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Home Fashions: Curtains, Bedspreads, Valances, Swags, Pillows & AccessoriesTotal Hits - 162  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
With more than 500 decorating ideas, this European approach to design features full-colour photographs of window treatments and accessories
As you turn the pages of this book you will find ideas, both simple and dramatic, for incorporating draperies, shades, swags and cascades, blinds, valances and tiebacks into your home. With each window treatment you create, Home Fashions will help you in making it a spirited representation of your individuality. Along with a variety of window décor, this book also features beautiful ideas for specific rooms including kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. And Home Fashions will show how easy it is for tiebacks and accessories to become a detailed representation of who you are.
ISBN: 975973561X   Date Published on 7/1/2003
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Sewing With Vintage Linens Total Hits - 232  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Creating home decor with vintage textiles is the latest hot sewing trend, fueled by the resurgence of interest in simpler times and lifestyles. A source of inspiration, ideas and projects, this exciting new book shows how to locate, purchase, prepare, and assemble vintage textiles to create home decor that reflects these comforting times in a fresh, new way.

More than 25 projects range in complexity from simple to advanced, including handkerchief pillows, memory quilts, slipcovers, and an upholstered ottoman. Includes all patterns as well as a fantastic photo gallery of inspirational projects.

This book had some really nce ideas for old and vintage items--I have a lot of craft books, this is one of my favorites!

After seeing Samantha McNesby's designs in numerous crafting magazines over the years, I knew that I would enjoy her new book. It's very well written and has easy to follow directions. I highly recommend it to those who love to sew.

ISBN: 0873495322   Date Published on 5/1/2003
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Vintage Fabric Style: Stylish Ideas and Projects Using Quilts and Flea-Market Finds in Your Home Total Hits - 463  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Vintage fabrics are the latest trend and who can resist them? Antique quilts, funky 1950s tablecloths, fine old linens, intriguing scraps of velvet and lace...there's more available than you know what to do with. Now Vintage Fabric Style presents chic ideas and projects that incorporate these fabrics into beautiful home accessories to help create your personal style. Blending their specialties, textiles expert Lucinda Ganderton and stylist Rose Hammick gives step-by-step instructions for inspiring projects, such as transforming an old piece of patchwork into county-style curtains, making a luxurious comforter cover from old damask napkins, and turning old family cast-offs into a lovely baby's quilt. Photographer Catherine Gratwicke uses her background in textile design to focus on each project both close-up and in its environment. Vintage Fabric Style is so inspirational, you'll run out of hand-me-downs before you run out of ideas.

Hidden in grandmothers' sewing boxes, piled high in flea-market stall or hiding out in the back of your linen closet...vintage fabrics in every style, color and condition are just waiting to be transformed into beautiful home accessories. In Vintage Fabric Style, textiles and soft-furnishings expert Lucinda Ganderton and stylist Rose Hammick suggest a multitude of creative ways to use these treasures - from showing how to transform an old piece of patchwork into country-style curtains to making a sturdy apron from an old pair of jeans.

I needed the ideas in this book to use the vintage lace that I'd collected and the stacks of old quilts hidden away in the closet. These were things that attracted me at flea markets and yard sales, but then I had trouble working them into my decor.
The idea of hanging antique clothing on the wall like a piece of art really appeals.
This is a great book for any fabric-aholic out there.


ISBN: 1841724165   Date Published on 4/1/2003
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Soft Furnishings for Living Rooms: 25 Classic Projects for Your Home Total Hits - 469  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Have you just moved into your first home, or are you ready to give your existing home a new look? This inspirational, yet comprehensive sewing course covers the range of skills necessary to design and make your own soft furnishings for one of the key rooms in the home, the living room. The 25 projects include items simple enough for beginners to make, but the level of designs will also appeal to those with more advanced skills. The book includes: Choice and use of materials and equipment, selecting styles, advice on colour and pattern and customizing; estimating fabric quantities; care of soft furnishings, Ideas for dressing windows, including lined and interlined curtains with machined and handmade headings, Roman blinds and tab-top curtains, Window treatments, including a simple throw-over swag, pelmets (valances) and traditional and plaited tiebacks, All kinds of covers, from basic throws to round tablecloths, stools and chair covers, Cushions -- pads and piping, cords and tassels, buttoned and zipped cushions, bolsters and box cushions Even if it is just one room, most of us enjoy having some space to call our own and the desire to make our surroundings look, and feel, comfortable is a natural instinct within us. Soft furnishings are one of the quickest ways to achieve a new look in an interior and while hiring professionals to do this can be an expensive process, making up your own designs can save a lot of money and is also fun to do.

