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Shadowfolds: Surprisingly Easy-to-Make Geometric Designs in Fabric introduces this unique craft, created by folding cloth in patterns based on classic geometric designs. The patterns, influenced by historic architecture and the traditional decorations of many cultures, have a layered complexity due to their interaction with light. The completed designs have one look when they are opaque and a very different appearance when lit from behind. Use the simple, easy-to-follow instructions to make 15 different projects, from a pillow to a purse, from a tablecloth to a hat. The projects are fun and fashionable and will inspire you to come up with your own patterns and applications. 

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Shadowfolds are fabulous designs in fabric that derive from a rich blend of traditional motifs expressed in a contemporary style. The Shadowfolds technique, pioneered by artist Chris K. Palmer, uses classic geometric patterns to create works of art in fabric from a single, uncut panel of cloth using a simple, three-step process.

Learn how to make Shadowfolds with 15 projects: create breathtaking works of textile art, as well as home furnishings and fashion-forward accessories incorporating these three-dimensional embellishments.

  • Origami artist Chris K. Palmer has made the unexpected leap from paper to textiles for these tesselations. Try them for yourself: I think you'll be as fascinated and surprised as I was by both the process and the elegant results.--David Brill, author of Brilliant Origami
  • Shadowfolds is an epoch idea of handicraft, origami, and mathematics. Chris K. Palmer has expanded the origami world!--Jun Maekawa, author of Genuine Origami
  • Palmer's works are created by unique conception and technique. Beautiful patterns of light and shadow appear.--Tomoko Fuse, author of Home Decorating with Origami
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha USA; 1st edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568363796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568363790
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By TNH on July 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I first encountered this sew-and-fold technique at a workshop. It was impressive. Even people who had at most a utilitarian acquaintance with needle and thread were able to create a beautiful folded pinwheel figure in the center of an organza square. I was therefore delighted when the book finally came out.

How it works:

1. Start with one of the authors' patterns of dots, transferred to a piece of fabric.

2. With needle and thread, in the order specified, pick up a few threads of the fabric in the center of each dot.

3. Pause every so often to draw the thread up tighter, smoothing and straightening the origami-like folds as they form.

4. Optionally, iron the folded figure when you're done.

That's all it takes; and if you work the project in a crisper fabric than the sample items Amazon shows as secondary images, the results are as precise as Moorish tiling patterns.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By whim on March 3, 2011
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If you like geometric patterns and you like fabric art, you will love this book. The projects are beautiful and the design options are endless. I am really inspired by what can be acheived with these fabric folding techniques. I love the dimension and texture that fabric folding adds to any project. I plan on incorporating these techniques into my art quilts. What fun!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marlene F. Reilly on February 3, 2011
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I met Chris Palmer once many many years ago at an origami convention in NYC. I was in awe at that time of his beautiful paper geometric origami designs...amazing to see in person...even more amazing to see them in fabric and so marvelously presented in this book. The book itself is a work of art. AND, the projects that the authors/artists include appear to be very achievable. The technique as described looks like a most enjoyable game of "connect the dots" with a most beautiful end result. This book will appeal to origami enthusiasts and quilters or fabric artists alike. Simply "wonderfold"!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HB on January 21, 2012
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I love this book. I'd like to emphasize that the instructions are very easy to understand and to follow. Any sewing novice can create these beautiful, intricate looking pieces. I haven't felt that any of the projects are too complicated or beyond my abilities. No frustration -- no confusion. And, I've been using some of the patterns to incorporate into clothing. After years of wanting to stick a fork in my eye after reading industry sewing patterns and diy books that read like Klingon, and/or are missing pertinent instructional steps, and/or have boring/crappy projects, this was a breath of fresh air. I sincerely hope that they publish more books :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mystic on September 2, 2011
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I love this book. I've wanted to try different and interesting techniques to manipulate fabric aside from simply smocking. These designs are easy to understand and the projects give you a variety of applications for the technique. I can't wait to start experimenting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2012
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I jumped right in and started with one of the more advanced projects. The instructions were great, and the item turned out wonderfully. Now I wish I hadn't used an old sheet as a "trial", thinking I would probably mess it up! It is fiddly and time-consuming, but the results are worth the effort.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sami on March 29, 2012
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This book is about a sewing technique (it may have it's origins in origami but it's still a sewing tech) which may be inspiring to sewing enthusiasts who have pretty much tried & mastered (or not)other methods in the field of sewing. For me, personally, this is an exciting, newly discovered area of my much loved hobby. It seems to be based on what's called Canadian smocking. The projects in the book are gorgeous, and I cannot wait to try my hand at shadowfolding :). Great job, Palmer/Rutzky!
Samina, American Sewing Guild
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wilsonsweb on January 10, 2013
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There is a rare time when I buy a book for it's cocktail table presence! This book is inspirational in it's content..not just about a way to fold fabric in beautiful configurations, but gives the reader the chance to imagine something more...
I am a quilter and artist rolled into one, so I can see many amazing possibilities about to take shape.
Even if you aren't the creative type, you will certainly appreciate the beautiful art form...and there are projects in this book that even the skittish will enjoy..
Well done, well illustrated, and simple,concise instruction make this a wonderful book for your stash..you may consider giving it as a gift to one of your artsy friends!!!
I don't rate anything a 5, but this book is pretty darn close...;)
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