knitters are young women and retiring baby-boomers), what they are knitting (exciting yarns and projects), and most of all, why they are knitting (it feels good: the process, its creative and relaxing qualities, is at least as important to them as what they are knitting). What better time for a fresh approach to the learn-to-knit book?
    Join The Knitting Revolution focuses on the knit stitch. With introductory chapters titled The Basics of Knitting, What You Need to Know Before You Begin a Project, and So You`re Ready to Start Knitting, this primer is the closest thing betweeen two covers to a knitting coach. Hundreds of clear, step-by-step photographs take you through each skill. Always the goal is to show you what you need to know when you need to know it. Choices are given, so each knitter can find the way that works best. Then the skills are put to work (and into a meaningful context) in the chapter`s projects. Loads of tips and special attention to details ensure that absolute beginners can complete any of the more-than-30 projects successfully; class, yet fun designs assure that they will want to.Like knitting today, this book is personal, passionate, powerful—exactly what the new knitter is looking for and irresistible to the already-converted.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars IF YOU COULD ONLY BUY ONE KNITTING BOOK . . .
    If you could only buy one knitting book - this should be it! The author provides the best of both worlds, a basic knitting instruction for those who are new to the craft, and a book filled with patterns that will please even the more seasoned knitter. The styles are sophisicated but easy to knit - and the patterns progress in level of difficulty.

    I particularly like: the Ruana shawl, the Best Friends Jacket and the Einstein sweater coat.

    I also love the way she talks about her philosophy of knitting - what it means to her.

    The book is also filled with several photo examples of each pattern - and provides interesting variations of each. The reader is able to easily envision the projects.

    In her "Oops!" section of the book, I also found many helpful tips and tricks to solving common knitting problems - such as what do you do when you have a hole in the knitting? How do you weave ends in when changing yarn? etc. She shares many clever ideas and techniques and best of all - they are presented just at the time/place in the book where each is needed.

    This book will please knitters of all levels.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book taught me to knit!
    It was a rainy December day in Northern California when I stepped into a yarn shop to avoid being drenched. I couldn't believe the beautiful yarns I saw. It wasn't like a trip to Woolsworth with Grandma when I was a kid! After feeling almost every ball of yarn in the store, I knew I just had to start knitting. But how? I remember a very funky chain stitch with a crochet hook when I was 7 years old...

    I asked the sales consultant to recommend a good basic instructional manual to teach me to knit. She recommended "The Knit Stitch".

    In the past 4 weeks, I have knitted Joel's scarf, the flat knit hat, a couple of basic scarves using luxurious yarns, and am now feeling confident enough to try the ruana!

    I have never knitted before. The only knitter I know lives over 400 miles away. This book has taught me to relax, enjoy the simple things, appreciate some hot chai, and learn what satisfaction can be derived from such pleasures.

    Thanks Sally! Can't wait for book #2!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad at all
    This book is probably the best I've seen for teaching the basics of knitting in a clear, interesting fashion. The short essays on knitting are fascinating and uplifting. I am also amazed at how much this woman can do with a simple garter stitch.

    The patterns aren't quite as good as the rest of the book. Most of them are oversized and not exactly the hippest designs. There were actually only two patterns in the book that I had a desire to make, and they were both scarves.

    In general, I highly recommend this book if you are just learning to knit, or are looking for some good, insightful words about this wonderful craft. However, if you just want some cool patterns, I suggest you look elsewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
    I'm a self taught knitter from the beginning of this year. I wish I'd started with this book. It is so easy to follow and has many great projects. I wish weight of yarn were listed in addition to yardage, but all in all, great book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book surprised me
    I bought this book after reading other people's reviews and it was the right thing to do. I can't believe how many projects in this one book that I want to make. It's all I can do to not abandon my current WIPs and start on the Opaque and Sheer sweater, or the Einstein Coat, or Sally's Favorite summer sweater, to name a few. Yes they are boxy, we're talking garter stitch afterall, but they look good. I never would have guessed garter stitch could be so versatile. Not only that, but her instructions are great and she has something I haven't seen in any other book - how to fix mistakes. And I mean MISTAKES - like something is too long, or too short or you purled when you should have knitted 10 rows back or you ran out of yarn before you ran out of pattern and much, much more. I am an experienced knitter and would recommend this book to all levels. ... Read more


