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Soft Furnishings & Designer TrimsTotal Hits - 234  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Making your own soft furnishings is an inexpensive and surprisingly simple way of transforming your home. Soft Furnishings & Designer Trims, with step-by-step illustrated instructions for a host of attractive projects, shows you just how easy redecorating can be.

Including projects for making fitted sheets and plain pillowcases, Roman shades and pinch pleat curtains, slip covers and basic table linen.

Along with chair covers that can be made in under an hour, a stenciled comforter, a child's beanbag, no-sew lampshades and every conceivable pillow style.

A section on designer trims, devoted to those special finishing touches, completes the home-decorating picture.

ISBN: 1564262502   Date Published on 9/1/1999
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Upholstery: A Manual of Techniques Total Hits - 220  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Upholstery: A Manual of Techniques is designed as a comprehensive how-to manual for anyone with a stool, chair, or sofa to refurbish. Providing detailed instruction in the skills of all traditional approaches to upholstery-rushing, caning, stuffed, and sprung-this is an excellent introduction to techniques that can be applied to a huge range of projects and furniture. Featuring 160 color photos.

An experienced woodworker as well as a fine writer, O'Neill here introduces the art of upholstery. Structured around the restoration of smaller pieces, the text is comprehensive if thoroughly BritishDthat is, prices are in pound sterling and weights and measures are rendered in metric units first. Translation is possible, but the process takes some getting used to. The volume is also printed on heavy gloss paper, a delight to hold but difficult to read in certain light. The effort is worth it, though, as O'Neill's gentle, humor-filled prose is a joyous romp through a slow but important craft. In 15 chapters and two appendixes (with a short but adequate index), he covers the basics of the process of upholstery, divided by type of piece being recovered or restored. He also provides guidance on how to select pieces for refurbishing. Terms are explained and illustrated, as necessary, and processes are displayed in both color photographs and line drawings. The first appendix covers the steps in a given process and serves as touchpoint or review. Unfortunately, the second appendix, which lists sources for help and materials, is restricted to English books and supply sources, limiting its usefulness to an American audience. Still, this book is worth the hefty price of admission.DAlex Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Skokie, IL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

ISBN: 1861261403   Date Published on 9/1/1999
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UphosteryTotal Hits - 221  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
ISBN: 185391455X   Date Published on 9/1/1999
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Fabric Glossary (2nd Edition)Total Hits - 989  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This dictionary of the world's fabrics illustrates all aspects of fabric production and behavior, including vivid computer scans of actual samples. Coverage identifies hundreds of fabrics by individual characteristics and history, spanning the fiber families; range of fabric weights—sheer to heavy; fabrics classified by end-use categories; and fabric files and samples. For anyone seeking accessible information on how fabrics behave and why.
ISBN: 0130105740   Date Published on 7/19/1999
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Take Up Soft Furnishing (Take Up-)Total Hits - 976  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Take Up Soft Furnishing
ISBN: 3829027907   Date Published on 6/1/1999
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Fabrications : Over 1,000 Ways to Decorate Your Home with FabricTotal Hits - 937  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

This encyclopedic sourcebook, written by a freelance writer and stylist for The World of Interiors and other magazines, is illustrated with 450 color photographs and packed with ideas for decorating the home with fabrics--everything from bed canopies to window trimmings to quilts. 200 diagrams.

With over a thousand decorating tips and ideas and twenty-two do-it-yourself projects, this book is a discriminating home decorators must-have. Its step-by-step diagrams, easy-to-follow instructions, glossary, and extensive directory of suppliers gives readers the savvy and inspiration they need to transform their living spaces into beautiful homes.

