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Across the Desert: Aboriginal Batik from Central Australia
Judith Ryan

Victoria, Australia: National Gallery of Victoria, 2009. Softbound, 168 pages, $37.50. ISBN 978-0-724-10299-0.

This stunning book served as the catalog for a 2008–2009 exhibition in Melbourne with more than sixty garments and textiles made by Aboriginal women using the technique of wax-resist dyeing called batik. Large color photographs of the textiles and garments allow the reader to examine the artistry achieved by the makers, while photographs of the makers provide the personal connection.


Album Quilts of Ohio’s Miami Valley
Sue C. Cummings

Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2008. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95. ISBN 978-0-821-41825-3.

This is far more than a book on quilts—it’s also the story of the people who made these distinct quilts in one small region of the state. In this area, between 1888 and 1918, quilters made album quilts to document life events. Quilt historian Sue Cummings shares her documentation here. The quilts are stunning and beautifully photographed.


Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching
Allie Aller

Lafayette, CA: C&T Publishing, 2011. Softbound, 128 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-1607051732.

Besides learning new techniques for creating your own fabrics, methods of piecing, and an array of embellishment techniques with beads and embroidery stitches, this uniquely useful book encourages readers to develop a zeal for new ideas: exciting and attainable ones. Supportive color images are on every page. Six small projects to practice are included. This inspirational resource book belongs in every quilter's library.


AlterKnits: Imaginative Projects and Creativity Exercises
Leigh Radford

New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2005. Hardbound, 128 pages, $24.95. ISBN 1-58479-455-0.

If you want to expand your knitting horizon, get this book. Yes, there are projects and instructions, but there is so much more: thoughtful and thought-provoking insights into both knitting and creativity, conventional and unconventional knitting (with sterling silver wire, for example), and abundant encouragement from the author.


Alterknits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting and Felting
Leigh Radford

New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008. Hardbound, 136 pages, $24.95. ISBN 978-1584797074;

Leigh Radford, knitwear designer and author of Alterknits (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2005), has created thirty imaginative pieces for this book—some knitted and felted, some constructed from felted recycled wool, and others incorporating needlefelting. Step-by-step instructions, gorgeous photography, a sprinkling of tips, and Radford’s brilliant sense of style make this a winner.



And So to Bed: 24 Original Handknits for Girls and Boys
Lucinda Guy

North Pomfret, Vermont: Trafalgar Square, 2006. Hardbound, 112 pages, $22.95. ISBN 1-57076-329-1;

The terrific designs for two- to-five-year-old children in this book are delightful as are the illustrations. If you knit for anyone in this age bracket, this book is sure to please. There are instructions for toys, blankets, a pajama case, hot-water bottle covers, and a doll in addition to some really fun clothing.


Andean Folk Knits: Great Designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia
Marcia Lewandowski

Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2005. Hardbound, 144 pages, $24.95. ISBN 1-57990-582-X;

A brief history of the Andean people and their long knitting tradition sets the stage for the twenty-five knitting projects featured here. Choose from scarves, purses, mittens, and gloves.


Antique French Textiles for Designers with Price Guide
June K. Laval

Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2004. Hardbound, 192 pages, $39.95. ISBN 0-7643-2039-4;

Following a history of French textiles are more than 400 color photographs that illustrate the various uses for antique French textiles. Each section concludes with very helpful Frequently Asked Questions.


Arts & Crafts Needlepoint: 25 Patterns & Projects
Beth Russell

London: National Trust Books, 2010. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-905488-80-5.

A former student of the Royal School of Needlework, Beth Russell has built an international reputation for her interpretations of William Morris designs for needlepoint. This fabulous workbook provides all the information you will need to create simple yet elegant needlepoint projects inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement


The Art of Comfort: Antique Quilts and Bed Coverings from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection

Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Art Museum, 2006. Softbound, 49 pages, $18. ISBN 0-9779541-0-2.

Although this book was published as a catalog for an exhibition, quilt lovers will still want it for their libraries. Forty quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection of more than 2,500 quilts are featured, each in full-color and shown on separate pages. Dating from 1880 to 1940, the quilts are striking.

The Art of Embroidery: Inspirational Stitches, Textures and Surfaces
Françoise Tellier-Loumagne

London: Thames and Hudson, 2006. Softbound, 304 pages, $39.95. ISBN 978-0-500-28639-5.

This artistic book is meant to inspire needle workers to think outside the box. Hundreds of stunning textural photographs offer a dreamlike look at nature's beauty. The book is not meant to instruct, but to invite the reader to explore and express without restraint, using concepts of design composition and use of materials.

Baby Wore White: Robes for Special Occasions, 1800–1910

Emborough, Radstock, England: Heather Toomer Antique Lace, 2004. Softbound, 168 pages, £17.50 (about $35). ISBN 0-9542730-1-X.

This is an outstanding book that those interested in nineteenth-century clothing—both baby and adult—pattern making, and whitework will savor. In addition to clear, crisp photographs of more than seventy robes for babies, there are patterns from several surviving examples, historical and family details, and period fashion plates.


The Bargello Book
Frances Salter

London: A&C Black, 1993; reprinted, 2006. Softbound, £9.99 (about $19). ISBN 0-7136-7953-0.

Many associate bargello, also known as Florentine work, with the flame motif, but it can produce much more than that; tulips, boxes, ripples, and shells are just a few examples. This reprint of the popular 1993 book will get you started down your own bargello path. It is concise, well-illustrated, and precise.


The Basics of Corset Building: A Handbook for Beginners
Linda Sparks

New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008. Hardbound, 77 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-0-312-53573-5.

Costumers and reenactors will appreciate this detailed and step-by-step guide. Clear black-and-white photographs and illustrations show the maker all that is required to construct a corset—from tools and materials, to bones and busks, grommets and lacing.


Beautiful Beaded Embroidery
Concord, California: C&T, 2006. Softbound, 128 pages, $27.95. ISBN 978-1-57120-406-6.