Soft Furnishings for Living Rooms is designed to take the student through a carefully structured course for one of the key rooms in the home, beginning with the simplest door curtain, throw-over swag and basic cushion with cords and tassels, and leading on to more advanced projects such as a Roman blind, swags and tails, footstools and bolster and box cushions. The book is divided into five chapters: Getting Started, Dressing Windows; Window Accessories; Covers and Cushions. Each chapter starts with an easy project for a beginner to tackle and builds up to intermediate and more advanced designs. The 25 projects themselves have been carefully selected to provide a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques and ideas. All are accompanied by clear, step-by-step instructions and diagrams and over 90 beautifully styled photographs, making them accessible and achievable, whatever your level of skill. Once you have worked your way through this course, which has been designed by Miriam Coe, an ex-tutor of the renowned Liberty Sewing School, you should feel confident enough to make any soft furnishing project for the living room.

ISBN: 0713480416   Date Published on 3/28/2003
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Country Living Decorating Vintage Style: Using Romantic Fabrics and Flea Market Finds Total Hits - 188  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
There are about as many versions of vintage as there are types of fabrics. So British textile firm proprietor Strutt audaciously promotes her vintage as one of the real things, backed by acres of colorful interior and exterior photographs. Consider the text as accompaniment; in truth, lessons are learned more by the visuals than the words. On the other hand, each chapter imparts at least one decorating tip; living room design, for instance, must take into account the comfort of its residents rather than aesthetics. On the whole, colors should reflect creams and yellows, greens and browns, not the psychedelic hues beloved by such designers as Tricia Guild. And there is absolutely no harm in mixing to one's heart's delight a cheery combination of fabrics, of furniture styles, and of accessories. Expect few instructions, but many visual ideas. Barbara Jacobs
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Capture this popular and pretty look with the help of Christina Strutt, owner of the renowned design firm, Cabbages & Roses. She takes a tour of town and country homes to showcase, with beautiful photographs, hundreds of decorating ideas. Comfy living rooms feature patchwork cushions and oversized family sofas. The style is beautiful and timeless.

This book evokes an easygoing Summer feeling, and inspires you to fill your home with sunlight, fresh flowers and "Shabby Chic" style flea market finds. I absolutely love, love, love, this book! If you love the "Shabbby Chic" style, then you'll truly enjoy this lovely book. Written by the owner of Cabbages & Roses, based in England.
Multitudinous country decorating ideas are captured in these two books from Country Living magazine. Former House Beautiful editor Butcher takes nature as inspiration for her color combinations, with themes such as field and woodland or slate and stone. Color photographs of interiors are accompanied by sidebars full of tips on the use of color, light, texture, and fabric in ways that mirror the outdoors. Strutt, owner of the fabric firm Cabbages & Roses, provides decorating tips for using vintage items-glass, ceramics, furniture, and particularly textiles-throughout the house. Butcher's book is recommended for any size public library, as its advice on the use of color will be helpful to amateurs; purchase Strutt's book where patrons can't get enough of vintage and country decor. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
ISBN: 1588162400   Date Published on 3/15/2003
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Fabric All Through the House: Window Treatments, Pillows, Bed Coverings, Tablecloths, and More Total Hits - 1124  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (9)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Fabric All Through the House: Window Treatments, Pillows, Bed Coverings, Tablecloths, and More
ISBN: 1574862987   Date Published on 11/1/2002
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Fabric: The Fired Earth Book of Natural Texture Total Hits - 993  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (8)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Of all the materials we use to enhance our interiors, none is more pleasing to our senses than fabric. From nubby linens to silky sheers, Fabric: The Fired Earth Book of Natural Texture will lead you deep into the sensuous world of textiles. Designers Elizabeth Hilliard and Stafford Cliff urge the reader to look at decorating with a fresh eye, and their book is brimming with new ideas. Each chapter is organized by texture: Natural looks at cottons and knits; Luxurious explores suedes and velvets; Translucent covers sheers and lace. Also taking the reader through satins and metals, as well as embossed, quilted, and printed fabrics, the authors then move on to Color: Simple and Exotic, exploring important color themes and explaining dyeing techniques. Drawing on striking and unusual imagery from the world around us, and filled with exquisite design images, including contemporary interiors, this gorgeous book will forever change the way you think about fabric in your home.

