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
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.