    8. 300 Paper-pieced Quilt Blocks
    by Carol Doak
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    Asin: 1564775348
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-04)
    Publisher: Martingale and Company
    Sales Rank: 8855
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    The "Queen of Paper Piecing" is back with her most block-packed book ever! Find paper-pieced blocks for almost every theme, occasion, and style imaginable. Print patterns in minutes with the included easy-to-use CD-ROM!

    · These 3" and 4" block patterns—over 300 of them!—feature traditional blocks, seasonal and holiday themes, alphabets, numbers, and much more

    · You can print patterns on the spot using a home computer—even resize or make multiple patterns with the click of a mouse

    · Beginners can create perfect patchwork; just follow along the lines for perfect results every time ... Read more


    9. Gee's Bend: The Women and Their Quilts
    by John Beardsley, William Arnett, Paul Arnett, Jane Livingston
    list price: $75.00
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    Asin: 0971910405
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
    Publisher: Tinwood Books
    Sales Rank: 10164
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read about this in Country Home magazine.
    I believe Country Home wrote an article about these woman and pictured them and some of the quilts. I found it fascinating! It made me thankful for what I've got and showed me that beauty is everywhere -- its just a matter of how you interpret the world around you. Erin

    5-0 out of 5 stars more than a coffee table book
    The Quilts of Gee;s Bend is much more than a beautiful coffee table book. It is that, too, of course. The book is filled with social history of this small place near Selma, Alabama. I've been lucky enough to visit Gee's Bend and see the quilt-making process. The Whitney Museum exhibit must have been wonderful. Sunday Morning on CBS did a story on the exhibit. The quilters traveled to New York for the opening and entertained the guests with their singing. That's what Gee's Bend is like: A rich yet poor stop on the road where women made the best of what they had and turned out great art in the process.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
    I have seen the exhibition of the Gee's Bend quilts at the Whitney museum three times. The quilts of Gee's Bend are simple, graphic, and stunning. Although I own the smaller of the Gee's Bend quilt books and the video about the quiltmakers, I find that I want to know and see much more. I have thumbed through this book at the museum and am delighted that it is full of lush photographs of so many more quilts. At the top of my holiday list of things I must have, is this, the larger of the Gee's Bend quilt books. ... Read more


    10. The Art of Floral Design
    by Norah T. Hunter
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    Asin: 0827386273
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-27)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 66717
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Since its first appearance, The Art of Floral Design has become the definitive standard in teaching design techniques. In-depth and illustrated in full color, it offers comprehensive information on the principles and mechanics of flower arranging, basic flower anatomy, and arrangement styles for all occasions. This well-written text combines theory and practice to familiarize readers with the basics and guide them through more advanced floral techniques. This book is sure to remain on your reference shelf throughout your career in floral design. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Student's Review
    A comprehensive guide to floral care and designing. The author has complete instructions with illustrations which are very helpful.
    The author also teaches concepts through repetition and ties the chapters together by reviewing past concepts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook of the Basics of Floral Design
    We used this textbook in our 'intro to floral design' course at Texas A&M University. I thought it did an excellent job of teaching all of the basic design principles, and it also had very good pictures and diagrams to aide in the learning. Unfortunately, I sold this book at the end of the semester, and I wish that I had kept it. I have been looking for a more economically priced floral design book, as complete as this one, and have not been able to find it. I you are a beginning designer, or need the ultimate floral design reference, this is the book for you!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Textbook Style Book
    This is a great book. It is a textbook style book, so it is a little on the technical side. If you are interested in retail floristry then you will find it to be a great book. But if you are a hobbyist or are looking for a book to give you ideas for arrangements to place around the house/office this book maybe more technical than you want.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lacks good design, but great practical knowledge.
    Norah Hunter was my floral design instructor, so of course, we used her book. Coming from a strong design background, I think that the arrangements are at best mediocre and lacking creativity. Some of the design theories seem over simplified to me as well. However, although the design instruction falls short in my opinion, the practical knowledge she teaches about flower names, running a floral business, care and handling, etc. are invaluable to anyone working in the floral industry. The book also contains an excellent appendix of flower and foliage names with illustrations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Floral Design
    "This is the BIBLE OF THE FLORAL INDUSTRY! " That is the exact words my instructor used five years ago when I attended design school. Since that day, I still refer back to it again and again. The techniques and illustrations are wonderfully formatted in such a way that is easy to understand. Everything from the history of floral design up to todays job opportunities within floristry are covered. If you strive to be a knowledgable designer in all areas, this book will surely lead the way. More examples of topics covered are; wiring techniques for corsages, proper care and handling of flowers, understanding color, design principles, controlling cost, holidays, funeral arrangements, the list goes on and on. This is a must have book for any designers library. Sincerely, Julie E. Bargeron ... Read more


