Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color contains 12 lace shawl patterns and the Egyptian myths that inspired the designs.
In ancient Egypt, color was a very important part of the arts and life. Iwen, the ancient Egyptian name for color, could also mean appearance, character, being, or nature. So the use of color in arts and myths had great symbolic significance. An object’s or person’s color would give a clue to its nature.
Six colors were used in the Egyptian art of the Old Kingdom: green, red, white, black, yellow, and blue. In this book, I have designed two shawls in each of the six main colors, drawing inspiration from their meaning in ancient Egyptian myths.
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Shaping Shawls explains the construction of different shapes of lace shawls, and includes a number of patterns to illustrate the concept. It is a wonderful resource for anyone who would like to design their own lace shawls, and want to understand how to construct the various shapes. Additionally, it can help people who love to knit lace gain a better understanding of the design process and different constructions. There are 10 complete patterns in the book, each using a different type of construction. The book is published with Cooperative Press, June 2011.
From the back cover:
Anna Dalvi of Knit & Knag Designs brings both her design sensibility and logical mind to bear in this book for new and experiences lace knitters alike. Ten different shawls are divided into chapters based on shaping and construction techniques, teaching concepts in a fresh new way. You’ll use not only diagrams and charts but also mathematical means of keeping your designs in line. Ever wonder why your stitch count is off on another pattern? Anna will show you what deltas are, how they work, and much more in this extraordinary book.
Join Anna Dalvi for a shawl-design-seminar-in-a-book that keeps light bulbs going off while making the material seem simple. Her genius lies in boiling down tricky concepts to their essence and presenting them in a warm, practical style. Anna’s own inspiring patterns not only accompany, but illustrate the design techniques throughout. Using Shaping Shawls, knitters will be able to create shawls in any shape for any occasion with confidence.
—Jaala Spiro, KnitCircus magazine
With a lucidness of style that is almost magical, Anna manages to take an apparently opaquely complex subject and make it seem so simple that you think something must be missing. The way she describes lace shawl design is so clear that you’ll walk away with the confidence that you can design a dozen of them immediately yourself, even if you are just a beginning lace knitter. This book is definitely going into my knitting library!
—Gryphon Perkins, the Sanguine Gryphon
Anna explains lace patterns in a detailed and intricate way, but her methodology is incredibly clear at the same time. These breathtaking designs will appeal to lace knitters of many different levels.
—Ragga Eiriksdottir, Knitting Iceland
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