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The Art of Fabric Collage: An Easy Introduction to Creative Sewing Paperback – February 1, 2003
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One of the best aspects of the book is the clear and do-able explanation of exactly how to make a collage. All too many instruction books gloss over the actual creation of an original piece. This book tells you exactly how to select fabrics, choose motifs, lay them out, fill in with background fabrics, assemble the piece, and finish the edges.
Ever since this book arrived in the mail I have been sitting up late at night cutting up fabrics and playing with motifs. And I have been looking at my curtains and household linens with a speculative gleam in my eye--this method does not limit you to using just quilter's cottons.
In fact, many of the techniques and ideas in the book can carry over to other art forms. I am using her ideas and processes in paper collage as well. All in all, this book is one of the best investments a fiber artist can make.
I have quite a stash of fabrics, both garment & upholstery/drapery pieces...I crazy quilt, but many items in my "stash" include large motifs or motifs on background colors that I don't particularly like. This book has given me the ideas and techniques to use those pieces in more creative ways.
One of the most incredible parts of each example piece the author displays are the LININGS! I'd never thought about embellishing the interior of garments but as a result of this book, I'm planning to do so on a swing-coat I'm about to make (using crazy quilting). What a wonderful way of dealing with the exposed underside of garments that have movement.
And, by the way, unlike one reviewer suggested, I'm not a "surburban housewife" or a friend of the author.
You can be as exuberant and over the top as you like using Rosemary's techniques, or you can go for a more monochromatic look with simpler, fewer shapes, and both looks would be stunning and best of all completely unique to you.
One of the best things I learned using this book was about choosing colors using her design system. Find a fabulous print that you just love and look at the selvedge edge - the printers' registration marks islolate each individual color used to build the print. Use these marks when looking for supplemental fabrics, and you are on your way!
She is truly an artist and a teacher.
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Awesome book! It has everything I was looking for regarding how to get started doing fabric collages. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I should have read other reviews. Although this has some good tips on fabric collage, it's ALL VESTS. Although you could do something other than a vest, use your own imagination. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sew It Seams
Great ideas for embellishment and also for fitting a vest. I am having trouble finding her vest pattern.Published 13 months ago by Dorothy J
Wonderfull art form. The book is an inspiration for delving into fabric arts. Just a step or two beyond the quilting I usually do. I'm enjoying it tremendously.Published 18 months ago by carol schuster