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Upholstery: A Complete Course: Revised Edition Total Hits - 256  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   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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Brunschwig & Fils Up Close : From Grand Rooms to Your Rooms Total Hits - 3340  |  Hits Today - 0 Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Everywhere you look, the look is Brunschwig. From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic retreats in country cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wall coverings, and furnishings are used to create timeless, personal, and beautiful interiors.
ISBN: 0821228595   Date Published on 4/14/2005
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Romantic Home Sewing : Cottage-Style Projects to Stitch for the HomeTotal Hits - 1898  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (9)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
If you long to give your rooms a vintage air and country-cottage appeal, you will love the retro floral prints and timeless designs of Romantic Home Sewing, the perfect guide to creating a handmade, easy elegance in your home. The book offers simple-sew projects to transform every room into the romantic retreat you’ve always wanted.

In this step-by-step guide, Christina Strutt, owner of the popular Cabbages & Roses fabric company, shows readers how to make a wealth of projects for the kitchen and bathroom, sunroom, and bedroom—and for gift giving, as well. A skilled stylist and designer, Strutt demonstrates how to create a look that is personal and unique, but not at all labor intensive. Reusing old fabrics and accessories in new ways allows the vintage and the modern to mingle beautifully—and also saves money and time.

The charming projects highlighted in this delightful illustrated book include crisp linen chair covers, a chic fabric headboard, pretty flower aprons, dreamy voile bed curtains, and soothing scented herbal pillows.

Even if you’ve never sewn a stitch before, Romantic Home Sewing will guide you through each technique for polished results.

If you desire a home filled with hand-finished, personal objects, let Christina Strutt be your guide. The result will be an oasis of comfort, whimsy, and true romanticism.

From the creative talent behind Britain’s beloved Cabbages & Roses vintage-style fabric company, Romantic Home Sewing includes thirty easy-to-sew projects that will transform your home into a warm, lovely tableau of hand-crafted detail. From pillows to aprons, duvet covers to lamp shades, Romantic Home Sewing is the ultimate guide to creating the inviting, charming home you crave—all with your own two hands.
ISBN: 0307345637   Date Published on 11/14/2006
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FABRIC MAGICTotal Hits - 1757  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (7)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

This revised edition of one of the most successful volumes in the Magic series offers the most up-to-date and practical information needed to decora te stylishly without a decorator. The practical techniques presented here, traditional and innovative, are easy to carry out and offer various ways of putting your personal stamp on everything. Color photos.

The best-selling guide to decorating with fabric, revised and updated with new photographs and techniques, including:

Transforming fabrics by layering, joining, pleating, stitching, adding edgings, and inserting borders.

Coloring fabrics by painting, patting, daubing, spattering, stenciling, tie-dye, and wax-resist.

Making roller, Roman, Austrian, and inverted-pleat shades.

Making lined and interlined curtains using pencil pleat, French pleat, box pleat, gathered, bunch, slot, scalloped, and goblet headings.

Draping and dressing sheers and curtains with swags and tails, tie-bands, cornices, and valances.

Making bed linen for a wide range of bed styles -- duvets, pillowcases, dust ruffles, and bedspreads.

Covering screens.

Making box, throw, and "hamburger" cushions.

Making table cloths.

Basic sewing techniques, from mitering corners to inserting zippers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Fabric, declares the author, is "the most exciting element" in decorating a room. Leaf through her attractive book and you'll see why. A wide range of styles is embodied here, from the opulence of a Renaissance-style hallway adorned in red silk to the lushness of creamy cotton drapes puddled on the floor to the contemporary lines of smartly striped Roman blinds to the rustic charm of gingham curtains. Melanie Paine explains how to choose, combine, manipulate, and paint on fabrics, as well as how to choose a style for window dressing, beds and bedding, and fabric coverings for walls and furnishings and ceilings. Although step-by-step directions are provided throughout for many of the items (such as various types of blinds, curtains, and bed covers), this is not a basic instructional how-to book. The New Fabric Magic is most successful and appealing as an idea book, filled with wonderful ways to use fabric to make rooms come alive. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


ISBN: 0679725989   Date Published on 8/19/1989
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Oh Sew Easy Duvet Covers & Curtains: 15 Projects for Stylish Living Total Hits - 1749  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (16)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Stop paying high prices for duvet covers and curtains!

* Super-simple sewing plus great fabrics mean designer results
* Ideal for beginners--complete illustrated how-tos
* Bonus shower curtain project

Everyone who’s ever been horrified by department-store prices on curtains and duvet covers needs this book! It’s packed with easy ways to get those designer looks using favorite fabrics and beginning sewing skills. Six duvet covers, twin through king, plus two dust ruffles and six curtain projects make it easy to coordinate a room or a whole house. Complete, illustrated instructions show how to work with ties, buttons, zippers, linings, header treatments, and more.

ISBN: 1571203583   Date Published on 9/6/2006
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Machine Embroidery Room by Room: 30+ Home Decor Projects Total Hits - 1664  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (21)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Has crossover appeal among sewers and quilters

Krause Publications is the premier publisher of machine embroidery books, with seven titles generating more than $1.6 million in combined sales

Great value - covers a variety of projects within the book, with designs included in an accompanying CD-ROM

This book inspires readers to tackle a small-scale home make over, one room at a time. Eight rooms, each with a theme and three design groupings for each theme, are featured in this machine embroidery guide and enclosed CD-ROM. The versatility of the designs, give sewers countless options for revitalizing any room. This book includes: *Projects for sewers to add new character to the family room, dining room, patio, sunroom, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom *More than 30 projects embroiderers of all skill levels can use to achieve a new look in any room *Detailed illustrations and more than 75 color photos inspire sewers to make the most of their embroidery machine investment

Great changes start from small improvements, and this book is packed with small improvements any machine embroidery enthusiast can do.