Sew until your heart is content. This is the first book I pick up if I am about to give a room a quick face lift. When I cannot bear to look at that old sofa for one more minute, I can find a way to make a cover for it in just hours. I have used it to cover dining room chairs for unexpected dinner parties and whipped up a bed duvet for the guestroom in just one day. I will not let anyone borrow this book from my library. Sorry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Having seen that Katrin Cargill will be making an appearance nearby my home, I visited to learn of her latest publications. She has done much since I learned of her talents over a decade ago! So why do I write my fellow Amazon'ites a review? Because this is one book that even after a decade's time I return to every time I've a window or even a room to dress. Her studied and effected ideas are tasteful, graceful, and yet sophisticatedly creative. Some earlier reviews online here (e.g., early 1990s) caution new sewers about the limited instructions/projects for beginner-level sewing. While this is true, this book was indispensible to me in the 1990s when I was a beginner at sewing because it's ideas and style can be adapted by anyone. That being said, this lovely photo-book belongs on your shelf whether you are a do-it-yourself, a bed-reader-dreamer, or a designer using someone as for your labor. What's more, this remains the case even after a decade's time of styles changing.

Not only is this book beautifully done, but also, the fabric projects are well-presented and easy to undertake. Projects range from storage solutions to elegant interior decorating projects one can do with fabric. I would recommend this book to interior decorators (amateur or professional), seamstresses and upholsterers, and to those with an interest in textiles and their various uses in the home.


ISBN: 0821225901   Date Published on 4/1/1999
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Jazz Up Your Junk With Linda Barker: Fabulous Furniture Makeovers from the Star of Bbc-Tv's ChangingTotal Hits - 1306  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Transform garage sale finds, family cast-offs, and other junk into uniquely personal decorative pieces. Let a notable interior design star teach you everything you need to turn trash into treasure. Full-color photographs detail every step of twenty fabulous projects that range in style from traditional country floral to contemporary chic. A battered floor lamp gets a new lease on life with fake silver gilding; a plain single bed becomes a young gifts fantasy mini four-poster; a dull, double-fronted wardrobe gets a face-lift to become a French-style armoire. Other projects include chairs, cupboards, tables, a writing desk, screen, footstool, washstand, and more. Many popular decorative techniques are used, such as gilding, mosaic, paint effects, stenciling, applique, and etching to create stunning effects on wood, glass, metal, and fabric. Home decorators will enjoy learning new craft skills, gaining creative inspiration, and ending up with fantastic furnishings for next to nothing! A Selection of BOMC's Country Book Club.
Junk abounds--some of us have basements and attics full of it, while others seek it out at flea markets and yard sales. The secret is determining which pieces have the potential to take on a new life, becoming decorative and useful items that lend character to a room. Linda Barker has a sure eye for recognizing the ugly duckling and bringing out its inner swan, with the help of paint, fabric, basic craft supplies, and occasionally some simple carpentry. In her book, Jazz up Your Junk, chairs, tables, armoires, and more are stenciled, decoupaged, glass-etched, and sometimes given minor surgery (nailing two side supports to the top of a sturdy coffee table, for instance, cleverly turns it into a vanity-table bench). Not every project is a stunning success (the floor lamp still looks dated despite its silver leaf; the punched tin seems out of place on the massive doors of the tallboy unit) but most are attractive. Best of all, Barker shows us the "before" pictures as well as the in-progress and "after" shots, and explains what attracted her to each piece, thus instructing readers on how to recognize a good piece of junk when you find it and how to approach its transformation. --Amy Handy

Everyone, including the redoubtable Martha Stewart, is into junk. Whether it is stripping or touching up old varnish, decorators in the U.S. and Britain advise crafters to haunt all types of shops and garage sales for sturdy, nonvaluable merchandise to transform. And, of all the counselors, BBC-TV's Barker provides the best kind of do-it-yourself advice, beginning with lines and styles to look for and concluding with 20 start-to-finish projects. For each, she includes lists of materials and equipment, before and after illustrations, and step-by-step color photographs of various techniques, such as mosaics, tinwork, faux etching, applique, and decorative painting. A tired hassock becomes a saucy harlequin pouffe for feet, while a nondescript armoire is elevated to a gingham-colored kid's storage unit. Proof that "junque" is the same in any language, but design talent is not. Barbara Jacobs

This book contains projects for transforming cast-off, damaged furniture into beautiful, decorative pieces using wood cutwork, d?coupage, or detailed painting. Each project shows a before and an after photograph of the piece and contains clear, well-illustrated instructions. Although similar to the projects found in Sheila McGraw's Painting & Decorating Furniture (LJ 1/98), Barker's projects are a bit simpler, which will make this book particularly appealing to beginners. A good purchase for public libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Linda Barker is a wealth of knowledge and know-how. She's got endless ideas that an average gal like myself can do without a second thought. This book allows that dusty junk in the basement to become a great new piece in your home. She's got so many creative and cheap ideas in this book. The amount of creativity is never-ending. Her work is so easy and natural. Great for Everyone!


