Ann Small's imaginative use of cutting and manipulating techniques, and her layering and colouring tricks, makes this your go-to guide for bringing form and texture to your fabric artwork.
This book is a rich resource and reference for textile artists seeking new ideas and who want to experiment with reverse appliqué and related techniques such as layering, trapunto, stacks, puffs and fabric manipulation.
- Packed with techniques suitable for quilting and other textile art
- Three wearable step-by-step projects
- Clear, close-up images make layering enjoyable and accessible
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More than 300 colourful photos and behind-the-scenes details reveal the fascinating story of Japans cotton and indigo, and their enormous contribution to fibre arts worldwide.
- Learn how Japan and its top fabric designers, quilters, scientists, and artists combine tradition and high tech to weave the thread, fabrics and stunning designs that are so coveted in today's fibre art world
- Take a tour of Japans elite textile printing mills to understand why Japan is considered the worlds finest producer of quilting cotton
- Learn where all this cotton comes from, and its close connection to another prized plant, indigo
- Dozens of beautiful fabric designs and quilts by Shizuko Kuroha, Keiko Goke, Yoshiko Jinzenji, Yoko Saito and others are featured, as well as cotton and indigo folk textiles through the ages
This journey gives a deeper understanding of the connection between contemporary textile art and Japan's cotton, indigo and traditions.$59.99
Discover how to create freeform, raw-edge appliqué faces using Melissa Averinos' fun, creative process.
Melissa walks you through the process step-by-step, from a comprehensive lesson on drawing the face, to translating your sketch into fabric, to stabilizing the piece with stitching, to incorporating your stylized face into a finished project, whether it’s a pillow, tote, shirt or stretched canvas!
Learn how to make a variety of eyes, noses, lips, hair, and face shapes, as well as how to create facial features in just the right proportions. You’ll be amazed by how good the final portrait looks!
- Personalize your fabric collage! Learn several different ways of creating facial features
- Comprehensive lessons on fabric choices, colour and shading
- Includes inspirational galleries of work from Melissa and her students
Using colour and an intriguing mix of surface techniques, layers, piecing and simple stitching, Deborah O'Hare's beautiful small art quilts capture the magic of her themes and subjects.
In her unusual, whimsical interpretations of nature and the landscape, she builds up torn and cut layers of coloured cloth with stitch to create beautiful works of textile art. With her fresh, innovative approach, Deborah provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the techniques she uses and shows the reader how to create moonlit scenes, seas, flowers, meadows, mountains, moors, animals and birds.
From an original idea through to finishing and embellishing this book will offer a rich source of ideas for experienced art quilters as well as those setting out on their creative journey who are inspired to start small.
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Weaving involves straight, parallel and gridlike lines, but as Norma Smayda shows, ondulé weaving with curving warp threads, offers new directions. This is the first book on ondulé textiles, and includes clear information on every aspect, from instructions to design tips to a comprehensive history of the fan reed, the tool that makes ondule possible.
Smayda shares the details of her own learning experiences with numerous ondulé warps in a variety of fibres. More than 180 colour photos also feature stunningly beautiful work by five other contemporary and two twentieth-century weavers, plus intriguing historic Japanese textiles.
Also included are sections on weft ondulé, designing a fan or hybrid reed and the thought processes behind 21 of the featured projects, including drafts. This reference will serve as foundation and inspiration for your ondulé weaving.$80.00
This stunning collection showcases the work produced by renowned textile artists Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin, and explores how – even when working from the same starting point – textile art can produce a myriad interpretations of shape, form, colour and technique. The authors chose six themes for their own starting point, each full of inspiration and artistic potential:
- Memory (both personal experiences and historical events)
- Graven (cemetery) images and idols
- Books as objects
- Pompeii and archaeological excavations
- Everyday items
For each of the themes the authors have provided a personal interpretation of the work and a description of the techniques they used, along with step-by-step instructions. In the chapter on memory, for example, Els demonstrates how old fabrics and textiles (which themselves have a unique history all of their own) can be recycled to incorporate your own stitched drawings. Alternatively, Cherilyn explores Procion Dye techniques to create colourful and striking fabrics that bear no resemblance to Els work on the same theme.
This fascinating guide provides a rich seam of inspiration from two renowned artists, exploring how to get the most from your collaborations and produce beautiful and unique work.$44.99
By providing simple, stylish flower designs in ribbon embroidery, Ann Cox gives a new twist to this traditional technique.
With 20 pretty designs to choose from and ideas for how they can be used to decorate clothes, accessories, cushions, etc, new embroiderers can discover this traditional technique. Learn how to twist, fold and stitch narrow ribbons to create stunning yet simple designs. The simple designs are suitable for the contemporary embroiderer.
