Fibre Arts

  • 20 to Make: Pompom Christmas

    Discover the quick and easy craft of pompom making with 20 festive projects.

    Ideal as mini gifts or cheerful decorations for your home, these Christmas designs can be made simply using cardboard templates and yarn in colours of your choice. These cute and fun projects will appeal to adults of all abilities and are a great holiday activity to get kids into the festive spirit.

    All the projects can be made with inexpensive yarn, and are a great way of using up fabric scraps and leftover yarn. With such a variety of lovely projects, from Santa Claus and Rudolph to garlands and snowflakes, there is something for everyone in this great little book.

  • 20 to Make: Silk Ribbon Flowers

    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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  • 20 to Make: Stitched Fabric Brooches

    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.

  • 200 Braids to Loop, Knot, Weave & Twist

    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

  • 50 Ribbon Rosettes and Bows to Make

    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.

  • A Garden to Dye For

    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.

  • A Very Pompom Christmas

    Fun and easy to make, pompoms are a great way to conjure up stylish decorations with maximum festive impact and minimum fuss.

    Full of gorgeous photographs, the book includes 20 jolly projects to dress your tree, trimmings to jazz up your packages and other cheerful accessories to spread festive spirit. Features include:

    • Easy-to-follow directions
    • Clear explanations of all the techniques and materials you will need
    • Projects suitable for all levels of ability that are ideal for using up yarn remnants

  • African Textiles

    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.

  • Amazing Macrame

    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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  • Approaches to Stitch: Six Artists

    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.

  • Art and Science of Natural Dyes

    This long-awaited guide serves as a tool to explain the general principles of natural dyeing, and to help dyers to become more accomplished at their craft through an increased understanding of the process.

    Photos of more than 450 samples demonstrate the results of actual dye tests, and detailed information covers every aspect of natural dyeing including theory, fibres, mordants, dyes, printing, organic indigo vats, finishing and the evaluation of dye fastness. Special techniques of printing and discharging indigo are featured as well.

    The book is intended for dyers and printers who wish to more completely understand the “why” and the “how,” while ensuring safe and sustainable practices. Written by a textile engineer and chemist (Boutrup) and a textile artist and practitioner (Ellis), its detailed and tested recipes for every process, including charts and comparisons, make it the ideal resource for dyers with all levels of experience.

  • Art of Manipulating Fabric

    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.

  • Art of the Tea Towel

    Invented in the 19th century, they were known originally as kitchen towels. As ladies of the house regularly used the towels to dry their expensive tea services, the term 'tea towel' was coined.

    This book gives a visual history of this essential textile item, showcasing the best tea towel design over the decades. With full page images and close up details, the book has 100 illustrated tea towels from the 1930s to today. It features designers Lucienne Day, Emma Bridgewater, Pat Albeck, Cath Kidston and Angela Harding, plus the best of designs from key retail stores such as Heals and Selfridges.

    A beautiful book on a piece of textile art that is much loved and will be appreciated by those interested in homeware and textile design.

  • Artistry in Fiber Vol 1: Wall Art

    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.

  • Artistry in Fiber Vol 2: Sculpture

    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.

  • Artistry in Fiber Vol 3: Wearable Art

    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.

  • Beautiful Bonded Surfaces

    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.

  • Beautiful Braiding Made Easy

    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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  • Beginner's Guide to Dyeing and Sewing

    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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  • Beginner's Guide to Japanese Braiding

    Learn the calming, traditional craft of kumihimo Japanese braiding through step-by-step projects.

    In this revised and updated edition of her classic instructional book, Jacqui Carey teaches the use of a marudai (round stand) to produce a variety of different types of braids, which can then be used to create countless combinations of colour, texture and material. Clear step-by-step photographs guide the beginner through each of the projects, and many inspirational examples of the variety you can create are shown.

    The rhythmic movements, feel and sound of the marudai in use make this traditional craft a soothing, absorbing and aesthetically pleasing experience; perfect for weaving a calm area in your day.

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