The Art of Manipulating Fabric

The Art of Manipulating Fabric

Book - 1996
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The possibilities for three-dimensional manipulation of fabric - gathering, pleating, tucking, shirring, and quilting woven materials - are seemingly endless. To describe them all would be to describe the entire history of sewing.

In The Art of manipulating Fabric , Colette Wolff has set herself just this task, and she succeeds brilliantly. Working from the simplest possible form - a flat piece of cloth and a threaded needle - she categorizes all major dimensional techniques, show how they are related, and give examples of variations both traditional and modern. The result is an encyclopedia of techniques that resurface, reshape, restructure and reconstruct fabric.

More than 350 diagrams support the extensive how-tos, organized into broad general categories, then specific sub-techniques Handsome photos galleries showcase the breathtaking possibilities in each technique and aid visual understanding by emphasizing the sculptured fabric surface with light and shadow Textile artists and quilters, as well as garment and home decor sewers, will expand their design horizons with the almost limitless effects that can be achieved
Publisher: Radnor, Penn. : Chilton Book Company, c1996.
ISBN: 9780801984969
Branch Call Number: 646.2 WOLFF
Characteristics: viii, 311 p. : ill.


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Mar 23, 2014

This is an inspirational sewing book. Eventually I will buy this, but the library takes good care of it the few moments that I don't have it checked out. I used to make fun of this book, but like the description says, it's a practical history of sewing. I do a lot of alterations, and this is the kick in the pants that gets me unstuck. Leaf through this book in the right frame of mind and let the ideas just flow.

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