Beautifully photographed and illustrated, chock-full of step-by-step instructions, and full-size lift-out patterns for the seventeen projects make this volume a real treasure for embroiderers and beaders. Choose from bags, ornaments, pillows, flowers, or my favorite—the black satin dancing shoes!


Beyond Paper Dolls: Expressive Paper Personas Crafted with Innovative Techniques and Art Mediums
Lynne Perrella

Laguna Hills, California: Stampington, 2006. Softbound, 192 pages, $24.95. ISBN 0-9717296-8-9.

Paper dolls have come a long way since my 1950s-era Lennon Sisters dolls! This compendium showcases the work of fifty-six contemporary artists, including that of the author. Technique details for each doll—from those made solely from paper to mixed media ones—add insight into each artist’s creation.


Bustle Fashions 1885–1887: 41 Patterns with Fashion Plates and Suggestions for Adaptation
Frances Grimble

San Francisco, California: Lavolta Press, 2010. Softbound, 446 pages, $49.00. ISBN 978-0-9636517-8-5.

These high-quality dress patterns are from the height of the bustle era, when the waist was flattered by a close fitting bodice, there was fullness below the waist in back, and flowing skirt "draperies" were a highlight. This book is a requisite for Victorian clothing style identification and dating and re-creation with step-by-step instructions. The patterns are from the original publications used by both amateur and professional dressmakers. A companion volume with no duplicate pattern information is Directoire Revival Fashions 1888–1889.


The Blue Ribbon Manual of Competitive Needlearts Events
Janet Johnson Stephens and Donalene S. Poduska

Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Susan Yarns, 1998. Spiralbound, 58 pages, $13.95. No ISBN; Janet Johnson Stephens, (770) 587-0604.

If you are involved with an organization that holds judged needlearts events, you will find this book very helpful. The authors thoroughly and effectively cover all aspects from planning the event to judging criteria. Needleart lovers, authors, and stitchers will find the information included in the judging criteria chapter for knitting, crochet, embroidery, canvas work, surface stitchery, counted thread, and quilting valuable.


Button! Button!: 50 Cute & Crafty Projects
Terry Taylor

Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2008. Softbound, 132 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-1-60059-145-7;

The fifty colorful projects using collected and new buttons in Button! Button! range from jewelry, bags, and wall hangings to toys, hair ties, and greeting cards. Turning wheat pennies into buttons to adorn a man’s tweed jacket is just one of author Terry Taylor’s clever ideas. An introduction to Frieda Warther’s collection of 73,282 buttons, on display at the Warther Carvings Museum in Dover, Ohio, is an extra treat.


Children’s Costume: The Complete Historical Sourcebook
John Peacock

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2009. Hardbound, 160 pages, $40. ISBN 978-0-500-51488-7.

John Peacock was the senior costume designer for BBC Television for many years, and he brings that experience to this detailed book. Color illustrations of children from 1500 B.C. to the present wearing all manner of clothing and accessories are depicted here. Each is accompanied by a full description, including fabrics, constructions techniques, and embellishments, Costumers, reenactors, historians, and collectors will find this of immense value.
Chinese Textiles
Verity Wilson

London: V&A Publications, 2005. Hardbound, 128 pages. $50. ISBN 1-85177-438-6.

Author Verity Wilson was curator of Chinese textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 2004 and remains an international renowned specialist on the subject. Here, she leads the reader through history and Chinese culture as it relates to textile examples. Over 100 brilliant pieces are grouped by their purpose—usually for celebration and ceremony although decorative textiles play their role. This book is a rich resource and would be a respectable addition to your library.
Color Knitting the Easy Way: Essential Techniques, Perfect Palettes, and Fresh Designs Using Just One Color at a Time
Melissa Leapman

New York: Potter Craft, 2010. Softbound, 160 pages, $22.99. ISBN 978-0-307-44942-9.

Opening with an informative chapter on color theory, designer Melissa Leapman dives right in with “Mastering Color Knitting Techniques Using Stripes,” emphasizing that all knitting is created “one stitch at a time.” Next comes “Creating Color Patterns Using Slip Stitches.” Precise instructions, stitch libraries, and ten complete projects make this a great introduction to color knitting.
The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery
Mildred Graves Ryan

New York: Sterling, 2005. Softbound, 704 pages. $17.95. ISBN 1-4027-1948-5;

With over 1,000 entries and 1,400 well-drawn and clear illustrations, this handy reference covers crochet, embroidery, knitting, macramé, rug making, sewing, and tatting.
The Constance Howard Book of Stitches
Constance Howard

London: B. T. Batsford, 2005, reprint. Softbound, 140 pages, $19.95. ISBN 0-7134-8938-3;

Well-known embroiderer Constance Howard (1910–2000), whose work was exhibited worldwide, adds her creativity to the stitches that are familiar to all embroiderers.
Cool Crochet: 30 Hot, Fun Designs to Crochet and Wear
Melissa Leapman

New York: Watson-Guptill, 2005. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95. ISBN 0-8230-1124-0;

Looking for out-of-the-ordinary crocheted items? These designs are fun, sophisticated, and fashionable and include sweaters, a terrific coat, an elegant dress, and even a crocheted necklace.

The Coptic Tapestry Albums and the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet
Nancy Arthur Hoskins

Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004. Softbound, 162 pages, $55. ISBN 0-295-98374-4.

Albert Gayet excavated at the ancient Egyptian town of Antinoé between 1898 and 1910 and recovered numerous textiles and textile fragments; 144 of them were bound into two albums by a collector. Nancy Arthur Hoskins tells the story of the textiles, which tell the story of the people who lived in Antinoé. This is a well-researched and –illustrated book—a must have for textile lovers.

Crochet Lace
Jean Leinhauser and Rita Weiss

New York: Sterling Publishing, 2008.  Hardbound, 144 pages, $24.95. ISBN 978-1-4027-3350-5;

The authors have selected twenty-three examples of vintage crocheted pieces from their own collections to be re-created for Crochet Lace. Step-by-step instructions, charts, and detailed color photographs guide the crocheter in creating her or his own heirloom using readily available threads.


Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles, Ruffles, Flora, Fringes, Points & Scallops
Nicky Epstein

New York: Nicky Epstein Books, 2008. Hardbound, 200 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-1-933027-35-7;

More than 200 crocheted edgings for crocheted and knitted objects, together with nine projects using a variety of the edgings, make Crocheting on the Edge a reference that every avid crocheter will want to own. Each edging is photographed clearly in color and is accompanied by instructions and charts.


Crossroads: Constructions, Markings, and Structures
Nancy Crow

Elmhurst, Illinois: Breckling Press, 2007. Softbound, 64 pages, $22.95. ISBN 978-1-933308-19-7;

Published as the catalog for a solo exhibition of work by the quilter Nancy Crow, Crossroads explores Crow’s thought processes and the quilts under construction in her studio. The vibrant full-color photographs of the twenty-five quilts in the exhibition are sure to inspire.

Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects
Denyse Schmidt

San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005. Softbound, 176 pages, $24.95. ISBN 0-8118-4442-0;

From the opening image of Steve the Cat—he makes you giggle and makes you want him!—to the last page, this book is a delight. Clear and precise step-by-step directions guide you through the stellar projects that are not confined to completed quilts.

Directoire Revival Fashions 1888–1889: 57 Patterns with Fashion Plates and Suggestions for Adaptation
Frances Grimble

San Francisco, California: Lavolta Press, 2010. Softbound, 563 pages, $51.95. ISBN 978-0-9636517-9-2.

A more deflated silhouette followed the bustle period, and this comprehensive study of women's clothing styles reflects the changes. The patterns are drawn from the original publications and are an excellent resource for research and re-creation. Complete instructions provide practical application. A companion volume with no duplicate pattern information is Bustle Fashions 1885–1887.

East Coast Rug-Hooking Designs: New Patterns from an Old Tradition
Deanne Fitzpatrick

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada: Nimbus Publishing, 2006. Softbound, 112 pages, $19.95. ISBN 1-55109-569-6;

Deanne Fitzpatrick presents patterns and step-by-step instructions for thirty-three attractive designs, each imbued with the flavor of life on Canada’s Atlantic coast. Some patterns are suitable for beginners, others for experienced rug hookers. A brief history of rug hooking and stories about the author’s life and passion for hooking rugs, along with basic instructions and tips, add to this book’s appeal.


Edges and Finishes in Machine Embroidery
Valerie Campbell-Harding

Chicago: Quilters’ Resource, 2004. Softbound, 128 pages, $25.95. ISBN 1-889682-35-7;

For many, the edges and the finishes are the least enjoyable part of a project. Valerie Campbell-Harding offers hundreds of ideas for almost any machine embroidery project imaginable.


Elly Sienkiewicz’s Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts: 25 blocks, 12 quilts, embellishment techniques
Elly Sienkiewicz with Mary K. Tozer

London: B.T. Batsford, 2004. Hardbound, 128 pages, $26.95. ISBN 0-7134-8877-8;

Lafayette, California: C&T Publishing, 2010. Softbound, 128 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-1-57120-848-4.

Internationally renowned teacher of appliqué embellishment technique and champion of the Baltimore album quilt revival, Elly Sienkiewicz incorporates a magnificent gallery of Baltimore’s Daughters Quilts and offers clear step-by-step technique instructions ranging from simple appliqué to sophisticated embellishments. Superior illustrations and detailed photographs teach each step of twenty-five block patterns.


Embroidered Purses: Design and Techniques
Linda Tudor

London: B.T. Batsford, 2004. Hardbound, 128 pages, $26.95. ISBN 0-7134-8877-8;

Antique purses from around the world, shown in glorious color and detail, serve as inspiration for the embroidered projects. The selection includes two-sided, folded, clutch, drawstring, and box purses.


Embroidered Recipes
Régine Deforges and Bernadette Baldelli

Paris: L’inédite, 2008. Hardbound, 244 pages, $48. ISBN 978-2-35032-130-1;

If embroidery and cooking are your passions, Embroidered Recipes, in both French and English, will delight. Along with a detailed, illustrated stitch guide and technical advice are actual recipes—for Bordeaux Tomatoes or Algiers Mutton, for example—with full-size embroidery patterns and instructions to carry out each theme. Bon appétit!
Embroidered Treasures for Children
Claire Garland

New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2005. Softbound, 128 pages $19.95. ISBN 1-58479-430-5;

Children of all ages will love receiving any of the projects made from this book. The embroidered linen slippers, snuggle bag, and pillowcase, the knitted blanket, the quilts, and the stuffed toys are delightful.

Embroidery from Afghanistan
Sheila Paine

Seattle, Washington: University of Washington Press, 2007. Softbound, 88 pages, $22.50. ISBN 978-0-295-98661-6.

Sheila Paine, textile expert and author of numerous books, presents a visual exploration of the rich embroidery of the geographically-separated tribes in Afghanistan. Over 30 objects and 100 color photographs showcase the needlework in their cultural and social context.


The Encyclopedia of Machine Embroidery
Val Holmes

Chicago: Quilters’ Resource, 2004. Softbound, 192 pages, $25.95. ISBN 1-889682-36-5;

This well-illustrated book takes you from A (acrylic felt) to Z (zipper foot) and covers both free-motion and computerized embroidery. The examples of contemporary work are inspiring.


English Embroideries of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries in the Collection of the Ashmolean Museum
Mary M. Brooks

Distributed by Woodstocker Books, Woodstock, New York, 2004. Hardbound, 96 pages, $22.95. ISBN 1-85444-193-0.

Many good things do come in small packages, and this book is one of them. Beautifully illustrated with many details, the book examines embroidered pictures, a needlework box, samplers, glove gauntlets, coifs, a forehead cloth, a purse, a tape measure, flowers, and a bag. Details on life in the seventeenth-century add to the value.


Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland and Ireland
Donna Druchunas

Fort Collins, Colorado: Nomad Press, 2009. Softbound, 176 pages, $23.95. ISBN 978-0-9668289-9-3.

For knitters who want to try creating without a pattern, this excellent book offers solid instruction on classic sweater construction techniques, focusing on shoulder variations. Ethnic pattern stitches popular in Ireland, Iceland, and Lithuania are explored. Three enjoyable practice projects are included to help the knitter gain knowledge and confidence! Here’s your resource to knit as many unique sweaters as you wish.

Fashions of the Gilded Age: Volume 1, Undergarments, Bodices, Skirts, Overskirts, Polonaises, and Day Dresses, 1877–1882
Frances Grimble, ed.

San Francisco, California: Lavolta Press, 2004. Softbound, 469 pages, $49. ISBN 0-9636517-5-7;

If you are involved in making period costume, you will want this book. Detailed illustrations and text accompany the 343 patterns.


Forties Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look
Jonathan Walford

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2008. Hardbound, 208 pages, $45. ISBN 978-0-500-51429-0;

World War II (1939–1945) affected all aspects of life, including fashion. In this well-researched book, Jonathan Walford examines fashion from Parisian haute couture during the German occupation to ordinary women worldwide remaking and recycling in response to rationing. He illustrates trends with more than seventy garments and accessories, using period photographs, illustrations, and advertisements to help set the scene.


Fran's Story: The 90-Year Journey of a Kansas Farm Girl
Linda S. Thompson

Gilbert, Arizona: Life Path Solutions, 2007. Softbound, 123 pages, $19.95. ISBN 978-0-9764903-6-4.

This is a sweetly personal, homey collection of memories of a much simpler time. Harriet Frances Carey Frazier lived from December 15, 1915, until January 26, 2006. At her daughter's urging, Fran put on paper what growing up in rural Kansas was like, where nothing was taken for granted. In doing so, she left all of us a grand gift.

Glorious Patchwork: More than 25 Glorious Quilt Designs
Kaffe Fassett

New York: Potter Craft, 2008. Softbound, 160 pages, $25. ISBN 978-0-307-45150-7;

Kaffe Fassett is a master fabric artist whose passion for his work comes through loud and clear in his writing. Couple that with instructions for making some of his stunning quilts, and you have a winner in this paperback edition of his 1997 hardcover work Patchwork: Over 25 Glorious Designs.

Going West! Quilts and Community
Roderick Kiracofe and Sandi Fox

Washington D.C.: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2007. Hardbound, 127 pages, $25. ISBN 978-1-904832-45-4.

Fifty quilts made or brought to the Nebraska Territory in the nineteenth and early twentieth century are brilliantly showcased here. Each quilt and its creator are given deserved respect in amazing photography, stories of life experience and poignant commentary. This beautiful coffee-table book, produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, reveals extraordinary creativity in an era of risk and change.

Handknit Holidays: Knitting Year-Round for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice
Melanie Falick

New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2005. Hardbound, 184 pages $27.50. ISBN 1-58479-454-2;

Make gifts, decorations, home decor, and garments following the clear directions in this beautiful book. Table runners, stuffed animals, a great tree skirt, socks, gloves, and fabulous pillows are just a few of the projects included here.
Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces
Robert Shaw

New York: Universe, 2009. Hardbound, 120 pages, $28.00. ISBN 978-0-7893-9963-2.

When traders arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in the nineteenth century, they brought quilting with them. The islanders soon developed their own signature quilting style, using bold botanical motifs. Each of the more than fifty quilts, created between 1880 and the 1990s, is shown in a full-page color photograph. These examples are indeed “masterpieces.”

Here Be Drolleries: Hundreds More Patterns Graphed from Medieval Sources
Nancy Spies

Jarrettsville, Maryland: Arelate Studio, 2007. Spiralbound, 194 pages, $30. ISBN 978-0-9718960-2-4;

Nancy Spies has included more than 400 charted designs in her second collection (her first, Here Be Wyverns: Hundreds of Patterns Graphed from Medieval Sources, was published in 2003) for cross-stitchers, knitters, quilters, beaders, needlepointers, and weavers—in short, any crafter who uses charts. Alphabets, animals, birds, borders, and arches, as well as fanciful wyverns, griffins, harpies, and centaurs—the “drolleries” of the title—provide lots of choice. Each design is annotated as to its source.

Hooked on Crochet: 20 Sassy Projects
Candi Jensen

North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey, 2004. Softbound, 144 pages, $18.95. ISBN 1-58017-547-3;

The twenty projects include not only garments but accessories (a cell phone case), home decor (pillows), and a hammock! The directions are clear and the large illustrations make this especially helpful for beginners.

Indian Textiles
John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2008. Hardbound, 224 pages, $50. ISBN 978-0-500-51432-0.

This beautifully illustrated book shows the breadth and depth of textiles produced in India. From antiquity to the present, examples of the textiles are enhanced by period and contemporary photographs of textile artisans. The bibliography, listing of museums and galleries throughout the world with Indian textile collections, and a glossary add to this informative book.

Kitty Knits: Projects for Cats and Their People
Donna Druchunas

Woodinville, Washington: Martingale, 2008. Softbound, 80 pages, $19.95. ISBN 978-1-56477-838-3;

If you’re a knitter who loves cats, you’ll be thrilled. If you love cats but don’t knit, this book will make you want to learn. Beds, a placemat, and toys are the projects designed for cats; the knitted and felted catnip mice are sure to please. For their people, sweaters, hats, scarves, slippers, socks, a baby blanket, a carpet bag, a pillow, an afghan, and a doorstop each incorporate cat motifs. Your cat is telling you to please get started now!


