book shows you how much fun you can have with fabric. Paint
it, dye it, sew on it and more to make colorful pictures,
cushions and more to decorate your home.
else all the projects have in common is that they all have
a floral theme. Apart from describing materials you might
need the book starts with a good section on designing your
work, elements of design, looking for inspiration and drawing.
This is not a book on how to draw flowers (Search Press already
publishes several books on this topic) but there is a good
look at design in here to whet the appetite. The section on
materials looks rather daunting, and for those who only want
to make items that can be washed many things can be discarded
apart from the initial drawing stage. I wished that there
was a table stating what mark-making items can and cannot
be washed but this must be discovered through trial and error.
There are certainly lots of hands-on projects to try out,
from making all kinds of prints to dyeing methods, painting,
stencils, hand and machine embroidery, foiling, discharge
paste and more. All these projects are illustrated with large
format staged photographs making the processes far more accessible
than the wee print on manufacturers labels, and it is easy
to have fun with your fabric without too much prior experience.
At the back are a few items to make up such as a cushion,
pincushion, needle book and wall hanging but this is primarily
a book on how to use all the wonderful mark making products
currently on the market. One for the keeper shelf!