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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.
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.
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.
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