Knitters’, Crocheters’, Weavers’ & Spinners’ Travel Guide 2006
Solon, Ohio: Direction Press, 2006. Softbound, 374 pages, $15.95. ISBN 0-9776012-0-X;

No more frantic searches for the Yellow Pages when you hit a new town on your travels. This “guide to knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning stores and guilds in the United States” is the perfect travel companion. A state map is followed by the list of shops in that state keyed to map location. Road trip, anyone?


Knitting Block by Block: 150 Blocks for Sweaters, Scarves, Bags, Toys, Afghans, and More
Nicky Epstein

New York: Potter Craft, 2010. Hardbound, 240 pages, $29.99. ISBN 978-0-307-58625-0.

Start with one block, then add as many or as few as you like. This book offers lots of inspiration for designing your own project; you also can use the clear, step-by-step instructions to create the fourteen complete projects, ranging from afghans to sweaters, a bag, a toy, or a cap. Nicky Epstein makes creating easy!


Knit One Bead Too: Essential Techniques for Knitting with Beads
Judith Durant

North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2009. Hardcover; spiral, 159 pages, $18.95. ISBN 978-1-60342-149-2.

If you want to add a little sparkle to your next knitting project, you’ll really appreciate this book. Five fun techniques bringing bead embellishment into your knitting are demonstrated in clear step-by-step illustrations. Each of the five distinct technique sections includes three projects for home, to wear, or accessorize.


Knitting on Top of the World: The Global Guide to Traditions, Techniques and Design
Nicky Epstein

New York: Sixth & Spring Books, 2008. Hardbound, 248 pages, $34.95. ISBN 978-1-933027-67-8.

You will love your trip around the world with well-known knitwear designer Nicky Epstein! You’ll travel to the Far North, Windswept Isles, Old World, Around the Mediterranean, Far East, and New World with more than fifty projects inspired by traditions from those areas. Beautiful photographs; clear step-by-step instructions, charts, illustrations; and lots of tips and techniques will guide you


Knitting Through It: Inspiring Stories for Times of Trouble
Edited by Lela Nargi

St. Paul, Minnesota: Voyageur Press, 2008. Hardbound, 224 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-0-76033005-0.

This book is a collection of knitting stories and anecdotes—some sad, some funny. The life circumstances of the contributors are very diverse in date and nature of suffering; the simple act of knitting in the midst of personal strife, however, serves each one in finding a little peace and purpose.

Kokoro no Te: Handmade Treasures from the Heart
Kumiko Sudo

Chicago: Breckling Press, 2005. Softbound, 176 pages, $27.95. ISBN 1-933308-04-4; www.breckling

This beautifully illustrated, vibrant book features thirty distinctive projects, including purses, sewing accessories, and a miniature kimono. This designer has an amazing sense of color.

Kristin Knits: 25 Inspired Designs for Playing with Color
Kristin Nicholas

North Adams, Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2007. Hardbound, 208 pages, $24.95. ISBN 978-1-58017-678-1.

The latest offering from well-known designer Kristin Nicholas is full of exploding color and quirky design ideas guaranteed to make you smile. The twenty-five easy-to-follow patterns, from socks to sweaters, incorporate relatively simple stitch structures. The challenge will be to let loose and discover your own color adventure!

Kumihimo: The Essence of Japanese Braiding
Aiko Sakai and Makiko Tada

Berkeley, California: Lacis, 2004. Softbound, 130 pages, $24. ISBN 978-1-891-65652-1;

Kumihimo, traditional Japanese braiding, can create both utilitarian objects and fashion accessories. A gallery in full color and step-by-step diagrams show the possibilities.

Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew & No-Sew Projects
Cynthia Treen

New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2006. Hardbound, 144 pages, $24.95. ISBN 1-58479-485-2;

There is a whole lot of great information packed into this small book. The projects, arranged by how much time each takes (from less than one to more than three hours) run the gamut from playful to practical to fashionable. You’ll find clear and concise instructions for making adorable felted rabbits, a silk-trimmed wool blanket, a tea-dyed shawl, and much more.

The Law [In Plain English] For Crafts
Leonard D. Duboff

New York: Allworth Press, 2005, revised edition. Softbound, 215 pages, $19.95. ISBN 1-58115-424-0;

In this sixth edition of this handy book, the author, who is an attorney, has included information on new laws. If you own a small business, this book will help you avoid many pitfalls.

Lily Chin's Knitting Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Knitter Should Know
Lily Chin's Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crocheter Should Know

Lily M. Chin

New York: Potter Craft, 2009. Hardbound, 208 pages, $16.99, each. ISBN 978-0-307-46105-6 and 978-0-307-46106-3, respectively.

These little volumes of knowledge are especially perfect for the beginning knitter or crocheter with no frills techniques and tips accompanied by wonderfully large illustrations. Each is packed with instruction on some of the basics, simple ways to fix mistakes, and how to avoid several pet peeves of the process. Take Lily along as your quick resource.
Making Antique Quilts
Rita Weiss

New York: Sterling, 2005. Hardbound, 128 pages. $24.95. ISBN 1-4027-1948-5;

Complete instructions and detailed illustrations are provided to remake the twenty original quilts featured here. Patterns include Broken Wheel, Jacob’s Ladder, and Irish Chain.
Modern Threads: Fashion and Art by Mariska Karasz
Ashley Callahan

Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, 2007. Softbound, 128 pages, $30.00. ISBN 978-0915977611.

Hungarian-born immigrant Mariska Karasz (1898–1960) arrived in New York City in 1914. There her talent and enthusiasm allowed her to build a career in fashion design and needlework. This book pays well-deserved attention to her life, her cutting-edge designs, and her embroidery art. Photographs from the family archive are sprinkled throughout, providing visual context for her amazing story.

Needlepoint Trade Secrets: Great Tips about Organizing, Stitching, Threads, and Materials
Janet M. Perry

Napa, California: Napa Needlepoint, 2007 (2d edition). Softbound, 117 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-1-4196-6533-2;

Beginning with an examination of canvas ground fabrics and concluding with tips on “Traveling with Needlepoint,” needlepoint author and designer Janet M. Perry offers hundreds of tips on color, threads, stitches, and more, all gleaned from her thirty-plus years of stitching needlepoint. No diagrams, no illustrations, just a wealth of information of interest to all needlepointers but essential for beginners.

