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The ultimate reference for all methods of felting. A comprehensive guide for the casual fiber enthusiast and experienced felt designer alike. This richly illustrated how-to book is a comprehensive reference for various felting techniques, including needle felting, wet felting, and nuno felting. With these easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions and hundreds of full-color photos, you’ll be able to explore these easy projects that provide fun opportunities for you to try the techniques. Galleries of unique felted designs and creations by renowned fabric artists act as beautiful examples and inspiration to pursue the hobby yourself.
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STITCH RESIST RECONSIDERED • Ana Lisa Hedstrom.
Stitch Resist Reconsidered is a course on traditional stitch resist basics and experimental use of a sewing machine and smocking pleater to create patterns and textures.
Disc One includes: Japanese hand stitched patterns with many variations. Vintage Japanese shibori is shown including similar techniques from China and Africa. There are comparisons of working on sheers, wool felt, and resist scouring of sericin from silk organzas.
Disc Two begins with a discussion of Katano hand stitched shibori through accordion pleated fabric, and continues with the use of a sewing machine to sew through folds and layers. The DVD concludes with using a smocking pleater tool to facilitate stitching, creating a series of squares for piecing, modular pleated shapes, and textured scarves.
Ellen G. Horovitz, an inspiring artist and teacher, guides readers through imaginative photo projects that transform cherished analog and digital images into works of art. Horovitz expands on traditional photo transfer, taking it to an entirely new level using digital software techniques and a wide array of innovative materials and methods, including cocoa powder, Citrasolve, copper, and packing tape. Starting with traditional photos, digital files, and instant photo emulsions, Horovitz fashions 2D and 3D art pieces, showing readers how to use conventional processes and new exploratory techniques-even left-over materials-in the creation of meaningful photo art.
In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommends for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Digital Image Transfer recommends that you purchase:
8.5"x11", Soft cover, color photos, 160 pages.
In The Encaustic Studio award-winning encaustic artist Daniella Woolf shares her groundbreaking techniques and ideas in working with encaustic, a highly-versatile and popular mixed-media technique that unifies and brings all elements together. Inside this essential resource, you’ll discover a thorough introduction to materials and methods, pigment exploration, sculptural techniques, and incorporating found objects. Daniella also teaches you how to compose encaustic art by layering such techniques as collage, stenciling, masking, pigmenting, and image transfers into wax, as well as how to fuse the layers with heat. You’ll be inspired by a broad selection of projects and progress into extending the myriad of possibilities using encaustic techniques. The versatility of encaustic is enhanced and beautifully illustrated throughout the book. Also included in the book is a tremendously interesting and helpful one-hour bonus DVD showcasing Daniella’s expert teaching and the book’s extensive techniques.
8.5" x 10.25", Soft cover, color photos, 160 pages. DVD is 88 minutes.
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Making Your Mark. Creating cloth for imagery, stitch, embroidery & embellishment.
This latest book from Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan of Committed to Cloth (C2C) explores the magic of using "everyday" tools such as scrapers, rollers, squeeze bottles etc. to create individual, personal marks on cloth or paper. It is the seventh title in C2C's practical "how-to" series.
With practice and imagination these tools are capable of producing imagery and marks that come from a very direct sense of the maker's hand. Their simplicity carries power in that no mark made can ever be exactly repeated, which generates work of real energy and it doesn't look machine-made. Let's face it, the motivation to explore surface design usually comes from a desire to move away from using commercially produced fabric.
Using the approaches described in this book will enable you to create very personal work; perfect backgrounds for additional imagery, stitch or embroidery - or ready to use for collage or piecing, or for garment and interior's yardage.
The 52 pages contain clear step-by-step instructions in plain English, accompanied by over 100 instructional and inspiring colour images. Recipes for different media such as thickened dyes and discharge paste are included along with guidance on fabric paints and the use of resists. Leslie and Claire also cover how to change the value and consistency of the different media to suit the tool being used.
The bonus DVD provides 2 hours of "show and tell" on using different tools - it's the longest DVD to accompany any of the C2C books - a valuable asset as it's just like being on a workshop with Claire & Leslie.
8.75"x11.75", Soft cover, spiral bound, color images, 52 pages. DVD is 120 minutes.
In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Making Your Mark recommends that you purchase:
FabricSpeedball SqueegeesFabric PaintSqueeze BottlesNeedle Tip Applicator BottlesFoam Core Dye PensProcion DyesSoda AshUreaSodium AlginateWater SoftenerLudigolPrint Base KitDharma Discharge PasteColor Remover (Thiox)Linocut blades and handleHobby KnifeStamp making toolsStenciling toolsRubber BrayerRubber GlovesApronArtist SpongesCompressed SpongesSponge Roller TopsPump Pressure Spray Bottle
Here is a book we have been eagerly waiting for! Fun and exciting projects using the wonderful new line of deColourant products for discharging dye. All of the projects are easy to follow, and guide you step by step through the process, which gives you a really good idea of how it is done even if you don't want to do the specific project. A variety of techniques are covered such as stamping, stenciling, screen printing, a spray / tie technique and many more. It's really amazing what this product can do and the projects help you realize the full scope you can achieve with it.
