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The Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns
The Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns
by Carol Strickler
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 31.47
29 used & new from CDN$ 30.66

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Plenty of drafts to keep a weaver busy, Nov. 12 2013
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The only downside to this book is that all the photos are black and white but you can't beat the 765 eight shaft drafts that it contains. Each one is shown with a B&W photo of a woven fabric sample alongside the draft. There is no commentary and all the space is taken up with the photos and the threading and tie-ups.

The book has a brief intro and section on planning and drafts. Then it starts with Chapter 1 - Twills. It has a chapter on shadow weave, overshot, crackle & waffle weave, Bronson lace and so on.

There are plenty of drafts to keep you busy. There's also an index at the back so you can look up which page a specific one is on.

If you have an 8 shaft loom, this book would be a great addition to your library.

Woven to Wear: 17 Thoughtful Designs with Simple Shapes
Woven to Wear: 17 Thoughtful Designs with Simple Shapes
by Marilyn Murphy
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 18.77
35 used & new from CDN$ 17.19

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Updated Patterns for Weaving, Nov. 11 2013
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I got this book because I wanted more inspiration and ideas on how to use the fabric I create on my loom. A previous review mentioned that the patterns are updates of what's been done before. I believe that's true. I took out several garment books from my local guild - they were printed in the 60's and 70's and the patterns were very dated. So this book's patterns are on a similar theme but are much more modern looking.

The book starts off with weaving and sewing equipment, materials and reading drafts. Most of the patterns can also be woven with a rigid heddle loom. Types of yarn and yarn construction are covered (woolen worsted, boucle, loop, etc.)

Patterns - there's about 17 starting boa, a lovely ribbon scarf and a blue Mobius. One of my favourites is a peach and raspberry striped wrap that I can't wait to make. The cover photo is a purple poncho. The sherbet shrug is finely woven with elegant sleeves. There are a couple vests, a sweater, a tabard (nice) and a couple scarves. My second favourite is a blue and gray jacket which would look really nice with slacks or jeans.

Weaving and finishing techniques are covered. There are some designer garment photos. The patterns for them are not included (I didn't really care too much for many of those garments anyway).

I think a beginner weaver (like me) would be satisfied with this book. A more experienced weaver may need more challenge than the patterns provided in this book.

Vogue® Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book: History * Technique * Design
Vogue® Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book: History * Technique * Design
by Vogue Knitting Magazine
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 18.77
29 used & new from CDN$ 18.75

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Many hat styles to choose from, Nov. 11 2013
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I'm very happy with the selection of hats to knit in this book. There's a brief history of knitted hats comparing then and now versions. Next is covered the anatomy of a hat from bands to cuffs to visors and earflaps. There is a two page layout showing 14 drawings of the types of hats. This I found really helpful because they all have proper names, i.e., beret, cloche, bucket, watch cap, etc. Most of the styles are popular today. Techniques of construction are covered and then we get to the patterns. There are 50 of them so there's lots to choose from. Of course there are repeats of the styles. For instance there are many beret hats but they are all different - one of then being the cover photo. I really like the majority of them and plan to make many of them. Some favourites are a gray felted bowler with a red band, The English rose Fair Isle ivy toque is gorgeous made with blues purple and green. There's a really nice gray hood that extends so that it has a scarf - a classy look done in moss stitch. The Diamand cable aviator hat is done in white - it's lovely complete with earflaps (a must for cold Canadian winters). There are many beanie hats that are really lovely. And there's a stunning brioche slouch hat. The stitches used are vines, Fair Isle, cable, etc., etc. There's even a couple hats with applique. I think everyone is bound to find a several hats in this book that they will want to make. Happy knitting.

New England Soup Factory Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes from the Nations Best Purveyor of Fine Soup
New England Soup Factory Cookbook: More Than 100 Recipes from the Nations Best Purveyor of Fine Soup
by Marjorie Druker
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 17.55
44 used & new from CDN$ 8.43

5.0 étoiles sur 5 A perfect soup book, Feb. 5 2013
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This book met my expectations. I read many reviews of soup books before I chose this one. I wanted a book of interesting soups that I could make on a daily/weekly basis using ingredients that I would most likely already have on hand. I'm very pleased with this book.

