I found it particularly useful as a textiles student, as it shows how to take inspiration from an original natural source, for example, the surface teI found it particularly useful as a textiles student, as it shows how to take inspiration from an original natural source, for example, the surface texture of a rock, or a rusty surface, and shows how to take that idea through from orignal photogragh to drawings, and finally to finished textile samples and finshed pieces.
Students will find it a good resource book for that reason alone, as textiles coursework usually ask that you show how you have taken ideas from original sources, and reinterpreted them into textiles pieces.
The front cover of the book it a little misleading as it seems that the book will be full of very traditional types of sewing like the slighlty old fashioned quilted cushions on the cover! and may put off the more daring stitcher! however the inside of the book is full of interesting, quite abstact pieces, including some wonderful textural hand stiched samples and free machining, (all in full colour pictures) The textile examples inside stand up to more up to date textiles books too! (except for maybe the hairstyles of the models) ...more
About novella length. About a woman coming to terms with her daughter leaving home to go to college. One of those "feel good moralistic" stories withAbout novella length. About a woman coming to terms with her daughter leaving home to go to college. One of those "feel good moralistic" stories with almost perfect families. May be of interest to quilters - there is a small pattern for a quilt at the end the one the mother is quilting through the story. Reminded me of a short story in a women's magazine. Pleasant but not great. Something to read while waiting for a train that doesn't require too much thought. ...more
The 27 contributors, who are among the UK's leading embroiderers and teachers, provide insights which aim to enable aspiring embroiderers to widen theThe 27 contributors, who are among the UK's leading embroiderers and teachers, provide insights which aim to enable aspiring embroiderers to widen their skills and increase their creativity. Each contributor has developed a new piece of work specially for the book, using as inspiration an historical embroidery from the Embroiderers' Guild Collection. The new embroideries and the historical pieces are described in detail and shown in colour photographs which emphasize the rich variety of design and the range of avenues for today's embroiderer to explore. Each embroiderer also explains her working methods, the development of ideas and motifs from the original, and the choice of techniques and stitches. Practical information, with working and step-by-step diagrams, covers fabrics and threads, using design motifs, choosing and working techniques and stitches - as well as using a computer as a design tool....more
In 1806, when Bemiss' Dyer's Companion first appeared, the American dyeing industry was beset with problems: Europe was trying to maintain control ofIn 1806, when Bemiss' Dyer's Companion first appeared, the American dyeing industry was beset with problems: Europe was trying to maintain control of the market, and American dyers were often undertrained with recipes selling from master to apprentice "for twenty and thirty dollars each." To remedy this situation Elijah Bemiss wrote his book. Today Bemiss' work is still important for seeing the exact methods of natural dyeing and understanding the life of the dyer in the early nineteenth century.
If you are wanting to use natural dyes the reader will find this book helpful to extend your list of useful dyes and colours. It allows you to see the materials, the equipment and the way of life of one of the most important craftsmen of the early years of the American republic. A great many of the dyes are able to be reproduced today. ...more
Here in a single volume is all the information you will need to extract dyestuffs from common trees, flowers, lichens & weeds. (based mostly on AmHere in a single volume is all the information you will need to extract dyestuffs from common trees, flowers, lichens & weeds. (based mostly on American plants). Each recipe gives you step by step instructions that tell you how to prepare your ingredients, how to shred, soak, dissolve and boil the materials you collect, how to prepare cloth and how long to boil for best results. This is more accessible in 2011 than Elijah Bemiss' "The Dyers Companion" of which Adrosko wrote the introduction for - although the later is still relevant....more
The plates reproduced in this book are the same which were published in Peasant Art in Europe (1927). Don't let the age of the plates fool you. This iThe plates reproduced in this book are the same which were published in Peasant Art in Europe (1927). Don't let the age of the plates fool you. This is still a stunning collection of eye candy for lovers of folk arts. There is a four page introduction, 16 pages of captions, and 88 pictorial pages - mostly photographs but there are a few that consist of detailed drawings - almost all of them in color and printed on heavy glossy paper. The age of the folk art pieces ranges from the 17th century to modern times. Forty pages of plates are devoted to fabrics, rugs and embroidery, and the remainder of the plates contain ceramics, wood, metal and other materials, including furniture and treen. Countries from which the art comes includes: Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and `European Russia.' To quote the inside front cover: "This book is a wonderful sourcebook and will be an inspiration for artists, artisans, designers, and teachers as well as the hobbyist and lover of beautiful things."...more