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Stitched Fabric Brooches shows readers how to create contemporary layered brooches and corsages. Textile expert Alex McQuade uses a range of materials, from linen and lace to buttons and ribbons – some vintage or recycled – for her signature look, which includes themes such as birds, hearts, dogs, cupcakes and flowers.
The book will show how to combine a range of colours and fabrics to beautiful effect, and provide alternative suggestions to encourage readers to experiment for themselves.$13.99
Hundreds of braided designs are arranged by structure, from twisted and knotted pieces to more elaborate looped and woven examples.
- Each braid features a beautiful close-up photograph, materials list, step-by-step instructions, and easy-to-follow colour illustrations to guide you along
- Each technique is explored in-depth, followed by tips on starting and finishing braids and advice for incorporating braids into other textile projects
This delightful collection of 50 decorative ribbon projects – some classic, some whimsical, some elegant – will prove irresistible for anyone with an interest in craft.
The projects are grouped into four main chapters: a beautiful collection of hair accessories and jewellery; some eye-catching gift wrapping ideas and presentation boxes; a wide range of floral designs; and a charming selection of projects combining all of these ribbon-crafting skills
Each design features written instructions accompanied by clear step-by-step illustrations, and absolutely no experience is necessary: you will pick up all the expertise needed as you progress through the book.
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"A reference book which will be used and enjoyed constantly" Crafts Magazine.
An updated edition first comprehensive survey of textile art and production worldwide.
It opens with an expert guide to the nine basic textile techniques: rug weaving, tapestry, felt and bark cloth, etc. Each is clearly explained, using drawings and colour close-ups colour of actual textiles, to show how people of many different traditions have made and decorated cloth across the centuries.
A wealth of illustrations – drawn from the world's major collections, many never published before – includes costumes, period interiors and fabrics from simplest hand-weaves to exquisite embroidery.$42.99
A Garden to Dye For shows how super-simple it is to plant and grow a dyer's garden and create beautiful dyes. It features 40-plus plants that the gardener-crafter can grow for an all-natural, customized colour palette.
A dyer's garden can be a mosaic of flowers, herbs, roots and fruits that lend us their pigments to beautify other areas of our lives. Many of these plants may already be in our cutting, cottage or food gardens, ready for double duty. These special plants can fit right in with traditional garden themes.
This richly photographed book is divided between the garden and the dye process, with garden layouts, plant profiles, dye extraction and uses, step-by-step recipes and original, engaging DIY projects.$39.99
From Aquilegia (granny's bonnets) to Zantedeschia (arum lilies), Ann Cox brings to life 32 flowers in exquisite silk ribbon embroidery. First, captioned colour photo steps teach the techniques (stitches, gathering, painting).
The 32 flower designs each have close-up colour photos, skill rating, step directions for flowers, leaves, stems, buds, a template, diagrams & ideas for variations (usually).
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Now available in a compact paperback edition, this book remains the most comprehensive survey of African textiles on the market today.
The traditional, handcrafted textiles of Africa are sumptuous, intricate, and steeped in cultural significance. Region by region, African Textiles covers, as no other volume has, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, outlining the range of weaving techniques and the different types of looms, materials and dyes that create these sumptuous works. Nor does it neglect the cultural context of African textiles, assessing the various influences of religion, culture, trade, tradition, fashion and the changing role of women that inform their creation.
The breathtaking skill and creativity of the African peoples are presented here in radiant colour:
- Gorgeous stripweaves of the Ashanti and the Ewe
- Lace weaves of the Yoruba
- Bogolanfini mud cloths from Mali and West Africa
- Berber weaves from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia in North Africa
- Unique, crocheted, embroidered and feathered hats from Cameroon
- Ancient weaving tradition of Ethiopia
- Beadwork of the Zulu, Xhosa and Ndebele peoples of Southern Africa
- Asian-derived tradition of weaving silk and raphia in Madagascar
A guide to African textile collections open to the public, a glossary and suggestions for further reading make this volume a practical as well as beautiful guide to the rich art of African textiles.$44.99
Macramé is back with a fresh, new style. Claire Rougerie guides the reader through 9 lessons accompanied by easy step-by-step instructions and diagrams.
There are 29 original and colourful designs to make including jewellery, bags, accessories and various ideas for embellishing your outfits. The designs are both chic and bohemian combining a retro sixties style with a more modern look.
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This book, edited by Maggie Grey, looks at the work of six textile artists and their work ranging from quilting, stitching, mixed media and journaling. The artists – Elizabeth Brimelow, Ro Bruhn, Ruth Lee, Sian Martin, Olga Norris and Beryl Taylor – are all experts in their respective fields.
