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Crafting a patterned home : painting, printing, and stitching projects to enliven every room / Kristin Nicholas ; photographs by Rikki Snyder.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colorado : Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., [2018]
Physical Description:
x, 191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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745.5 NIC Book Adult General Collection

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Jump into the world of pattern--get a crash course on the types of patterns and how they are made; learn how to gain inspiration and ideas from a variety of sources; explore ways of pairing different patterns together; and make patterns of your own to embellish your home. Kristin Nicholas takes us through her unique and dynamic farmhouse--and into her pottery studio and surrounding fields--and shares one-of-a-kind projects along the way. From a Geometric Striped Tablecloth for the kitchen to a Ceramic Tile Fireplace Surround in the library and a Printed Polka Dot Pillow for the bedroom, you'll discover both bold and subtle ways to add pattern to your home. Full of inspiration, and with bright photographs throughout, this is a vibrant guide to creating a home that sings with handmade touches.

Author Notes

KRISTIN NICHOLAS has been designing for the knitting and needlework industry for over thirty years, and was the creative director at Classic Elite Yarns for sixteen years. Kristin is a knitting expert on PBS's Knit and Crochet Now and has appeared on Martha Stewart TV and many DIY television shows. She is the author of numerous books, including Crafting a Colorful Home . Kristin met her farmboy husband, Mark Duprey, at Oregon State University. Together with their teenage daughter, Julia, they operate Leyden Glen Farm in western Massachusetts. The pasture-based sheep and lamb business focuses on supplying the local community with grass-fed lamb. Kristin writes the popular blog " Getting Stitched on the Farm." You can see more of her work on her website,

RIKKI SNYDER is a freelance photographer, stylist, and writer specializing in food, still life, and interiors. In addition to her freelancing, Rikki is a photographer and writer for, the leading online platform for interior design, and head photographer for FOLK magazine.

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Library Journal Review

Nicholas (Crafting a Colorful Home) here discusses various patterns (geometric, organic, figurative) and ways to play with them, such as repeats and scale. Using examples from her own home, the author shares principles of design for harmonious combinations of patterns and instructions for a wide variety of projects in different media. The projects are organized by the area of the home where they would be used; a stamped tablecloth and embroidered towel in the kitchen and dining room chapter, a striped lampshade and embroidered pillow for the bathroom and bedroom, and an upcycled picnic basket and stenciled serving tray for the orchard and under the pergola. With photocopiable templates and a list of resources. VERDICT As the pendulum of home decor trends moves away from minimalism and back to color and pattern, Nicholas is the cheerful, inspiring guide to maximalism we all need.-Stephanie Klose, Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Exploring Patternsp. 5
Designing With Patternsp. 15
Techniques And Toolsp. 23
Part 1 Indoor Spaces
Chapter 1 Kitchen and Dining Room
Kantha-Inspired Dishtowelsp. 46
Geometric Striped Tableclothp. 49
All-Over Geometric Napkinsp. 52
Circle and Dots Platesp. 57
Hexagon Crochet Afghanp. 58
Plaid Wall Treatmentp. 61
Scrapbook Coastersp. 64
Chapter 2 Living Room And Library
Compass Printed and Embroidered Pillowp. 71
Bloomsbury-Inspired Painted Tabletopp. 73
Knitted Pillowp. 77
Paisley Hand-Printed Upholstered Chairp. 83
Colorful Tile Fireplace Surroundp. 85
Hand-Painted Faux Wallpaperp. 89
Flowers in Vases Decorative Muralp. 91
Chapter 3 Bathroom And Bedroom
Combed Stoolp. 98
Bathroom Faux Wallpaperp. 101
Striped Lampshadep. 102
Dots and Spots Pillowp. 105
Amish-Inspired Duvet Coverp. 107
Sunflower Faux Wallpaperp. 111
Diamond Motif Closetsp. 115
Part 2 Outdoor Spaces
Chapter 4 Pottery Studio And Garden Shed
Patterned Pendant Lampp. 122
Block-Printed Jug Curtainsp. 125
Wall with Stamped Borderp. 126
Color-Blocked Floorp. 129
Exterior Window Muralsp. 133
Jack and the Beanstalk Faux Wallpaperp. 134
Block-Printed Leaf Curtainsp. 137
Blousy Rose Faux Rugp. 139
Chapter 5 In The Orchard And Under The Pergola
Upcycled Vintage Picnic Basketp. 146
Block-Printed Basil Leaf Napkinsp. 149
Linen Tablecloth with Printed Leavesp. 153
Painted Stripe Napkinsp. 157
Stenciled Serving Trayp. 158
Refurbished Metal Tabletopp. 162
Templatesp. 165
Resourcesp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 189
About The Authorp. 191