    11. Freeform Knitting and Crochet (Milner Craft Series)
    by Jenny Dowde
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    Asin: 1863513272
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
    Publisher: Sally Milner
    Sales Rank: 81637
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    “Take your yarn for a walk,” says author Jenny Dowde, who teaches the freeform “scrumbling” technique. With scrumbling, needleworkers can work unbound by patterns and yet still successfully knit or crochet a project. With just a range of simple stitches and only a few basic techniques, anyone can create lovely and useful household objects and eye-catching wearable art. Full-color photographs illustrate Dowde’s methods in action, from completing both basic and advanced stitches to working with wires and beads, along with a host of special techniques, including constructing buttons, unusual closures, and special accents from polymer clay.
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    12. 500 Cups : Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace (A Lark Ceramics Book)
    by Lark
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    Asin: 1579905935
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Lark
    Sales Rank: 4750
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    In the hands of an expert ceramist, the once-simple cup can become an extraordinary work of art-as these 500 magnificent examples so beautifully prove.The exciting pieces come from an international array of artists, each with a unique perspective. The stylishly varied collection has a little bit of everything: the cups range from handbuilt to wheel-thrown, practical to sculptural, round to square. Benjamin Schulman's "Stacked Teacup Set" takes a strictly functional approach, while Heather O'Brien's "Dessert Cups on Stand" focuses on aesthetic form rather than usefulness. Annette Gates' "Espresso Shot Cups with Rubies" has a surface design of simple abstract lines and dots of glaze and jewels. Some are whimsical, others starkly conceptual. Every one is a treat for the eye.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars inspirational
    This book is as fantastic as 500 teapots! It is full of inspiration! I love it and highly recommend it, buy it now, don't wait another second!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
    Like so many of the Lark books, this one is filled with, you guessed it, 500 photos. Nicely dnone I might add (I am a commercial photographer who dabbles in ceramics to keep myself sane...ish). Now I must admit that I didn't actually count the photo's to see if there are exactly 500, but I'll bet the editor did.

    This book isn't a technique book, but a beautiful reference of about any imaginable ceramic cup, functional and not (some are full of holes and would hold nothing but cotton), traditional, contemporary, Japanese style, hand built, thrown, altered and, well, just about everything I have personally ever been exposed to or even heard about.

    I love this book.

    I find great inspiration as I turn each page.

    If you are looking for references, inspiration, or just some great ceramic works, I highly recommend this book. While you are at it, check out the one on bowls. It's great as well. ... Read more


