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Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments Hardcover – May 1, 1999
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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.
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Hardcover : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 188301039X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1883010393
- Product Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.75 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Interweave (May 1, 1999)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. I could imagine the technique making something very special from something quite simple. However some of the designs for heavily beaded tassels seem just way too over the top.
I also like the way cross stitch and embroidery in flosses or yarns could be added to a finished sweater to give the piece the look of fairisle, intarsia, entrelac, and tapestry without the bulk and carryovers that occur with the first two.
I am not, however, a great fan of "bobbles" or raised edgings. I enjoy the technique of the former for its cleverness, and have added bobbles to things like purses, but they tend to make knitted and crocheted products look bulky and awkward in places that should probably not be emphasized on some individuals. (My figure, for instance, is bulky and awkward enough thank you.) Maybe on a very slim person, but definitely not a decorative technique I'd use for the more "mature" shape.
The designs are well illustrated and enlarged enough for the reader to see the techniques displayed. The author uses the method of charted instructions, which I usually find somewhat difficult to follow but which I can see as very useful for visualizing the finished product and its construction.
Most of my objections, though valid from my own perspective, might not be true of others. Maybe one likes heavily beaded tassles, maybe someone else enjoys bobbles. As one of the other reviewers notes; there's something for everyone in this book.
All in all a book well worth the price to add to ones craft library.
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!
I'm pretty sure this book was published prior to her edge series. If I had know that, I might have purchased "Over the Edge" instead. However, this book has some embellishments that have nothing to do with edgings; and I will probably use more of them. I gave this book a four, because I thought some of the embellishments were really over the top. However, as I mentioned previously, I am artistically challenged.
This book has so many ideas and patterns and I have enjoyed so many of them. I recommend it for anyone making a garment or just trying to freshen one.
I did her pattern for the celtic 'knot' for the front of a poncho and although it was a bit complicated-it came out fabulous. Good book!