Kaffe Fassett's Glorious Interiors: Needlepoint, Knitting, and Decorative Design Projects for...

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With Kaffe's background as a painter and his extraordinary talent for combining colors and textures, it is no surprise that the interiors he designs are a bold mix of eclectic elements. His starting point may be a conventional theme, such as Squares, Leaves or Mosaics, yet in his hands the resulting rooms display a wonderful juxtaposition of different colors, motifs and decorative ideas. Based on seven overall themes, Kaffe has created, in his own home, stunning room sets, each one full of practical projects. A ...
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With Kaffe's background as a painter and his extraordinary talent for combining colors and textures, it is no surprise that the interiors he designs are a bold mix of eclectic elements. His starting point may be a conventional theme, such as Squares, Leaves or Mosaics, yet in his hands the resulting rooms display a wonderful juxtaposition of different colors, motifs and decorative ideas. Based on seven overall themes, Kaffe has created, in his own home, stunning room sets, each one full of practical projects. A wide range of crafts is used to achieve the look, including not only plenty of knitting and needlepoint pieces, such as cushions and throws, but also rag rugs, wallpaper borders, collage screens and mosaics. From the extravagant gypsy style of the Flowers theme to the quieter, more subtle approach of Mosaics, each room set is different in feel and tone, ensuring that there is something to suit every taste and style of decor. With full instructions and charts provided for each project and a chapter on the general techniques needed to create everything from a mosaic tabletop to a collage screen, all the ideas featured in the book are eminently accessible. Kaffe's conviction that anyone can learn how to stitch in a matter of minutes is extended to his other design ideas - there are no complicated techniques or expensive materials needed here, and he encourages readers to use his basic ideas to experiment on their own.

Renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett presents a dazzling collection of 31 original home-decorating projects, from his signature knits and neddlepoint to rag rugs, collage, and other crafts. Color photos throughout.

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Textile artist/designer Kaffe Fassett's passions are color and pattern: color upon color-dozens in one piece-and pattern upon pattern-always something new for the eye to feast on. Here he shows the reader eight different rooms in his own home, each with its own color scheme and each built around a central idea or motif such as shells, leaves, mosaics, and flowers. The rag rugs, pillows, screens, and throws designed to populate those rooms will be major projects for most needleworkers, but the actual techniques utilized are simple enough to put all projects within reach of the motivated beginner. Fassett offers instruction, charts, and color photographs for some 31 projects-including valuable techniques for working with many colors in the same project-and also serves up a brief chapter on needlecraft techniques. Libraries that have any of Fassett's other "glorious" books (e.g., Glorious Knits, LJ 1/86) will want to add this title. Highly recommended.-Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Barbara Jacobs
Painter-turned-textile-artist Fassett features in his seven chapters specific motifs played out in rag rugs, screens, needlepoint cushions, and other decorative items. For example, in the chapter "Faces," after the author examines famous physiognomies he has known, he embellishes rooms with visages interpreted in crafts. There is, unfortunately, overlap with previously published patterns and just a few too many references to "available in kit form." Forgive Fassett, though, because he's one of the most original artists practicing arts and crafts today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316275064
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 13 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 13.32 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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