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Fabricate: 2 Innovative Sewing Projects that Make Fabric the Star
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Fabricate: 2 Innovative Sewing Projects that Make Fabric the Star [Kindle Edition]

Susan Wasinger
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Book Description

Create gorgeous one-of-a-kind handmade fabrics and transform them into fun and functional projects with this guide to distinctive cloth-making techniques. From wearables to home decor, Fabricate teaches you to alter simple materials through texture, substance, embellishment, and adornment. The creative possibilities are endless!

  • Make unique cloth using a variety of easy fiber-art and fabric-manipulation techniques
  • Projects include laptop cases to evening bags, elegant wraps to flirty skirts, floor pillows to whimsical curtains, a felted puff-ball rug, a faux-chenille throw, a textured shibori scarf, and more
  • Create unique effects with pleats and crinkles; puckers and tufts; cut-and-fray fabric techniques; laminates that add colorful, versatile, and playful layers; surface embellishment techniques like cording, applique, and crazy stitch; heat-treated techniques like burn-out, burn-away, and fabric etching; fabrics designed with solvy and repeating notions like rickrack, hooks and eyes, and zippers

Beginning and expert sewers alike will be thrilled to find that sewing just got creative, beautiful, and artful again. If you are a crafter, sewer, or are simply fabric-obsessed, Fabricate will take your addiction to new levels.

Editorial Reviews


"Shows you how to take your sewing to a whole new level by adding amazing, unexpected texture to your choice of fabrics." — The Detroit News

"The Bottom Line: If you have trouble finding the perfect fabric and are tapped out on embellishing techniques, then Fabricate is the book for you." —

"If, like this reviewer, you are stuck with a limited assortment of stores selling a tiny range of fabrics then this will have plenty of appeal." —

"Susan Wasinger has elevated fabric to new heights. Without reservation, I can most definitely say you should buy this book." — FabTalk

"Beginning and sewing expert alike will be thrilled to find sewing just got creative, beautiful and artful again." — Quick & Easy Crochet

About the Author

Susan Wasinger is a graphic designer specializing in book, magazine, and packaging design. Her design work has been included in such magazines as Herb Companion, Metropolitan Home, Natural Home and Garden, and PieceWork. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9731 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (February 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40WLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book!! April 8, 2009
I have a pretty extensive library of craft and sewing books but this book is one of the best that I have ever purchased. Ordinarily, I will find one, or maybe two projects in a book that I would actually be interested in making. In this book, I want to make all of the projects! It is beautifully done, has easy to follow instructions and does not require materials that are difficult to find.
I am so glad that I purchased this book. It will be one that I pull off the shelf time and time again.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! July 23, 2009
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Creating this book must have been a love affair for the author because she gives up everything to us. I was happier and happier to turn each page and behold yet another project I will make. The first thing I am going to create is a fused plastic bag tote. I mean who doesn't have plastic bags around? Next will be the laminated felt. So many of these projects will use up what you have lying around the house. A few projects are made from literal scraps, like a lamp shade out of small triangles of fabric and sewn in such a way to let the light peek out all around. We've all seen those beautiful pleated/wrinkled silk scarves in stores - well now we can make our own. And maybe the most luscious thing I have ever seen are the directions for a huge pillow made of folded over and over felt that is then sniped and sniped to make an all over fringe - it looks divine! I love this book and recommend it to anyone who has been sewing for a bit and is ready to move on to sophisticated but absurdly simple to sew items. If you can sew a straight line you can make anything in this beautifully photographed book. Plus isn't the title clever?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly innovative but also doable July 25, 2009
Honestly, I wasn't sure I was going to be that interested in this book. I found the cover photo intriguing but I expected that if "fabric was the star" then the projects would require spendy purchases from obscure fabric shops to make them shine. Not so. The author uses everyday, even humble, materials to create works that are truly unique and innovative. From muslin, wool felt, yarn, denim, she creates one of a kind projects that let the crafter really flex their creative muscle.

The early projects focus on specific sewing techniques (making special pleats, for example) and the projects let that technique carry the load. I'm going to use it as a way to improve my own sewing technique and learn some new ways to manipulate fabric.

