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Maggie Grey works on a theme of story-telling in her latest book. In some cases, there are travellers’ tales to be told in the form of stitched, mixed-media panels that make up a diary of a journey. These are busy, bustling pieces designed to bring back memories. Myths and legends also feature in the book, telling tall tales. Ideas are shared on the construction of pieces and step-by-step sequences cover many of the techniques used.
Some of these techniques are old favourites, others new but they combine to produce colourful pieces that could record many of life’s special moments: the trip of a lifetime, a special event, a family history or a tall tale from your imagination.
Photographs and inkjet prints give a very personal aspect and Maggie has lots of ideas for new methods for presenting them. These are augmented by small areas of stitching and this is a great way to use up the samples that we all have tucked away in the cupboard. Put together with the photographs, these provide texture and contrast for some interesting and rewarding pieces. In many cases, the panels act as a springboard for further stitched pieces – a useful bonus.$39.99
This outfit features a slip and a crop top with interesting details both front and back.
Use light fabric for the slop. A medium weight fabric is best for the crop.
Sizes XS – 2XL
All Tina Givens sewing patterns are beautifully printed on white paper stock, with easy to follow instructions and detailed technical drawings.$26.00
Compose, create and print innovative art quilts starting from your own digital photographs – even those from your phone! Well-known fibre artist Wen Redmond starts with the tools and equipment you'll need – any image editing software and a standard inkjet printer – and teaches you to alter images, print them on a variety of fibres and accentuate them with stitching. With a sense of adventure, even a beginner can apply these techniques to create new and innovative works of art.
- Transform your photographs into matchless works of art with mixed-media techniques and quilting
- Explore inkjet printing on almost anything – design with fabric, paper and other substrates
- Get photo editing, layering and printing tips
- Learn new approaches to digital printing – perfect for quilters, fabric and paper artists, digital artists, mixed-media artists, photographers, art teachers and more
Judy Newman presents her quilting story with advice on choosing colours, fabrics and her favourite products.
The 18 projects, both large and small, feature detailed diagrams and templates. The photography and overall design of the book are stunning as one expects from this publisher. From Quiltmania with text in both English and French.$64.99
Explore a life lived in stitches and witness the aesthetic evolution of a treasured quiltmaking artist.
Revel in this dazzling self-curated collection of Gwen Marston's more than five-decade passion for quiltmaking. From her early pieces inspired by Mennonite quilts to her innovative work with appliqué and texture to her exploration of modern design, Gwen's aesthetic has remained a glorious marriage of freedom in construction, expert use of unexpected colours and negative space and happy design surprises.
See more than 80 quilts representing more than 40 years and a variety styles – all united by a common thread: the artist Gwen Marston.$49.99
This durable plastic tote bag with fabric Handle is ideal for carrying your quilting supplies and anything else.
The bag measures 380 x 380 x 170 mm.$14.99