It starts off covering making stock and then it follows with chapters by topic. For instance Tomato Teasers, Say Cheese Please, A Chicken in Every Pot, Under the Sea, Championship Chowders, Old World Flavours, and so on. I've found this arrangement makes it easier for me to choose a recipe based on what I have on hand.

I made the Carribean Chicken Soup with Coconut and just loved it. I am no chef (I like to eat not cook) but making this delicious soup was super easy. Next I want to try Indonesian Carrot, the Spicy Chickpea & Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato & Corn Chowder. I want to put post-its on every page to try them all.

Most of the recipes are on two pages, the first showing a large photo and the second the actual recipe. Ingredients are laid out for a quick read and not too much text in the instructions. The beginning of most recipes have a brief paragraph or a couple sentences to explain the soup's creation, history, etc. For instance the Carribean Chicken Soup is actually a healing soup due to its carefully chosen ingredients.

The back of the book has many sandwich and salad recipes as well with great photos that make you want to make it right now. What goes better with soup than a sandwich?

There are some winter stews such as Hearty & Rich Beef Stew a Vegetarian White Bean Chili and a Veal & Portobello Mushroom Stew.

I can't wait to try more and will report back once I have. I love this book and I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn
Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn
by Jacey Boggs
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 17.87
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A visual feast, Sept. 14 2012
A must have for the Spinners' Library

I am very pleased with this book. The contents inside are just as lovely and interesting as the cover.

After a few pages to review spinning wheel orifices and technique we dive right in with a literal feast of colourful yarns. The photos are close-up and fully show the yarns.

The techniques start with working with single ply and then double and multi plied yarns. They're fully demonstrated with photos and drawings and repeated in the enclosed DVD (highly recommended).

The techniques covered are wrapping (autowrap, racing stripe, etc), core spinning (tail spinning, bumps), thick and thin spinning, beehives, adding foreign objects like beads, etc. Plied spinning shows coils and loops just to name a couple. They're all beautifully done and a real visual delight to inspire and whet your appetite to get spinning right now. There was not a single yarn in this book that I didn't think was beautiful. I want to make them all.

If you are a spinner who loves unique yarns or you know someone who loves to spin, get them this book!

The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys
The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys
by Kim Flottum
Edition: Paperback
16 used & new from CDN$ 2.34

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great for the Beginner or Experienced Beekeeper, Feb. 25 2012
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In the first two minutes flipping through this book I got the perfect answer to how to warm my honey up slowly without using too much heat (how to build a warming box).

This book would be enjoyed by a beginner, giving them information they can use but I think the perfect reader for this book is a beekeeper with a couple years experience or one who is preparing to expand their business.

There are many large colour photos throughout which add to the written descriptions.

The primary focus of the book is giving pointers on how to preserve the flavour and quality of the honey right up to point of sale. The secondary focus is on how to produce artisan honey - those lovely unique flavours from mono floral sources.

The third focus is a review of all the equipment and techniques used to remove frames of honey from the hive, and covering all the equipment used for extracting--showing hobbyist equipment right up to equipment used in a large commercial operation.

Honey house layouts are pictured and explained from a small corner in a room to a warehouse sized operation.

Flowers that provide great tasting honey and also not so great are covered. (I knew bees loved common privet but I had no idea it made a horrible tasting honey).

The back of the book has numerous recipes that include honey.

The author is a bit repetitive about not overheating honey and mentioning the value of artisan honey but the rest of the book has enough information to satisfy the reader.

Color and Texture in Weaving: 150 Contemporary Designs
Color and Texture in Weaving: 150 Contemporary Designs
by Margo Selby
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 17.87
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Have Book for the Weavers' Library, Jan. 27 2012
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This book is a must have for the weaver's library. After learning to warp a loom I found I needed help finding ways to creatively use my yarn stash. I wanted to make fabrics with exceptional, unique and interesting colour combinations. I needed help to get started.

This book is the inspiration I needed. It's beautifully laid out with colour photos from beginning to end. The book starts by showing you how to create your own palette and collection of inspirational items (mood board) to aid you in your planning, taking colour, construction, texture and finishing into consideration.

