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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Janneken Smucker
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (2013, Oct 31st).
Quilts have become a cherished symbol of Amish craftsmanship and the beauty of the simple life. Country stores in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and other tourist regions display row after row of handcrafted quilts—a favorite souvenir for tourists and a source of income for the quilters. In luxury homes, office buildings, and museums, the quilts have been preserved and displayed as priceless artifacts. They are even pictured on collectible stamps. Amish Quilts explores how these objects evolved from practical bed linens into contemporary art.In this in-depth study, illustrated with more than 100 stunning color photographs, Janneken Smucker discusses what makes an Amish quilt Amish. She examines the value of quilts to those who have made, bought, sold, exhibited, and preserved them and how that value changes as a quilt travels from Amish hands to marketplace to consumers. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kate Haxell
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (2013, Nov 1st).
Give a personal decorative touch to knitted projects by adding an inspiring message, a special date, a beloved name or initials. This book shows readers how to hand knit every letter of the alphabet, plus numbers and punctuation marks, in 26 different fonts--from simple classic lettering to more ornate calligraphy and contemporary handwritten styles. The Knitted Alphabet includes: Patterns for 26 different alphabets, including numbers, punctuation, emoticons and dingbats Detailed illustrations and step-by-step instructions for each alphabet, including a knitted swatch and easy-to-follow chart for every letter Ten inspiring simple projects with full patterns Instructions for various knitting techniques including: intarsia, Swiss darning, textured stitching and more More than 1040 patterns. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Editors of CrossStitcher magazine ...
Publisher: Design Originals (2014, Jan 1st).
This bumper collection of contemporary cross-stitch projects is packed with on-trend inspiration from today’s hottest designers, such as Jan Constantine, Felicity Hall, Emily Peacock, Floss & Mischief, Mr. X Stitch, and more. Whether your style is funky, retro, or bold, you’re sure to find the perfect project here. Designer Cross Stitch Projects offers more than 100 vibrant designs, inspired by current fashion and interiors trends and bursting with color. Easy step-by-step guides show how to make professional-looking gifts and accessories, including fun, quirky ideas to knock up in a weekend; fabulous gifts to give to others; and stunning, large-scale projects that will dazzle in any home. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Amanda Brown
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (2013, Oct 22nd).
This is the only book you’ll need to learn the craft and art of upholstery from start to finish. With clear instructions illustrated by more than 900 step-by-step photographs, the five projects included here are designed to teach all of the techniques and skills you need to reupholster any piece of furniture to suit your own taste and style. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability