Crafting a Colorful Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Personalizing Your Space with Color


Knit, stitch, and paint your way to a more colorful and happy home with color expert and crafter Kristin Nicholas.

     Learn how to make your home sing through handmade crafts and a bold use of color. Kristin Nicholas, color expert and all-around master crafter, shares her secrets to selecting colors and patterns and explores the variety of crafts and decorating touches that have made her home so unique. Going room by room, Kristin uses her own 1751 farmhouse as a leaping-off point for ...

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Knit, stitch, and paint your way to a more colorful and happy home with color expert and crafter Kristin Nicholas.

     Learn how to make your home sing through handmade crafts and a bold use of color. Kristin Nicholas, color expert and all-around master crafter, shares her secrets to selecting colors and patterns and explores the variety of crafts and decorating touches that have made her home so unique. Going room by room, Kristin uses her own 1751 farmhouse as a leaping-off point for craft projects perfect for every space. You'll find a range of step-by-step projects to make your home cozy and bright, including knit pillows, embroidered curtains, crocheted blankets, and painted lampshades. Along the way, Kristin also shares DIY techniques on refinishing furniture, faux finishing walls, mural painting, and recycling wool clothes. Full of inspiration, and with vibrant photographs throughout, this is a complete guide to creating a home that reflects your own handmade style.

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Author and master crafter Kristin Nicholas (Colorful Stitchery; 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt) is a confirmed colorist. In her most inclusive book yet, the creative director of Classic Elite Yarns draws on her master crafter talents to make homes brighter and more welcoming. With clear step-by-step instructions, she presents projects ranging from knit pillows and crocheted blankets to original painted lampshades and murals. Crafting A Colorful Home even includes tips on recycling wool clothes and refinishing furniture. House warming taught simply.

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“Kristin Nicholas’s enchanting home is a richly layered canvas upon which her inspirations—from the rugged New England countryside beyond her windows to the vibrant patchwork of exotic fibers and fabrics that surround her—are played out with delightful yet masterful abandon, creating a modern-day Bloomsbury. Kristin’s sophisticated understanding of color, along with her fun and functional exercises, inspire me to rethink my own palette, or better yet, actually create the one I dream of.”—Alicia Paulson, author of Embroidery Companion and Stitched in Time
“In Crafting a Colorful Home Kristin Nicholas shares her belief that each home is ‘a blank canvas’ that each of us can turn into the home of our dreams. Kristin demonstrates that, through color and handmade home decor essentials and accessories, we can quickly transform an ordinary space into something extraordinary, and also welcoming, comforting, and memorable.”—Jo Packham, creator and editor-in-chief of Where Women Create

Crafting a Colorful Home brings together Kristin’s love of family, home, and craft into one vibrant volume of inspiration. Without breaking the bank, and without following the passing trends, Kristin guides us to creating a home that’s truly reflective of the family who lives in it—the passions we share and the color that surrounds us everywhere in the natural world. Full of great tips, tools, and techniques—not to mention peeks of the inspiring colorful corners of her rooms—this book is sure to get you started on bringing the colors of your life into the home you love.”—Amanda Blake Soule, creator of Soulemama and author of Handmade Home

Library Journal
Using her farmhouse as an example, crafter Nicholas (Colorful Stitchery) shares her approach to the bold use of color in interiors. She begins with an overview of the basics for color, paint, and needlework. Nicholas then describes how she designs for best effect, whether displaying her collections of cloisonné or her own craft creations, which are shown in nearly 200 color photographs of every room of her home. Projects range from simple flower arranging to more complex tasks, such as painting a mural, that require a variety of skills: crochet, sewing, embroidery, and painting, among others. Pattern templates are provided as well as a list of additional titles for inspiration. VERDICT Amateurs and professionals alike will encounter here myriad ideas for the use of color and handcrafted decorative items in the home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611801293
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/20/2015
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 231,439
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

KRISTIN NICHOLAS is the author of eight books on knitting and embroidery. A colorist at heart, she brings her love of bold and beautiful color combinations to her knitting, embroidery, crocheting, needlework, sewing, crafting, gardening, interior decoration, photography, painting, and pottery. For sixteen years, Kristin was the creative director of Classic Elite Yarns, where she honed her skills of developing product lines, graphic design, and sales and marketing. Vogue Knitting crowned her a "Master Knitter of the '90s." Since 2001, she has been working as an author, book illustrator, and product designer. In addition, Kristin has been a contributing designer to many other knitting books. She lives on Leyden Glen Farm, a working sheep farm in western Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A House of Many Colors
1. In the Studio: Getting Started with Color and Materials
Technique: How to Select a Color Palette for Your Home
2. The Garden and Entryways
Project: Colorful Outdoor Signs
Project: Mosaic Flower Pots
Project: Painted Terra Cotta Pots
Technique: How to Paint an Exterior Door
3. The Kitchen
Project: Toran
Project: Potato-Printed Dishtowels
Project: Felted Wool Striped Potholder
Project: Pom-Pom and Bells Toran
Technique: How to Make a Decorative Archway
4. Porch
Project: Hanging Embroidery Hoop Lanterns
Project: Painted Coffee Table
Project: Paisley Inspired Tablecloth
Project: Scott's Rocking Chair Cushion
Technique: How to Make Stamps for Fabric and Walls
Technique: How to Make Your Own motifs and Patterns
5. The Living Room
Project: Striped Knit Scrap Afghan
Project: Pom-Pom Appliqué Pillow
Project: Painted Lampshade
Technique: How to Paint Walls with a Dragging Technique
6. The Dining Room
Project: Serving Tray Repurposed from Old Picture Frame
Project: Polka Dot Glasses
Technique: How to Paint a Mural
Technique:How to Recover a Chair Seat
7. The Library
Project: Squiggles Embroidered and Painted Pillow
Project: Wool Felt Embroidered Trivet and Coasters
Project: Mod Granny Squared Crochet Afghan
Technique: How to Felt and Dye Wool Fabrics
8. Upstairs Bedrooms and Stairways
Project: Blocks-and-Bricks Duvet Cover
Project: Crazy Quilt Swatch Blanket
Project: Squares and Circles Curtain
Technique: How to Colorwash Walls
Technique: How to Make Striped and Floral "Wallpaper" with Paint

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