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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (June 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440308373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440308376
  • ASIN: B0091XHQ22
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

paint and markers,
fabric and thread ...

IT'S TIME TO MIX THINGS UP!

Whether you're a mixed-media artist or a passionate sewer, discover innovative ways to combine fabrics, textures, found objects, and more to create meaningful pieces of fabric art.

In addition to inspiring mixed-media techniques, inside Mixed and Stitched you'll find:

  •  Step-by-step instructions for 16 personal projects such as journals, love notes, bags and home decor items.
  •  Free-form, "sketchy" stitching techniques that put the stress of sewing perfection to rest.
  •  Techniques for dyeing your own fabric to achieve custom colors for any project!
  •  Original "bonus" embroidery designs to enhance the projects or spice up your own fabric creations.
  •  A gallery of mixed-media and fabric art to help inspire your own works of imagination.

About the Author

Jen Osborn teaches her cutting edge techniques locally and at national mixed-media conferences. Her artwork has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Art Quilting Studio, Jewelry Affaire, Stuffed #3, Somerset, Belle Armoire, Amber Lotus, Quarry Books, Stampington & Co., and Artist Trading Card Workshop (North Light Books). Jen's art has been on display as part of group shows at The Paper Studio and A Studio Gallery.

More About the Author

Jen Osborn is a third generation artist and author who lives in rural Michigan. She has an enormous imagination, and loves nothing more than giving you a peek at what lies inside her mind. She does this by creating artwork that's as fun to touch as it is to look at. Jen has a knack for blending quirky vintage items with modern techniques resulting in a burst of colorful eye candy. She stitches together all sorts of textured fabric and paper to create tiny story quilts which tease your eyes, and tickle your heart. She loves to stitch up a storm, but also creates mixed-media collages on canvas, felt and paper. Jen makes handmade books, journals, and purses out of her dyed fabrics as well as anything else her imagination can dream up. In 2003 she developed an innovative art technique for manipulating transparency images with fire that was published in Transparent Art and Somerset Workshop 2. She teaches her cutting edge techniques locally, at national mixed media events, and online as an instructor for CrescenDOH!'s Creative Lab. Currently she is pursuing licensing her whimsical drawings for use as rubber stamps, illustrations, and chip art. Jen was a columnist for Art Quilting Studio and wrote a column titled "Quilting the Odd & Unusual". She has recently begun publishing with Cloth Paper Scissors, and is writing a book for North Light Craft titled "Mixed & Stitched: fabric inspiration for the mixed media artist" which will hit bookshelves June 2011.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bobi Star on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
From how to use and experiment with fabric dyes, to different stitches and ideas for incorporating fabric and stitching into your mixed-media work, this book has tons and tons of ideas, inspiration and how-tos for all sorts of handstitching projects and doodads. And the author has a great, playful tone that teaches you a lot but doesn't take itself too seriously. Super fun book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By liberal sprinkles on October 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was a little disappointed after reading this book; I expected more mixed-media projects but it's largely a sewing book with quirky projects. Other than the chapter on dyeing fabrics, I didn't learn much. But there are some fun ideas and if you like to craft things in a somewhat shabby, messy style with lots of patchwork, appliques and raw edges, you may like the book.

Author Jen Osborn shows you how to put together:

-"idea catchers" like a daydream sketchbook and an inspiration board;

- more practical things like an art apron, a house bunting, pot holder, market bag and picnic blanket; and

- trinkets/giftable items like a pocket into which you can tuck small fabric notes, a trinket box showcasing a transparency image and a sunshine catcher made from mica chips.

The instructions take you from the beginning to the end of each project so they are quite useful if you like detailed how-to's.

Although I love patchwork and even the messy look, I personally didn't find the projects very inspiring. I thought it a pity that Osborn didn't choose some of the pieces in the inspiration gallery - fabric cards, scrapbooks, art quilts and journals, many of which I found a lot more interesting visually - as projects for the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Swanny10 on October 3, 2011
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I love this book! The author has an easy-going, friendly style, does a great job of describing her projects step-by-step. The ideas are varied, fun to do...I just really loved the creativity, color and design on every page. Loved the format, great pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tonia Jenny on September 5, 2012
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I love to sew, but don't love to use patterns. What I love about this book is the charming, no-pattern approach to most of the projects. The organic stitching techniques are great and the projects are all things that not only come together in an afternoon, but are easy to personalize with my own artistic touch, thanks to the many mixed-media techniques included.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VMR on November 24, 2011
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What can I say: I'm not able to resist a lure of a new craft book. I could have skipped this one, though. None of the projects were interesting to me, and slightly " self-empowerment" tone of the text sounded a lot like a woo. For me, this book was just meh.
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