Primitive Style - Folk-Art Quilts and Other Finery

by Jenifer Gaston
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Create a warm and welcoming personal space with designs from Jenifer Gaston, creative director and part-owner of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. These traditional designs with a primitive spin will feel right at home in your home.

  • 15 inviting patterns include a mix of cotton and wool projects: a folk art sampler quilt, hooked rug, penny rug, table topper, pincushion, journal cover, and quilts
  • Discover the joys of working with wool--so pleasurable and easy to learn
  • Pullout pattern sheets make tracing full-sized patterns a breeze

by Jenifer Gaston
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
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Publication Date:
December 1st, 2015
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This title accepted for returns only in resale condition
A one-page introduction that tells what primitive style is all about begins this book. Then there are 15 patterns using that style.

Each pattern is made using wool. The patterns include a pincushion, a book cover, a sewing pouch, a tool roll-up, a wall hanging and many more. Each pattern has a photo of the item and a paragraph about it, along with the size. The material and cutting lists are clear and easy to understand. The written instructions have enough graphics to keep you on track. Other options and tips are set off in a grey background box with photo corners on two opposite corners.

The end of the book has two sections: one on wool basics and one on quilt making basics. A one-page bio of the author is also found at the end of the book.

If you like to work with wool, this book gives you 15 ideas and using your own creativity, I’m sure you will come up with more.
El contenido del libro es tan amable y acogedor como sería un hogar en aquella época donde soplaba el viento afuera de una cabaña de troncos y la familia se mantenía reunida y arropada alrededor del fuego ahí dentro. De hojearlo se antoja hacerlo todo. La autora nos brinda una serie de proyectos que van desde alfileteros, caminos de mesa y quilts, pasando por otras técnicas como es el "rug hooking" o tejido de tapetes con ganchillo. El libro está salpicado de valiosas sugerencias en cuanto al manejo de las lanas afelpadas, la transferencia de diseños a las mismas y los consejos para el mejor uso de las herramientas de costura cuando se trabaja con lanas y con figuras minúsculas. Un gran acierto es la combinación de lanas y algodones en tonos y colores tenues además de las recomendaciones para conseguir ese aspecto "envejecido" harán que cada proyecto terminado tenga ese matiz y nostalgia del pasado. Sin embargo no habría porqué encasillar estos diseños dentro del estilo Primitivo riguroso. La autora invita a confeccionarlos con telas más brillantes y llamativas y traer así a nuestra decoración contemporánea un recuerdo de aquellos tiempos pasados donde tantas mujeres pusieron sus vista y su oficio de costura confeccionando prendas y objetos para sus seres más queridos.

[translation] The content of the book is so friendly and welcoming, like at a home where the wind blew outside a log cabin and the family gathered and kept wrapped around the fire there. The author gives us a number of projects ranging from pincushions, table runners, and quilts, through other techniques such as the "rug hooking" or crochet fabric mats. The book is peppered with valuable suggestions regarding the handling of the fluffy wool, transferring designs to them, and the tips for better use of sewing tools when working with wool and tiny pieces. A great success is the combination of wool and cotton in soft colors and tones in addition to the recommendations for "aging" fabric that will make every finished project a hue with nostalgia for the past. But I would not classify these designs within the strict primitive style. The author invites you to manufacture them with more brilliant and eye-catching fabrics and so bring we can bring to our contemporary decor a memory of those times past, where many women honed their craft of sewing items for their loved ones.
I am purchasing for a friend's birthday. Wonderful book.
The simplicity of the designs in this book appeals to my crafty soul! Jenifer Gaston delights us with a bounty of woolly creations, taking us back to times when the choice to use simple stitches was dictated more by the speed with which an item needed to be put to use than by a design decision.

She walks us through what makes a design 'primitive', how to felt and fashion wool so it will look old, and helps us every step of the way with tips about stitching and finishing projects. I am loving it!
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Jenifer Gaston

Jenifer Gaston, or Jeni as everyone calls her, is one of the three founding sisters of Homespun Media LLC and Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. She served in the United States Navy as a dental technician and assistant. Throughout her life Jeni has practiced fiber arts and ended up making a career as a designer and quilt-shop proprietor. With Gretchen (another of the three sisters), she launched the online Rug Hooking Store. For 10 years, she and Gretchen owned and operated the Woolen Willow Quilt Shop. Jeni has been published in multiple magazines. She enjoys creating new quilt, rug, and other wool project designs, dying wool, and spending time with her family.

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