Search Press’ Stitched
Textiles series focuses on contemporary textile artists’
work and features staged projects and techniques using a wide
range of materials. This latest title shows how to depict
birds through the medium of fabric and thread.
This series is a good way of learning how to use a wide range
of materials and methods including dyeing, appliqué,
hand and machine embroidery, dissolvable fabrics and even
found objects. If you have a stash of fabric scraps left over
from other projects, this book has many ways of using them
up to make collage pictures. The bulk of this book is taken
up with six projects, but the first part focuses on what you
need, an overview of techniques used and information about
mounting, design and creating backgrounds. If you want to
go into dyeing cloth and trying out shibori techniques, the
information here is not full enough for beginners, but serves
more to suggest another way of using fabrics. The projects
themselves are a great way of learning to make pictures out
of stitched cloth and you can choose from puffins, blackbirds,
gulls (two projects depict these), chickens and an ark filled
with birds. Each project features a series of captioned photographs
including close ups of key areas. There are also galleries
of other works by the author which briefly outline methods
used and at the back all the templates are given at 50% size.
I love the way you can make a whole picture out of scraps
and most people who already use textiles in their crafts will
have most if not all of the materials and tools already. A
good addition to the series.
If you cannot find a good range of sewing materials locally,
for a list of suppliers.