Needlework Through History: An Encyclopedia
Catherine Amoroso Leslie

Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007. Hardbound, 236 pages, $55.00. ISBN 978-0-313-33548-8.

This relatively small encyclopedia creates a framework for research, introducing many cultural techniques and is an interesting study of the development of needlework technique around the world and through time. Cross-references and bibliographic lists equip the reader to take further steps for more in-depth investigation. Some will be disappointed that the book's photographs are in black and white, but the rich content is the mark of a worthwhile resource.


The New Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches: Techniques and Designs

Distributed by F and W Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2005. Softbound, 64 pages, $11.99. ISBN 0-7153-1914-0;

This small book is filled with information, beginning with transferring a design and ending with finishing. Included are step-by-step diagrams for forty-nine stitches and instructions for sixteen projects.

The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery
Katherine Shaughnessy

Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2005. Softbound, 112 pages, $14.95. ISBN 1-57990-680-X;

After delving into a chapter on the basics and working through the thirty practice designs, even novice stitchers will be ready to use the fresh designs in any of the fifteen projects offered here.
The New Crochet: 40 Wonderful Wearables
Terry Taylor

Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2005. Hardbound, 143 pages, $24.95. ISBN 1-57990-686-9;

Elegant hats, bags, scarves, ponchos, tops, edgings for jeans, and a sarong are just a few of the projects here. Skill level, a list of stitches used, and a materials list for each project make this an extremely user-friendly book.

New Twists on Needlework Embellishment
Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson

Alexandria, Virginia: Shear Creations, 2007. Spiralbound, 35 pages, $30. ISBN 978-0-9663024-4-8.

Supported by fine illustrations, Suzanne Howren and Beth Robertson show how to use traditional needlework embellishment techniques (including padding, appliqué, couching, altered threads, beads, and found objects) in new ways and/or with new material. Follow the how-to instructions to acquire a good foundation, then take off on your own.


Nicky Epstein’s Signature Scarves: Dazzling Designs to Knit
Nicky Epstein

New York: Nicky Epstein Books, 2008. Hardbound, 150 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-1-933027-34-0;

Regardless of your knitting skills, you’ll find something to make in Nicky Epstein’s latest compendium of more than thirty creative scarf patterns. Designs run the gamut from traditional to light and breezy. Among them, Moorish Medallion (rated Very Easy), with its brocade lining and beaded fringe, and Holiday Doves (Intermediate), worked in intarsia and duplicate stitch, are noteworthy.


Ningyo: The Art of the Japanese Doll
Alan Scott Pate

North Clarendon, Vermont: Tuttle, 2005. Hardbound, 288 pages, $75. ISBN 0-8048-3615-9.

Spectacular is really the only word to describe this book. The centuries-old tradition of the doll in Japan is thoroughly explained with compelling text and wonderful photographs. This is a book to savor.


No Stone Unturned, Book 13

Connections: Links, Joins and Networks, Book 14
Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

Both books: Distributed by Quilters’ Resource, Chicago, 2004. Softbound, 28 pages, $20.95. ISBN 0-9546014-2-4, 0-9546014-3-2;

Here are the latest additions to a series of books by these two well-known British textile artists. Book 13 covers dyeing and painting ground fabrics inspired by stones; Book 14 addresses ways to join fabrics.

Oriental Carpet Design: A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols
P. R. J. Ford Margaret Cusack

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2008. Softbound, 352 pages, $44.95. ISBN 978-0-500-27664-8.

This is a “handbook on rug identification, a practical guide to the six hundred or so basic design styles most commonly found among the vast numbers of modern oriental carpets sold every year in the West.” If you are in the market for an oriental rug, an admirer, or someone looking for design inspiration, you’ll love this comprehensive book. Over 800 illustrations, half in color, document design characteristics; insightful text provides the context.

Picture Your World in Appliqué: Creating Unique Images with Fabric
Margaret Cusack

New York: Watson Guptill, 2005. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95. ISBN 0-8230-1641-2;

Acclaimed fabric artist, Margaret Cusack, takes you through all of the processes to create appliquéd images that capture your own memories. It’s scrapbooking with fabric!

Picture Your World in Appliqué: Creating Unique Images with Fabric
Margaret Cusack

New York: Watson Guptill, 2005. Softbound, 128 pages, $19.95. ISBN 0-8230-1641-2;

Acclaimed fabric artist, Margaret Cusack, takes you through all of the processes to create appliquéd images that capture your own memories. It’s scrapbooking with fabric!

QUILTS: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum
Elizabeth V. Warren

New York, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2010. Hardbound, 336 pages, $75.00. ISBN 978-0-8478-3373-3.

Fair warning: You will lose yourself and a good bit of time from your day after opening the cover of this spellbinding book, which features full-page stunning color photographs of 200 of the most important quilts from the museum collection. Divided into 11 categories of quilts, each chapter opens with a brief description about the characteristics and why the chosen quilts are exemplary in representing the time, style, and technique. Here is a rich variety of beautiful American textile artwork.
Quilt Toppings: Fun and Fancy Embellishment Techniques
Melody Crust

Chicago: Breckling Press, 2005. Softbound, 144 pages, $29.95. ISBN 1-933308-02-8;

If you’ve been thinking about adding some embellishment to your next quilt, you’ll appreciate this colorful book that is filled with inspiration. Clear diagrams supplement the text and boxed tips spread throughout offer additional help.

The Quilters’ Guild Collection: Contemporary Quilts, Heritage Inspiration
Bridget Long, ed.

Iola, Wisconsin: KP Books, 2005. Softbound, 124 pages, $24.99. ISBN 0-89689-185-2;

Twelve quilters, taking inspiration from quilts in the collection of England’s Quilters’ Guild, share the processes they used to create contemporary quilts. Sprinkled throughout are helpful tips (on microwave dyeing, for example) and detailed information on the quilt that served as the inspiration.