ISBN: 0715308327   Date Published on 4/1/1999
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Natural Style with Natural Fabrics: Contemporary Soft Furnishings from Cotton, Linen, Silk and WoolTotal Hits - 870  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (10)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Richardson, a freelance writer who specializes in sewing topics, details the advantages and disadvantages of using natural fabric for home decorating. The more than 25 projects for cushions, curtains, bedclothes, and table linens have clear, well-illustrated directions and include ability levels ranging from easy to advanced. Many of these projects are contained in other books such as Julia Bird & Pia Tryde's Country Fabric Style (reviewed above) or the newest book in the "Creating Your Home" series, Creative Finishing Touches with Fabric (Betterway, 1997). If more home furnishing how-to books are desired, however, this book is recommended.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
ISBN: 0706377400   Date Published on 3/1/1999
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No-Sew Soft Furnishings: Quick and Easy Techniques for Effective Home FurnishingsTotal Hits - 236  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
More (Step-by-Step Pillows and Cushions, LJ 9/15/98) presents a comprehensive look at soft furnishings, detailing period styles, fabrics, and popular contemporary decorating styles such as English country and eclectic. The last two-thirds of the book contains projects describing how to make curtains, draperies, cushions, tablecloths, and the like. The instructions are sparsely illustrated, but experienced sewers will find this an excellent source of inspiration, especially when viewing the lavish styles depicted in the photographs. Bawden (Rag Rug Inspirations, LJ 2/15/97) depicts a casual, contemporary style of soft furnishings with over 50 projects for curtains, bedcovers, cushions, and lampshades, to name a few, all without sewing a stitch. The instructions are so clearly explained and illustrated that an amateur should have no trouble following them. Both books are recommended for public libraries.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
ISBN: 0706377702   Date Published on 3/1/1999
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Design And Make SlipcoversTotal Hits - 408  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
When you glance at your couch or chairs, do they seem faded and worn? Are you tired of looking at the same old pattern? Renew your furniture by simply slipping it into something new! These easy-to-make covers can enliven and transform your entire home. * Over 25 projects, from draped chair throws to smart tailored covers. * There's something for almost every piece in your house--sofas, armchairs, kitchen and dining chairs, stools, and garden furniture. * Stylish gallery pages demonstrate how to add valances, make classic and contemporary arm covers, and camouflage unattractive garden chairs. * Choose fabrics wisely, pattern match correctly, and make new seat cushions. * Treasure the essential information on planning, estimating fabric requirements, measuring, and basic sewing techniques. From classic country flowers to tweed, you'll find just the style to suit your taste! 80 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11.
From the sleekly tailored to the deliciously overdone, slipcovered furniture can set the tone for a whole room. Perhaps even better, the comparatively low cost (compared to new furniture or even professional reupholstery) means you can change looks easily, as often as you like. With basic sewing skills and a bit of patience and practice, slipcover-making skills are not difficult to master. Follow the advice of a home-furnishings professional to learn how to make various coverings--draped or fitted, streamlined or frilly, skirted or welted--for sofas, daybeds, stools, and chairs of many types. --Amy Handy
Slip your furniture into something new! Over 25 projects range from simple draped chair throws to smart tailored covers for almost every piece in your house. Stylish gallery pages demonstrate how to add valances, make arm covers and seat cushions, and camouflage unattractive garden chairs. There's essential information on choosing fabrics, matching patterns, estimating fabric requirements, measuring, and basic sewing techniques. From classic country flowers to tweed, you'll find just the style to enliven your home! 80 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 X 11.
ISBN: 1853684678   Date Published on 12/31/1998

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