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8.5" x 11", soft cover, color photos, 132 pages.
When we first got this book in the office one of our staff instantly said this was the book she wished she had when she learned to weave. The book provides beginners with all of the information they need to get started weaving. Even better, more than 600 drawings illustrate each step in clear detail. This is the book students need, and teachers have been waiting for. Both back-to-front and front-to-back warping are included. There are comprehensive chapters on rigid heddle weaving, computer driven looms, drafting and more. Learn how to plan projects and set up your work space. A wonderful reference for seasoned weavers as well.
This was written by a local artist/author, whom we found delightful to talk to, so we said sure, we'll look at a sample. We are really glad we did, and happy to promote such a fantastic book!
8"x10.25", hard cover, spiral bound, black & white illustrations, 406 pages.
Learn Kerr’s basic strategies for quick and successful mark making, and use them to develop your own unique vocabulary. Kerr starts by providing a thorough introduction to basic screen printing and an overview of her favorite materials. You will learn to make and use paper stencils; discover how to design an overall pattern using a simple repeat; and create simple two-color prints. All of these techniques are methods for creating simple background images that can be worked back into.
Then, using media such as Caran d’Ache Neocolor pencils, pastels, and more, Kerr demonstrates how to make this “fugitive” media permanent on fabric and other substrates.
Finally, you’ll learn how to work back into your pieces, as Kerr shares tips from her vast experience for adding just the right final touches. Learn quick and accessible strategies for making marks that speak to you, and start expressing yourself in your artwork.
Elegant Figurines for Home and Garden is a detailed Paverpol project book for those interested in the fabric sculpture technique. A great explanation of the products, applications and detailed instructions. This 32 page book has twelve detailed step by step project guides. Great for beginners or already knowledgeable artists who need some project suggestions.
The author, Jossy de Roode, has been working with Paverpol for years, as well as teaching workshops in its use. This book is an excellent way to get inspired and informed on the uses of Paverpol. Step by step projects, lots of tips.
The latest book from Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan of Committed to Cloth (C2C) is another practical 'how-to' book on creative use of the thermofax screen.A thermofax is an imaged silkscreen that’s light-weight, takes up little storage space, is easy to use and easy to make, or have made for you. Its power lies in its ability to print fine detail or delicate marks such as handwriting, feathers, skeletal shapes, old documents, photographic images and loads of other personal imagery. It’s the only real alternative to photo-emulsion screens, at a fraction of the cost.The book provides advice on suitable imagery and how to adapt it for thermofax use, along with guidance on developing good technique. The 54 pages contain clear step-by-step instructions in Plain English, accompanied by over 100 instructional and inspiring photographs. Recipes for different media such as thickened dyes and discharge paste are included along with guidance on fabric paints, acrylics and the use of Soy Wax and freezer paper as resists. There are two ‘Projects’ sections: the first provides nine different approaches to printing with the thermofax. The second offers invaluable recipes on colour mixing, including advice on how to make complex colours and hard-to-find neutrals.The bonus DVD provides over 1 hour of guidance on suitable imagery, making the screens and using them – a valuable accompaniment to the book as it’s just like being on a workshop with Claire & Leslie.Soft cover, color images, 54 pages, includes 70 minute bonus (free) DVD
This handy pocket-sized guide is filled with great information and is appropriate for spinners at every level. Covers everything from common spinning terms, spinning wheel maintenance, how to process fiber, dress a distaff and create uniform yarns. This will be the go to instructional guide for beginning spinners and a handy quick reference for teachers and advances spinner. Great addition to any spinning basket.
7"x6", Spiral bound, B&W photos, 110 pages
In this great book, self-taught dyer Gail Callahan will show you simple techniques for dyeing yarn and roving that use standard kitchen equipment. Dyeing can be done in a microwave oven, a sturdy stovetop kettle, a crockpot, a traditional oven, or even an electric frying pan. Callahan covers singlecolor methods, self-striping and multicolored yarns with dip-dyeing, tie-dyeing hand-painting, and other inventive techniques. She provides detailed advice on color theory and types of dyes, including food colors and other "grocery store" dyes as well as the professional grade Acid Dyes. This book is great for beginning dyers. Soon you will be dyeing your own Indie Artisan colorways for knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, spinning, and weaving.
7.75" x 9.25", hard cover, color photos, 168 pages.
When Jane Dunnewold's book Complex Cloth was published in 1996, it quickly became the bible of surface design for fiber artists. In the years since, the world of surface design has significantly expanded: now fiber artists, art-to-wear designers, and art quilters have a much broader range of surface design products to choose from, and there are a wealth of technique combinations that can be used to create art cloth.Art Cloth is an exciting sequel that picks up where Complex Cloth left off, showing how to layer processes with the latest products to create stunning cloth for use in a variety of fiber art. Following Jane's techniques with step-by-step photography, you will learn to create art cloth using dyes, color removing agents, paints, and foils combined through processes that include silk-screen printing, stamping, stenciling, and handpainting.In addition to detailed step-by-step wet-media surface design techniques, Jane demonstrates how the use of color and design contribute to successful layering. She guides and inspires artists to take their art cloth to the next level through sidebars with design tips and exercises that support the technical information.Finally, each technique chapter concludes with project ideas for the skills learned, so anyone working through the book can literally build layers on cloth as each chapter is completed.
