"Tactile and sensuous felt is at the heart of Val Hughes' extraordinary textile artwork. Explore her stunning collections of wearable art, while she leads you through the history, landscapes and imagination that form her inspiration. Using just simple wet felting, nuno felting and needle felting techniques, you can learn to use your hands to make gorgeous three-dimensional wall hangings"--Page 4 of cover.
In 'Felt to Stitch', acclaimed feltmaker Sheila Smith explores the possibilities of making and using handmade felt for stitch. Felt is an incredibly versatile medium that is easy to make and manipulate and provides the ideal base for surface embellishment. Handmade felt allows you a degree of control and creativity that ready-made fabrics cannot replicate. This book shows you how to make your own felt, select and dye your own colours, build unusual textures with felt fibres and further embellishment, and manipulate the felt to produce three-dimensional pieces. With sample projects that illustrate the main techniques, Felt to Stitch will address the main elements of design in felt : Colour: blending commercially dyed fibres; dyeing processes for wool fibres; applying colour as surface design Line and shape: methods for creating clear outlines in felt; pre-felts for use on inlay, appliqué and mosaic. Texture: combining felt and fabric – Nuno felt; embellishing with other fibres. Form/three-dimensional felt: seamless hollow forms. Other techniques: multi-layered felts; low relief; webs/grids.
An inspirational design guide combines elaborately detailed illustrations and instructions for projects ranging from delicate garments to durable accessories, explaining how to use complementary prints, create shaped edges and add various embellishments. By the author of Felt to Stitch.
Katie Essam's fresh, modern style uses unique combinations of traditional techniques, and in this book she shows you how to create beautiful textile art inspired by the beauty in everyday objects. Stretch your imagination and be inspired by Katie's fun, innovative ideas; learn how to draw inspiration from the animals, birds, gardens, beach huts and scenes that surround you; and use that inspiration as the fuel you need to create gorgeous stitched pictures.
Release on 2012-07-01 | by Visnja Popovic,Owyn Ruck
Learn Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Working with Fiber, Including Weaving, Knitting, Dyeing, Painting, and More
Author: Visnja Popovic,Owyn Ruck
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Explore the world of textile arts, one thread at a time. Expand your repertoire of textile crafting and design techniques. Shows the foundations of design and fabrication, includes a glossary of materials, and classic techniques that include weaving, dyeing, painting, and more.
Recent years have seen an enormous surge of interest in fiber arts, with works made of thread on display in art museums around the world. But this art form only began to transcend its origins as a humble craft in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and it wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that artists used the fiber arts to build critical practices that challenged the definitions of painting, drawing, and sculpture. One of those artists was Lenore Tawney (1907–2007). Raised and trained in Chicago before she moved to New York, Tawney had a storied career. She was known for employing an ancient Peruvian gauze weave technique to create a painterly effect that appeared to float in space rather than cling to the wall, as well as for being one of the first artists to blend sculptural techniques with weaving practices and, in the process, pioneered a new direction in fiber art. Despite her prominence on the New York art scene, however, she has only recently begun to receive her due from the greater art world. Accompanying a retrospective at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, this catalog features a comprehensive biography of Tawney, additional essays on her work, and two hundred full-color illustrations, making it of interest to contemporary artists, art historians, and the growing audience for fiber art. Copublished with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
4 Titles: Free Machine Embroidery Learn to paint with your sewing machine. This book gives clear instructions on how to create beautiful free machine embroidery on any brand of sewing machine. Simple step by step instructions, diagrams and full colour photos for 5 projects. Tortured Textiles Use ancient Japanese Shibori techniques to texturise and shape synthetic fabrics permanently to create stunning fashion accessories, without high tech or expensive tools. Clear, concise instructions. Simple diagrams with each step. How to make felt A simple step by step guide to making felt using three alternative methods. Traditional Roll & Toss, Sand & Tumble using power tools and Tie & Tumble utilising your tumble dryer. The Recipe section contains loads of information about choices in tools and methods. Clear instructions with photos and diagrams. Suitable for absolute beginners through to felters who would like to try new methods. Patterns for fitted felt garments The question I hear most from felters is; Do you have a pattern? Many felters have mastered the seamless resists method of making garments but lack the dressmaking skills to create patterns or templates for garments that are fitted and shaped. By using your own measurements at standard dressmaking points we can translate those details into a template that can be used over and over again. The type of garments you can make are only limited by your imagination. Plus 2 bonus books: Shrinkage Rates How to calculate them accurately. Synchronicity An exhibition of evening gowns in felt and silk.
Every quilter will want to possess this stunning anthology of 400 quilts, featuring 10 years worth of the most innovative pieces chosen for the Quilt National biennial exhibition. Acclaimed author Robert Shaw introduces the volume with an illustrated history of the art quilt movement, including guidance on building, displaying, and caring for a collection. The techniques and materials featured in these 400 spectacular quilts are as varied as the people who created them, and through spectacular colour photographs and artists' discussions, readers will discover how the boundaries of traditional quilt-making have expanded in the last decade.