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Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador:
Beauty Born of Necessity
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Hooked Mats of Newfoundland and Labrador - Beauty Born of Necessity Compiled by The Rug Hooking Guild of Newfoundland and Labrador is a documentation of the hooked mats in Newfoundland and Labrador (RHGNL). The book is a significant contribution to the craft community of the province, and provides inspiration, understanding and a collegiality that time does not diminish. This is a recording of a craft that has played, and continues to play a major role in our textile industry.
Sculptured Rugs in Waldoboro Style
From Rug hooking Magazine
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Waldoboro hooking, an early method of rug hooking, is gaining popularity in the field of fiber arts today. Nationally recognized rug hooker and designer, Jackye Hansen and her student, Trudy Brown, bring their expertise and research together to present Sculptured Rugs in Waldoboro Style brought to you by Rug Hooking magazine. Each page is filled with information on the history behind the art form, examples of traditional Waldoboro rugs as well as contemporary designs, and how this style can be used in today’s hooking methods.
Rug Hooking Magazine
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The Art of Felt
Inspirational designs, textures and surfaces
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Often thought of as a practical material, felt can be surprisingly versatile and even poetic.With handmade felted fabrics, subtle variations in color, texture, and volume can be achieved: threads and fibers merge almost magically to form new motifs that can then be enlivened by embroidered or crocheted details.
Françoise Tellier-Loumagne takes an original approach to the world of feltmaking, finding design inspiration in calm morning skies, spectacular sunsets, and brilliant fireworks displays. The book includes basic techniques that can be used to create felted fabrics from scratch, such as needle-felting and tufting, along with imaginative ideas for ready-made felt. With a little artistic guidance, clouds across the moon can be turned into an eye-catching necklace, or a stormy sky may inspire a striking scarf or cushion cover.
Illustrated with hundreds of images, this book will be a treasure trove for anyone interested in original textile design. The author has taught textile and knit design in France for more than forty years.
Making Felted Friends
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Crafters everywhere are discovering the joys of feltmaking. Working with fleece roving now readily available at yarn and craft stores is fun, tactile, and easy for all ages and levels of crafters. The 25 irresistible projects in Making Felted Friends show how creative it can be to work with this colorful, malleable medium using wet and needle-felting techniques. From cats, dogs, and penguins to snakes, dinosaurs, and monkeys, all the favorite animal friends are covered. Many start with a simple armature, which is wrapped with fleece roving. Then, with the addition of a bit of soap, water, and elbow grease, most projects can be made in several hours. Felting invites embellishment, and these projects make the most of it with brightly colored spots, stripes, spikes, and beaks that offer the imaginative crafter opportunities for sculpting one-of-a-kind creatures. Playful and cuddly to hold, some of these fuzzy felted friends make perfect toys. Others are designed to add a decorative touch to a tabletop or mantel display. Whether given as gifts or kept for entertainment and inspiration, the comical critters in this original felted menagerie are sure to become friends for life.
The Big Book of Needle Felting
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The newest gotta-have-it guidebook for a skill that`s growing in popularity, this book from Kooler Design Studio offers techniques and instructions for more than 50 beautiful, innovative projects. It primarily features projects by Kay Kaduce and Judy Jacobs, as well as an extensive section on jewelry felting by Rona Horn. Includes more than 300 how-to photos and patterns. Chapters include fun purses, glamorous clothing, fresh felted flowers, gorgeous jewelry and a home decor chapter with garden art and holiday gifts. Techniques include making fabric from wool roving, outlining and embellishing with yarn, felting with repurposed sweaters, felting on stones, felting shapes, and felted balls and roses.
Knit One Felt Too
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As Taylor notes, it's disconcerting to shrink a sweater in the washer, but if you knit a loose, oversize garment and then shrink it on purpose, you have turned a wool object into felt. But it's not quite as simple as that. Some yarns and some brands felt more quickly, some need a few minutes in the washer, and others require three full cycles. Taylor offers 25 projects, first showing how to knit the item, then how to get the desired look. The projects are quite inventive, from toddler slippers shaped like bunnies to wine bags decorated with grapes. Taylor's enthusiasm combined with the straightforward instructions and eye-catching color photos will entice knitters.