- Once I'd got my knickers unbunched, excellent! Review by K. Amber
I watched the DVD first, see, and Ms. Burke committed my pet peeve right off the bat: referring to her audience (me included) as "you guys". I hate when people do that. Once I'd for over that, however, I found myself referring back to the book again and again.
I love her use of recycled and home-made fabrics. As a burgeoning surface designer, I have a lot of bits of things that didn't quite work as planned, or sampled nicely but are too small for anything. Now I have ways to use them.
Her "messy stitching" encouraged me to try without fear the free motion settings on my machine.
(Posted on 7/30/13)
- Nice book but not mixed media Review by NULL NULL
If you're keen to learn a variety of simple ways of doing surface design on fabric by applying paint, ink, dye, or decolourant, this is the book for you. On the other hand, if you're a regular reader of Quilting Arts you have already read about many of these techniques (and then some). The design component did not use multiple media. Sadly for me, it was the promise of mixed media with stitch that motivated me to buy this book.
(Posted on 1/31/12)
- One of my favorite new books! Review by Lynda Heines
Once I received this book, I could not put it down. In this book, the author shares more than 20 mixed-media and stitching techniques to transform fabric into playful pieces. She begins the book with chapters on materials and tools and color, pattern and inspiration. The following chapter on surface design includes 13 techniques. Some of these include doodling and drawing, graffiti-style letters, building layers of color with paints, wet-on-wet painting, easy screenprinting, and fusing plastic. Her stitching techniques chapter includes eight ways of stitching including free-motion, stitching over patterned and painted surfaces, establishing line, contrast, and color, freehand and expressive drawing, journaling and writing, sewing with alternative patterns, graffiti quilting, and building stitched layers. All of the techniques are clearly explained with detailed instructions and helpful color photos. With each technique, she also shows other examples in her Go Wild section. The projects chapter puts all of what she teaches in the earlier chapters into instructions for finished items. Wonder Woman Cuff Bracelet, Obi-Style Wrap Belt and Cozy Jersey Scarf are just three of the projects. The projects are clearly explained. She even has sketches on adding that dreaded zipper to her Graffiti Zipper Bag. After fighting with my zipper, it was nice to see her illustrations and instructions. In addition to all of this, there is a DVD where we can watch her show us a few of the techniques and a bonus project. I really loved that part and tried a couple of her techniques. When a book can get me to drop everything and try a technique or make something
(Posted on 8/23/11)