Its a question asked by many budding textile artists: how can I be more creative? Youve got a few ideas and know some techniques, but youre not sure how to get started or make your work hang together. This book shows you how. It explains the creative process from the very beginning: where to find inspiration and how to harness those ideas; how to gather source material; how to pull together what you have. The authors then take you on a journey to develop a design. Learn how to put elements together to make a cohesive whole and develop a theme, learning established design rules along the way. Part Three, Moving into Stitch, gives you a range of techniques and easy experiments with which to turn your design into stitched-textile work. From choosing what fabrics to use, to layering, creating texture and adding embellishment, it covers the key techniques to try. This is a terrific book for those starting out in textiles who really do want to be as creative as they can possibly be.
This is a general introduction for readers of all levels, to craft projects using textile techniques. Basic techniques are introduced, and the reader is then encouraged to experiment with the chosen medium, creating their own piece of work. Works by featured artists and designers will provide inspiration, with tips on how similar styles and effects can be achieved. Each section will also include plenty of stimulating ideas for source and reference material. There will be design sketches, working drawings and storyboards to help the reader investigate, develop and execute their work. Topics covered include: images on fabric; creating fabrics; wireframe construction; 3D wire construction; using a heat tool; materials manipulation; adapting traditional techniques; joining, seaming, bonding, layering; mould-making, casting and forming.
Mix It Up with Dozens of Exciting New Ways to Create Mixed-Media Fabric Art. Everything you ever wanted to know about mixed-media fabric collage - the techniques, the supplies, the fun of creating! Learn more than 40 original techniques, each illustrated with step-by-step photos. Find out which products work best for each technique. Test-drive your new skills with 5 small quilt projects. Have you ever melted crayons onto muslin? Painted wool felt with bleach? Heat-embossed quilt batting using lace? Rebekah Meier has, and she shows you how to create fabulous fabric collages with these techniques and many, many more.
Appliqué is a classic embroidery technique that has recently been experiencing a revival. Appearing in the most cutting-edge contemporary textile work, it can be interpreted in many different ways - layering, patching, applying, overlaying - and offers endless creative possibilities. Each technical variation of appliqué has traditionally had its own set boundaries, but nowadays all the rules are being broken and the technique has become relevant, up-to-date and suitable for all varieties of textile art. This impressive book takes a fresh look at the world of appliqué and surface embellishment, showing you how to develop distinctive and individual designs, create exciting compositions and use unusual combinations of materials. It covers the traditional variations, including bonded appliqué, broderie perse, cut-away appliqué and Mola work, and explains how the standard techniques can be developed to give exciting results in your own textile work, in both hand and machine embroidery. Accompanying the techniques is a wealth of examples of contemporary appliqué to inspire you. The authors are renowned for their thoughtful, creative but practical approach to teaching textiles, making this book suitable for beginners and established textile artists alike.
An inspirational and practical book on how to interpret and collaborate on different themes in textile art. With foreword by Marie-Therese Wisniowski, who runs Art Quill Studio. This stunning collection showcases the work produced by renowned textile artists Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin, and explores how – even when working from the same starting point – textile art can produce a myriad interpretations of shape, form, colour and technique. Els and Cherilyn have chosen six themes for their own starting point, each full of inspiration and artistic potential: Memory (both personal experiences and historical events); Graven (cemetery) images and idols; Books as objects; Pompeii and archaeological excavations; Walls; and Everyday items. For each of the themes the authors have provided a personal interpretation of the work and a description of the techniques they used, along with step-by-step instructions. In the chapter on memory, for example, Cherilyn demonstrates how old fabrics and textiles (which themselves have a unique history all of their own) can be recycled to incorporate your own stitched drawings. Alternatively, Els explores Procion Dye techniques to create colourful and striking fabrics that bear no resemblance to Els work on the same theme. The trend for collaborative textile art is increasing in popularity. This fascinating guide provides a rich seam of inspiration from two renowned artists, exploring how to get the most from your collaborations and produce beautiful and unique work.
Original research and examples from artists illustrate how different textile-based art approaches can provide therapeutic outlets for women with a complete variety of life experiences. The psychology of this therapeutic approach is explained as well as explanations of specific techniques and suggestions for practise with a wide range of clients.
Following on from her bestselling first book 'Contemporary Quilts', award-winning contemporary quilt artist Sandra Meech explains how to harness your own creativity to add innovation and depth to your quilt and embroidery work. In 'Creative Quilts', she shows you how to take inspiration from a wealth of sources, including art, textiles and architecture, and gives special emphasis to journals and sketchbooks. The book contains full instructions for a range of exciting techniques, including surface embellishment, mixed-media techniques, and taking quilt work into three dimensions, plus practical advice on exhibiting work. Special 'Creativity Plus' and 'Design Workshop' exercises help you to develop confidence in your own creativity. Illustrated with work from the world's leading quilt and textile artists, this book is both a practical workbook and a precious source of inspiration.
In Connecting Art to Stitch, the third book from international stitched-textile artist and teacher Sandra Meech, fine-art skills and materials are explored through a structured series of short exercises that are specially designed to increase confidence and unlock creativity. The exercises then go on to cover fabrics and stitch techniques, reinforcing the connection between the two disciplines. Fifteen ‘Art Classes’ explore some of the subjects in more depth, covering topics such as simple sketching, working with acrylics, mixed-media approaches including collage, painting on fabric, working with disperse transfer dyes, photography and image transfer. Different subject ideas are suggested throughout the book, so exercises can be repeated again and again, as a personal theme is developed. Sewing techniques and stitch applications are reviewed and illustrated with stunning examples by the author and other leading textile artists. The connection between art and stitch is continually enforced throughout the book, making this book an invaluable guide to the important link between contemporary art and creative stitched textiles.
Furnishes detailed information on a wide variety of innovative and contemporary knit designs, including wearable items, as well as exhibition pieces and those made from unusual materials, accompanied by descriptions of the techniques used to create the pieces and dozens of full-color photographs.