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8.5" x 10.25", Soft cover, color photos, 175 pages.
If you are a knitter or crocheter looking to take the step from just using manufactured yarn to making your own this is a great book to get you started. Maggie Casey takes you through all the basics of drop spindles and spinning wheels. This book covers types of spindles and wheels, fiber preparation, how to care for your equipment and how to get the type of yarn that you want to work with when your done. Clear photos make it easy to see what Casey is talking about. A great addition to your fiber arts library.
8.5" x 9", Soft cover, color photos, 119 pages.
Finding Your Own Visual Language is a design book tailored for those artists who have proficiency in their medium, or media, but who feel like their work is lacking in some way - artists who want to "make better work", however they define it. To this end, famous textile artists Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan address four questions which every artist may struggle with at one point or another:
First, how to get started designing. Then, how to move forward with the actual designing process. The authors present the ideas of design principles and tools, and provide over twenty pages of techniques to help you understand these ideas, and bring them into your work.
The next question the authors address is what to do when things are not coming out right. Sometimes a project will just flow right out of you and be exactly what you want it to, while other times nothing seems to produce the right effect, emotion, or design. For these difficult times, the authors suggest a few means of identifying the issue and addressing it.
Finally, in the last section, the authors delve into techniques and ideas that can help add depth and meaning to a piece, or help clarify and focus your intention for the piece. While not a "beginners" book, any artist can learn from this valuable resource, and take their art to the next level.
8.75" x 11.75", Soft Cover, Spiral Bound, Color Photos, 64 pages.
In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Finding Your Own Visual Language recommends that you purchase:
Plastic SyringesBrushesSqueeze BottlesDust MaskRubber GlovesApronMixing CupsMeasuring CupsMarkersEz-carve blockFabricFreezer Paper
What is Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination? Renowned fiber artists Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan bring this exciting mixed media approach to fabric surface design into sharp focus with this must have how-to guide.
This book will be of particular interest to surface designers looking to expand the scope of their work. Utilizing both natural and synthetic fabrics, some basic screen-printing and quilting supplies, you will learn the process of layering, fusing, stitching (and more) everything from newsprint, photocopies, art paper and metal leaf or foil to various fabrics to create breathtaking one-of-a-kind pieces of art cloth.
This book is filled with so many beautiful and inspiring photos of the authors work; you may just want to keep it on your coffee table when its not in use. If the ordinary isnt for you, then this book is! And if that isn't enough to entice you, it comes with a 21minute instructional DVD too! A great value and the best of both worlds to learn; other than taking a $400 or $500 class from these famous fiber artists!
8.75" x 11.75", soft cover, spiral bound, 54 pages, full color.
1 disc - 21 minutes
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Dunnewold explains her system of layering simple processes to produce fantastic surface design effects.Procion dyes, bleach, fabric paints, resists, transfer papers, foil, silk screen, stenciling, stamping and more are used. Really a neat book! She pushes out into new and interesting areas where anyone can achieve unique one of a kind art and clothing. 8.5"x11", Soft cover, 164 pages, color photos.
In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommends for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Complex Cloth recommends that you purchase:
In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Uniquely Felt recommends that you purchase:
RovingClover Natural Wool RovingFelting ToolsDharma Acid DyesJacquard Acid DyesCitric AcidScaleSheer FabricsVirgin Wool FeltPressure SprayerRubber GlovesApronDust MaskPlastic Drop ClothMeasuring Cups & SpoonsPlastic Drop ClothSpeedball SqueegeesSqueeze BottlesDisposeable Plastic PipettesProcion DyesSoda AshUreaSodium AlginateWater SoftenerLudigolSynthropolColor Remover (Thiox)Fabric PaintsSoy WaxFreezer PaperFabric
Here's an excellent and thorough book about the art of screenprinting. With clear instructions and great color photographs, you will learn everything you need to know about screenprinting: the necessary supplies, the many ways to make a screen (using paper, liquid screen filler or photo-emulsion), making a print and cleaning the screen. There are informative directions for building and using a home exposure unit. There's a fabulous projects section with many ideas about how to use your screenprinting skills (greeting cards, place mats, napkins, pillowcases, aprons and t-shirts to name a few!). The last section of the book, the gallery, includes inspiring works of screen art by many talented artists. We love this book! 8.5"x10", soft cover, 128 pgs., color photos.
Mixing CupsRubber GlovesApronPlastic Drop ClothScreen Printing MaterialsHinged ClampsMeasuring CupsFreezer PaperNewsprint PaperMasking TapeFabricSppedy Carve BlockLinocut blades and handleHobby Knife
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