Optical Illusions for Quilters

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Learn how to unravel the mysteries of creating space, depth, and perspective in your quilts - textile pictures that play tricks on your eyes!

Author Karen Combs reveals these secrets by examining masterpiece quilts created by well-know quilt artists and explains their use of optical illusions.

Each section explores different visual illusions. Hundreds of illustrations and traditional quilt block designs are used to show how dimension and ...

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Overview

Learn how to unravel the mysteries of creating space, depth, and perspective in your quilts - textile pictures that play tricks on your eyes!

Author Karen Combs reveals these secrets by examining masterpiece quilts created by well-know quilt artists and explains their use of optical illusions.

Each section explores different visual illusions. Hundreds of illustrations and traditional quilt block designs are used to show how dimension and movement can be added to quilts and wallhangings. Chapter 8, Illusions of Color contains information helpful in producing all types of illusions.

This book contains full-size patterns for 12" quilt blocks showing illusions, and complete instructions for the cover quilt using isometric perspective.

About the Author:
Karen Combs is known for her pieced quilt designs, and especially her "Quilts of Illusion." Her designs encourage quilters to explore visual tricks like transparency, motion and depth. Karen is a frequent contributor to the quilting magazines, and is much in demand as a teacher who makes design concepts such as color easy and fun, even for artistically intimidated quilters. Karen is the author of "Floral Illusions" and "Combing Through the Scraps."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780891458920
  • Publisher: Collector Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.03 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Inspirations abound! Stepping outside your box!

    This is a technique book that goes to great lengths to illustrate the variety of methods used to create illusions. Using a flat surface, angles, perspective, colors, shading and values all work to trick your mind that you are seeing depth. Use this book to drive your creativity as well as inspire you to gain more skills in this hobby. Study each of the illustrations as they are marvelous examples you learn something new each time you view this book. Art quilts are hear to stay and this is a great book to leave on your coffee table to show off to your guests that quilting has indeed come quite a long way. The face of quilting is everywhere around you, not a stereotype of our Grandma's cutting up old shirts. Karen Combs has done an excellent job of condensing several books on 3-D and perspective into one readable, useable source. She takes the reader step-by-step through various types of perspective problems. Not only does she do this with drawing techniques but also with a delightful and inspiring quilt gallery and a few sample projects. The reader should realize that this is not a project book; this is a design book. It is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to add perspective to their quilts. Enjoy this book and learn new techniques to easily add depth and enjoyment of this art of quilting.

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