The later projects are less about practicing a new skill and more about thinking creatively. I love how she uses yarn and stabilizing fabric to create unusual placemats. My first project will be the denim rug.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I loved, loved,loved this book! How refreshing to have things to make from textiles that does NOT require quilting, knitting or crochet! The handbag on the front was by far my favorite project in the entire book but I could easily make all of them if I had enough free time. How fortunate for us that the author decided to share her skills. Even if you only purchase this book to enjoy the photos and be inspired by the possibilities, its worth it! Creating texture from fabric for yourself, your home, fun and simple, yet everything looks like it came from an expensive boutique!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blends haute couture and modern fiber art June 16, 2009
Susan Wasinger's FABRICATE: 17 INNOVATIVE SEWING PROJECTS THAT MAKE FABRIC THE STAR blends haute couture and modern fiber art to offer unusual ideas for embellishments ranging from skirts and pillows to wraps and bags. All levels of needleworker will find plenty of easy inspiration in these creative techniques perfect for both specific crafting libraries and general-interest collections.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am very satified with FABRiCATE. There are so many wonderful projects to do with excellent directions and truly beautiful pictures. The book is well written and very easy to follow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabicate January 27, 2010
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What a great book. I didnt expect to see as many great projects as I have done when looking in this book. The project on the front of the book is what caught me because I'm one of those people who does judge a book by its cover. There are other great things to complete such as the tumbled fray rug, along with puffed tufts skirt and wave pleats dress which made me want to get started straight away. Even if you dont want to make the items described in each section you can adapt the techniques for your own project ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I first found this book in the library "crafts section" and renewed it as many times as I could. I couldn't find it at JoAnn's or Michael's to buy with my discount coupon so I was happy to find it here on Amazon. The only thing I am disappointed is that when it was shipped the envelope was damaged by the post office so I have a big hole in the front bottom of the cover as well as damage in the same location of the first five or six pages. Since I love the book's content so much, I will not return it to the private seller from which I purchased it.
I especially love the photos and instructions for doing stitchless embroidery/free form lace, very fun and creative projects that I couldn't find instructions for anywhere else. The matrix lamp shade is gorgeous too! I love being able to use scraps to make beautiful things for myself, my home and for gifts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Unique Projects
I wasn't expecting this book to hold my attention, but it was a great surprise. The projects ranged in type, complexity, skills used, material used, and aesthetics. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MiniMacMarla
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabricate
How can you not love this bag on the cover??? Am collecting wool, can't wait to make this bag. Came very quickly and in great condition. Love it!
Published 5 months ago by Beverly Rambo
4.0 out of 5 stars Felted Flowers
I bought this book just because of the felted flowers on the front cover of the book. I have made numerous pins out of the flowers in all different colors and people love them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cheryl Houston
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
The only really nice project is the one that is shown on the cover. The rest are either pretty blah, or kinda ugly/weird. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Kool ideas esp w/novel uses of things you may already have!
I can't wait to experiment with the shopping bag idea--hubby not quite grasping the idea but in my crafty mind it will be totally awesome if I don't ruin our iron!!!
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
Is just one or two projects interesting on this book. Nothing more interesting to say I just bough for the project on the front page.
Published 22 months ago by Cintia Soto
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous projects, great techniques
I was attracted to the book by its very pretty cover. I wasn't disappointed. Wasinger shares beautiful projects and lovely techniques to alter and embellish a variety of materials... Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by liberal sprinkles
5.0 out of 5 stars FABRiCATE
FABRiCATE is filled with creativity and inspiration. It's a beautiful addition to my sewing library. Read more
Published on March 14, 2011 by RedHeadedFloozie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very great ideas for making items for your home. The idea is teaching you different techniques and then to add your own imagination! Very clear instructions. Read more
Published on May 7, 2010 by Bifocalbabe
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and new
This is a lovely book filled with inspiring projectsl I am itching to make a cuff bracelet. So many of the projects are simple that a beginner sewer could do them but there are... Read more
Published on April 10, 2010 by Diana
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