This sumptuous, photo–laden guide invites the home decorator to look at fabrics in a new way, focusing particularly on texture and color as sources of inspiration.

This decorating book is filled with color pictures--some relevant, some not--and floating, almost dreamy prose. Though U.S. designers will probably not recognize the name "Fired Earth," this is the second book in a series that emulates the style and tone of this European decorating retailer. Ex-journalist Hilliard and her cohort (a refuge from Terence Conran's Habitat) delight in developing sensual associations with fabrics and pairing emotive words with textiles. Luxurious, then, means velvets, paisleys, and faux leather. Reflective equates to glass, satin, anything with metal. Don't expect instructions or even templates to consider. Instead, it's to be gazed at--again and again and again. Glossary appended. Barbara Jacobs
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Fabric makes a difference to our lives -- it brings comfort and warmth, it creates mood and decorative style, but above all, its delicious textures are the key to enriching our homes. Of all the wonderful materials we use to enhance and decorate our interiors, fabric brings the most joy to our senses. From rough, slubby linens or soft velvets to shimmering, sleek sheers or seductive satins, Fabric: The Fired Earth Book of Natural Texture will lead you deep into this wonderful world of sight and touch. Taking inspiration from physical and visual texture, and the vast range of fabrics available today, Elizabeth Hilliard and Stafford Cliff celebrate the decorative use of fabric. They urge us to use fabric in all its guises to transform our living spaces and our lives. Fabric is bursting with exciting new ideas for use in our homes.

Our journey into the world of fabric takes us through the extraordinary variety of texture and colour, with thought-provoking images of natural, cultural and everyday objects, as well as glorious photographs of inspirational interiors. The authoritative text covers the many different types of fabric available, their history and their use. Each chapter considers the evocative qualities of fabric, from the cottons and linens of Natural, the wools of Luxurious, the muslins of Transluscent, the taffetas of Reflective and the patterns and visual fabrics of Printed and Colour. An intriguing introduction awakens our senses, while a short section at the back assists with any basic practical queries. Drawing on unusual imagery from the world around us and inspiration from Fired Earth, the company that specializes in natural paints, fabrics and other home products, Fabric, with its engaging text, exquisite design and superb photographs, provokes us to look at fabric in a fresh way and will inspire us to rethink the way we use fabric within our homes.

ISBN: 1862053731   Date Published on 10/1/2002
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More Sewing for the Home Total Hits - 293  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
More Sewing for the Home is a helpful planning and coordinating guide for the do-it-yourself home decor sewer. You'll find tips and techniques used by professional designers to help you plan and decorate in your own unique style. The first section covers developing a home decorating plan, how to mix prints and colors, and how to select the appropriate fiber and finish for the project, as well as construction basics and designer tips.

The rest of the book is divided into three sections.

1. Window Treatments-Shows how-to's for creating tent-flap curtains, tapered valances, padded cornices, and more.

2. Cushions & Pillows-Covers every style such as tie-tab pillows, mock box pillows, and trendy double-flange pillows.

3. Bed & Bath-Includes step-by-step instructions for duvet covers, futon covers, and sink & vanity skirts, and shower curtains.

Colorful photographs show how your project should look at each step of construction, ensuring success.

While many of the books in the Singer Sewing Reference Library are very good, I have found the "Sewing for the Home" series of the books to be the best. These books are lavishly illustrated, with detailed color photographs of every step of the sewing process for home decor items. After purchasing this book, I was able to create lovely custom home decor projects at huge cost savings over custom-made or purchasing ready made items. Even a beginner can achieve very good results with home decor projects using the instructions and methods found in this book. If you are interested in home decor sewing, then you should add this book to your sewing library

ISBN: 1589230752   Date Published on 9/1/2002
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Whether you're looking to sew a few new pillows for your sofa or to decorate a bare room, Sewing for the Home is exactly what you need. Packed with instructions for more than 50 classic home decor items, this book is one that will be used for years to come. The book begins with the basics of sewing for your home, including information on fabric, fiber and color selections, sewing machine equipment and notions, timesaving tips and advice.

The rest of the book is divided into four sections.

1. Windows-Offers a wide range of treatments, including tab top curtains, rod-pocket curtains, pinch-pleated drapes, and Roman shades.

