pictures using hand and free machine embroidery, appliqué,
collage and fabric painting with the help of this useful book.
The entire process of creation, from inspiration to the finished
work, is covered, so even beginners can see how this type
of project can be accomplished.
Whatever type of picture you have in mind, seeing a step-by-step
process is invaluable, because it equips you with the knowledge
to do your own thing. The book starts with a list of materials,
and if you do any fabric craft, you will already have a lot
stage is being inspired and planning your work, as well as
learning how to do free machine embroidery. I like the way
how, instead of having all the projects at the back as a culmination
of processes, they are interspersed throughout the book. Thus,
you can practice your machining skills with a beach scene,
make a picture of a hare and learn how to use fusible webbing
and appliqué, or progress to adding in paint with a
couple of bird portraits.
projects show how to put all these skills together to produce
a scene featuring a hen and rooster, have a go at collage
and, finally, see how you can use your own photographs and
sketches to make pictures. It is all very user-friendly and
hands-on, a method that invariably works well for me and eliminates
the “boring part” of having to cram in a lot of
information first before actually using it. Instead you can
amass a body of work as you go and have fun trying out all
the different techniques. One of the best books I have seen
on tackling mixed media work.
If you cannot find a good range of textile art materials locally
try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.
of other titles in the The Textile Artist Series
and Fibre Art
and Stitched Pictures