    13. Knitting on the Edge : Ribs * Ruffles * Lace * Fringes * Floral * Points & Picots - The Essential Collection of 350 Decorative Borders
    by Nicky Epstein
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    Asin: 1931543402
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-28)
    Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books
    Sales Rank: 3582
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    Compiled by an acclaimed knitwear designer and teacher, this collection of 350 knitted edgings, borders, and trims runs the gamut of styles and offers something for all tastes. A wealth of individual project ideas are featured for ribbed edges, ruffles, lace, fringes, flora, and garters. Color photographs accompany each of the designs, which rely upon readily available yarns and which come complete with line-by-line stitching instructions. Decorate cuffs, finish hems, and customize your own unique sweater. Develop distinctive styles and patterns using ideas such as the feather lace ruffle, bel epoque, garter stitch weave, sea scallop edge, sugar drop and much more.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not excellent
    Knitting on the Edge is a collection of basically everything you could possibly consider using on the edges of a knitting pattern, from lacy borders to the more mundane ribbing, garter stitch border or hem.
    The book is pitched toward beginners or intermediate knitters, making it very acessible. However, more expert knitters, used to charts, will be annoyed by the endless strings of "k5, p2 tog, yo...", and the inability to edit the patterns on the fly.
    The chapter on ribs is for the most part uninspired, while the section on ruffles and pleats is worth a look, especially if your taste runs towards things with frilly edges, or you see yourself concocting a garment for a baby girl sometime in the future.
    The lace section is deeply dissapointing. The examples are swatches knitted in some kind of raspberry-colored worsted yarn. It's almost impossible to determine where the eyelets are, let alone what kind of pattern they make.
    There is a paltry collection of 25 apparently rather uninteresting traditional sideways lace borders, with the majority of the chapter taken up by borders that consist of a few repeats of a lace pattern that are bound off at the final row. Besides neglecting the entire point of a traditional lace border (which, if knitted onto the live stitches of a piece, completely avoids binding off, maintaining the inherent elasticity of lace) it leads the knitter into the difficult prospect of attempting to bind off a lace pattern in such a manner that it dosen't bind up and look a complete wreck.
    The chapter on fringe and tassels demonstrates several clever methods, incorporating traditional knotted fringes and fringes made from dropped sitches, some of which are cut. There are also interesting patterns made from fringes along the edges of cable patterns, for that "Celtic Cowboy" look.
    The section entitled "Flora" contains representations of plant anatomy in various states of abstraction. The more realistic versions in sculptural stitches or lace are quite lovely.
    The final chapter, "Points and Picots", also covers some patterns that would be better off classed in the "lace" department, as well as such standbys as The Hem, in all its various turning rows, and The Band of Garter Stitch (The Band of Ribbing having been covered in a previous chapter).
    The final section of the book contains patterns for the use of some of the edgings in the book. The ruffled purse is really the only project here that was particularly inspired; everything else was rather ho-hum: edgings go on the ends of things: cuffs, collars, and hems. I would have been happier if Epstien had included some more challenging projects, or ones that pushed the envelope of edging.
    Overall this book bites off far more than it can eat, let alone comfortably chew. Epstien only scratches the surface of her topic. I would have been happier with a much larger and more in-depth coverage of the topic, especially that of lace borders. Nicky Epstein is not the next Barbara Walker. However, this is a good introduction to borders, and a good book for any designer (aspiring or otherwise) to own.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE book for all knitters!
    Nicky Epstein has done it again - created a knitting book that every knitter should have in their personal libraries. The patterns for the borders are well organized by type making it easy to scan through the pages and select a border for your latest knitting project. The photos of the swatches are crisp and show excellent stitch definition.

    If you hadn't given much thought before to adding decorative edgings to your knitted garments, afgans, shawls, etc. this book will inspire you to do so. Definitely a MUST HAVE book for all knitters!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reference book
    The variety and styles that the author has designed are numerous enough that it should satisfy a variety of tastes - it certainly earns its five stars. Nicky Epstein's unique knitting artistry is well reflected in this book. The swatches are clearly made (details of stitches are easily seen), the categories are numerous, the styles range from easy to complex work. I especially like the format of the book - layout is clean and readable (like when you have it open while knitting), and the projects in the book give you a basic idea how to use the edgings.

