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Textile Style : The Art of Using Antique and Exotic Fabrics to Decorate Your Home Total Hits - 928  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Textile Style explains how to transform boring to unique with common fabrics as well as sumptuous lengths of Indian jewel-colored silks, intricate kelims and rugs from the East, and woven Scottish shawls. These and many more can be used around the home in a context very different from their original purpose.

For years I've bought dozens and dozens of home, garden and crafts books. Some of them are really good books, most of them are just beautiful editions with magazine like editorial content, and the smallest part of them are composed by some really, really, marvellous books.

In my large collection of home and garden books I choose "Textile Style : The Art of Using Antique and Exotic Fabrics to Decorate Your Home" as my number one book, what means the best of the bests. Since I bought it turned the most important among the others, the most read, the most manipulated, the most talked about. So, I really recommend it!!!

The other books of Caroline are not pieces of art like "Textil Style" but they all show she's a very good home designer.

This is a fantastic design book. Beautifully photographed and organized in a sensible and intuitive way, anyone interested in design or textiles will love it. Most of the interiors pictured are in London, and there is a bias for that quirky British "more is more" style. So it you're looking for decorating inspiration for your minimalist home this book may not be very helpful. Otherwise, it's wonderful. I find myself referring to it again and again.

ISBN: 0821226843   Date Published on 11/1/2000
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The Practical Encyclopedia of Soft Furnishings: The Complete Guide to Making Cushions, Slipcovers, CTotal Hits - 205  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

A beautiful reference guide to making soft furnishings for every room of your home.

I am an avid quilter, but had never taken on upholstry. This book made it very easy to custom make slipcovers. This is great for anyone from a novice sewer to an experienced one. I highly recommend it.

ISBN: 0754806340   Date Published on 10/25/2000
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Decorating With Fabric and PatternTotal Hits - 326  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Whether you are planning a quick update or remodeling from scratch, Decorating with Fabric and Pattern offers essential advice and inspiration for choosing and using classic and modern fabrics and patterns. Every page is packed with fresh ideas on using fabric to add texture, warmth, and color to a room. Photos and decorating tips guide you on how to get the most out of patterns in wall coverings, upholstery, window and door treatments, as well as decorative accessories. Chapters target decorating with classic fabrics and patterns-chintz, damask, brocade, toile, checks, and stripes-and explore fresh, new modern patterns, using vibrant colors, abstract geometric designs, and stylized floral motifs. Decorating with Fabric and Pattern features the key advice and inspiration you need to create the look you want using the fabrics and patterns you'll love.

Color photos show just how dramatic & interesting fabrics & patterns can be when applied in just the right manner.

ISBN: 1564967018   Date Published on 9/1/2000
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The Essential Guide to Upholstery Total Hits - 244  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
I received this book yesterday and cannot put it down. The pictures, drawings and advice are fantastic. I am very interested in upholstery projects for my home and am ready to move from a "beginning Intermediate" level to "Intermediate". This book is just what I needed for more guidance. I have an extensive collection of upholstery books, and except for "Simply Upholstery" and the "Singer Upholstery Basics" books, I have been mostly disappointed with the books I have received as they were not helpful or showed unrealistic projects. This book is like being in an upholstery class with a smart, interesting teacher. I hope Dorothy Gates writes more books on this subject. I would certainly buy it!!
ISBN: 1552850811   Date Published on 9/1/2000
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The Fabric Quantity Handbook: For Soft Furnishings Total Hits - 283  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

'The Fabric Quantity Hand Book - Imperial' Simple-to-use for estimating curtain fabric quantities quickly and accurately. Also includes estimation tables for valances, pelmets, swags, blinds, bed valances, covers and much more. Available in metric and Imperial measurements.

This book is designed to make the task of estimating fabric quantities for curtains, accessories and trims easier and more accurate. The tables have been formulated as the result of our experience making bespoke soft furnishings. However, when estimating for specific designs, the quantities given may need to be adapted and so should only be used as a guide.

Maybe I missed it, but nowhere in the description did I read that this ENTIRE book is in METERS!! V. helpful for design prof's outside of the US, but every chart has to be converted for those of us stuck in the English system of measure. It would be HEAVEN if the book had been published w/both yards and meters. Oh well, writing conversions in the margin is a good "slow day" project.


