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Short Cuts to Designer Style: Soft FurnishingsTotal Hits - 255  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Drawing on the secrets of professional workroom techniques, this detailed guide explains how to create the delicious fabric accents that "add warmth and coziness, coolness and quiet, or bright colorful vitality." Learn all the basics of designing, measuring, pattern matching, lining, and hanging, and then choose from among the more than two dozen projects to construct curtains, blinds, drapes, valances, tie-backs, cushions, and bed canopies. Plus, find helpful shortcuts (like using Velcro to close pillow openings or to hang valances), tips on alternate applications such as making a room divider out of curtains, interesting variations on standard looks, and suggestions for reinterpreting the designs to suit your own personal style. --Amy Handy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
ISBN: 0706375157   Date Published on 3/1/1997
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Soft Furnishings for Your HomeTotal Hits - 275  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Soft Furnishings for Your Home (Paperback)
ISBN: 1564772012   Date Published on 3/1/1997
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The Total Bedroom: Easy-To-Make Quilts and Custom Fabric FurnishingsTotal Hits - 429  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The Total Bedroom: Easy-To-Make Quilts and Custom Fabric Furnishings
ISBN: 1564771148   Date Published on 2/1/1997
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101 Essential Tips on Decorating with Fabric Total Hits - 171  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The 101 Essential Tips pocket-sized paperback format is ideal for quick reference. The basics and a bit more are at your fingertips in these handy guides--every question you're likely to have is answered clearly and completely. Each little volume contains more than 250 full-color illustrations combined with authoritative text, making these new titles great additions to any home library.
Core information on a variety of subjects is reduced to the 101 most crucial facts you must know. The pocket-size paperback format makes it ideal for quick reference. Hundreds of crisp, full-color photographs are combined with thoroughly researched text in these handy books.

This book is good for people who are new to decorating and like fabric craft ideas for the home. It actually contains more information than I expected from the description (it is only 72 pages). The pictures are generally good and helpful. One thing I must say though is that on the pictures illustrating machine sewing the fabric and thread are ofthen similar color and it is very hard if not impossible to figure out where the seams are. Other than that, I think it has enough information to get you started. The price is right too.

However, if you know the basics and are interested in more involved and elaborate projects you might want to choose a title that goes into more detail.

ISBN: 0789401711   Date Published on 1/1/1997
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Simply Slipcovers Total Hits - 734  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Give your furniture a fresh new face with simply slipcovers.whether you love the cozy, rumpled look or a more tailored approach, this book offers a wealth of exciting design ideas. Twenty step-by-step projects for sofas, chairs, futons, and ottomans are fully illustrated to help you sew and modify slipcovers to fit your furniture and your style. Detailed instructions cover everything from estimating yardage and selecting fabric to cutting, sewing and fitting techniques. For the beginner, simply slipcovers offers no--sew options, while more advanced seamstresses will find new and creative design options in Designer details. Refurbish your furniture wardrobe with confidence using simply slipcovers!

"Slipcovers are to furniture what clothing is to the body," declares this creative, common-sense guide. "They camouflage, dress up or down, give character, and convey style." They can transform an ordinary item into something exciting that helps make a room work. Less pricey than new furniture or reupholstery, they can nevertheless be somewhat costly when custom-made--unless you learn to make them yourself. Simply Slipcovers is an excellent choice for this purpose. In keeping with Sunset's winning how-to series format (see also Simply Window Treatments and Simply Upholstery), the book offers a common-sense approach to choosing style, fabric, and trim, supplementing its extensive step-by-step instructions with good, clear photos and diagrams. In addition to actual construction information, the 20 projects explain measuring and cutting (with measuring diagrams and cutting layouts) and include loads of great tips on achieving a professional appearance. Besides cover-ups for futon, daybed, and ottoman, and both simple tailored and elaborately swagged sofa designs, projects feature various chair styles, from easy folding- and dining-chair disguises to skirted armchair and welted wing chair covers. Several projects also feature "designer details," ideas for finishing touches like contrasting borders, decorative bows and binding, or pleated swags. The "basics" section explains yardage calculations for many types of soft furnishings, cutting and fitting directions, general construction techniques, and an overview of essential equipment. Although some pieces require advanced sewing skills, many can be handled by the novice. --Amy Handy
I know the very basics of sewing--how to thread the sewing machine and where to put your foot to make the needle go up and down. I bought 2 books on slipcovers and this one is my favorite. It covers all of the basics for beginners like me, yet it includes beautiful, detailed covers for the advanced. I hope I'll be making slipcovers with the best of you in the near future. I'm really happy that I bought Simply Slipcovers.
This book is full of ideas,encouragement,and inspiration. It's directions are clear and easy to understand. While promoting creativity and personalization of your project, it gives you the basics needed for selecting fabric and style, measuring, cutting and sewing. I am not terribly skilled at my sewing machine, but with the help of this book, slipcovers are now in my repertoire.
I know the very basics of sewing--how to thread the sewing machine and where to put your foot to make the needle go up and down. I bought 2 books on slipcovers and this one is my favorite. It covers all of the basics for beginners like me, yet it includes beautiful, detailed covers for the advanced. I hope I'll be making slipcovers with the best of you in the near future. I'm really happy that I bought Simply Slipcovers.
ISBN: 0376015144   Date Published on 1/1/1997
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Upholstery Made EasyTotal Hits - 263  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Upholstery Made Easy
ISBN: 1570020590   Date Published on 1/1/1997
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Home Decorating with Fabric: More Than 80 Great Projects from Cushions to ComfortersTotal Hits - 229  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Give your home a face-lift! Add style and comfort to any room with more than 80 fabric decorating projects. From beginner inspirations—do-able in an afternoon, with no sewing—to more lavish creations. Here are exciting fabric treatments for every room in your house. You'll be inspired not only by the fresh and unique projects, but also by the fabulously decorated rooms in which they are showcased. "An excellent presentation on fabrics and equipment."—LJ. 144 pages (130 in color), 15 b/w illus., 8 1/2 X 11.

