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Layered, Tattered and Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop Paperback – November 26, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
I should have just listened to the not-convinced readers. The books is nice, cool images, the explanations are okay, but it is a book explaining how to make many, many useless things. I mean, I like the idea of DIY, creating things which are going to be useful everyday, handmade, and beautiful, one-of-a-kind. But I also am aware that most people don't have a lot of space in their home, and filling these homes with all kinds of useless knick-knacks is certainly not a good idea! Maybe these are things which could be made with kids? However some of them are maybe to hard to be made by kids. For example a lot of wired beads are used, and it is not easy for everybody to manipulate them. Most of the projects seem "small" and not very interesting to me.
Another thing which really disturbs me is, as said another reader, this cliche stuff : "believe, love, discover, etc." Please, it is supposed to be reflections of our soul, and we find the same things we could see in books almost ten years ago. This book was released in 2009, and these words were already completely has-been then. The lack of creativity and originality really pushed me in the 3-stars direction. I didn't put less than that, because there is obviously an effort and a kind of sincerity from the author. The images are nice too, and we understand what she says, at least.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very intriguing ideas and explanations. Well done and the pictures are beautiful.Published 2 months ago by J. Biscoe
Fun book! Love all the ideas for incorporating stitch and fabric into my mixed media projects!Published 5 months ago by D V
Love the author and the ideas on the book. The illustrations and directions are quite easy to follow and there are some wonderful useful resources in the back. Highly recommend!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Full color photos and nice narratives. A wonderful incubator for artistic ideas. Projects from small to large using what one might have in their piece bin. I liked this very much. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Karen Erdmann
Very disappointed in this book- fee like I wasted my money.Published 14 months ago by Linda Snively