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
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
Written by noted surface designer Lynn Krawczyk, The Hand-Stitched Surface offers inspiring techniques and beautiful projects for creating richly layered mixed-media surfaces on paper and fabric while encouraging stitchers to slow down and savour their handiwork.
Following an overview of tools and supplies, the section on stitching essentials covers a range of basic stitches and how they can be modified: mixing thread weights for textural effects; unique ways to create patterns for hand stitching; exploring colour; and tips and tricks for improvisational stitching.
The 15 projects are perfect for those seeking to disconnect from technology and embrace a quiet, meditative approach to handwork and creating art.$29.99
Natural Color is a beautifully photographed guide to plant dyes drawn from commonly found fruits, flowers, trees and herbs, with accompanying projects.
Using sustainable methods and artisanal techniques, Sasha Duerr details achievable ways to apply these limitless colour possibilities to your home and wardrobe. Whether you are new to dyeing or more practiced, Duerr’s clear and simple ingredients lists, step-by-step instructions and detailed breakouts on techniques such as shibori, dip-dye and block printing will ensure beautiful results.
With recipes to dye everything from dresses and sweaters to rugs and napkins, Natural Color will inspire fashion enthusiasts, home decorators, textile lovers and everyone else who wants to bring more colour into their life.$49.99
This beautiful, practical book is a comprehensive guide to shibori, packed with both traditional and inventive stitch-resist techniques, a complete dyeing guide and an inspirational gallery of Jane's work. The book is broken into three sections:
- Section 1 shows all the key stitch-resist techniques needed – from the basics right through to creating intricate designs – and all are clearly explained with photography and illustrations
- Section 2 shows how to use motifs to plan and create pattern
- Section 3 contains a complete guide to dyeing – containing recipes, tips and advice
This book contains all the information a beginner will need to get started – including tips on dyeing in small spaces and a guide to all the health and safety considerations – but is also packed with innovative techniques and inspiring designs that will appeal to the experienced textile artist too.
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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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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
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
This beautiful volume teaches the easy-to-learn elements of Chinese knotting – interlacing silk cords and other materials in a variety of ways. Chinese knotting can be incorporated in fashion, jewellery, accessories, home decoration, contemporary art and other means of expression.
Using step-by-step illustrations, this book introduces more than 100 types of Chinese knots. The tutorials will guide you through the creation of various knots and introduce their applications. All you need is this book and a few simple materials to experience the fun of creating fabulous Chinese knots with your own two hands!$34.99
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
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
Create visual complexity and depth in febrics by layering simple processes to produce intriguing surface designs.
Comprehensive illustrated guide shows how to create your own sumptuous fabrics using: fibre-reactive dyes, household bleach, fabric paints, water based resists, photocopy transfers, foiling, silk screening, stencilling, stamping, embroidery and beading.
The gallery includes beautiful examples of fabrics, quilting and clothing.$39.99
In this practical guide by qward-winning quilt artist Sandra Meech, you'll explore the elements of design and how these relate to quiltmaking and fibre art.
Through a series of exercises, observations and analyses, learn how to incorporate basic design principles into your work creatively and confidently. Study various design styles and approaches from fine art, nature, graphic design and the world of textiles.
With Sandra's expert guidance, you'll become more comfortable with new textures, techniques and compositions as you fill your own signature sketchbook with ideas and inspiration. Includes over 150 inspirational images from the world's best quilt and textile artists.$39.99
With crochet patterns that are as adorable as they are practical, you can provide fashion for wee ones while keeping tiny toes warm. Felted for shape and sturdiness – with leather soles for durability – these are finished shoes.
- Select from seven patterns, each in five sizes, embellished with appealing motifs
- Easy-to-make foam inserts ensure the perfect shoe shape and size during felting
- Use readily available materials; you can even use suede elbow patches for soles