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Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting

Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting

by Alice Starmore


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ISBN-13: 9780486472188
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 08/21/2009
Series: Dover Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Lace
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

An acclaimed textile designer, author, artist, and photographer, Alice Starmore is a native of Scotland's Isle of Lewis. Starmore has taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. She has written 16 books and countless magazine articles, and her classic Book ofFair Isle Knitting is the work that introduced Americans to the popular traditional technique.

4 Questions with Alice Starmore: An Exclusive Dover Interview
Alice Starmore has a fascinating tale to tell. We spoke to the author of the #1 crafts bestseller Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting about her knitting background, professional start, and more.

Clearly, knitting is a deeply ingrained facet of the culture of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Did your mother teach you to knit?
My mother taught me to knit when I was very young. She was a dressmaker as well as a knitter and our house was a place of constant creativity. I was also born at a time when most women knitted as a matter of course, and I had three aunts who had been fisher girls in their youth and were experts at making traditional fishermen's gansies.

I understand that your first language is Gaelic — do you still speak it?
Yes I still speak Gaelic. The Isle of Lewis, where I live, is in the Outer Hebrides the heartland of Gaelic and the only place where you will hear the language in everyday use.

How did you get your start professionally?
I designed a small collection of knitwear in 1975 and successfully sold it in London boutiques. It was featured in a national newspaper and from that small beginning my knitting career evolved in ways that were quite unimaginable to me when I began.

Your books are known and loved around the world, and you've adapted design elements from the textile arts of many countries into your repertoire. Are you still discovering "new" aspects of knitting and fabric arts from other cultures?
I am interested in everything. I find inspiration in all aspects of the world around me. There is enough inspiration in the natural world on my doorstep to last many lifetimes. I am also inspired by art, culture, history, science and music. My own culture features widely in my design work but I have always been interested in other cultures and in other places. My main problem is that I cannot possibly live long enough to produce work from the amount of ideas that come into my head.

Table of Contents

A brief history
A wardrobe of patterns
Creating your own designs
About the Author
Sources of Supply

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Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
HedgeWitch More than 1 year ago
Although probably not a good choice for someone just learning to cast on, this book gives a comprehensive history of Fair Isle knitting, as well as many charted designs. It is not just patterns, but enables the experienced knitter to include Fair Isle designs into her own patterns. Fair Isle is functional as well as beautiful, and this book will help the knitter to make it so.
Binaknits More than 1 year ago
This is a book that should be in every serious knitter's library. Yes, there are patterns in it, and that's great, but what is even better is the massive amount of information--history of fair isle knitting, charts galore, knitting techniques, and how to design your own pieces. No wonder the old copies were selling for such high prices. Absolutely amazing and worth every penny!
pcknits More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning portrait of Fair Isle knitting. This is Alice Starmore! Enough said.
gmillar on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a neat book if you are interested in hand knitting and it's history. The book tells about where Fair Isle work comes from, how it developed, where it developed and how to do it. There nare a few patterns at the back, if you are interested in following up after all that learning.
BearID More than 1 year ago
This is another excellent book by Alice Starmore.
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A "must have" book for knitters who want to expand upon their "fair isle" skills!
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