Renowned textile artist Mickey Lawler's exquisite hand-painted fabrics are eagerly sought by quilters. Here she shares her amazing way with color and design, instructing readers of any skill level how to paint cottons to achieve remarkable scenic effects suggesting sunrises, sunsets, night skies, storms, seas, landscapes, and gardens. Most of all she exhorts us to have fun, to relax and develop a playful attitude toward our work, to enjoy the serendipitous results these techniques produce. Strewn throughout these vivid pages are gorgeous quilts by various artists utilizing Lawlor's hand-painted fabrics. Also included is one brief project for turning your own painted fabrics into a simple quilt. --Amy Handy
From Library Journal
Like many of C&T's offerings, Skydyes takes an easygoing tutorial approach to teach quilters new aspects of their craft. Known for her beautiful hand-painted cotton fabrics, Lawler here teaches the art of fabric painting to those who would rather paint their own than buy custom-painted fabric. Once supplies and equipment, fabric preparation, and painting techniques have been covered, the reader is led step-by-step through a series of landscape painting exercises illustrating each technique. All of the exercises are then pieced into an abstract landscape quilt that will serve as a permanent reference for the aspiring fabric painter. An excellent resource list and inspiring full-color photos of unique landscape quilts add to the value of this title. An excellent choice for any library collecting in this area.
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