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By Hand: 25 Beautiful Objects to Make in the American Folk Art Tradition

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Learn about our country's rich folk art tradition by handcrafting beautiful objects for your home, for the most part using authentic techniques and materials. You'll also learn a great deal about the origins and significance of America's most beloved folk arts, including tole painting, decoy making, tinsmithing, and much more. As you understand more about the diverse crafts that are part of our collective past, you'll make everything from a Trumpeting Angel Weathervane to a Tavern Pattern Floorcloth. Would you ...
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Overview

Learn about our country's rich folk art tradition by handcrafting beautiful objects for your home, for the most part using authentic techniques and materials. You'll also learn a great deal about the origins and significance of America's most beloved folk arts, including tole painting, decoy making, tinsmithing, and much more. As you understand more about the diverse crafts that are part of our collective past, you'll make everything from a Trumpeting Angel Weathervane to a Tavern Pattern Floorcloth. Would you believe a cut potato, an eraser, and a business card are among the simple tools you'll use to create gorgeous textures and effects on a wooden box? Early American furniture painters may have worked with different materials, but the faux grain and gorgeous patterns they achieved were much the same as yours will be.

Using only a simple cross-stitch, you can embroider a lovely sampler featuring the tulip, one of the most popular motifs of the Pennsylvania Dutch. If you like, dunk your sampler in a cup of cold coffee to give it the look of a cherished antique. Quiltmaking is a time-honored, traditional art, and anyone with basic sewing skills can take it up successfully. The Strippy Quilt is one of the easiest types and makes a great beginner's project, especially with the help of a sewing machine and basting spray that enables you to temporarily adhere pieces and reposition them if necessary.

Create an instant family heirloom by applying old costume jewelry and meaningful bric-a-brac to a ceramic crock or vase. Cover your Memory Jug in shimmering gold paint to make an elegant gift that's sure to be treasured for years to come. You'll enjoy learning the history of America's traditional crafts while you practice them! Did you know that when bad weather forced farmers to stay indoors, many of them spent the time whittling wooden objects? And that bright, decorative painting was a popular method for hiding makeshift construction or mismatched woods? You'll treasure these projects all the more, knowing that you're part of a living folk art tradition.

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American decorative folk art is sometimes considered nostalgia, but contemporary craftspeople know that it never really went away. This is an attractive survey collection of two dozen projects for familiar items, such as samplers, decoys, and copper weathervanes, that have been designed by professional artists. Each type of craft has a historic introduction and is illustrated by photographs of museum and gallery pieces. Although there is little here that cannot be found in books devoted to individual crafts, this is a handy all-in-one source for public libraries lacking an extensive collection of specialized craft books. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579903763
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Asheville, NC
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Painting and Stenciling 10
Painted Wood Grain Chair 14
Fantasy Wood Grain Box 17
Harvest Home Stencilled Chair 21
Scrimshaw 24
Scrimshaw Letter Openers 27
Basketmaking 30
Reed Bread Basket 35
Pine Needle Basket 41
Silhouette Art 44
Silhouette Portrait 46
Cross-stitch 48
Tulip Cross-stitched Sampler 50
Rugs, Floorcloths, and Table Rugs 53
Tavern Pattern Floorcloth 58
Tricolor Penny Rug 61
Quilting 64
Yo-Yo Quilt 69
Strippy Quilt 72
Outsider Art 75
Twisted Tin Can Furniture Trio 79
Folded Paper Bullseye Mirror Frame 82
Tramp Art Picture Frame 84
Memory Jug 86
Rustic Craft with Trees, Twigs, and Bark 88
Birch Bark Canoes 93
Poplar Bark Gathering Pouch 95
Mosaic Twig Table 98
Wood Carving 101
Painted Ice Fishing Decoys 108
Noah's Ark 111
Trusty Sailor Whirligig 115
Tinsmithing and Tole Painting 119
Wall Candle Sconce 124
Tin Cookie Cutters 127
Painted Tin Document Box 130
Trumpeting Angel Weathervane 133
Patterns 137
Designers and Contributors 142
Bibliography 143
Acknowledgments 144
Index 144
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