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Glorious Interiors: Needlepoint, Knitting and Decorative Design Projects for Your Home [Paperback]

Kaffe Fassett
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4 Feb 1999
Originally published in 1995, a collection of knitting, needlepoint and decorative design projects and ideas for the home. It includes instructions, advice on techniques and charts for each project. It is illustrated with colour photographs and is written by the author of GLORIOUS NEEDLEPOINT and KAFFE FASSETT AT THE V & A.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New edition edition (4 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091868521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091868529
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,970,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many designers have the gift of the gab: few can actually write. Kaffe Fassett is a delightful exception. Indeed, the text of the dismally titled Glorious Interiors is something rare in interior design: a down-to-earth account of a complex and sophisticated personal style. Drawing inspiration from circuses, fairgrounds, the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, the liveries of Pakistani trucks and Slavic peasant costume, Fassett dedicates his book to "all those with a touch of gypsy who share my vision". There must be few enough of them, and going by the vibrant kitsch, the obsessive repetition and the migrainous, fractal surfaces of his trademark interiors, one suspects that not a few of them have ended up, tragically, in decidedly minimal circumstances, complete with soft white walls and bars on the windows.

Fassett's embroidered flower gardens, frog cushions, trompe l'oiel flower plates and postage stamp lampshades teeter spectacularly on the knife-edge separating genius from schizophrenia; his text, meanwhile, with all the honeyed reasonableness of the clearly mad, really makes the reader think--in a way few other books have ever done--about the emotional power of the richly patterned traditions of eastern Europe and the Indian subcontinent. Fassett contends that Western interiors--the best of them evoking "a sterile beigeness ... that chilled me to the core"--have lost all sense of humour. And he knows just what we need to get it back ...

Glorious Interiors is full of lengthy, meticulous instructions for jaw-dropping rag-rugs, collage screens, mosaics and many other pieces. Whether inspiring you or scaring you half to death, Fassett is one interior designer it is impossible to ignore. --Simon Ings

From the Publisher

Kaffe Fassett is almost singlehandedly responsible for changing the image of knitting and needlework from mumsy to designer chic. As the Financial Times wrote, ‘Everybody who sees a Kaffe Fassett design can scarcely wait to own one.’

Here he updates the classic patchwork quilt to include designs reminiscent of, for example, Klimt; there are seven other titles available from Ebury to cover every taste and style – Mosaics, Kaffe’s Classics, Glorious Interiors, Glorious Inspiration, Glorious Knitting, Glorious Needlepoint and Kaffe Fassett’s Family Album.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars glorious book for redecorating, or just for fun 17 Mar 2001
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Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book for people who love crafting and color (especially if you're a Kaffe Fassett fan, of course). I got it for the knitting content at first, but I am now most determined to make a rag rug. All of the crafting techniques are well-explained in simple language, so you'll feel confident to tackle each new project. The patterns are all classically Kaffe: amazing mixes of colors in squares, glass bottles, animals, faces, flowers, and vegetables--all are very well planned out. They are quite varied in style, so everything in the book probably will not appeal to all readers. I myself have never been that interested in needlepoint, and a lot of the patterns are needlepoint cushions and things (I have to admit, it does have a nice pattern for a firescreen). However, it's a good introduction to mosaic work and rug making, and if you're wanting nice, bold accents for your living space, this is a very readable and useful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars nice 23 July 2013
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this is nice for my bisnes and my good frends for look for patterns my freand love it so muts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars plus! 5 Nov 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This is one of Kaffe's best books, if not the best. The photos are beautiful, and the displays of his needlepoint tapestries or vests among the collections of furnishings, etc., in his home are truly beautiful. Stunning needlepoint rugs, both of which are available as kits as noted in the book, although the kits are simplified versions of the rugs. Some rag rugs with patterns to make them. Lovely paintings too, if you like Kaffe's style or at least find it appealing. Some needlepoint charts, although I wish there were many more charted items, although some are photographed sufficiently that they can be copied yourself. Just a beautiful book on home decorating, on needlepoint, and on lovely ideas for tapestries.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Charted Designs--those included, that is! 7 Sep 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Kaffe Fassett is a designer that you either love or find almost sea-sickeningly over the top. I've got a foot in both camps--some of it is just too, too much--other things I want to make immediately. My main problem is the lack of charts. He states that one cushion can be easily coverted to a chair seat--true, if there were a chart to begin with. Now, I can understand that a wing back chair might be a one off, but there is no excuse for showing a tantalizing close up of a pillow without a chart! It is too frustrating. And there are far too many references to things that are available as kits from Ehrman--particularly when not all of them are still available. Still worth it for the charts that he does include and for some design ideas--if you are willing to just pile on the patterns!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A World of Color 17 April 2000
By Valerie Tornick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book. Although I read it mainly for my interest in mosaics, I found many of the collages appealing as well. The photos are wonderful, colorful and display a great sense of creativity. What a happy feeling this rainbow of colors gives to a person inhabiting these unique rooms. And isn't that what decorating is all about? This book is a must for every creative mind!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More! 1 Oct 2011
By Martha Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wish that there could be an unending stream of these books. They are sumptuous in and of themselves, and I love making the projects in them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 24 Feb 2014
By sandra v. onetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you are those knitter, crocheter, quilter, painter person, You must have this book. Kaffe Fassett is a master colour teacher. In this book he shows all his handmade technics. A must have book, Very inspirational.
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