    It DEFINITELY is a good addition to one's knitting reference library. The author has a prior book with some of same edgings but this book is unique enough and full of very useful things to make the purchase well worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars License to Creative Flights of Fancy
    What a cool book! There are three pullover patterns, two scarves, a purse and a cardigan, but the real stars are all the different stitch patterns for edgings. These are organized in chapters by type, and range from ribs, ruffles, lace and fringes to flora, points and picots. Each chapter's sample swatches are knit in a different color theme and are shown on the same two-page spread as the stitch instructions. The swatches range from the simple to the very sophisticated, the colors are lush and tempting, and the instructions look straightforward and clear. The number of alternatives offered is dizzying! The reader can peruse 102 different rib swatches, for example.

    Now I know why I have not been able to start my next bag yet -- I was waiting for the inspiration of this kind of a collection! I'm sure I'll be able to pick out one of the cabled fringe edgings soon and cast on for a new project. How could I not, with so many tempting images before me?

    My only gripe -- there's no index, so if you remember that you wanted to use the saxon braid and you didn't write down the page number, you have to scan through a whole chapter to find it. This is a minor concern, but given that some chapters are upwards of 20 pages long, I thought I'd mention it. The entire book is just under 170 pages.

    This is probably the perfect companion to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. ... Read more


    14. Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things : How to Turn a Penny into a Radio, Make a Flood Alarm with an Aspirin, Change
    by Cy Tymony
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    Asin: 0740738593
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Sales Rank: 2795
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Do you know how to make something that can tell whether the $20 bill in your wallet is a fake' Or how to generate battery power with simple household items' Or how to create your own home security system'Science-savvy author Cy Tymony does. And now you can learn how to create these things"and more than 40 other handy gadgets and gizmos"in Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things. More than a simple do-it-yourself guide, this quirky collection is a valuable resource for transforming ordinary objects into the extraordinary. With over 80 solutions and bonus applications at your disposal, you will be ready for almost any situation. Included are survival, security, self-defense, and silly applications that are just plain fun.You"ll be seen as a superhero as you amaze your friends by:" Transforming a simple FM radio into a device that enables you to eavesdrop on tower-to-air conversations." Creating your own personalized electronic greeting cards." Making a compact fire extinguisher from items typically found in a kitchen pantry." Thwarting intruders with a single rubber band.By using run-of-the-mill household items and the easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams within, you"ll be able to complete most projects in just a few minutes. Whether you use Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things as a practical tool to build useful devices, a fun little fantasy escape, or as a trivia guide to impress friends and family, this book is sure to be a reference favorite for years to come.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun book!
    The demonstrations in this great book are fun and easy, and can be especially useful for entertaining kids on rainy days. I feel like it was really educational, but in a really accessible way. Highly recommended! ... Read more


    15. Weekend Knitting : 50 Unique Projects and Ideas
    by Melanie Falick
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    Asin: 1584792914
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-03)
    Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
    Sales Rank: 979
    Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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    Knitting is more popular today than it has been for decades-it's been called "the hot new hobby" and even "the new yoga." The latest generation of knitters thrives on quick projects that are creative, fulfilling, and relaxing-and can fit into a busy lifestyle. Weekend Knitting collects 50 unique, innovative projects and ideas for the beginning- and intermediate-level knitter, many of which can be made in a weekend or less.

    Every project is presented in full-color photographs and with clear instructions. Weekend Knitting also features beautiful photos shot in and around real homes, evoking perfect knitting weekends filled with fresh air, friends, and delicious food.