2. Pillows-Covers forms and fillings, closures and cushions, and how-to's for many different pillow designs.

3. Tables-Includes instructions for a variety of tablecloths, placemats and cloth napkins.

4. Bed & Bath-Covers information on creating a new comforter, shams, dust ruffles and even shower curtains.

I bought my first house six months ago. My house needs curtains, seat cushions, wall hangings. And I'm new to all of this; while I'm just-past-novice at sewing and quilting, I've never even paid attention to how one constructs a pillow.

As a result, I've looked at several books about home decor, and I've bought a few. So far, this book has helped more than the rest of 'em put together.

First, it doesn't try to make you a specialist. I don't need to make curtains in dozens of styles; I just want to make a few ordinary ones that look nice. By separating the book into sections, I get the most common designs without the advanced stuff I don't expect to need, and I don't have to buy four books. (Well, I probably wouldn't have bought one for tables, anyway.)

Another advantage to its lack of specialization is that it includes a few items you wouldn't find elsewhere, such as instructions for making a shower curtain. As it happens, I'd already finished that project before I got this book, but these would have helped me just as well. (As an aside: after making a shower curtain from scratch, I'd never buy another one. It's so easy, and it looks wonderful.)

Also, this book gives very clear instructions, with photos that really DO show the process. It also doesn't make assumptions about your sewing skill, or your comfort with the equipment. For me, the "Aha!" moment came when it explained that it may be helpful to use a walking foot (more commonly used in quilting) to deal with heavy or bulky fabrics. I'd already ripped out the seams on a seat cushion *twice* by the time I read that, and had become disheartened with the project. Armed with that single bit of knowledge, the project was finished in a weekend.

I've another cushion project to start -- my husband is building a window seat -- and then it's time to begin on the curtains and window shades. I did buy a few curtain-specific books, but I suspect I'll turn to this one first.

This book is fantastic! It covers how-tos on all the basics! My experience with these kinds of books is that they'll show you how to make ruffled valances and rosette pillows, but never cover the basics, like how to make a cloth shade or a simple removable pillow case (ie. sans buttons and zippers which can intimidate the beginner). This book has it all, and also great hints for making the kinds of minor modifications that make a pillow/curtain truly "special." The best home deco sewing book I've seen.

ISBN: 1589230760   Date Published on 9/1/2002
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Sandra Betzina Sews for Your Home : Pillows Window Treatments Slipcovers Table Coverings Kids' AccesTotal Hits - 1008  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Best-selling author Sandra Betzina has teamed with interior designer Debbie Valentine to produce a home decorating book that is stylish and appealing. This book includes dozens of projects for sewers that can be personalized to suit every taste and skill level, along with complete step-by-step instructions for every project and more than 400 color photos and illustrations. Betzina is renowned in the sewing world, and this is the next installment in her line of very successful sewing books.

Betzina is known primarily for her books on garment sewing. In this collaboration with interior decorator Valentine, she switches gears to explore the world of sewing accessories for the home. In addition to complete, richly illustrated instructions for dozens of pillows, window treatments, table coverings, bed linens, and gifts for children and pets, there are solid sewing instructions that the reader can use in myriad future sewing projects. Highly recommended for all public library sewing collections
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Ignore the "home dec" vernacular and even the authors' breezy way of assuming that, hey, anyone with any IQ at all can master a sewing machine. Because here, in Betzina and Valentine's fourth book, is a literal font of crafty creativity. Where else could you find instructions for a kitty litter box cover? Or a TV remote-control pillow holder? Sure, some of the more than 50 patterns are a bit silly. Yet what draws and holds readers' attention are excellent directions, work sheets for measuring such size-variable items as window coverings and futons, good process photographs, and a bevy of useful information--about single and double welts, gathering, stretch velour, and other related topics. Envision any home accessory, and chances are it's inside Betzina and Valentine's collection. Barbara Jacobs
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Betzina is known primarily for her books on garment sewing. In this collaboration with interior decorator Valentine, she switches gears to explore the world of sewing accessories for the home. In addition to complete, richly illustrated instructions for dozens of pillows, window treatments, table coverings, bed linens, and gifts for children and pets, there are solid sewing instructions that the reader can use in myriad future sewing projects. Highly recommended for all public library sewing collections Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
ISBN: 1561584460   Date Published on 8/15/2002

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