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Janet Edmonds creates amazing textile pieces inspired by the artists Chuck Close, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Matisse, Hundertwasser, John Piper and Giorgio Morandi. She outlines each artist's work, sharing what inspires her, then creates a series of artistic projects using various media and techniques, exploring this inspiration.
These works lead in each case to a stitching project, with a stitch sampler to introduce each one. Janet's finished textile pieces include stitched squares, a portrait, a purse, a landscape, a box-framed 3D piece, embroidered boxes, stitched panels with castings and more. The flexibound format makes this a practical workbook for artists as well as a rich source of inspiration and ideas.
- Exciting and original ideas to encourage readers to create and develop their own projects
- Beautiful textile pieces inspired by the world's most renowned artists
- Fascinating insight into artistic inspiration and processes
- Each chapter is an artistic workshop providing endless inspiration and ideas
About the Author Janet Edmonds trained in the UK and has many years experience of teaching City & Guilds courses in Embroidery and also runs courses for the Embroiderers' Guild. Her own work is mainly three-dimensional and is based on natural forms and landscapes. When not teaching, gardening and walking provide Janet with the inspiration for her drawing, painting and stitching.$49.99
Do you long to make beautiful quilts but have such a busy life you can never find the time? Imagine creating a quilt top – maybe even your first – in just a weekend!
This jelly roll quilt pattern collection includes 15 contemporary quilts, which are easy enough to piece in a weekend. Jelly rolls are a fantastic shortcut to patchwork and quilting: you can avoid the hours of cutting and preparation required for making a quilt and go straight to the fun bit – the sewing!
Pam and Nicky Lintott are jelly roll experts, having written numerous books and hundreds of patterns, and they have developed a brand new collection of quilt patterns for jelly roll lovers and quilters looking for a stunning quilt pattern that comes together in super-fast time.$36.99
It’s time for some hands-on surface design with your favourite surface – fabric!
- Learn 4 easy ways to copy images to fabric, then embellish with 6 surface design techniques – cut-out, embroidery, discharge, paint, appliqué and reverse appliqué
- Sew 16 modern projects for giving and living, with full-size motifs for DIY fabric printing
- Use the pattern pull-out to copy modern graphics in the perfect size for your project
- Mix it up for one-of-a-kind pieces – the inspirational project gallery shows you how
Make this shirt/jacket in something soft such cotton, rayon, jersey or silk. Raw ruffle edges, bound neckline and waist tie. Features optional button closure. Also included in the pattern is a slightly fitted crop pant.
Multi-sized XS – 2XL$29.00
Lynda Monk provides some wonderful and exciting ideas for using Tyvek (a readily-obtainable, coated paper or fabric) to create dramatic effects. You'll discover just how amazingly easy it is to create attractive surfaces with a simple technique which, once mastered, leads to endless exciting variations.
Lynda demonstrates the secrets of bonding and heating methods which range from trapping threads to applying Tyvek to bubblewrap and many other techniques. The resulting materials can be cut without fraying which is especially good for die-cutting and for use with digital cutting machines.
You will find many brilliant ideas for developing the results, from bags and brooches to garments and containers.$39.99
Slow Knitting encourages knitters to step back, pare down and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work.
In five chapters, the tenets of slow knitting – sourcing carefully, making thoughtfully, thinking environmentally, experimenting fearlessly and exploring openly – challenge knitters of all skill levels to view their practice in a new way. Each chapter begins with an exploration of a fibre type, then moves into profiles of well-known yarn types, makers and yarn suppliers, and ends with garment patterns inspired by the featured fibre.
With contributions from knitting superstars Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy and many others, the book proposes an approach to knitting that is both minimalist and all-encompassing, and emphasises what makes knitting a meditation, a passion and a unique necessity.$39.99