Fabric Manipulation

Fabric Manipulation

Fabric Manipulation

Buy a signed copy here.

My latest book is an in-depth exploration of a wide range of fabric manipulation techniques used for decorative effects which can be applied to fashion or interior projects, or incorporated into embroidery, quilting and other decorative textile projects. Fabric manipulation is my speciality and I uses many of the techniques shown to create my own exhibition and commission work. Many of the techniques are inspired by historical examples and show my fascination and understanding of historical and contemporary techniques.

The book is divided into three sections:
Pleat and Fold
Stitch and Gather
Apply and Layer

Pleat and Fold covers decorative box pleating as shown on the cover, with numerous variations, tucks and folds, ribbon folding, folded shapes and much more.
Stitch and Gather looks at how simple stitching can be used to manipulate fabric into gather shapes, including ruffles and frills, smocking, Suffolk puffs and shirring.
Apply and Layer includes many variations on appliqué, quilting, reverse appliqué, stitch and slash and more.
Nine finished projects are included in the book with basic instructions on how to make them, rather than step-by-step directions, so you can be inspired and create your own versions.

Reviews from Mr X StitchScrapiana, The Sewing Directory & Gillian Cooper

Additional resources

A short history of trapunto quilting

Historical and contemporary techniques of Stitch and Slash 

Artists and designers using fabric manipulation

I am developing this section of the website to include lots of resources on fabric manipulation. Please keep in touch on Twitter & Facebook to find out when these resources are updated. You can also find lots of visual resources on my Pinterest boards which are constantly evolving. You can see blog posts relating to fabric manipulation here.

The pattern and instructions for the apron on p169 are here.
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I will be adding the following resources soon:

  • Book reviews
  • Reviewed online tutorials for techniques
  • Suppliers listings
  • Suggested websites & blogs
  • My own studies of vintage pieces of fabric manipulation

Fabric Manipulation classes and workshops

You can learn these techniques with me at selected workshops at my studio in Leicester and around the country.

13 thoughts on “Fabric Manipulation

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  11. Hi Ruth , I have been going thru the net to find different methods of fabric manupilation
    But i was not satisfied with what i had been brousing. Today i just happen to search on Google Chrome and tada here I am to get excactly what I was looking for. I exactly wanted to do something of what you have show on your cover page of your book ‘Fabric manipulation 150 sewing techniques . Thank you very much .Could you suggest how could I learn these techniques online
    LUV, Kalpana

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