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Sew Wild: Creating With Stitch and Mixed Media Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"Sewing enthusiasts who are looking to bring new energy to their sewing and crafting will find Sew Wild a great resource for fabric techniques and designs that explode with color, pattern, and excitement." - Linda Lanese, CraftGossip.com Felting Editor
"Just when I think I've come across every way you can stitch or every surface you can stitch on, Alisa comes up with more...There are so many learning opportunities in Sew Wild, it's like going on a mixed-media stitch retreat without the time and expense of travel!" - Pokey Bolton, editorial director, Quilting Arts
"She truly uses her sewing machine with artistic abandon. She customizes plain fabric with paint, simple printmaking, and machine embroidery, then sews them together in a style that evokes collage and graffiti for a uniquely layered look." - Tricia Waddell, editor, Stitch Magazine
"I love the way she encourages novice and more experienced sewers to let loose and explore, rather than be intimidated by rules and patterns." - Cate Prato, editor, ClothPaperScissors.com
"The perfect book to help you find ways to use those bits of fabric scraps that tend to pile up more and more with every sewing project." - The Detroit News
"I have been inspired to sew again! I owe it all to Alisa Burke and her fabulous new book, Sew Wild." - Linda Woods, author of Journal Revolution
"Sew Wild is a visual and creative treat. Her style is artistic, but with an urban edge. Her projects are vibrant, raw, and utterly fabulous." - Anne Weaver, CraftGossip.com Sewing Editor
"I'm enthralled with her process. Being a quilter, I typically hide my top-stitching by using a matching thread, but Alisa's bold designs are truly embellished by her wide range of free-motion stitches. Alisa's artistic process means these projects are like nothing you've seen elsewhere." - CraftBuds.com
"I absolutely love this book! When a book can get me to drop everything and try a technique or make something - that's a keeper." - Bloom, Bake, Create blog
"Sew Wild: Creating with Stitch and Mixed Media by Alisa Burke is a visual and creative treat. Her style is artistic, but with an urban edge. Her projects are vibrant, raw, and utterly fabulous." - CraftGossip.Com Sewing Site
"I've gone wild! Well, maybe unrestrained might be a better word to describe my stitching style for the past couple of days." - SewLoquacious.blogspot.com
"She is really going out-of-the-box and coming up with the most delightful designs to inspire us. Everything she shows us, on her DVD, is made with simple supplies that are inexpensive and everything is extremely achievable." - CraftGossip.com Felting site
About the Author
Alisa Burke is a painter and mixed-media artist who studied fine art at Portland State University. She draws inspiration from street art, graffiti, art history, fashion, and found objects. Alisa's artwork has been featured in Quilting Arts and other magazines as well as in galleries. In addition to making art, Alisa teaches a variety of workshops nationwide and has appeared as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Craft Lab and the PBS series Quilting Arts TV. She works as a Bernina artisan, and her book Canvas Remix was published in 2008.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is beautiful and filled with lots of colorful pictures and examples...she also includes some patterns for some of the projects.
The best part of the book for me is learning how to combine several of the art mediums and techniques that I love using to create my own surface design for fabric. Now I can really create 100% of my own designs!
The book is divided into five sections:
1. Materials and Tools (lots of pictures and detailed descriptions)
2. Color, Pattern, and Inspiration (she takes you by the hand and shows you how she gets inspired and where she gets her ideas)
3. Stitching Techniques (she demonstrates not just how to sew on the sewing machine, but how the stitching can add to the overall design and/or project)
4. Projects (one dozen projects including bracelets, belts, laptop and phone cases, pillows, aprons, scarf, and hat)
Alisa also includes a list of recommended reading and sources for some of the supplies.
I had this book on my wishlist since it was listed here at Amazon. It was well worth the wait!
Very happy to be inspired to sometimes walk away from patterns and directions and just let the lines and colors tell me where to go next.
I've followed the artist's blog for a while now and I love her fun, creative style - not only can you go wild with it, you can almost never go wrong because nothing has to be perfect. Her sewing style is wonderful for people who don't like or can't sew straight, who hate to follow patterns and measure (like me!) - and maybe even those of you who do sew straight and follow patterns to a T, if you're ready to break out of your comfort zone and experiment with messy freehand drawing and stitching, or colorful, grungy patchwork.
Burke's surface design techniques (among those covered here are doodling; freewriting, lettering and text; woodblock printing; creating patterns with glue resist; screenprinting with an embroidery hoop) are great for both paper, fabric and other mixed-media projects. While none were really new to me, I got a great refresher on glue resist and fusing plastics.
After the chapters on surface design techniques and stitching techniques (including free-motion stitching; journaling and writing with machine stitching; graffiti quilting), there are tutorials for 12 projects including bracelets, bags, pillows, an art quilt and a fabric wreath. Throughout, the photos are high-quality, the instructions clear and the DVD included is a super bonus - you get to see Burke in action demonstrating several techniques and putting together some projects.
This book is excellent inspiration for anyone wanting to break free of conventional sewing styles and techniques but I'd caution you to first take a look at Burke's blog to see if you like her style.