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Patios and Walkways (Do It Yourself) Total Hits - 3158  |  Hits Today - 2 Rating:   Rating Average (9)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
An attractive walkway or terrace dramatically improves a home's curb appeal and livability. In many older homes, walkways and terraces need updating or replacement, and new homes are often sold without these enhancements. The projects illustrated in Patios and Walkways, from rustic stone paths to handsome new patios, can be completed within 1-3 days and are explained step-by-step, allowing even first-time masons to achieve professional results. The book helps homeowners select from the wide variety of outdoor materials and tools available at home stores and landscape centers.
ISBN: 1561587230   Date Published on 9/20/2006
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Patternmaking for Fashion Design (4th Edition)Total Hits - 1777  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (25)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Renowned for its comprehensive coverage, exceptional illustrations, and clear instructions, this hallmark book offers detailed yet easy-to-understand explanations of the essence of patternmaking. Hinging on a recurring theme that all designs are based on one or more of the three major patternmaking and design principles–dart manipulation, added fullness, and contouring–it provides all the relevant information necessary to create design patterns with accuracy regardless of their complexity. Sewing guides included for the pleated trouser (with pattern layout), belt/loops, pockets, and zipper; the jean pant with pockets, countour belt, and fly front; and the gusset. Updated jacket foundation draft includes fabric preparation, interfacing, chest piece, tape control, and shoulder pads. Pant drafts–Trouser draft including pocket, waistband, and loop; dungaree foundation draft; grunge pant draft; and three jean waistline variations including pocket and sewing instruction. Includes fitting corrections for the basic patterns. Unique section on patternmaking for bias-cut garments. For anyone developing their patternmaking skills.

ISBN: 0131112112   Date Published on 5/19/2006
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Peaceful Spaces: Transform Your Home into a Haven of Calm and TranquilityTotal Hits - 390  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
'Peaceful Spaces' is composed of two parts. The first half is a truly wonderful collection of decorative rooms and principles telling you how to make your own rooms look really nice. The idea is to get rid of clutter and excess furnishings, and then artfully arange carefully chosen furnishings & decorations to build a cohesive, peaceful room. Some of the rooms are a bit too spartan for my tastes, but most are simply wonderful. This book isn't about decorating style (e.g., country or modern) but how to use shape, texture, color, and materials to compose an inspiring display. 'Peaceful Spaces' touches upon Feng Shui, Zen, and Japeneese decorating style.

The second half of the book applies the principles to different rooms of the house & office.

If decorating your house were an art class, then most books teach technique (e.g., how to do faux painting, how to decorate in the country style, how to recover a sofa, how to choose colors); whereas this book teaches composition (e.g., how to put the pieces together into a pleasing ensamble). My experience with art classes & decorating books is that actual advice on composition is very, very rare. This book is a gem!

ISBN: 1841722634   Date Published on 7/11/2006
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Perfect Palettes for Painting Rooms : Plus Complete Decorating GuidelinesTotal Hits - 216  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (6)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Homeowners spend hours staring at color swatches at their local paint stores. How can they make sure that colors that look great on a 2 x 2 square of paper will also look great on the walls of their favorite rooms?

This is the book for every home decorator who’s never painted before and for those who swore they’d never paint again. Written by professional paint color consultant Bonnie Rosser Krims, this is the foolproof guide to choosing the best color scheme for every room, the first time, every time.

Krims unveils 40 new color recipes, all chosen from top manufacturers and tested in the homes of real clients. She walks readers through rooms painted bright, neutral, and everywhere in between, and provides tools and tips for getting exactly the look you want.

Like having a professional paint consultant in your home, this user-friendly guide can make anyone an instant color expert—and every room a showcase by offering simple, no-nonsense decorating guidelines that will help you reevaluate, reorganize, and revitalize every room in your home.

ISBN: 1564969967   Date Published on 4/27/2006
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Perfectly Painted House: A Foolproof Guide for Choosing Exterior Colors for Your HomeTotal Hits - 320  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Painting the exterior of a home is a large and costly project-yet homeowners have long been forced to decide on a color scheme based on only a tiny swatch or a paint brochure.

Now, nationally recognized color consultant Bonnie Rosser Krims shares a foolproof method for selecting and combining exterior paint colors. This unique guidebook presents more than twenty-five distinct color schemes- complete with color reference numbers from the major paint manufacturers-along with beautiful, full-color photographs, and ideas and inspiration for painting trim, accent colors, and more. Specific information about working with roof color, plantings, and features such as walkways and porches is also included.