Each artist talks about her work and then expands on this so that the reader will be able to try a technique (or two) for themselves and then adapt and develop as a base for their own experiments.$39.99
Connecting us to the wide variety of contemporary fibre art in wall-mounted format, this resource combines more than 600 photos with personal comments from 100 of todays established and emerging artists.
The creators are pushing the boundaries of what wall-mounted fibre art is, using fibres of paper, metal, fiberglass, milkweed seeds or high-tech polymers. Bhakti Zieks computerized loom work and Sue Benners textile-collage quilts are but a few of the examples of how artists expertly combine different fibre techniques in a single piece, go beyond the technical processes and cross-pollinate mediums.$59.99
Nearly 500 photos of artwork with personal insights from 76 of today's most noteworthy artists show the tremendously broad range of possibilities that working in three dimensions can offer.
Both established artists and emerging artists whose work is attracting notice are gathered here. Carol Milne's knitted glass and Peter Gentenaars' technique of vacuum forming and air-drying paper fibres are but a few examples of artists using new materials with traditional methods.$59.99
Wearable fibre art, whether in garment or jewellery form, is unique in that the human body breathes life, shape and movement into the pieces. Be it a felted brooch or a dress made of book pages, wearable fibre art can provide personal expression unavailable from the world of mass production.
In this volume, comments from the makers, who discuss creating pieces that the wearer influences, are accompanied by more than 300 photos. Susan Taber Avila offers insights to what wearable art means and how fibres play into that combination, and Margery Goldberg discusses the term in relation to jewellery.
The hundreds of creations, bridging art, design, craft and fashion, show how fibre art that relates to the human body is in a class of its own.$59.99
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
An easy to follow guide to producing beautiful Japanese braids using Kumihimo disks and plates, templates for which are printed on the cover flap ready to be cut out and used.
There is advice on the yarns or threads to use, arranging the threads on the disk or plate, producing many different types of braid, braiding with beads, finishing off and using the braids to make bracelets, necklaces, bag handles and much more.
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Whether youre looking to refresh, transform or personalise your clothing, soft furnishings or fabric accessories, or to dye fabric so that you can create brand-new items, this book has you covered.
This simple but rich and informative book contains everything you need to know to start dyeing. It shows you how to create 12 dazzling dye effects from tie-dyeing and dip-dyeing to creating checks, lines, droplets and bubbles and then shows you how to put them into practice to create 21 gorgeous sewn projects, ranging from bags and pillows to towels, scarves and clothing.
It offers advice on dyeing printed fabrics and working with a base colour, as well as guidance on washing and maintaining dyed fabric. The dyeing techniques are created either in the washing machine, by hand or in the microwave, and clear instructions are given for each method. The book focuses on readily-available chemical dyes, but the dye effects could transfer to natural types as well. All the sewing steps are explained clearly, with handy illustrations to provide clarity where necessary.
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Renowned silk painter, Mandy Southan demonstrates all the techniques you need to get to grips with this intriguing medium.
She begins with clear artistic advice on materials and using colour and then moving on to basic techniques, all shown through 12 lovely, achievable projects. Then proceed through textured effects and using resists, discharge paste, diffusing medium and other products to create scarves, cushions, pictures, wall hangings and panels.
This book is perfect for the complete beginner but it is also ideal for those who want to learn new techniques. Learn how to:
- Colour soft, lustrous silk with dyes and paints
- Add highlights, texture and tone to abstract designs
- Paint beautiful pictures
Now that bohemian styles clothes and accessories are fashionable, macramé has also experienced renewed popularity. This book introduces the necessary materials, knots, and techniques, and then provides pretty bohemian macramé jewellery projects to make and wear.
Instructions included for 19 projects from simple to complex.$19.99
Discover printing techniques, make a three-dimensional 'home-journal', keep a uniquely you sketchbook, explore hand stitching, transform photographs and more.
The only rule in this resource is that there are no rules. Along with exciting projects for all skill levels this includes a glossary, recommended toolbox and ideas for getting started. From there have fun and build skills with paints, fabrics, glues, papers, wax, found objects, threads and more.
Whether you're new to the world of mixed-media crafting or an old hand, this collection will inspire and motivate you!$42.99$39.99
For over 20 years, Julie Paterson, founder of ClothFabric, has been designing and printing contemporary textiles by hand. Her iconic patterns, inspired by and connected to the Australian landscape, have been applied to furnishings, rugs and wallpapers and sold the world over.
ClothBound is the story of Julie's most significant and well-loved designs, and offers a very intimate insight into the creative process of a much loved artist, designer and maker at work in her shed...$59.99