With a sensitive use of material, quiet attention to detail and thoughtful use of techniques, textile artists can make works with great personal meaning.
Grounded in the key elements of Hannah Lamb’s own process, Poetic Cloth focuses on stitch, print, surface manipulation and construction to produce seductive, tactile, textile surfaces. She discusses a variety of creative applications and effects, including layering, shadow play, seaming and darning, hand stitching, devoré, cyanotype printing and creating luster and radiance.
About the Author Textile artist and lecturer Hannah Lamb is a member of the 62 Group as well as their press and publicity officer. She exhibits worldwide, teaches in Australia, and is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design at Bradford School of Art. Lamb has 10,000 followers on all social media and her blog receives 5,000 views per month.$39.99
Bojagi, sometimes called Pojagi, is a traditional Korean textile art. Centuries old, it was originally textiles made for every day living with scraps of left-over fabrics artfully put together. They often resemble works of modern artists such as Mondrian and Klee. Today, the technique now produces beautiful textiles that are fast influencing textile art in the West, particularly amongst quilters.
Using her own work and the work of other artists, leading expert on the subject Sara Cook demonstrates the techniques and how modern textilers can interpret the principles of Bojagi creatively. The book covers a brief history and understanding of Bojagi in Korean culture, then covers:
- Fabrics and sewing equipment (incl. silk, hemp and ramie)
- Obanseak – technique and designs of bojagi colours and symbolism
- Colour Seams and Embellishments
- Jagokbo – textiles pieced from tiny scraps.
A beautiful book offering textile artists and quilters a range of ideas to use in their own work.
About the Author Sara Cook is a textile artist, teacher and judge who established the Patchwork and Quilting courses at the Brighton Fashion and Textile School. She regularly contributes to articles for magazines, has worked as technical editor for several quilting books, and is a qualified Quilt Judge at the Quilt Festival. She regularly attends the Korean Bojagi Forum in Seoul, where she is having a solo exhibition of her work and giving a lecture.$44.99
Yoko Hatta is one of several Japanese knitters whose patterns and designs have sparked an explosion of interest in Japanese knitting techniques and aesthetics around the world. Her work in knitwear design spans more than 30 years, and knitters love her modern-yet-timeless, fun-yet-classy styles.
This book presents her 200 favourite Kazekobo stitch patterns – a delightful selection of multipurpose knit-and-purl, lace, cable, Aran and rib & twist stitches in solids and motifs. Sample projects give knitters a chance to practice Hatta's techniques. These include:
- Mini mufflers using knit-and-purl stitches
- A cozy scallop-edged scarf using lace stitches
- A beautifully textured pair of mittens using cable and Aran stitches
- A stylish and sturdy pair of two-tone socks using rib and twist stitches
Experienced knitters will find a wealth of unique patterns just waiting to be brought to life. A guide to the basic symbols shows how to knit the stitches, step-by-step.$27.99
Andrea Tsang Jackson guides readers through transforming the beauty, allure and power of natural stones into glittering complex patchwork quilts. Using her expert tips and tricks and her step-by-step process to master a plan for the colour work required to achieve transparency and light through fabric selection, readers will paper-piece their way to a jewellery box of blocks.
Beginning with nine traditional gemstone shapes, such as teardrop, marquis and emerald cuts, each block progresses in complexity so readers can hone their skills as they work their way through the book. Next, quilters will be inspired to use their blocks in a series of projects – both large and small. Created with intermediate quilters in mind, the book includes:
- A beginner-friendly workshop on achieving effective transparency with fabric
- A peedy chain-piecing technique for paper piecingNine basic 12 inch' gemstone blocks
- Graded patterns to create the perfect finished block size
- Traditional and modern settings
- Cutting and faceting with fabric workshop
Drawing on the Slow Stitch movement, Helen Parrott explains how mark-making – using stitches to make marks on fabric as you develop your design – can be used meditatively through the year to record variations in colour, energy and light. She encourages you to connect your own locality and its specific aspects to create a personal cycle of textile art that captures everything from summer’s sunny brightness to winter snow.
Each seasonal section begins with an observational walk, followed by an exploratory paper, working samples and completed art. Find out how to be in tune with your environment, from equinox to solstice, and record seasonal characteristics. Along with techniques and projects, this inspirational book showcases finished works from Helen’s exhibitions, as well as from the Bradford Textile Archive, to reveal a range of creative possibilities.
About the Author Helen Parrott is a contemporary quiltmaker and visual artist. She teaches adults, community groups, and children; exhibits her work across Europe with the prestigious international group Quilt Art; and writes for various magazines. She lives in Sheffield, UK.$39.99
Now in its 18th year of publication, That Patchwork Place's quilt calendar is a favourite of quilters worldwide.
Show off a love of quilting year-round and enjoy sewing along each month too: the calendar spotlights 12 swoon-worthy quilts plus a 28-page pullout booklet that includes complete directions for making each project. Chosen from recent best-selling Martingale books, the featured quilts come from much-loved designers including Lissa Alexander, Betsy Chutchian, Kim Diehl, Carol Hopkins and Stacy West.
Whether it graces the kitchen, office or sewing room, this perennial favourite is perfect for ringing in a brand-new year with gorgeous quilts.$29.99