Knots, Macrame and Rugs
Ashley Book of Knots: Every Practical Knot--What It Looks Like, Who Uses It, Where It Comes From, and How to Tie It
Ashley Book of Knots
Every Practical Knot--What It Looks Like, Who Uses It, Where It Comes From, and How to Tie It
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385040253
The definitive book on knots--including approximately 3,900 different kinds of knots, from simple hitches to "Marlingspike Seamanship," this book and a piece of cord will open a new and challenging world of practical adventure to readers of all ages.

The Ashley Book of Knots includes almost everything there is to know about knots, each precisely named and classified (with some new knots officially listed for the first time in the original 1944 publication). Mr. Ashley describes when each knot initially appeared, something about their history, and what each knot is best used for.

Including an easy-to-use index of knots, Mr. Ashley gives explicit directions on how to tie each knot. Devoting eleven years to writing his masterpiece, he describes each step simply and clearly and penned some 7,000 illustrative drawings alongside the text. This classic resource is based on forty years of looking for, trying out, and thinking up new knots. Mr. Ashley's drawings abound in humor and the text is full of colorful anecdotes. The Ashley Book of Knots will make a unique and permanent addition to any library.
Basic Rug Hooking: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started
Basic Rug Hooking
All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started
Paperback      ISBN: 0811733912

From its humble beginnings--a bent nail, burlap feed bag, pair of scissors, and the good parts of worn-out wool clothing were the original tools--rug hooking has developed into a fine art form that allows crafters to create beautiful, complex designs with an array of high-tech tools. Basic Rug Hooking distills the essential tools and techniques of this popular traditional craft and walks the reader through 5 rug-hooking projects, including a table mat, a project suitable for framing, and wearable pins, as well as traditional rugs.Rug-hooking tools and materials summarized and explained Step-by-step instructions and photos show in detail how to hook Tips to help you develop and refine your skills - Recommended by RUG HOOKING Magazine

Braiding and Knotting: Techniques and Projects
Braiding and Knotting
Techniques and Projects
Paperback      ISBN: 0486230597

All you need is three or more pieces of string, rope, cord, or some other pliable material and you're ready to begin This book will teach you how to braid, weave, and knot them in hundreds of different ways, from simple three-stranded braiding through the attractive -- though more complex -- macram knotting.
Complete, easy-to-follow instructions begin with braiding and weaving with anywhere from three to nine strands. Flat braiding, solid braiding, braiding over multiple strands, weaving across stationary strands, and many other techniques are covered. Each yields a different texture and pattern, so that with the imaginative use of color the results can be quite attractive. The knotting section covers the many different kinds of knots (square, spiral square, triple, half hitch, etc.) and how to use them in various decorative or functional ways. Fifty-seven drawings are especially helpful in adding clarity to the directions.
Along with these instructions there are directions for making numerous articles with your braids and knots: belts, lanyards, mats, rugs, sandals, hats, bags -- only your imagination will limit the number of things you can make. Anyone inclined to take up braiding and knotting will find this book immensely helpful, not only in getting started, but in going through the advanced stages of crafts.

Braiding Rugs: A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-03
Braiding Rugs
A Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-03
Paperback      ISBN: 0882661779

Braided rugs are like family quilts - each strip of cloth comes from a cast-off garment and tells a story all its own. Piecing the rug together is an act of weaving family memories into a useful heirloom you'll treasure forever. Nancy Bubel covers every step of the simple process, from planning the perfect size, shape, and color scheme to cutting your cloth strips, braiding them together, and finishing off your rug.

Complete Book of Decorative Knots
Complete Book of Decorative Knots
Paperback      ISBN: 1558217916

Over eighty ornamental and useful knots with easy-to-follow, step-by-step illustrations. All knots serve useful purposes, but many of the more complicated ones also create appealing shapes and interwoven textures. "The Complete Book of Decorative Knots" contains easy-to-follow, expert instructions on how to tie over eighty knots, ranging from the simple to the elaborate.

The book is divided into five sections of different knots lanyard knots, button knots and globe knots, Turk's heads, mats and hitching, and chains and plaits. Every section contains background information on the history, lore, and accreditation of the knots featured. Color illustrations guide you step-by-step through the stages of tying each knot. The knots featured are not only attractive, but they have a wide variety of practical uses, such as for hammocks, doormats, and bellpulls. A useful glossary explains the terms and techniques used in the world of rope and knot tying.

