Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art: Colour, Texture and Distortion

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9780713490701: Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art: Colour, Texture and Distortion

One of today’s most innovative quilt artists reveals her trademark techniques in published form for the first time complete with step-by-step exercises. C. June Barnes’s unique method of creating quilts in neutral fabric and then dyeing them has revolutionized quilt art. Similarly, her work on texture and particularly distortion (through shrinkage) of the surface has taken quilt design to a new level. She discusses it all here, from coloring to embellishing, plus fun projects. Fantastically illustrated with photos of the finished pieces, as well as drawings and illustrations of the methods, this is a book no quilter should be without!

 

 

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C June Barnes is an award-winning quilt artist, winning awards throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century. She won the first prize in the Innovative Quilt category in 2003. She has exhibited for several years and also teaches across the UK. She is the author of Stitching To Dye in Quilt Art, also published by Batsford. She lives in Hastings, East Sussex.

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Nov 08 It's hard to believe that the stunning, vibrantly coloured quilts began life as neutral pieces of fabric. Guiding the reader through her innovative techniques, the author demonstrates how to take a different approach to quilting by starting with layers, stitch and texture before adding colour at the finishing stage. The preliminary chapters cover the basics of selecting suitable fabrics and threads, mastering free-motion stitching and understanding the different dyes and chemicals available. The next section 'Stitching to Dye' shows how to achieve amazing shading effects using a combination of natural and synthetic fabrics with embroidery techniques such as applique. This is followed by 'Shrinkage' where the author shows how to create highly textured surfaces by combining wool fabrics with everyday objects such as plastic strapping, metal zips and buttons. An inspiring gallery of finished pieces will provide further encouragement whilst tips on finishing and troubleshooting complete the picture. SEWING WORLD

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