Quilting for Embroiderers

Malvern, South Australia: Country Bumpkin Publications, 2008. Softbound, 144 pages, $39.95. ISBN 978-09775476-1-6;

Quilting for Embroiderers,
from the publishers of Australia’s Inspirations magazine, presents a brief history of patchwork and quilting followed by six lovely quilted and embroidered projects: a crib quilt, two wall hangings, two full-size quilts, and a pillow. Precise step-by-step instructions, excellent photographs, including details of each embroidered element, full-color stitch diagrams, abundant information on quilting techniques, and pullout patterns for each project combine to make this a wonderful investment for embroiderers and quilters alike.

Quilting News of Yesteryear: 1,000 Pieces and Counting
Sue Reich

Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2007. Hardbound, 160 pages, $25.95. ISBN 0-76432595-7.

During 1800s America, there was an air of competition in the land to create quilts with a ridiculous number of fabric scraps. Sue Reich compiled over 300 charmingly written newspaper articles to pay homage to the women with the fortitude and artistry to complete their quilt masterpiece. Quilt images throughout the book reflect the quilting techniques used.

Round the Beading Twist: Creative Cordmaking
Jacqui Carey

Devon, England: Carey Company, 2004. Softbound, 28 pages, £7.95 (about $15). ISBN 0-9523225-5-2;

Learn how to make fashionable and fun beaded twisted cords for embellishment. The author begins with basic threading, then moves on to wrapping, distorting, ply splitting, and finishes with ends and joins.

Samplers from the EAC Heritage Collection

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: Embroiderers’ Association of Canada, 2006. Spiralbound, 77 pages, $42. ISBN 0-9731352-1-2;

Nineteen samplers from the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada’s Heritage Collection are presented here, each documented with detailed color photographs and a written description of its history, materials, and condition. The collection originated in 1991 with textiles donated by the estate of Leonida Leatherdale, founder of the EAC; one of them, a sampler worked in 1758, is included in this book. Also included are six family samplers that Bob Caldwell donated to the collection in 2003. A wonderful addition to a sampler lover’s reference library.   


Shoes A–Z: Designers, Brands, Manufacturers and Retailers
Jonathan Walford

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2010. Hardbound, 256 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-0-500-51526-6.

Jonathan Walford brings together over 350 leading women's shoe designers and manufacturers of the last sixty years as a celebration of history and fashion trends. Never-ending design ideas in footwear throughout the years will amaze the reader with a rich array of sketches, bold photography, and a few advertisements of the time.


Silk Stocking Mats: Hooked Mats of the Grenfell Mission
Paula Laverty

Distributed by Cornell University Press Service, Ithaca, New York, 2005. Softbound, 198 pages, $44.95. ISBN 0-7735-2506-8.

Social historians, rug hookers, and textile lovers in general will appreciate this seventeen-years-in-the-making book. The Grenfell Mission was established to serve those living in the remote areas of Canada’s Newfoundland. Among the programs were cottage industries designed to bring in much-needed income; one of those was producing hooked mats made from silk stockings. This is a captivating book.


Spinning Around: Spinning, Dyeing & Knitting Elizabeth Zimmermann's Classics
Jeannine Bakriges

Pittsville, Wisconsin: Schoolhouse Press, 2010. Softbound, 144 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-0-9420183-3-2.

This very popular handspinner's reference book is perfect for novice and experienced alike. Written with passion and personality, it is packed with need-to-know techniques and abundant images. The author leaves no stone unturned in the process: from choosing and preparing fiber, spinning and dyeing to a menu of 21 interesting projects.


Spinning in the Old Way: How (and Why) to Make Your Own Yarn with a High-Whorl Handspindle
Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts

Fort Collins, Colorado: Nomad Press, 2006. Softbound, 176 pages, $14.95. ISBN 0-9668289-8-4.

Intrigued by the thoughts of spinning your own yarn? This easy-to-use, compact book provides all the information, tips, and encouragement you’ll need. Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts, well-known knitter, spinner, and author, guides you through the entire process—it’s almost like she’s sitting beside you.


Stitchin’ and Pullin’ a Gee’s Bend Quilt
Patricia C. McKissack

New York: Random House Children’s Books, 2008. Hardbound, 48 pages, $17.99. ISBN 978-0-375-83163-8;

Inspired by quilts made by the extraordinary quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Stitchin’ and Pullin’ a Gee’s Bend Quilt is a delightful, beautifully illustrated story and an important history lesson for children six to ten years of age. The tradition of making the quilts, examples of which  have been touring museums throughout the United States since 2002, serves as the backdrop for the main character, Baby Girl’s, introduction to quilting. 


Story Cloths of Bali
Joseph Fischer

Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press, 2004. Hardbound, 160 pages, $40. ISBN 1-58008-487-7.

For centuries, the peoples of Bali have used stitched cloths to tell their traditional stories. The cloths featured beautifully in this book are from the author’s collection; that he is passionate about this topic is clear. This is a delight.


String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art
Elissa Auther

Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. Softbound, 280 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-0-8166-5609-7.

Elissa Auther offers an intellectual analysis of contemporary fiber art and how it has evolved from the 1960s toward an emerging "craft counterculture." The author questions material, process, and intention to address the art-craft distinction debate. Social dynamics, including the roles of race and gender in how art has been defined and valued, are also examined. The color photographs by selected artists support the study.


The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection
Jane Nicholas

Bowral, New South Wales, Australia: Sally Milner, 2004. Hardbound, 424 pages, $34.95. ISBN 1-86351-318-3;

If you love raised embroidery, you will love this book. Jane Nicholas is the author of four other books on stumpwork, and her love for the technique shines through in each of them. In this sumptuous edition, she concentrates on the many varieties of beetles. Make your own to embellish photo frames, adorn a purse, add pizzazz to a jacket lapel. Just being able to look at the exquisite photographs is worth the price of admission.


