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Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments Paperback – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188301039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010393
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Characterized by a wealth of whimsical decorative details and an imaginative use of color, Epstein's designs are well known to readers of such major knitting magazines as Interweave Knits and Knitters. Now Epstein has put together an encyclopedic collection of knitted motifs, borders and edgings, cords, fringes, tassels, and surface embroidery stitches. Entries for the 350 embellishments featured include color photographs plus written and charted patterns and hints for incorporating embellishments into handmade or store-bought knits. Not a "project book," this work, like Barbara Walker's stitch treasuries, is an essential reference for knitters in search of ways to enhance knitted garments. Highly recommended, especially for large public libraries and textile collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Nicky Epstein is the author of The Knit Hat Book. Her articles have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitters, Interweave Knits, and Family Circle Knitting. She lives in New York City.


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Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.

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Easy to follow instructions and great, clear photos.
Ms Esther Cohen
Nicky's book is a great resource for when I want to add zip to any of my projects.
Debby
I am replacing a book I had previously purged when I made a move.
Siobhan

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2001
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This is pretty much the ultimate do-it-yorself knitters book. The whole idea is to give ideas that will spice up a ho-hum project and turn it into something amazing. I am a fairly new knitter and am progressing well but some projects are beyond my present skills and it is encouraging to have a book with easy, attractive details.
I agree that the I-cord section alone warrants the purchase of this book but I am also partial to the embroidery section. These two chapters are interesting in that you can use them to beautify existing knitted pieces and possible be able to cover damage that would otherwise ruin a garment.
There were some complaints that the book includes knit 1 purl 1 ribbing. I see nothing wrong with this as some newer knitters may not know this and since you have to start somewhere.
This book is invaluable especially if you are starting to design your own knits. I am knitting a purse using techniques described in this book and I am already getting complements on it! New knitters: this book provides a fast, easy way for you to create advanced looking knits. Advanced knitters: it's a good deal of fun in the bargain. You simply can't go wrong!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Atheen M. Wilson on April 11, 2007
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I have Ms Epstein's other books,Knitting Over The Edge: Unique Ribs, Cords, Appliques, Colors, Nouveau: The Second Essential Collection of Decorative Borders which I enjoyed and Knitting Beyond the Edge: Cuffs and Collars*Necklines*Hems*Closures - The Essential Collection of Decorative Finishes about which I was somewhat less enthused. I decided to get this book, because I was looking for ideas for embelishments, and there it was: "Embellishments," just what I was looking for, so I got it.

I think some of the appliqués are quite imaginative, particularly some of the leaves and pieced flower designs as well as many of the knitted cord appliqué designs, like the Celtic knots and most of the closures in the last few pages of the book. (I do love "frogs.") I will certainly try the technique myself.

The appliqué cord technique was also used effectively for faux cables, and although I enjoy tackling a complex cable from time to time as an exercise, I could see the appliqué system for cables as a very effective way of getting a project completed. It would also allow one to experiment with a design to decide what type of cable looks best on a completed sweater, and just where on the sweater it will most enhance the wearer--and all this without having to rip apart the sweater and do it over again!

The integration of beading into some of the edgings was also interesting and not something I would have thought of myself, because I'm not (yet) a beader.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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My initial impression of Nicky Epstein was a good knitting designer who mired herself in lace, and bows and teddy bears--kind of technical genius in a world of knitting that is not my own.
Well, was I wrong! This book has inspired me more than any current knitting publication--and has me designing and knitting my own work with confidence in her tips and ideas (the I-cord is an epiphany!! from flowers to Irish knots, to buttons!) developing truly original things that have my friends and relatives looking twice! I have been almost evangelical amongst my friends and the poor lady at the knitting shop about this book--carrying it with me, and giving it as gifts. Granted, it is for a fairly advanced level of skill and ability to design--but an inspiration for every level of knitter and a great gift for any Knit Wit in your life.
Her explanations, illustrations and photographs describe her trims and treatments in a straightforward, easy to follow manner. The book is chock full of ideas that one can find in older knitting publications (such as Barbara Walker's books)-- but compiled in the manner and spirit that she has makes them special and new to today's knitters.
Buy this book and knit yourself a flower, some leaves, a celtic cross. You better have plenty of scrap yarn on hand to try these marvellous ideas out--or Nicky Epstein will have you running to your closest yarn store to start a project to try these ideas out.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By kestrel22 VINE VOICE on October 24, 1999
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I have this book in hardcover (it IS available, Amazon.com should look into that), and I love it. Unlike the other reviewer, I greatly appreciated the many different leaf styles and detailed flower instructions. The book offers hundreds of ideas that can be combined into easy and highly original crafted clothing. The author gives easy-to-follow instructions. I give this book a solid 5 stars -- I just wish there would be more such books out there! S_EFW@compuserve.com
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Deepa Nirmal on February 24, 2005
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This is a wonderful book to buy, not to borrow. Whatever your level of knitting skill, you will find ideas and inspiration here, and LOTS of fun, striking, timeless embellishments (nothing overtly trendy here). I particularly liked the section on flowers, because most knitters will find that only crochet patterns for flowers are commonly available. With this book, you can take that plain old sweater or hat and make it a garden in spring, with nary a crochet hook.

With a little imagination you can use these embellishments on every kind of garment and accessory. My only quibble is that I would have liked to see more examples of the embellishments used in finished items. There is a gallery section but it didn't seem adequate.

All told, a good resource for every knitter. It's expensive but just think- you'll use it for your kids AND grandkids! This intermediate knitter is definitely buying, not borrowing.
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