Have you ever said: "I will never do that!" That is just what I said about appliqué. "Oh, it is so beautiful but I will never do that! It is just too involved". OK, so now I have to take back what I said. I have been gathering different instruction books on appliqué techniques and APPLIQUÉ TAKES WING provides new techniques for me to learn.
The book is about some of my favorite subjects: birds, moths, butterflies and dragonflies. It contains six pages of basic hand-appliqué techniques, six pages of special techniques such as those for making flower stems and a page on color blending. There is a 20 page gallery of quilts and wall hangings to peruse over before you choose which one you will start. (Of course, you will make all of them but you have to start somewhere!). The final pages are the how-to's of making the twelve different patterns.--- six birds and six butterflies and moths (the dragonfly falls into this category).
The fabrics used in this book will make me stretch as I have only used 100% cotton up to now. The moths and dragonfly uses metallic sheer and metallic mesh fabric for wings. Each set of instructions for each block has a fabric and supply list followed by the instructions for putting it all together. There are plenty of graphics and photos so you won't get lost. Each block also lists the techniques that are used to create that particular block. The final page contains a resource list as no craft book is complete without this page.
I was looking through the books at a sewing expo, and there it was. I had never seen the book before, and I was instantly amazed. Her work is exquisite. It has patterns for birds and moths and butterflys. They are not your typical patterns of stiff little animals. They flow and sing to you. They are done with mostly batiks and hand dyed fabrics that blend with each other. She even uses metalic and lames to give the birds and bugs more shimmer. The book I'm sure doesn't show just how beautiful it really is, and believe me they are beautiful even so. I have seen alot of applique books, but hers are the best. After I got home, I thought her name sounded vaguely familiar, and sure enough I already owned her book on balitmore album quilts. I am presently working on two quilts with these patterns, mixed with a few of my own designs. She also has in this book her students quilts, that they did with these bird designs to give you some good ideas on how to set these blocks into quilts Some are pretty good. These are advanced designs, quite small peices, but a talented beginner could master them. You would do better to start on her baltimore blocks to get started.
Nice work went into this book. Lots of detail and user friendly. Well constructed ideas to the designs. I had used this with suede and raw edges. Topstitched around the small pieces. It looks incredible. Used velvet with some of the flower pieces. Wow. Without the details to the construction and placement of colors and shapes, somethings just don't look right. This book is excellent.\!
This book contains incredibly detailed instructions and pictures of how to create each block. Very detailed list of fabrics and supplies. It covers the basics all the way up to master level work, in a clear detailed format that anyone can follow. Just exceptional.
I really like this book. It has some very nice applique templates in it with beautiful examples of how others have used them. The instructions are for hand applique work, but I use the templates to do machine applique with very nice results. I have made some very nice things with the help of this book. I love bird patterns, they are really very nice.
The instructions are fine, the photos and illustrations are fine, but the patterns do not live up to the cover photo. The rest of the patterns are muddy and not at all colorful and attractive as one would expect a book of flying creatures to be.