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This invative how-to book uses classic and modern techniques to create interesting custom fabrics that are used in a dazzling array of fresh, stylish yet practical must-have items for you and your home. Make unique cloth using a variety of easy fiber-art and fabric-manipulation techniques, then use it to create original fabric projects from wearables and gifts to home decor. From laptop cases to evening bags, elegant wraps to flirty skirts, floor pillows to whimsical curtains, Fabricate takes simple materials and transforms them through texture, substance, visual interest, witty adornments, and clever embellishments. Make a felted puff-ball rug, create a faux-chenille throw, or try your hand at a textured shibori scarf. The creative possibilities are endless! Create unique effects with pleats and crinkles; puckers and tufts; cut-and-fray fabric techniques; laminates that add colorful, versatile, and playful layers; surface embellishment techniques like cording, applique, and crazy stitch; heat-treated techniques like burn-out, burn-away, and fabric etching; fabrics designed with solvy and repeating tions like rickrack, hooks and eyes, and zippers. The sky is the limit! From surface-design methods to embellishments to invative fabric construction, this book will inspire you to rethink your expectations of what fabric can be. In addition to the cloth-making techniques, there are over 17 projects that show what you can make with your unique fabrics. All techniques and projects are shown through detailed step-by-step photography and illustrations. Beginning and expert sewers alike will be thrilled to find that sewing just got creative, beautiful, and artful again. If you are a crafter, sewer, or are simply fabric-obsessed, Fabricate will take your addiction to new levels.
Artisan, author, and photographer Susan Wasinger has been a graphic designer for twenty years specializing in book, magazine, and packaging design. Taught couture sewing skills by her Swiss grandmother, Susan sewed her first pair of pants at age four. Since then, she has sewn everything from silk dresses to cotton quilts to down sleeping bags to neoprene guitar cases. Her design work, photographs, projects, and writing have been included in magazines as diverse as Herb Companion, PieceWork, Metropolitan Home, and Natural Home and Garden. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.