    Longtime knitting expert Melanie Falick has also brought together quotes about knitting, creativity, and balanced living from such diverse sources as Virginia Woolf, Pablo Picasso, and Saint Francis of Assisi. Recipes for treats such as hot cocoa and butter cookies and tips about fun and stress-reducing activities like hand massages, taking a bath, and hosting a knitting film festival complete the weekend knitting experience. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars wonderful
    I love anything by Melanie Falick. This book has FANTATIC ideas with beautiful imagery. I have had her,"Kids Knittitng"(great for kids and adults), book for a while and this one is such a great addition. These aren't your grandmothers patterns. My kids beg me for these mittens, hats, etc. It's a book that gets you excited about knitting. A must have. You may want to put it out on you coffee table in between projects.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the perfect knitting book
    i adore this book. i'm a relatively experienced knitter and i've had no problems with any of the patterns so far. i've knit several of the flower washcloths, some turtleneck egg cozies, the super mittens, the felted stash accessories bag, and am currently in the midst of knitting the union square poncho. and i'll probably use this excellent book for many of the other patterns. i think the instructions are quite clear, especially the notes included in each pattern that explain any difficult parts of the project. also, as many other reviewers have noted, the pictures are quite beautiful. it's the perfect book for us younger(ish) knitters who want simple and hip (but not too hip) patterns--with a great range in level of difficulty--that inspire us to knit more.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Much Harder Than I Expected
    I am a new knitter. I thought this book would have alot more easy projects than it actually does. If you are an experienced knitter, maybe you could use it, but it is too tough for me. Many of the instructions seem unclear. I'll hold on to it, though. Maybe in a couple years I'll find it useful, but for now, it will sit on the shelf.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos, some horrid patterns
    yes, the photos are beautiful and i wanted to try many of the projects. but the patterns are unnecessarily difficult and at times impossible -- i tried making the curly toed elf slippers three times and it was a total bust. i am an experienced knitter, but this book can be quite frustrating. the washcloths do work, but the crystal palace chenille pulls, try the new manos del uraguay cotton yarn instead.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Pretty pictures but poor instructions
    I am an experienced knitter and was very excited about getting this book as a gift. The pictures are beautiful and there were several projects that looked challenging enough for me to learn a few new things. I started by making the gloves. After getting confused by the instructions and having to rip out the first glove several times I consulted other patterns and found several errors in this book. In order to finish these I had to completely revise the pattern and ignore the book. Even after this I felt that one bad pattern wasn't worth dismissing the entire book, so I tried the brioche scarf. Once again the pattern was confusing and I had to chart my own waters to complete the scarf. Unless you are using the book merely as inspiration to develop your own projects I would not recommend it. ... Read more


    16. Knitting Over The Edge : Unique Ribs  Cords  Appliques  Color  Eclectic - The Second Essential Collection of Decorative Borders
    by Nicky Epstein
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    Asin: 1931543755
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-28)
    Publisher: Sixth&Spring Books
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    Nicky Epstein, one of today's hottest knitwear designers, has created a fabulous follow-up to last season's bestselling Knitting on the Edge. With hundreds of new and super edgings to try, it's a must-have in every knitting library.

    Practically every knitted project needs an edging, and with her hit knitting reference, Knitting on the Edge, Nicky Epstein took the humble traditional rib to new heights. She now proudly presents a companion volume that's equally informative and rich in designs. Knitting Over the Edge takes the craft further, with more than 300 unusual edge combinations and shapings that will add a special, unique touch to any piece. The striking patterns will keep knitters of every level busy experimenting with different types of ties, loops, knots, braids, twists, bobbles and more. The topics explored in depth include cords, appliqués (such as flowers, leaves, hearts, and geometrics), color work, and a host of truly extraordinary corners, angles, bindings, and closures.A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.

    Knitwear designer Nicky Epstein has gained nationwide recognition for her informative workshops, her distinctive and innovative work, and her whimsical sense of style. She has authored numerous books including Knitting on the Edge, Crochet for Barbie Doll, and Knits for Barbie Doll. Her designs have also been featured in Vogue Knitting magazine, as well as many other publications, as well as on television and in art exhibitions.
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    17. Reversible Quilts: Two at a Time
    by Sharon Pederson
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    Asin: 1564774104
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
    Publisher: Martingale
    Sales Rank: 16712
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Discover an unexpected "two-for-one" twist in these beautiful quilts! Create an exciting design on the front side and a completely different design on the back side. Plus, construction is quick and easy because these projects are quilted at the same time they are pieced.

