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Complete Pebble Mosaics

This comprehensive, one-of-a-kind sourcebook is now revised and expanded with 32 additional pages. Ideal for architects, landscape designers and home crafters, it features authoritative text and beautiful photographs that explore classic and new mosaic materials, designs, tools and techniques. The book opens with a section on techniques used in designing, making and installing pebble mosaics, including information on patterns, mosaics for frost-prone areas, how to pre-cast a mosaic, computer-aided patterns and unusual materials. Step-by-step photographs with clear how-to instructions show how each project is made. Maggy Howarth shares her designs templates for:
  • Allover patterns and interlacing patterns
  • Repeating centric patterns and borders
  • Celestial forms and geometrics
  • Humans and mythological figures
  • Reptiles, fish, insects, birds and other animals
  • Flowers, trees and other plants.
  • There is also a special section that explores pebble mosaics as a decorative art throughout history. Complete Pebble Mosaic Handbook is a rich resource of design ideas, many based on Howarth's personal creations.
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About the Author

Maggy Howarth is one of the world's leading authorities on pebble mosaics. Her commissions fetch high prices and appear in city squares, hospital grounds and public gardens and fountains. She teaches at the Chicago Mosaic School, and her summer workshops in the U.K. sell out year after year.


Outdoor mosaics have become increasingly popular as landscape design elements. MacKay illustrates projects for freestanding planters and sculptural objects decorated with irregular glass shards. These are very colorful and stand out prominently in the garden. Pebble mosaics, on the other hand, are more subdued, reflecting the natural colors of rounded stones. Howarth (Pebble Mosaics: Complete Designs and Techniques for Paths, Patios, and Walls) describes the techniques of creating and installing large mosaics with photos of her own work and that of others around the world. This is an excellent source of design ideas for landscape artists. Both books are suitable for public libraries. Howarth's should also be in academic landscape architecture collections. [MacKay's book is a Crafter's Choice Book Club selection.-Ed.] Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

A mesmerizing expose of one of the oldest forms of decoration--the plentiful photographs are guaranteed to inspire.--Colleen Miko"B and B, Washington State Nursery and Landscape As" (09/01/2009) Appropriate as a coffee table book and an instructive text, beginner and pro alike will not be disappointed.--Colleen Miko"Verdure" (09/20/2010) Appropriate for the uninitiated and the veteran of pebble walkways alike, this is truly a complete guide to the medium. This heavy, photo-filled book is both a tour of beautiful pebble mosaics and an instruction manual. [Review of earlier edition: ] A book full of possibilities... more than 300 photographs of intricate designs from around the world... [Howarth ] comes to the rescue of novices, however, with her technique for a precast mosaic.--Lee Stratton"Columbus Dispatch" (12/20/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] Walkways and fountain areas featuring intricate mosaic pebble designs are made easy for the average craftsperson.--Jim Carlson"Country Decorating Ideas" (07/01/2004) [Review of earlier edition: ] Benefit from Howarth's experiences as she shares methods that have succeeded and failed. She also gives her special cement recipe.--Linda Hutchinson"San Gabriel Valley Tribune" (10/25/2003) [Review of earlier edition: ] Pebble pizzazz... a fun way to jazz up outdoor spaces.--Megan Miers"Tulsa World" (09/27/2003) In this book, we are treated to a mesmerizing expos� of one of the oldest forms of garden decoration.... Maggy Howarth, an accomplished artist from the UK, has compiled stunning examples of their complexity and beauty in many styles--the plentiful photographs are guaranteed to inspire.... Appropriate as a coffee table book and an instructive text, beginner and pro alike will not be disappointed... I can only aspire to creating a pebble mosaic as amazing as the ones in this book. The great news is, this is the only book I'll need for the project, start to finish.--Colleen Miko"Verdure" (09/20/2010)

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