Fibre Arts

  • 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.

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  • 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-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers

    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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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 Silk Painting

    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

  • Cloth Paper Scissors Book
    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!
  • ClothBound

    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...

  • Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric

    This comprehensive handbook covers everything there is to know about designing and printing fabric from finding inspiration, through how to design a pattern (both digitally and by hand).

    Features include:

    • Explanation of the different printing methods (such as digital printing, screenprinting, monoprinting, stamping, stencilling, resist dying, painting and inkjet printing)
    • Advice from established fabric designers
    • Clear, easy to follow step-by-step tutorials
    • How to establish and develop a fabric collection
    • How to approach a manufacturer