    • Choose from 10 gorgeous, two-sided quilts that are easy enough for beginners, yet flexible enough for lots of design possibilities

    • Quilt projects in small segments and join with simple sashing strips--perfect if you're short on time or space

    • Use this innovative technique with pieced and appliquéd quilts

    Double your quilting fun with Reversible Quilts! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Terrific , User-Friendly Book
    This book is both fun & practical, a boon to a "confident beginner" like myself. The instructions are very clear & the examples are gorgeous. Once you try this method, you might not want to go back, especially for machine-quilting.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the better books
    I bought several books on quilting at once. This was one of the better ones. Useful information. Well written. Pictures are lovely and the diagrams are clear. Good for inspiration and refference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Let's Get Sewing
    I have tried the methods in this book and was very successful. I used the directions for "Down Home" crazy quilt, using some children's fabrics mixed with calico and an applique on alternate blocks. This made a charming baby quilt. I did not piece the backs of the blocks, but used some flannel. I also tried the method in the book for adding borders. For anyone who hates the struggle of quilting a big quilt on the machine, this is a superior method. I can hand finish the edges of the blocks while watching TV. I am now making the string quilt with plain backs. Uses up all your scraps!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A methodological and fun guidebook to a time-tested craft
    Reversible Quilts: Two At A Time by quilting expert Sharon Pederson is a practical, "user friendly", how-to craft book to creating two-sided quilts. Lovely color photographs showcase simple, easy-to-follow instructions for the basic design of ten double-sided quilts, and techniques that can be used with pieced or appliqued creations. A methodological and fun guidebook to a time-tested craft, Reversible Quilts is a welcome and highly recommended addition to any quilting reference collection. ... Read more


    18. 500 Brooches : Inspiring Adornments for the Body (Lark Jewelry Book)
    by Lark
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    Asin: 1579906125
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
    Publisher: Lark
    Sales Rank: 9377
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    Never before has such an extensive and beautiful collection of brooches been assembled, or photographed to such perfection. Marjorie Simon, a distinguished presence in the jewelry field, chose the pieces, and every one features the fine craftsmanship of a top contemporary jeweler. The breathtaking and provocative styles range from traditional to very avant-garde, and the brooches come not only in gold, silver, copper, and wire, but also in glass, porcelain, paper, and other more unusual materials. They're forged, soldered, chased, and cast, and surface embellishments run the gamut from enamel and metal foils to patinas and inlay. In some cases, detail images and artist's comments accompany the full-size photos. Jewelers, students, collectors, and anyone who loves exquisite items will appreciate the amazing diversity on display here.
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    19. Early Georgian Interiors
    by John Cornforth
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    Asin: 0300103301
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Sales Rank: 216995
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    An authoritative and lavishly illustrated survey of the interiors of the grand houses of early eighteenth-century BritainThe interiors of the great country and town houses built in Britain in the eighteenth century were splendid creations, increasingly extravagant as fashions changed and aristocratic home owners attempted to outdo one another. This gorgeous book surveys the decorative schemes of these fabulous homes, considering the combined effects created by design, furniture, textiles, silver, and artworks.John Cornforth, the foremost authority on British interiors of this era, covers a wide range of subjects. He discusses changing social practice and the uses to which rooms were put; the way that fashions in dress mirrored fashions in interiors; the impact of chinoiserie and Eastern styles that became prevalent due to burgeoning trade; the primacy of upholstery in beds, curtains, wall hangings, seat furniture, and case covers; the influence of decorator William Kent; and the ways that collections of art were integrated into designs. And he concludes with detailed case studies of eight preeminent country houses.Engagingly written and generously illustrated, this book is certain to appeal to anyone who maintains, restores, or enjoys visiting historic houses.John Cornforth has been the architecture editor for Country Life magazine for many years. He has also acted as architectural consultant to the National Trust, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous private owners.
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    20. Ribbonwork The Complete Guide: Techniques for Making Ribbon Flowers and Trimmings
    by Helen Gibb
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: 0873497503
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: Krause Publications
    Sales Rank: 19712
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    Ribbonwork comes to life in this appealing guide, featuring 5 beautiful projects to craft for heirlooms or gifts. Materials overviews, a "Ribbon Length Guide", easy-to-follow directions and an inspirational gallery are included. ... Read more


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