ISBN: 089689214X   Date Published on 7/19/2006
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Debbie Bliss Home: 27 Hand Knits For LivingTotal Hits - 1643  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (16)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
From top knitwear designer Debbie Bliss comes this fabulous new collection of 26 contemporary designs for you and your home, from bags and scarves to throws, cushions, and rugs.

Inspired by three themes—Seaside, Modern Country, and Urban—Debbie Bliss has created stunning garments and home accessories to suit every mood and occasion. Evoking the pleasures of a sunny weekend by the sea, there are cable-stitch cushions for lazing on the sand, a moss-stitch rug for the beach house, and a handy duffel bag for collecting seaside treasures. Debbie's modern country designs conjure the delights of a snug farmhouse kitchen, with slippers, a tea cozy and kettle holder, plus a luxurious throw to warm up cold winter nights. For urban living, there's a funky-chic handbag, a brilliant plaited scarf, and a cool dotted cushion that will add style to any living room. All the patterns are easy to knit and have clear, step-by-step instructions. And with Pia Tryde's stunning photography, this is the ultimate book for Debbie Bliss fans everywhere. Debbie Bliss, former designer for Baby Gap, is the best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including Special Knits for Babies, Junior Knits, Baby Knits for Beginners, The Baby Knits Book, Debbie Bliss Knitting Workbook, How to Knit, and Classic Knits for Kids.

This book is so beautifully presented it should be marketed as a coffee table book. The patterns are really beautiful and very usable around the home. I really enjoyed making some of the items, and the patterns were easy to follow. The wool recommended was very expensive, but I managed to interchange with little problem. I would recommend this book.

ISBN: 1570763038   Date Published on 10/1/2005
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Home Knits : Luxurious Handknits for Every Room of the House Total Hits - 1553  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (10)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Knitters of all levels looking for new ideas need look no further than Suss Cousins’s luxurious, original designs for the home. The unique SoHo-meets-Sweden style that makes her one of the country’s most sought-after knitters and designers is visible in every pattern.

A thoroughly modern designer who has become a leader in the current knitting renaissance, Suss Cousins’s approach is fresh and inspiring. With her one-of-a-kind knack for mixing colors and textures, it’s no surprise Suss has developed a following among hip knitters everywhere. Some of Hollywood’s hottest stars are among her fans, and thousands of knitters know her work through her stores and classes in New York and Los Angeles, her website, and her new yarn line. Now Suss turns her talents to a whole new area (and a subject that’s close to her own heart): knits for the home.

As much a home design book as a knitting guide, Home Knits includes patterns for 30 projects—from pillows and throws to bedspreads and wall hangings. There’s something for everyone here—from the knitting novice to the seasoned expert—and each project is presented as part of an overall design approach, with ideas and inspiration for using handknits to create a warm, inviting space in every room of the house.

Fill your rooms with the luxury, warmth, and style of handknits. Indulge your knitting passion and make your home a soothing haven for family and friends: Suss Cousins’s handknit designs for the home help you create a living space that is personal, original, and luxurious. Keep the mood easy and uncomplicated with soft seat covers, supple mohair throws, and an array of knitted textures in polished cotton, handpainted wool, and even Ultrasuede. From pillows and placemats to rugs, lamp covers, hand towels, and bed canopies, the projects range from clever accessories you can complete in a few hours to unexpected and original pieces to cherish for years to come.


ISBN: 0307335917   Date Published on 11/7/2006
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Jazz Up Your Junk With Linda Barker: Fabulous Furniture Makeovers from the Star of Bbc-Tv's ChangingTotal Hits - 1319  |  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.
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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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Fabrics for Interiors: A Guide for Architects, Designers, and Consumers Total Hits - 1135  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (6)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Jack Lenor Larsen's name should be widely known and respected throughout the textile arts community. He was originally a hand weaver trained at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He saw the commercial and aesthetic potential of ethic handwoven fabrics from India, Africa, etc. He designed exquisitely beautiful and original fabrics, some of which were based on traditional folk weaves, hired others to produce them by hand and marketed them to the architecture and design community. That was the start of the Larsen empire. His fabrics today are still uniquely original--he produces fabrics from wire, plastics, synthetics and natural fibers, and the construction of the fabric is always a surprise. Because of his originality and the depth of his understanding of textiles, he is especially well suited to creating a book of this type. There is nothing about textiles that Larsen doesn't know! I have used this book as a text in a Textiles class (in an Interior Design department). It is better organized and more clearly presented than any other textile book I know. It's easy for students to understand the construction of different weaves; the text is clear and the illustrations (both photo and line drawings) are excellent. Larsen has also targeted just the right information (including a chapter on professional practices) and just the right AMOUNT of information, for students of design, architecture and textiles. This is not a book for handweavers to learn from--it is intended for the interior design student--but even long-time weavers will have a better understanding of their craft after reading this book. I recommend it without hesitation.

ISBN: 0471289337   Date Published on 10/1/1975

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