The Colour and Stripe chapter has many pages showing samples of yarns put together in groupings such as complementary, hue and tone, etc. Seeing actual yarns laid out is much more helpful than a picture of a colour wheel.

The Collections take up half the book. They are a wonderful display of fabrics but what is most helpful is that the weft and warp yarns used are shown so you can see the palette. Then these yarns are also shown as warp and weft wrappings where the yarns in their correct order and sequence are wrapped around cardboard. They sit next to the completed fabric so it's a super visual tool to show yarn to cloth. I found this the most useful because just looking at completed fabrics isn't enough to see how many rows or stripes of a certain colour were used. For each collection there is a threading plan, a sample of the fabric both front and back which show how the pattern repeats.

I must thank the author for reinvigorating my desire to collect things that I find inspiring to help me make my colour choices. I highly recommend this book.

Garnethill
Garnethill
by Denise Mina
Edition: Paperback
24 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hooked on this 3 Book Series, Nov. 9 2011
This review is from: Garnethill (Paperback)
Garnethill, Exile and Resolution are the three books in this series and Garnethill is the author's debut novel.

The main character is Maureen, a gal that smokes and drinks way too much, has spent a bit of time in a psych ward and who mixes and mingles with the salt of the earth quite comfortably. She also can't help but delve into things that don't seem right until she finds out what's going on.

Maureen as a unique, tough but compassionate person. The author's descriptions of the street life and suffering of the down-and-out in Scotland was very realistic. As the story builds we wonder if Maureen can rise above her mental difficulties and bad family relationships.

Garnethill is a gritty, not always pretty story that's well worth the read. It stands alone as a novel but I highly recommend you read all three.

Her Fearful Symmetry
Her Fearful Symmetry
by Audrey Niffenegger
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 From Flat to Freakish, Nov. 9 2011
This review is from: Her Fearful Symmetry (Hardcover)
I was disappointed with this book. I did not let the author's other book influence my opinion and I didn't compare them.

As other reviewers have commented, the first three quarters of the book are okay. The idea of the ghost is very interesting and although I found it a bit of a slow read I stuck with it hoping it would get better as the story evolved. It does get more interesting as the characters interact.

Then comes the last quarter of the book which I can only describe as awful. I'm certain that these two parts of the book were written at two different times and forced together. But they just don't fit. The transition from the quiet and somewhat simple life of nice people living in an apartment with a ghost changing and acting like ghouls at the end did not make sense.

The characters make decisions which just don't fly in the face of fiction because they aren't believeable actions. The reactions of the main characters to the events when they do happen are very flat and unrealistic. The ending is disappointing and does not resolve the issues presented.

I agree that this story was an idea which the author tried to force fit with the characters. But it doesn't work.

I would not recommend this book.

The Biology of the Honey Bee
The Biology of the Honey Bee
by Mark L. Winston
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 36.78
19 used & new from CDN$ 33.70

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very informative with great details, June 18 2011
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This book is great. I'm a beekeeper and I'm interested in learning all I can about bees so this book hit the spot perfectly. It has great detail on the honey bee's anatomy and their activities/tasks both in and out of the hive. I've read many beekeeping books that cover some biology but not to the extent that this book does - that's why I recommend it.

It answered many of those little nagging questions I'd have. For instance, the reason why bees showed up in the hive one day with a distinct yellow rectangular stripe on their backs I learned is because they have a blind spot on their backs that they can't reach when grooming. There are certain flowers that mark a stripe of pollen on the bee's back when she enters the flower.

The author's writing style is easy to read. There are some technical details but they're certainly not overdone (no need to skip pages or be put to sleep) and the author breaks them down in such a way that you'll get the point, regardless if you're a beekeeper or someone who's interested in bees.

Some of the chapters are: The Origin and Evolutionary History of Bees, Honey Bee Anatomy, Development and Nutrition, Nest Architecture, The Age-Related Activities of Worker Bees, Other Worker Activities, The Chemical World of Honey Bees, Communication and Orientation, etc. As you can see there's lots of topics. All three castes of bees (drone, worker and queen) are covered.

The chapter on the chemical world was great. Bees are able to do many more scent markings than I was aware of.

References to studies are listed throughout. There's a full reference section at the back of the book.

I highly recommend this book. I plan to read it again.

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