Symbols and Rebuses in Chinese Art: Figures, Bugs, Beasts, and Flowers
Fang Jing Pei

Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press, 2004. Softbound, 214 pages, $27.95. ISBN 1-58008-551-2;

This book is both very informative and a feast for the eyes. The A to Z format makes it very handy to use; the symbols are depicted in glorious decorative art objects and textiles.

Hugh Cheape

Edinburgh, Scotland: National Museums of Scotland, 2006; distributed by Antique Collectors’ Club. Softbound, 112 pages, $17.95. ISBN 1-905267-02-9;

This wee book is jam-packed with information on tartan, “a symbol of kinship and belonging in Scotland and a badge of identity recognised all over the world.” The well-researched history, period photographs, and sixty-seven tartans shown in full color with a brief description make this a must-have for tartan lovers.


Techno Textiles 2: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design
Sarah E. Braddock Clarke and Marie O’Mahony

New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005. Hardbound, 208 pages. $50.00. ISBN 0-500-51245-0;

This updated and revised edition of a 1999 book is a must for any student of fashion. It’s packed with comprehensive text, over 300 color images, illustrations, a glossary, and a very helpful directory with a list of public collections.


Textiles from India: The Global Trade
Rosemary Crill

Calcutta, India: Seagull Books, 2006. Hardbound, 430 pages, $145.98. ISBN 978-1905422173.

Rosemary Crill is curator of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. In this volume, she presents a collection of papers presented at a Kolkata, India, 2003 conference on the Indian textile trade. The research covers the interesting worldwide trade history, from the medieval period to present day. About 250 thought-provoking images support the considerable data.


The Victorian Tailor: An Introduction to Period Tailoring
Jason Maclochlainn

New York: St. Martin's Press, 2011. Softbound, 158 pages, $29.99. ISBN 978-0-312-64233-4.

Here’s a wonderful sourcebook for costume makers and reenactment participants. Patterns and practical instructions are adapted from original Victorian pattern-cutters’ books; full instructions for basic tailoring techniques are included. This visually appealing book covers the evolution of a gentleman's wardrobe from 1850–1900.


Threads of Gold: Chinese Textiles Ming to Ch’ing
Paul Haig & Marla Shelton

Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2006. Hardbound, 304 pages, $79.95. ISBN 978-0-7643-2538-8.

This is a brilliantly illustrated guide to collectible Chinese textiles and a book that is a must-have for collectors, historians, and students alike. More than 500 textiles, badges, and court robes are depicted in full color with information on type, techniques, materials, date, characteristics, size, and value. It is also a feast for the eyes.


1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry
Andrew Bridgeford

New York: Walker and Company, 2005. Hardbound, 368 pages, $26. ISBN 0-8027-1450-1.

Fact or fiction? That’s the question the author of this well-researched book asked about the origins of the treasured tapestry. You’ll have to read to find the answer, but it’s definitely a worthwhile endeavor. Photographs of the entire tapestry are included, and that alone is worth the price of admission.


Textiles of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Linda Parry

New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005, new edition. Softbound, 160 pages, $24.95. ISBN 0-500-28536-5;

Lovers of arts and crafts textiles will rejoice with the re-issue of this comprehensive overview. New color plates are a bonus.


Tribal and Village Rugs: The Definitive Guide to Design, Pattern and Motif
Peter F. Stone

New York: Thames & Hudson, 2007. Softbound, 352 pages, $44.95. ISBN 978-0-500-28672-2.

This encyclopedia is devoted to the rich weaving traditions of six major regional and tribal groups in the Near East and Central Asia. You will appreciate over 1,600 vivid color images that aide in this study of motifs, designs, and patterns. Special attention is given to motif adaptation and interpretation in history and across cultural and geographic borders.

Vera Textiles: A Schiffer Book with Price Guide
Jeanette Michalets and Katherine Michalets

Atglen, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing, 2006. Hardbound, 190 pages, $39.95. ISBN 0-7643-2406-3;

Vera Neumann (1909–1993), known simply as Vera, was an American artist and fashion and textile designer and a household name in the 1960s and 1970s. This volume shows more than 400 Vera objects, including printed scarves, sashes, handkerchiefs, household textiles, clothing, aprons, and dishes—each with a current price. Collectors of Vera will find this book very helpful, as will textile and design lovers.


V&A Pattern: Indian Florals
V&A Pattern: William Morris

London: V&A Publishing, 2009.
Hardbound, 80 pages with CD, $12.95, each. ISBN 978-1-85177-586-6 and 978-1-85177-584-2, respectively.

These small books serve as introductions to the extraordinary design archives at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Each shows a patterns in full color with provenances and technique information. And each book has a pocket on the inside back cover that holds a CD with all of the patterns in JPG format. Both books provide tons of inspiration for your own creativity.

Victorian Wedding Dress in the United States: A History through Paper Dolls
Norma Lu Meehan and Mei Campbell

Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University Press, 2009. Softbound, 32 pages. $12.95. ISBN 978-0-896-72661-1.

Wedding gowns haven’t always been white, and this sweetly illustrated book illuminates that. In addition to the normal pleasure a child will find with paper dolls and their clothes, adults will be delighted by the historical content. Detailed background information on the wearer of each item along with period clothes bring these weddings to life. And the book makes at least one adult want to play with the dolls!

Zen and the Art of Knitting: Exploring the Links Between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity
Bernadette Murphy

Zen and the Art of Needlecraft: Exploring the Links Between Needlecraft, Spirituality, and Creativity
Sandra Detrixhe

Zen and the Art of Quilting: Exploring the Memory and Meaning in Patchwork
Sandra Detrixhe

Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media, 2002, 2005, 2004. Softbound, 224, 213, 224 pages, $10.95, $12.95, $10.95. ISBN 1-59337-093-8;

Each of these books delves into the author’s personal journey with a craft. In addition to being satisfying reads, each concludes with a hands-on project.

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