African Inspirations in Embroidery

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Modern embroidery materials and techniques are married with some of the traditional techniques and materials used in Africa to create textiles that capture the true beauty of the continent. Traditional African artefacts, textiles and beadwork are illustrated in the book to give a full context for modern work.

The book covers the original source material, from African landscape and natural forms to jewellery and textiles; the design process, including colour studies, the use of ...

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Overview

Modern embroidery materials and techniques are married with some of the traditional techniques and materials used in Africa to create textiles that capture the true beauty of the continent. Traditional African artefacts, textiles and beadwork are illustrated in the book to give a full context for modern work.

The book covers the original source material, from African landscape and natural forms to jewellery and textiles; the design process, including colour studies, the use of sketchbooks, collage and drawing; the various techniques necessary to produce stunning final pieces, including dyeing with flour-paste resist, seminole patchwork, piecing, patching, stitching, applique, drawn thread, surface embellishment and mixed media. Case studies by leading textile artists provide further examples of the concept and design process through to the finished textile pieces.

To fully understand the process of working on a theme, the author has provided an Xhosa bag project.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906388324
  • Publisher: Batsford, B.T. Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,449,582
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1 Looking and Recording 10
Sources 11
Choosing a Sketchbook 12
Museums and Other Research Options 15
2 Colour 20
Sources and Starting Points 20
Design Techniques Using Colour and Paper 25
Colouring and Treating Fabric 34
Fabrics in a Limited Colour Palette 47
3 Pattern 50
Sources and Starting Points 51
Holes 57
Preparing Patterned Papers 59
Developing Your Design Ideas and Textile Techniques 68
4 Texture and Surface 82
Sources and Starting Points 82
Developing Your Design Ideas and Textile Techniques 93
5 Xhosa Bag Project 118
Glossary 126
List of Suppliers and Further Reading 127
Index 128
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