The resurgence of interest in bargello brings us this colorful book that gives quilters a fresh look at a traditional technique. The eight projects incorporate sections bits of bargello into traditional pieced quilt designs adding fun, texture, and interest. Using bits of bargello as design elements creates the illusion of movement and depth through color and piecing. The clear instructions take the fear out of bargello. Each project utilizes a different bargello sequence, perfect for workshops in a classroom setting or for trying on your own. With a background in textile and sweater design, along with training in interior design, this busy long-arm quilter and pattern designer brings a wealth of experience and imagination to these projects. Karen, her husband, and their three young children live in Ballston Lake, New York.
Make mesmerizing bargello quilts with the easy-to-follow instructions and charts included in Strip-Pieced Bargello. It's like quilting by number! * Sew strips of fabric together * Slice the strip sets into segments * Arrange segments into swaths of movement and color * Create the illusion of curves using only straight strips! Start with as few as four (or as many as 24) fabrics to sew a table runner, wall hanging, tote, tree skirt, or larger quilt. Armed with Judith's tools, tips, and techniques, as well as her smart methods for staying organized, you'll be ready to make your first--or your 21st!--bargello beauty.
20 Quilts Using Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters
Author: Kathreen Ricketson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Sewing with pre-cut fabric packs is all the rage. It allows for endless creativity and makes it a cinch to stitch up lovely quilts without breaking the bank. Little Bits Quilting Bee features 20 projects for small fabric scraps and bundles including jelly rolls, charm squares, layer cakes, and fat quarters. From king-sized quilts to wall hangings, and more, this beautifully illustrated book has something for sewers of every skill level. To top it all off, author Kathreen Ricketson founder of the hugely popular craft site WhipUp.net offers expert shortcuts and step-by-step instructions.
A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long
Author: Maura Madden
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Hello, Crafternooners! Maura Madden invites you to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of crafting.... Named after a monthly event that comedian and crafting superstar Maura Madden began hosting in 2002 as a way to get her friends together, meet new people, and have a good time making some cool stuff, Crafternoon is both an entertaining how-to guide and an irreverent social manifesto. Organized by month and theme, Crafternoon explains how to create and host a fun-filled casual gathering (including recipes for snacks and decorating tips) that celebrates the art of crafting. Knot nautical-themed crafts to wear, quilt new additions to your home decor, make the perfect gift for any holiday, or feel free to BYOP (bring your own project). All crafters are always welcome and encouraged to bring guests, and if your knitting or clay-shaping skills are a bit rusty, that's fine, too -- there are instructions aplenty! A must-have for anyone who wants to get their craft on, this quirky guide offers a twelve-month blueprint for a year of connecting with friends old and new, and enjoying a possibly messy, but always fulfilling afternoon.
Provides full instructions for creating articles that range from a harpooner's shirt to a set of Revolutionary War chessmen, with each project featuring a striking design and innovative needlework techniques
The former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art examines the world of art forgery, from ancient times to the present, sharing anecdotes about some of the costliest, most embarrassing forgeries ever, as well as the motives of the fakers
The Italian Renaissance was a cultural explosion of art, architecture and learning, but it had a darker side. Two powerful families, the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals, the Pazzi, are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power. Caught in the whirlwind is Flora, the last daughter of the Pazzi. As her beautiful older sister is being painted by the famed artist Botticelli, Flora is dreading her fate. Destined for life in a convent, Flora is determined to take matters into her own hands, even as her world crumbles around her. When Flora decides runs away, she has no idea that the decision will save her life. As her family falls to their murderous enemy, Flora must find a new life and a new identity. Inspired by actual events, Primavera is a dazzling coming of age story set during a time of beauty and wealth, ambition, rivalry and brutality. Historical art references to Boticelli and his famous painting, Primavera, give this book an appeal similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring.