You’ll be surprised how easy it is to transform a photo into gallery-worthy fabric art with Leni Wiener’s simple methods. Leni walks you step by step through choosing the right fabrics; creating patterns with free software; depicting common elements, such as grass, trees, water, and faces; layering and sewing your collages; and finishing your work for display. Complete patterns and instructions for two quilts help get you started. Use the included Art Quilter’s Value Scale to choose the perfect light and dark ...
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to transform a photo into gallery-worthy fabric art with Leni Wiener’s simple methods. Leni walks you step by step through choosing the right fabrics; creating patterns with free software; depicting common elements, such as grass, trees, water, and faces; layering and sewing your collages; and finishing your work for display. Complete patterns and instructions for two quilts help get you started. Use the included Art Quilter’s Value Scale to choose the perfect light and dark fabrics for your quilts. Loaded with helpful photos, this guide is a virtual art class in a book.
Transform your photos into gallery-worthy fabric art by following Leni’s simple methods. She will show you how to choose the right fabric, create patterns with free software, depict common elements (such as grass, trees, water and faces), layer and sew your collages, and finish your work for display. There are complete patterns and instructions for two quilts, as well as an "Art Quilter’s Value Scale" to help you with fabric selection.
November/December 2014 Machine Quilting Unlimited
Anyone interested in creating pictorial quilts based on photos would benefit from this book. Leni takes the reader through all the steps of creating an art quilt from making and printing a pattern to finishing your work. Along the way she shares valuable information on color, value, and fabric selection, as well as tricks for creating common elements used in landscapes and portraits.
11/3/14 The Applique Society Newsletter
Nothing is as charming as capturing a loved one or a special place in a quilt. If you have always wanted to do just that, but didn’t know where to start, then Leni Levenson Wiener’s book Pictorial Art Quilt Guidebook: Secrets to Capturing Your Photos in Fabric has most of the answers you are looking for. Leni says “throw away your color wheel” then proceeds to tell you just what you need to know about color and value. You will also enjoy her take on fabric, building your stash and when to use what pattern or print. Work from your favorite photo or, to begin with, use the complete patterns and instructions included for two projects found in the book. Everything you need to know to create your own art quilt is covered in this well thought out book. Leni even offers links to free software that will help you design your pattern. Leni’s method uses freezer paper for the pattern pieces and once cut they are glued in place with just a tiny dot of fabric glue. Once finished you will need to decide if you want to add batting or not. There are instructions for stretching your piece onto canvas stretchers.
11/11/14 Professional Quilter Magazine
I have a fondness for collage, and this highly usable, user-friendly guidebook teaches you how to take a photo and translate it into a fabric collage. Leni Weiner’s premise is that the photo frees her from figuring out the proportions, perspective, light and shadows. Using a photo, Leni creates a full-size pattern, traces sections onto freezer paper and uses the pieces to cut fabric. (One tip Leni shares is to use the free program GIMP to work with your photos.) Leni divides the book into three sections. First, you will learn about color (without needing your color wheel), value, print and scale. She has a wonderful value scale of gradations in gray, from white to black, so you can identify what value your fabric is. With the fundamentals in place, Leni takes you step-by-step through making an art quilt from a photo. When you are ready to venture on your own, you can use her practical ways to approach common elements, such as trees, rocks, and animal and people features. An additional project is also included. I cannot wait to delve more deeply into the process.
Leni Levenson Wiener is an art quilter, instructor, and author. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and appears in compilation books of art quilts. Leni lives just outside of New York City with her husband.
Section One: Setting the Stage
Throw away that color wheel, here is all you need to know about color
Why is it so important to establish a compliment for a color?
The problem children of the color world—gray, beige and taupe
Moving away from realistic color
The True Value of Understanding Value
What is value?
How to Determine Value
Print Density and Value
Changes in Value
Value and Color Compliments
Pattern and Print Scale
Small, Medium and Large Scale Prints
Solids, Batiks and Hand-dyes
Building a Stash of Fabrics for Art Quilts
What to look for in the Fabric Shop
Organizing your Palette
How much to purchase
When to buy by the Bolt
Section Two: Making an Art Quilt Step by Step
Choosing a Photo
Deciding on the Size of your Art Quilt
Preparing your Image
Making and Printing your Pattern from a Photo
Getting Started with Gimp
How to use Gimp
Printing your Full Sized Pattern
Making an Art Quilt, Step by Step
Breaking your Composition into Elements
Breaking the Elements into Sections
Establishing Values in the Pattern
Deciding on Color
Cutting the Pieces
Light Box or Other Light Source
Tracing onto Freezer Paper
Cutting the Fabric Pieces
Evaluating and Making Changes
When Things Go Wrong
Tracing Paper Template
Gluing it Together
Tips in this section
The next element, the boy
Adding the Surrounding Environment
Finishing your Art Quilt
Batting or No Batting
Art Quilt Process Checklist
Section Three: Tips and Tricks for Common Elements
Land and Sea
Beaks and Feet