This beautiful guide demonstrates how to get the most out of your surroundings to create original and unique pieces in textiles. Beginning with a chapter on drawing from nature, the book demonstrates how to:
- Use sketchbooks and create mood boards to explore your local environment and landscape
- Use plants and flowers in your work, from using stencilled flower motifs as embellishment to printing with plants onto fabric and making simple relief prints
- Move into three-dimensions and sculptural work with birds and insects made from cloth
Featuring step-by-step projects as well as work from contemporary artists, makers and collaborative groups throughout, this practical and beautiful guide shows how practitioners of all kinds can draw from the natural world for making and inspiration.$49.99
The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions. Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice.
Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down, including:
- Using simple techniques inspired by traditional practice (including hand-stitch rhythms)
- Reusing and re-inventing materials (reuse even old textile projects)
- Limiting your equipment
- Mending revisited (practical and decorative techniques)
- Project ideas and resources that help towards making a more sustainable textile practice
Richly illustrated throughout, and showcasing work from the best textile artists who work in this way, this is a truly inspirational book for those looking to reconnect with their craft and to find a new way of working.
About the Author Claire Wellesley-Smith is a textile artist living and working in Yorkshire, UK. She teaches exetensively, working in adult education, schools, community-based projects, museums and galleris. Her workshops involve sustainable stitch, repurposed cloth, and traditional techniques.$39.99
More and more textile artists are using natural processes in their work, from dyeing with rust to working with found and scavenged items, and this book is the first to bring these increasingly popular techniques together. It promotes a way of working creatively with what is close at hand, whether gathered on walks by the seashore or collected in your garden, and working in tune with natural processes, bringing the rhythms and unpredictability of nature into your work.
Examples of this type of working include rust dyeing embroidered fabric to give it a natural patina, dyeing with garden fruits or seaweed, weaving with pieces of beachcombed fibre and printing with found objects. In all of this work nature is directly harnessed to make its mark.
The book is illustrated with the finest examples of contemporary embroidery and textile-art work using nature, by artists whose practice is tied up with their experience of and respect for the natural environment, often capturing a very strong sense of place and a feeling of calmness and contemplation.$52.99
Textile artist and surface designer Mandy Pattullo marries fabric with collage techniques to produce beautiful pieces of art. In Textile Collage she shows a fresh way to use scraps and oddments of fabrics to create something unique and personal, while also being economical – perfect for those who have hoarded bits of fabric, trim and memory-filled domestic textiles over the years. The book chapters include:
- Materials: collecting and sourcing fabric including unpicking and storing found fabric
- Make: guides you through all the artistic and creative elements that you need to consider to create a beautiful collage
- Portray: looks at piecing together a collaged portrait – human or animal – showing the figurative approach in collage work that includes transfer images and using found photographs
- Worn: collage technique is used to embellish skirts, jackets and accessories
- Book: looks at the fabric book as a receptacle for textile collage, with a range of approaches and forms explored
This is a wonderful resource for all textilers looking to make the most of the found fabrics they love and fully explore the technique of collage with textiles.$49.99
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
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
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.$12.99
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 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
A comprehensive guide to all the techniques that resurface, reshape, restructure and reconstruct fabric.
Six categories, ranging from controlled crushing to mixed manipulations, are divided into 13 techniques: gathering, shirring, making ruffles, making flounces, making godets, pleating, smocking, tucking cording, etc. Each technique is organised into sub techniques (eg Smocking: English, North American, Italian and direct smocking).
Diagrams illustrate detailed step-by-step instructions for each technique and photo galleries showcase its enormous creative possibilities.$49.99
Exploring the art of papermaking, this reference provides instructions on how to transform distinctive papers into unique, one-of-a-kind handbags by using modern crafting techniques.
Showcasing dozens of exquisite handmade bags and the methods for achieving similar success, this guidebook provides secrets for creating bags from various types of papers and materials, including silk cocoon strippings, linen, flax, merino and paper clay.
Details on how to personalize the bags with brooches, charms, trinkets and other found objects accompany instructions on how to use embossing enamels and metals on paper fabric. With material lists and step-by-step instructions, this resource is an ideal companion for beginners and seasoned crafters alike.$29.99$17.99
Polly Minick will teach beginners the basics and techniques of rug hooking in this delightful little book.
The author provides plenty of tips on tools, equipment and techniques to use, plus how to choose colours and how to start and stop the work. Plus there are 11 projects to get you started and a bonus DVD with both video and full-sized templates suitable for both PCs and Macs.
From Quiltmania with text in both French and English.$59.99
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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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
Each year, expert judges choose the best hand-hooked rugs from the many rugs entered into the annual juried competition known as Celebration. Now in its 23rd year, the competition showcases rugs from all over the US, Canada and from around the world.
Each winning rug is presented in a full-colour spread that includes a photo of the rug, a close-up detail highlighting fine workmanship and comments from the artist and the judges. Celebration is eagerly awaited each year and is overflowing with inspiration for all who are interested in fibre arts.
- International juried exhibit of the year's best hand-hooked rugs
- 77 beautiful hooked rugs
- 59 close-up details
- Includes both traditional and original rugs
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
Introducing the hottest technique for textile artists today: collagraphy, or printing from collage.
This comprehensive guide from one of Europe's best-known textile artists and teachers contains everything you need to know about the exciting effects that you can achieve using the almost endless permutations of collage, stitch and print, and how you can incorporate them into your own stitched-textile work.
- Includes invaluable information on making a collagraphy plate using embroidery, choosing suitable surfaces for print, combining paper and fabric, embroidering onto prints and how to work in series
- Packed with hints, tips and exercises exploring how to harness this exciting technique in your own work
- Illustrated with stunning examples of collagraphy by some of the world's finest textile artists
A respected textile artist shows how to use contrast to add dynamism to your textile work: contrast in colour, materials, technique and imagery. Step-by-step skill development exercises teach new ways with:
- Knotting and knitting
- Wrapping and stitching
- Combining matt and sheen fabrics
- Sketchbooks and memory boxes
Novice & veteran needle, fibre and paint artists will find new ways of working.$39.99