Carnival of Feltmaking
Beautiful Accessories for You and Your Home
Paperback ISBN: 1250024935
The crafter and best-selling author behind gilliangladrag.co.uk helps update wardrobes and decorate rooms through providing how-to instructions for 26 felt projects including a rose-trimmed purse, a cowl-scarf with a floral design and an eight-panel, multi-patterned lampshade. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Weaving Community Through Collaborative Eco-Art
Paperback ISBN: 0865717788
Disposing of unwanted natural materials can be expensive and time-consuming, or it can present a tremendous opportunity for creating collaborative eco-art. Invasive-species control, green-waste management, urban gardening, and traditional crafts can all be brought together to strengthen community relationships and foster responsible land stewardship. Simple, easily taught, creative techniques applied with shared purpose become the modern-day equivalent of a barn raising or a quilting bee. Common Threads is a unique guide to engaging community members in communal handwork for the greater good. Sharon Kallis provides a wealth of ideas for: - Working with unwanted natural materials, with an emphasis on green waste and invasive species - Visualizing projects that celebrate the human element while crafting works of art or environmental remediation - Creating opportunities for individuals to connect with nature in a unique, meditative, yet community-oriented way Combining detailed, step-by-step instructions with tips for successful process and an overview of completed projects, Common Threads is a different kind of weaving book. This inspirational guide is designed to help artists and activists foster community, build empowerment, and develop a do-it-together attitude while planning and implementing works of collaborative eco-art. Sharon Kallis is a Vancouver artist who specializes in working with unwanted natural materials. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste, she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. Her recent projects include The Urban Weaver Project, Aberthau: flax=food+fibre, and working closely with fiber artists, park ecologists, First Nations basket weavers, and others.
Creative Surface Design
Painting, Stamping, Stenciling, and Embossing Fabric & More
Paperback ISBN: 156158486x
There are many wonderful and creative ways to decorate custom garments and home accessories, and this book features four of the most popular: stenciling, stamping, painting and embossing. The techniques are spelled out in detail, with step-by-step instructions.
Everyday Macrame Kit
10 Stylish Projects for Your Home
Paperback ISBN: 0760353115
Macramé is back! The vintage art of tying cords and ropes into patterns is enjoying a huge revival, and fast becoming the home décor trend of the moment. Budding crafters and interior design buffs will love learning to make chic decorative objects and practical household items. From plant hangers, wall decorations and coasters to rugs, bags and baskets—anything is possible with this easy-to-learn craft! This attractive and fun kit includes an instruction book with step-by-step photos, tips on how to paint and accessorize the craft cord, and patterns for 10 cute and contemporary macramé projects. And it's all packaged with starter materials for a wall hanging and a mini plant holder!
Fabric Surface Design
Paperback ISBN: 1603428119
Sensational sewing projects demand fabulous fabrics! Fiber artist Cheryl Rezendes shows you how to create an astonishing array of surface designs, simply and safely, using textile paints and printing ink. She covers a wide variety of techniques: stamping, ancient Japanese Shibori, silkscreen, soy wax and flour resist, image transfer, marbling, nature printing, foils and metal leaf, and more. Step-by-step photos illustrate every technique, and Rezendes shows you lots of innovative ways to combine and layer techniques for stunning results.
20 Fun & Fabulous Projects to Knit & Felt
Paperback ISBN: 1580176356
Growing numbers of knitters are throwing caution to the wind and tossing their wool creations into hot water washing machines, watching as hats, bags, and pillow covers shrink away to a fraction of their original size. The result is a soft, cozy felt, and it has tremendous allure for many knitters. From the purely practical to the wonderfully fun and frivolous, the 20 projects in Felt It! are irresistible examples of what is possible with wool, needles, and hot water. Charming, fuzzy flowers take center stage, with appearances on brooches, evening bags, bracelets, and pillows. Felted hats are the warmest toppers for the coldest days, and the appealing texture of felted wool is perfect for sturdy bags and backpacks. Appealing to a wide range of knitters, felted knitting is a fun technique for beginners to play with and offers enticing challenges to more advanced knitters. For the beginner, the Simple Stripes belt pattern requires just a few hours of work for a colorful felted accessory to wear with jeans. The truly adventurous felter will love the Night-Star Wrap, an elegant shawl that matches rich color with the warmth of alpaca and perfectly sets off a simple black evening dress. Author Maggie Pace explains all the basics of felting — how to choose wool, why some wools felt better than others, what size needles work best, how to shape projects, and how to monitor every second of the washing-machine process. At times, felting is an imprecise art, demanding inventiveness, creativity, and moxie from the knitter. Pace is there every step of the way, offering her insights and experience to everyone fascinated by the magic of felting.
Felting for Baby
25 Warm & Woolly Projects for the Little Ones in Your Life
Paperback ISBN: 159030716x
Offers two easy ways--wet felting and needle felting--to turn plain wool into felt, using full-color photos, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams to guide the reader through contemporary projects for baby, from soft play mats and warm wool vests to fuzzy teddy bears and cozy booties. Original.
A Field Guide to Fabric Design
Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; for Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel
Paperback ISBN: 1607053551
"A complete guide to modern textile design and printing. Written by a devoted student and aficionado of textiles who covers all things fabric on her popular blog, True Up, this book introduces readers to every aspect of textile design. General information about design and color principles and fabric basics accompanies step-by-step tutorials that show readers how to design repeats by hand and on the computer, how to select and build color palettes, and how to prepare designs for digital or hand printing. Hands-on steps for small-scale DIY block and screen printing are also provided. Finally, there's advice on the ins and outs of designing for fun and for profit. A series of Designer Roundtables features tips and valuable advice from design professionals like Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Tula Pink, Bari J. Ackerman, and many others. The complete and detailed Resources section is a go-to reference guide for everything from where to get your designs printed, to the best design software, to which design schools offer degrees in textile design"--