ISBN: 0953526720   Date Published on 9/1/2000
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Do-It-Yourself Fabric Decor : Pillows, Window Treatments, and Slipcovers for Your HomeTotal Hits - 188  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
About This Book: This collection of projects and techniques is a comprehensive guide to sewing fabric decor for the home. It includes a variety of unique designer pillows with lots of ideas for personalizing them. Window treatment projects cover a wide range of styles and forms, from tried-and-true pinch-pleated draperies to fun-and-funky triangle pointed valances; some that require minimal sewing and others that are a bit more elaborate.
There are styles suitable for every room in the house, every skill level, with valuable information about window treatment hardware and installation. Slipcovering techniques also run the gamut from casual quick and easy to formal fitted, with expert advice for achieving professional-quality results. As an added bonus, each section includes pertinent information on selecting fabrics, working with patterns and colors, and developing a personal decorating style.

A comprehensive guide that covers all aspects of sewing for the home.

Includes a wide range of styles; suitable for all decorating schemes.

Covers a range of skill levels-includes something for everyone.

Features step-by-step photos and concise directions for every project,

with inspiring ideas for variations.

Eliminates the need for expensive patterns. Measuring and cutting directions are part of each project.

Includes information on window hardware options and resources for locating the right components for each job.

Very good book, with easy to follow instructions. My only reason for not giving it a 5-star rating was because I would have liked to see a few more curtain/drapery styles than were offered. Lots of really good tips in this book.

Its a good book for beginners, I am a beginner. ALOT of the projects in this book seem like they are from the early 80's (yuck) even though it was published in 2000. If looking for a how-to book this one is good with tips only. MOST of the projects are pillows and window treatments, with only a hand full of other projects. NOT a good book for the younger crowd looking for tips and projects for decorating their home. Or anyone looking for something modern. I personally was very disappointed, and there are book out there that are SO much better.

I ordered this book because I was out of ideas and needed some help with slipcovers. I have been sewing for more years than I can count, however, never to old to learn a few new tricks. I found this book to be very helpful, very simple instructions, step-by-step, they assume you are new at sewing, and take each step of the process & add photos so you can see what it is suppose to look like to keep you on track. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to improve their sewing skills and/or new sewers or just looking for good ideas.

I wish I had seen this book first! This one reference combines numerous topics in one. What I like best are the step-by-step instructions - with photos! I am new at sewing and being able to see what the steps should look like is extremely helpful. Also, the book covered every type of curtain I could think up does such a thorough job with pillow descriptions that I think of the slipcovers section as an added bonus. If you want to decorate your home with neat and professional looking work, get this book!

What a great book! I'm not good with sewing... in fact, I've never done it before... but this book made everything so easy to understand, and therefore everything was so easy to make. Nobody wants to believe me that I did it all myself!

ISBN: 0865733457   Date Published on 7/1/2000
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The Complete Upholsterer: A Practical Guide to Upholstering Traditional Furniture Total Hits - 241  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

This is a guide intended for the experienced upholsterer who works with antiques and period furniture. Part of the book is devoted to a history of styles of upholstered furniture from the 17th to the 20th centuries so that upholstery restoration may be made as authentic as possible. Sections on equipment, techniques, and projects assume some expertise in order to achieve professional results. Although not as practical for the home craftsperson as a basic guide like Michael Torelli and Ellen Haggerty's Reupholstering for the Home Craftsman (1977), this is an elegant, useful book for the antiques restorer. Recommended for decorative arts collections.
- Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

The book starts by teaching about style through the ages with the help of period drawings and paintings... then a walk through materials and techniques. Even a list of addresses of suppliers of professional upholstery supplies is provided. This is an essential reference for anyone thinking about upholstering anything.

ISBN: 0711210926   Date Published on 6/1/2000
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Furniture Makeovers Total Hits - 248  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
In this book are over 30 easy and inexpensive projects for transforming tables, chairs, cupboards, and chests into unique works of art, with designs to suit all lifestyles and moods.
ISBN: 0754803112   Date Published on 3/9/2000
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50 Fabulous Chairs Total Hits - 212  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

This was such a fun book, it had many great ideas for painting chairs you find at flea-markets, garage sales etc... All of the patterns given could be enlarged or reduced to fit most any chair or other funiture. The directions were rather simple to follow as well. The photography was also good.


ISBN: 1574861832   Date Published on 1/1/2000
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Upholstery: A Complete Course: Revised Edition Total Hits - 249  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
“This massive compilation of facts, skills, techniques, designs, and insider advice tells you everything....Set up your own workshop with just a few tools, a staple gun, cloth, and foam cutters. It’s practically enough information to make you a professional upholsterer!”—Decorating Country Style.
If you're looking for a step-by-step guide or a source-book, look elsewhere. This book is a general introduction to the history of upholstery, with general descriptions of traditional and modern upholstery techniques, of more value to those considering upholstering as a vocation or to the serious hobbyist than to the casual do-it-yourselfer.
ISBN: 1861081189   Date Published on 12/31/1999

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