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Book explores fabrics from around the world

| Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

Fabric designer John Robshaw takes readers on a globe-trotting journey through his artistic training and creative processes in "John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration and Interiors."

Robshaw, known for putting an updated twist on exotic fabric designs, takes readers to India, Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere to describe the evolution of his art and share an inside look at the traditional techniques used to create his high-end fabrics.

He shares pictures of some of his designs and shows them used in room settings, many in his own home.

"John Robshaw Prints" is published by Chronicle Books and sells for $40 in hardcover.

Garden gloves earn royal endorsement

Gardening gloves endorsed by England's Royal Horticultural Society are now available from Gardener's Supply Co.

The Gold Leaf gloves are used by gardeners at the society's Wisley, Rosemoor and Harlow Carr gardens. They're made of high-quality leather that conforms snugly to the gardener's hands and are touted as being well-made, soft and comfortable.

Gardener's Supply offers all four Gold Leaf glove styles: Dry Touch, made of a water-resistant leather; Tough Touch, designed to remain comfortable while protecting the hands from thorns; Soft Touch, multipurpose gloves that allow maximum dexterity; and Winter Touch, which are insulated and waterproof yet breathable, so hands stay warm and dry in wet, cold weather.

Prices range from $38.95 to $49.95. Shipping is extra.

The gloves can be ordered at www.gardeners.com, or call 800-955-3370 to request a catalog.

Home show features History Channel star

The Pittsburgh Indoor & Outdoor Home Show will be at the Monroeville Convention Center from Thursday through Feb. 10.

Mike Wolfe, star of the History Channel's "American Pickers," will be a special guest at the show.

The show is 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10.

Admission is $9 ($7 on Thursday only), $6 for age 65 and older and free for age 10 and younger. Details: www.pitthomeshow.com.

Sheets button downto keep kids snug

Kuviez sheet sets are designed to solve the problem of kids kicking off their covers in the night.

The sheets button together to keep them in place, even when the sleeper tosses and turns. The fitted bottom sheet has elastic anchors to keep it in place on the mattress, and the top sheet buttons to the bottom sheet at the sides of the bed.

The sheets come in twin size and two designs. Button-down blankets and duvet covers are expected to be available soon, as well as bedding for babies, toddlers, teens and adults.

The sheets can be ordered for $79.99 plus shipping at www.kuviez.com.

- Staff and wire reports

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