From tips on avoiding common and costly pitfalls to a step-by-step plan for getting the results you want, this is every homeowner's key to exquisite color balance for the home exterior.
-Save time and avoid weeding through hundreds of tiny paint palette chips.
-Get the look you want, with foolproof paint recipes and color combinations.
-Save money. This guidebook covers every phase of exterior painting, from choosing colors to estimating time, materials, and costs.
ISBN: 1564968537   Date Published on 4/26/2006
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Persian Carpet Designs to ColorTotal Hits - 461  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This is an exciting source of varied Persian designs such as can be found in the rugs of Tabriz, Sarouk, Kerman, Saraband and other traditional rugmaking areas of Persia.
ISBN: 0880450053   Date Published on 5/5/2006
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Persian Rugs And Carpets: Their History And Symbolism Total Hits - 478  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This book shows the vast range and quality of carpets woven in Persia from about 1850 to 1980. In addition, there is a discussion of rugs woven in countries or areas adjacent to Persia itself, particularly those rugs that either fell or fall into the Persian geographical or cultural orbit, Caucasian weavings, Turkish and Hereke silk rugs and certain weavings that have strong Persian and Islamic influences. The book is divided into sections dealing with each distinct generic type of rug: Nineteenth and early twentieth century city rugs, covering the major centres - Tabriz, Kashan, Kerman Esfahan, Mashad etc. The same from early twentieth century to the present day and including discussions of the major master-weavers such as Mohtasham of Kashan, the semi-mythical Haji Jalili of Tabriz, Amoghli of Mashad and the well-known later masters such as Sairafian, Haghighi, Mamouri and Hekmatnejad. The rugs and woven artefacts of the settled villages in the major weavings areas from west to east concentrating in particular on the many distinctive weaving areas of western Persia from late nineteenth century to the present day. The rugs and woven artefacts of the nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes of Persia from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with particular emphasis on the north western tribes of Kurds, Shahsavan and Lori; the south western tribes of the Lori-Bakhtiari, Lori, Qashqai, Khamseh and Afshari; the eastern tribes of Kurds, Baluchi and (related groups) and Afshari. A general chapter on the market place, buying and maintenance, display, and a section on structure, dyes etc. with diagrams. Essie Sakhai is a much respected expert and dealer in oriental carpets based in Central London. His first book The Story of Carpets was translated into many languages as was his second book Oriental Carpets: The Buyer’s Guide. The Editor, Ian Bennett, is himself author of numerous books on the subject including Caucasian in the Antique ! Collectors’ Club Oriental Rugs series.
ISBN: 185149507X   Date Published on 4/29/2006
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Photocraft : Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love Total Hits - 481  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (4)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
From innovative frames, murals, and lampshades to tote bags, jewelry, and stationery, PHOTOCRAFT features more than forty simple, stylish, and affordable ideas for transforming the photos you love into beautiful keepsakes.

The popularity of digital cameras has us taking more photographs than ever before. PHOTOCRAFT offers easy and creative alternatives to stuffing prints into dusty albums. This book walks you through simple photo-editing techniques, provides great ideas that don’t require any computer skills, and offers an essential overview of photography and craft terms and tools. Color photographs and line illustrations accompany concise, step-by-step instructions for each project. A unique, fun, and highly practical book, PHOTOCRAFT appeals to both a beginner and the experienced crafter.

ISBN: 0821261959   Date Published on 5/29/2006
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Pieced Roman Shades: Turn Your Favorite Quilt Patterns into Window Hangings Total Hits - 281  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (3)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Transform favorite traditional quilt patterns into functional Roman shades for your home's windows. Whether you choose simple Log Cabins or more advanced Watercolor or Bargello designs, custom Window Hangings provide a versatile new way to display your personal style!
ISBN: 1571200940   Date Published on 5/11/2006
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Pillows (Creative Touches)Total Hits - 204  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Introduces techniques essential to strong sewing skills. - Includes reference section for selecting fabrics. --This text refers to the Spiral-bound edition.

As a pillow designer, I was skeptical that I would find information that was new to me. In this book I found many tips that ensure a perfect result, along with wonderful pictures and detailed explanations of techniques. Even if not all of the pillow styles appeal to you, you'll be happy with this book as a guide.

Being a beginner, many sewing books (I have about 8 reference books!) are too advanced and ambitious for me and take for granted that everyone knows all the sewing terms. This book is such a no brainer that I am thinking of getting the rest of the series.

ISBN: 0865734100   Date Published on 6/14/2006

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