Tartan & Tweed is a comprehensive look at the chequered history of tartan and tweed from their origins in the Scottish Highlands to their reinvention, growing and continued popularity and use in contemporary fashion design, music, art and film. Both tweed and tartan are fabrics with a strong cultural identity and history. But they have been reinvented to create multiple meanings, particularly when used in street fashions and in haute couture to mimic or parody the aristocracy, and to act as a subversive symbol of rebellion.
This lavishly illustrated book focuses on fashion over the last century whilst looking back at the journey these fabrics have made from traditional cloth to stylish fabrics. It follows the early popularity of tartan and tweed including the fabrics' connections from crofters and clans to aristocracy, and look at tweed's dramatic recovery during an economic crisis and its subsequent re-invention as desirable luxury fashion fabric.
The book explores the use of tartan and tweed in fashion in the collections of leading designers including Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Chanel who have used these textiles in a fresh, subversive way, while also paying tribute to their history. Making use of first person sources, historic documents, paintings and fashion photographs, this is a complete overview of tartan and tweed in Scotland and beyond.$49.99
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
Yarn #46 covers a wide range of skill sets and techniques to knit, felt, crochet or spin.
- Spinning Yarns and Weaving Dreams: Trevor’s Blanket by Rie Natalenko
- Stitch and Pattern Difficulty Guide
- Profile: Farmers Allan and Carol Phillips by Louise Harvey
- Knitting with Rovings by Kathy Baschiera
- Wrapped Chain Cord by Betty Abbott
- Looks can be Deceiving by Clare Hacker
- Weaving Past to Present by Angela Kelly
- Fibre Fact File by Lill Roberts
- Travel: New York by Louise Harvey
- Pom Pom Beanie by Kathy Baschiera
- Roving Strelitzia Cowl by Kathy Bashiera
- Migration Jumper by Michelle Gordon
- Winter Sunrise Socks by Jenny Occleshaw
- Men’s Cabled Jumper by Kiri Hillier
- Kids Corner: Monster Mash Rachel Preston
- Vintage Needle Art by Jenny Occleshaw
Embellish magazine aims to fuse fashion, fantasy and art into everyday items, gifts and homewares. Features in issue 30 include:
- Artist Profile: Marilyn Townsend by Marilyn Townsend
- Artist Profile: Maude Bath by Liz Wauchope
- Reader Postcard Challenge by Lynda Worthington
- Repetition: A Design Element by Penny Eamer
- Artist Profile: Kay Sorensen by Kay Sorensen
- The Luggage Tag Challenge by Mahdi Chandler
Projects/techniques in this issue include:
- White-lipped Tree Frog by Penny Eamer
- Tropical Lizards by Anne Mitchell
- Bird of Paradise by Cindy Cooper
- Reversible Book Cover by Maude Bath & Liz Wauchope
- Recycled, Rust dyed Necklace by Penny Eamer
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
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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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
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
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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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
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
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