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 addresses 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; and webs/grids. This is an essential book in the library of any textile artist.
"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.
Exploring Techniques and Materials for Creating Fashion and Decor Items from Artfully Altered Fabric
Author: Susan Stein
Publisher: Creative Publishing international
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
The Complete Fabric Artist's Workshop is a comprehensive source of all the newest and most popular fiber art techniques! It is a compilation of the best of Fabric Art Projects (Creative Publishing international, 2009) and Fabric Art Workshop (Creative Publishing international, 2007). This technique-driven book explores a wide range of new possibilities and materials available to fabric and journal artists. Each unique technique is presented with brilliant photography and step-by-step instructions. Experiments lead to discoveries. Amaze yourself with exciting fabrics you can fashion, using everyday products and the newest materials on the market. Then turn your works of art into a journal, a quilt, a wall hanging, a garment—whatever you desire. The Complete Fabric Artist’s Workshop teaches techniques for altering the character and color of fabric to create truly personal pieces. Watch spontaneous designs develop when you try lasagna painting, monoprinting, splash and puddle, and other unique techniques. Burn your silk, rust your cottons, and distress your felt. For each technique, Susan has designed a project that makes the most of your newly crafted fabric. Fuse Angelina fibers into a colorful collage to wrap around plain jars or vases. Send your friends one-of-a-kind fabric postcards made with painted fusible web. Give the dining room cozy ambience with gossamer silk candle covers and monoprinted placemats. Go to work in style with your brayer-printed lunch bag and a quilted, painted folder briefcase. Accessorize an outfit with a designer necklace made of unique fabric beads or drape your neck with a to-die-for rust-dyed scarf. Whether you are an accomplished fabric artist or a novice who's eager to learn, you’ll find The Complete Fabric Artist's Workshop extremely helpful and inspiring.
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.
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.
Learn Traditional and Contemporary Techniques for Working with Fiber, Including Weaving, Knitting, Dyeing, Painting, and More
Author: Visnja Popovic
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.
For more than 20 years, The Fiberarts Design Book series has documented the evolution of contemporary textile art. This seventh volume offers a dazzling selection of projects: 550 works were chosen from 6,000 entries from around the world and honored for their innovative design and technical expertise. From sophisticated tapestries to bold surfaces to abundant quilts, they represent the depth and diversity of today's best work.
Numerous American women artists built successful professional careers in the mid-twentieth century while confronting challenging cultural transitions: shifts in stylistic avant-gardism, harsh political transformations, and changing gender expectations for both women and men. These social and political upheavals provoked complex intellectual and aesthetic tensions. Critical discourses about style and expressive value were also renegotiated, while still privileging masculinist concepts of aesthetic authenticity. In these contexts, women artists developed their careers by adopting innovative approaches to contemporary subjects, techniques, and media. However, while a few women working during these decades have gained significant recognition, many others are still consigned to historical obscurity. The essays in this volume take varied approaches to revising this historical silence. Two focus on evidence of gender biases in several exhibitions and contemporary critical writings; the rest discuss individual artists' complex relationships to mainstream developments, with attention to gender and political biases, cultural innovations, and the influence of racial/ethnic diversity. Several also explore new interpretative directions to open alternative possibilities for evaluating women's aesthetic and formal choices. Through its complex, nuanced approach to issues of gender and female agency, this volume offers valuable and exciting new scholarship in twentieth-century American art history and feminist studies.
Using the Embellisher Machine and Needle Punch Techniques
Author: Sheila Smith
Publisher: B T Batsford Limited
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Sheila Smith’s popular book – in paperback for the first time – covers dry-felting techniques using hand-held needles and the embellisher machines. These mess-free techniques open up a range of felt ideas for textile artists. The book includes the use of commercial ready-made needle-punch felt for fashion and design work. And of course, it provides a range of decorative stitching and dyeing methods that can be used to embellish the felt. Colourfully illustrated with inspirational textiles, plus clear step-by-step instructions, the book covers: Laying the Foundations: Use a variety of fibres and fabrics to create exciting cloths that are both beautiful and versatile. These can be layered further – experiment with Bondaweb, Pelmet Vilene and Lutradur – or developed into bags, book covers and other stunning items. Building Texture: Use fast and simple techniques to create impressive effects with the needle punch, from incorporating tucks, folds and tubes to three- dimensional bowls and vessels. Colour and Dyeing: Step-by-step instructions on rapid and space dyeing make it easy to create and assemble beautiful colours to use in your own work. An overview of all the equipment and materials needed, plus an appendix explaining traditional wet-felting techniques. Sheila Smith is an experienced feltmaker who teaches in the UK and around the world, most recentlhy in Australia and New Zealand. Former Chair of the International Feltmakers' Association, she writes regularly for textile and embroidery magazines, including World of Embroidery, Beautiful Stitches, Sewing World and Workbox. She is the author of Felt to Stitch.
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.