- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Sterling/Chapelle (August 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402740662
- ISBN-13: 978-1402740664
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quilted Memories: Journaling, Scrapbooking & Creating Keepsakes with Fabric Paperback – August 28, 2006
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How cool, to see the directions in which narrative quilting is moving!
It's expertly shown to those of us lucky enough to run across this swell volume by Ms. Riley. And we realize from the eye candy, ideas, inspiration & techniques illustrated in this charming (& nicely made!) book, that it's not the size of a project that guarantees its impact. I especially love the "Gallery of Quilted Memories" beginning on page 110. Each example is a small treasure of the four elements I listed above & something to which I will continually return.
The book is jammed with useful information about finding and/or painting great fabrics, making all kinds of image transfers, coloring and bleaching, using design principles, how to add instant age, and finishing. Then there are detailed looks at memory quilts by various artists, not so much telling how to reproduce them exactly, but explaining the artists' techniques. (I really appreciate that a lot. Too many books tell you how to reproduce their examples exactly, but don't go into general techniques that you can adapt to your own needs. The worst is when they insist you use a certain brand name and don't tell you why!) The showcased quilts cover a range of styles, from sentimental to edgy. It will have you haunting thrift shops and estate sales, hoarding old laces and teatowels, and eyeing the buttons on your children's clothes.
What a joy of a book.
Thanks to Lesley for creating a PROFESSIONAL teaching tool for all of us trying to find our muse. It is among my most treasured books!
balance of techniques, thought-provoking discussion, and inspiring samples of artwork. Although I have a lot of books in my 'library' and knew many of the techniques already, I still found that it had alot to offer. Actually, I came away so inspired by it that I was able to overcome some obstacles and complete a project that had been hounding me for weeks. I defy anyone to read through this and not want to run into their studio and create something with fabric!
I particulary enjoyed the parts about 'storytelling' and developing your personal style--and the discussion about composition as well. For the newcomer, there are also detailed instructions on different techniques, including transferring photos to fabric--something that Lesley is now well-known for.
I also enjoyed the gallery artwork that makes up the second half of the book, with favorites like Claudine Hellmuth, Karen Michel, Rayna Gillman, Lynne Perella, Lisa Engelbrecht...the list goes on! What I liked was that Lesley chose a diverse group of artists, some of whom we don't necessarily associate with fabric. So it was interesting to see how they expressed themselves in this medium, and to hear some of the thought processes that went into the work.
I think this book would appeal to both the experienced and the novice alike. And I would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering venturing into fabric, but hasn't quite taken the leap. In her friendly, open manner, Lesley has taken the fear out of fabric--and shown us that it can play a major role in our artwork!