"Fabric Manipulation Books:
Including Silk Flowers, SRE Embroidery, Applique and other cloth art styles

Shibori Designs and Techniques - Mandy Southan

Mandy Southan takes the art of Shibori, in which fabric is bound, clamped or stitched before dyeing, and goes beyond the traditional blue and white to create fabrics in a fabulous array of colors, patterns and textures. Clear step by step photographs and instructions demonstrate how to use acid dyes and cold water reactive dyes. Techniques such as steam fixing, discharging on silk, space dyeing and much more are explained in full detail. Mandy then demonstrates how shibori techniques such as binding, hand painting, capping, stitching, folding and clamping, pole winding and pole wrapping can be used to create truly wonderful dyed fabrics. Also included are:
  • Seven shibori techniques explained
  • Eighteen beautiful projects with many variations.
Here is a sample of Shibori pleated with a smocking pleater.

Price $19.95
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Printing by Hand - Lena Corwin
A Modern Guide to Printing with Handmade Stamps, Stencils, and Silk Screens

Wow. I've been waiting for this book ever since I saw it was coming. If you're like me you need someone to guide you into the processes of learning new tricks. This book makes it easy to learn the three primary methods for creating printing tools for stenciling, stamping and screen printing, not an easy task for sure. The next phase it how to print by hand. Step- by-step instructions and detailed how-to photographs make each imaginative project easy to execute with either Corwin's original artwork or your own design. Projects range from stationary and clothing to furniture and wall embellishments.

Price $27.50
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Art Cloth - June Dunnewold

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 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.

In addition, 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.

Price $26.95
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Stitch and Structure - Jean Draper

Here is an interesting textile design reference book guaranteed to spark your imagination and creative flow. With detailed diagrams, drawings and stitch information combined with drawing tips, advice on customizing threads, creating knotted forms and more you will have lots of inspirations to choose from for your project. These techniques just might lead you to a new style for your garments.

Price $29.95
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