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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; Original edition (November 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ruth Rae is a classically trained jeweler. During Ruth's tenure as a metal smith she began to experiment with other forms of media and techniques. As time has progressed Ruth's true passion has become "mixed media fiber art." Ruth's pieces are recognized for their unexpected yet elegant combinations of altered fabrics combined with found objects and words that are bound together by hand and machine stitching. Ruth's work has been featured in galleries across the country, countless art publications as well as Quilting Arts TV and she has two workshop DVDs and travels around the county teaching jewelry and fabric workshops. Ruth authored two books, A Charming Exchange, and Layered, Tattered and Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop. Visit her website at www.ruthrae.com.

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Ruth Rae is a classically trained jeweler. During Ruth’'s tenure as a metal smith she began to experiment with other forms of media and techniques. As time has progressed Ruth’s true passion has become “mixed media fiber art.” Ruth'’s pieces are recognized for their unexpected yet elegant combinations of altered fabrics combined with found objects and words that are bound together by hand and machine stitching. Ruth's work has been featured in galleries across the country, countless art publications as well as Quilting Arts TV and she has two workshop DVD’s and travels around the county teaching jewelry and fabric workshops. Visit her website at www.ruthrae.com.

Customer Reviews

I got this book as a Christmas present and I can't wait to try the projects!
christa
This book is filled with a lot of wonderful ideas, I always open it for inspiration.
Denise
A beautiful book with clear step by step instructions, and wonderful projects!
Maria Laura Gamaleri

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DuhBe on January 11, 2010
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This has become one of my favorite books in my craft library. For the first time ever, I actually read an instructional sewing book cover to cover rather than just browsing the pretty photos. And then I started trying the projects.

Layered, Tattered and Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop has 20 different projects by mixed media artist Ruth Rae. In each project she steps you through making collages using materials such as fabric, transparencies, paper, rubber stamps, paint, wire, beads, lace and metal. Her style has the elements I adore in fabric collage - frayed edges, burns, lots of stitching in messy rows, along with fabulous texture and color combinations.

She starts out with a brief 2 pages on materials, but it's enough for you to figure out what she's using and where to buy your own. She also explains how she dyes fabric or cuts certain materials. It's not in-depth, but experienced crafters and sewists will not need that level of detail.

The 20 projects include things such as cards, gift wrap, a journal, wall hangings, doll & clothes, banner, apron, wrist cuff, and a photo frame. I loved her construction techniques for the apron with buttonholes rather than ties, and her book binding techniques are next up on my list of things to try. The instructions are easy to follow, although she focuses more on the techniques, not the actual materials. She expects you to create similar projects in your own style, rather than making things exactly like hers. I love that idea. But...she does provide patterns and even a couple of pages of clip art if you want to closely emulate items as pictured in the book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Sherrod on November 28, 2009
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I found this book lovely to look at with it's linen image trims and attention to details. The projects by Ruth are easy to follow with stepped out illustrations that were clear and detailed. I have already made one thing from the book and plan to make several more. I own lots of craft books and sometimes I never do more than look through them. This book inspired me to actually go cut up fabric, paper and stitch them together to make something I really love.
I recommend this book highly and will probably buy several more for gifts this Christmas.
Thank you Ruth and your Publishers for a wonderful and soulful book.
I took it to one of my recent Surface Design Guild Meetings and the ladies loved it! So, no matter your level of craftsmanship- this is a great book to add to your art/technique library!
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By T.F. on July 7, 2010
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I'm kind of torn about this book (ironically!)

The book is project based, with step-by-steps to show you how to recreate the pictured items. If you are a scrapbooker and you'd like to try some textile techniques but you have no experience sewing then I think it's a good book. You'll be introduced to fabric dyeing, hand sewing, fabric burning, freezer paper, doll making, gel medium on fabric and lots of other techniques. So if this is you then you'll get a lot out of the book.

However I really really don't like aspects of the "art". In Jan 2008, a user called 'me', in a response to a review of a completely different book, stated ""collaging" these days seems to be nothing more than feminine thoughts from "Desperate Housewives" combined with an "instant ancestor" black and white picture of some random person you don't even know, with cut out words pasted on top of them. Originality is becoming generic." This really sums up what I found disappointing in this book. If it had come out 10 years ago then it might at least have been refreshing, but for a 2009 release it just rehashes tired scrapbooking and altered book cliches.

One specific example from many instances in the book;

The Wired Resin-paper Card (p. 16), uses a generic transparency image of a woman in a dirndle skirt, peasant blouse, headscarf, with bare feet and holding a bundle of belongings wrapped up in a checked piece of fabric; the generic exotic vintage-y gypsy-type other. This is mounted on a sheet of resin-coated sinitic text (Chinese characters); generic exotic other again. The processes involved are creative and fun to do, but the end result is really tired and definitely isn't art.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julie Prichard on November 13, 2009
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This book is beautiful... Ruth outlined all of her projects with simple, easy to follow step-by-step instructions...great photos all along the way as well. The projects in this book are nothing short of amazing...ALL OF THEM. It's a TON of excellent information...and no mindless jibber jabber. I just had this delivered today and I can tell it is going to be referenced to time and time again. Love it!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By papergirl on January 8, 2010
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The first thing I noticed about this book was the matte pages. Unfortunately, this does not allow for a great reproduction of colors in the photographs. So, as a source of inspiration it is lacking for me. I wasn't excited about the photography.

The projects are very fully explained with stepped out directions so if you're a beginner, interested in working in fabric collage and need a step-by-step I think you'll find this book helpful. There were a few projects that appealed and I may find myself jumping in to try one or two, but as a source of inspiration beyond the projects Ms Rae presents? This will not be a go-to book for me.
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