Inspired to Quilt eBook: Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery

In this innovative eBook, you'll learn to transform a concept into a finished art quilt using new and innovative ideas while capturing your unique design style.

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In this innovative eBook, you'll learn to transform a concept into a finished art quilt using new and innovative ideas while capturing your unique design style.

  • Explore art-quilt design through journaling, technique experiments, and creating small projects with a variety of mixed-media, fiber-art, and surface-design techniques.
  • Jump-start the creative process with hands-on creative and practical exercises shown step by step with beautiful photography.
  • Explore imagery and motifs through techniques like fabric printing, fabric manipulation, stamping, resists, layering, fabric painting, dyeing, stitching, applique, collage, machine embroidery, and beading that become the focal point of your quilt.
  • Learn useful finishing techniques, unique bindings, plus unique projects like fabric postcards, artist trading cards and more!

Advanced beginner art quilters and fiber and mixed-media artists will enjoy learning the inventive processes for designing art quilts with the Inspired to Quilt eBook.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Fabric Foundation
Binders and Journals
Studio Tools and Equipment
Dye Concentrate
Thickener or Print Paste
Soda Ash
Soda Soak
Synthrapol or Textile Detergent

Chapter 2: Technique Application
Types of Stamps
Printing with Stamps
Working with Freezer Paper
Direct-Dye Painting

Chapter 3: Creating Quilts Inspired by Your Journals
Finding Your Visual Language
Making a Map
Registering the Layers
Layering and Transparency
Creating Collage
Fixing Mistakes
Working with Synthetic Sheers

Chapter 4: Sandwiching and Quilting
Sandwich and Pin
Tracing-Paper Drawing
Cutting Away the Organza
Darkening and Accentuating with Tulle
Quilting in Gradation
Tucking Silk Sheers
Free-Motion Machine Quilting

Chapter 5: Embellishment
Handstitched Embellishment
Gold Foil and Gold Leaf Embellishment
Beaded Embellishment

Chapter 6: Finishing
Types of Finishing
Hanging Sleeve
Whipstitched Binding
Mitered Corners
French Binding
Knife-Edge Binding

Chapter 7: Smallworks, Series, and Exploration
Working Small
Project: Pretty Purse
Project: Sewing Holster
Project: Merit Badges
Project: Artist Trading Cards

Gallery of Small Examples
Appendix: Safety and Studio Practices

About the Author

Melanie Testa is an accomplished textile and quilt artist. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile/Surface Design and has taken many courses from well-known quilt and surface-design artists including Natasha Kemper-Cullens, Ann Johnston, Carol Soderlund, and Jane Dunnewold. She exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and quilt shows around the country and currently teaches fiber arts at Coconino Community College. Her articles have appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine, the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Journal, and on Quilting Arts Television. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

"A lovely book."--Bangor Daily News, June 7, 2010

SKU: EP4315

Author/Speaker/Editor: Melanie Testa

Format: eBook

ISBN 13: 9781596689848

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