Parks's Complete Book of Window Treatments & Curtains (Sterling, 1994) was a practical, easy-to-follo, how-to book on window coverings. Unfortunately, this is an uneven work. The book begins with an excellent presentation on fabrics and equipment. However, the majority of the book is composed of directions for various soft furnishing projects that contain few illustrations, which makes the written instructions hard to follow. Given Parks's previous work, this book is a disappointment.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Over 80 interior decorating projects involving fabric applications are contained in a title which tells how to transform both rooms and individual pieces. Some projects require no sewing; others involve fabric preparation and advanced sewing projects. Plenty of color photos embellish ideas.

ISBN: 0806931590   Date Published on 12/31/1996
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Modern Upholstering Methods Total Hits - 244  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This book is a republication of what appears to be "modern" methods of the 1950s. By the data, illustrations, tools and materials described in this book I conclude that the republication was not updated to the methods of the 1990s. For example, data quoted is from 1957 through 1960, the term "vinyl" is not used and the material is not described, and all tacking is literally done with tacks and not staples. If you are looking for a book to understand the methods of the past, then this is it. But don't expect to learn about truly modern methods and materials.
ISBN: 1561673153   Date Published on 10/1/1996
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Simple Upholstery and Slipcovers: Great Looks for Every RoomTotal Hits - 265  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Using basic tools and techniques, you can make any of more than 50 fabulous projects, covering major types of upholstery and re-upholstery, covering and re-covering. Some projects can even be completed in a few hours! Footstools, dining room and easy chairs, love seats—give almost any item in your home a quick and easy face-lift! "'ll find this book helpful regardless of your sewing

Beginning with coverage of the basics--fabric types and characteristics, welting and trims, tools, cutting and sewing directions--this book offers solid information on using upholstery to transform the look of a room. From the simplest additions (pillows and loose coverings) to the more complex pieces (tailored slipcovers and reupholstery), the projects are well explained and appealing, and include interesting variations such as incorporating decorative buttons and ties or upholstering a table. In addition to detail photos of work in progress, several full-room photos offer ideas for coordinating the total look of a room.

Instead of dashing out to buy new furniture, it is once again in vogue to change the look of sofas and chairs with slipcovers. This manual explains basic terminology, measuring techniques, and how certain fabrics are easier to handle when sewing cushions or stitching cover-ups. Beginners will certainly be challenged by a variety of difficult projects, but Parks also shows charming, simple ways to transform chairs, stools, and ottomans with appealing loose-fitting covers. Advanced methods, such as reupholstering a classic wing chair, are shown in photographs that clearly illustrate the necessary stages in the process, from stripping old covers to padding, cutting, fitting, and stapling on new material. Alice Joyce

Some people get books like this because they want to see how things are done but rarely do they actually do a project. I on the otherhand am a doer and not just a looker. This book makes doing it easier.

Just over 140 pages long this is a book that really gave me the step by step info on how to both make slipcovers which are a European maindstay as well as how to redo upholdtery of chairs and sofas.

The authors covers everything from what type of fabric to use to preparing it ahead of time re: washing and sizing. On pages 56-66 she gives a step by step with photos instructions on how to do a slipcover for a couch that is of sound construction.

Pages 67 thru 71 a club chair is redone. But it is the tailored slipcovers starting on page 73 which I can do and do well. The Quick Tied cover for a chair on 87 is just perfect for those of us who live the casual California lifestyle or for someone in a small cottage on Marthas Vineyard.

The book covers Materials; Tools and Equipment; Cushions and Pillows; Simple Coverups; Making a Tailored Slipcover; Tailored Slipcover Projects; Quick Upholstery; Reuposletring a Chair; Upoholstery Projects. The issues of padding and stuffing, webbing, tying spring cord, threads, zippers, tacks, welt, sewing and sizing are all covered.

See if your library has the book. Then take your time, and plan well and measure twice and cut once and pin and baste and you will discover that you not only can redo your own furniture but have fun and probably save money as well.

ISBN: 080698158X   Date Published on 9/1/1996
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Bed Coverings (Craft Ideas for Your Home Series)Total Hits - 307  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This stunning series showcases innovative design ideas for every room in the home. All beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, each book offers attractive ideas and solutions for every decorating challenge.
ISBN: 1567992781   Date Published on 4/1/1996

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