Brimming with intricate drawings, color photos of museum-held pieces, and excerpts from 18th-century writings, this fascinating, highly readable book explains how embroiderers embellished the bewitching, sumptuous clothing of the day. Gain insights into the working life of 18th-century embroiderers; and study the tools, equipment, stitches, and threads employed to embroider everything from petticoats to a polonaise robe. And learn techniques as relevant today as they were then, including working with metal thread and spangles, silk embroidery, quilting, tambour, and the forgotten arts of Hollie Point and knotting. A must for students of embroidery, fashion, and textiles; historical costume creators; collectors; and needlework enthusiasts.
An illustrated look at cats discusses the appearance, habits, and development of more than five hundred species of cat, each photographed in full color, and presents maps, charts, and diagrams for every entry.
Delve deep into to the grass roots of baseballs—the Minor League—and you’ll find Cannibals, Shoemakers, and Zephyrs! From the Coal Sox Nation to the Texarkana Casketmakers, Root for the Home Team brings you the most oddly original team names and the stories behind them.
Root for the Home Team includes profiles of more than 150 teams and lists of hundreds more—plus fun facts, action shots, and team logos. Impress your baseball buddies with your depth of knowledge!
Did you know?
The Altoona Curve were dubbed without ever throwing a breaking ball, thanks to local railroad history.
The Wichita Izzies had a fan so fanatical they named the team after him.
The Mudville Nine were named after the fictitious team in the poem “Casey at the Bat.”
Boasting more than two hundred full-color illustrations, a visual catalogue of the world’s classic kites explains how to fly everything from box kites to parachutes and includes a section on kite building
Really Hard Blocks That Take a Long Time to Make Inside you’ll find patterns for 10 Le Moyne based Feathered Star blocks. The smallest finishes at 12″, the largest, at 38″. Some are given in more than one size. Design and shading suggestions are given throughout. Some of the stars in this book, like the Double and Triple Feathered Stars patterns, are “really hard and take a long time to make”. Others are fairly straightforward. All the blocks have a traditional look too them, but some are actually original blocks designed just for this book. The patterns are written for rotary cutting and machine piecing. Templates are provided for checking purposes, and for quilters who prefer more traditional techniques.
For the past thirty years, From the Neck Up: An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking has been the bible of hatmaking for milliners working in theater, film and entertainment. It is the most complete and unique book on millinery to date. It can be used as a method of self instruction, as a classroom textbook or as a reference guide. All of the hatmaking techniques are explained step-by-step and clearly illustrated by more than four hundred photographs and drawings. Professional millinery supplies, methods, materials and equipment are described and illustrated in detail with substitutes and improvised methods included for milliners with limited resources and budgets. No prior knowledge of hatmaking has been assumed. Even if you have never held a needle and thread before, you can, through careful application of the lessons in this book, make your own handmade hats either with or without the aid of a sewing machine. You will learn how to make a well-fitting hat pattern, construct and cover a fou