The Everything Knots Book: Step-By-Step Instructions for Tying Any Knot
The Everything Knots Book
Step-By-Step Instructions for Tying Any Knot
Paperback      ISBN: 1593370326
Simple instructions on how to tie over 100 useful and decorative knots

A well-tied knot is at once a practical tool and a work of art. With names like hangman's noose and wagoneer's hitch, knots have a rich history of usefulness and an aesthetic appeal all their own.

From the boat to the backyard, The Everything Knots Book provides simple instructions on how to tie knots for any situation. Written by Randy Penn, a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, this handy guide walks readers through the basics and offers myriad suggestions for creative uses of these knots.

Mr. Penn shows readers how to:
  • Choose the right rope and knot for the job
  • Tie knots safely and securely
  • Create decorative knots for clothing and accessories
  • Practice knot-tying through games and exercises

Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations, The Everything Knots Book makes learning this useful skill fun and easy.
Hooked Rugs of the Midwest: A Handcrafted History
Hooked Rugs of the Midwest
A Handcrafted History
Paperback      ISBN: 1609498178

The art of rug hooking, which consists of pulling dyed and cut wool fabric pieces through a backing, has typically been associated with New England, the South and Canada. Yet rugs from the American Midwest have contributed just as much to the development of the craft and its continuing popularity. The story of hooked rugs in the Midwest is a ragbag blending of romance, folklore, myth and common sense told through the colors of barns and sky, golden wheat, farm ponds, red clay, red brick, steel, glass and fountains. In this vividly illustrated history, Mary Collins Barile shakes out the dust from the Midwestern hooked rug with the vigor its unique blend of utility and imagination deserves.

Knotting and Splicing Ropes and Cordage
Knotting and Splicing Ropes and Cordage
Paperback      ISBN: 1616086785
Great for sailors, Scouts, climbers, cavers, rescue workers, or anyone who is simply interested in learning the skills behind knotting and splicing, this classic work holds the very foundation of the art.

When it comes to explaining crafters' tools and techniques, craftsman Paul N. Hasluck is a true master. His classic work Knotting and Splicing Ropes and Cordage covers:
  • The basics of rope formation
  • Tying useful knots
  • Splicing rope
  • Working cordage
  • Tying fancy knots
  • Using different ties and lashings
  • And more.

Knots include Overhand, Sailor's Reef, Granny, Whipcord, Flemish Eye Bowline; Killick Hitch, Rolling Hitch, and more. With over 200 intricate illustrations.
A Lifetime of Rug-Hooking
A Lifetime of Rug-Hooking
Paperback      ISBN: 1551098466

Canada's East Coast has a unique craft heritage that has seen generations hooking rugs during the long winter evenings. Hooked mats and rugs were originally intented as functional pieces--a place to wipe dirty feet at the back door, or a cover for drafty floors. But at some point aesthetics crept into this process, and those simple mats have evolved into the wonderful folk art rugs we see today.Nova Scotia's Doris Eaton has been hooking rugs for nearly 50 years and is one of the region's most well-known rug-hookers.A Lifetime of Rug-Hooking features over 80 of Doris's colourful and lively rugs and the inspiration and materials behind her art. Doris also shares some of her tried and true techniques, including her famous "Eaton Edge" for finishing a rug. With a foreword from fellow Nova Scotia rug-hooker and artist Deanne Fitzpatrick, A Lifetime of Rug-Hooking is a marvellous visual tour of the work of an influential East Coast folk artist.

Love to Sew: Mug Rugs
Love to Sew
Mug Rugs
Paperback      ISBN: 1844489264

Sewing is popular with all ages and this series, Love to Sew, focuses on the latest hot trends. The 64 page handy square format gives us room for at least twenty projects, each with simple step-by-step instructions, beautiful photographs, as well as a basic techniques and materials section at the front of the book. Practical yet pretty, a mug rug is one of the latest trends on the sewing and patchwork scene. Basically it is a large coaster with room for your favourite mug and a biscuit or two. Small enough to complete in a few hours, but large enough to give space to your creativity, a mug rug is an ideal project for trying out some new techniques or even for getting to grips with patchwork, quilting or appliqu for the first time. This book contains a selection of mug rugs designed by renowned international patchwork artists. Revel in the many different designs that can be achieved with various fabrics and techniques and, above all, have fun making your own mug rug.