Creating attractive patchwork pictures by the simple sewing together of pieces of fabric is a unique, innovative form of art akin to fine calligraphy or Renaissance tapestry-weaving. And you can do it, too! That’s the thrust of this unique book by Marie-Janine Solvit, a sewing enthusiast who delights in sharing her expertise to inspire you in
Throughout, colorful, if not dazzling, reproductions of works by leading patchwork experts illustrate the many shapes, forms, colors and patterns that are possible to make — whether traditional geometric patterns like the Star of Bethlehem or the North Carolina Lily, Crazy Quilts in strips, or patchwork art depicting animals, mythology or landscapes.
Although the type of cloth you use really doesn’t matter, author Marie-Janine Solvit discusses the merits of every material from burlaps and cottons through velours and woolens. In addition, there are very informative sections, including (1) tools needed, (2) planning, (3) layout and design, (4) selecting colors, (5) preparing patches and creating a patchwork, using either the simplified or traditional technique.
Whether you’re a ”golden needle” sew-person, an intermediate or beginner, this book offers you simple, yet concise instructions plus a wealth of ideas for creating pictures in patchwork. From making simple bed quilts to creating Polynesian-appliqued Tafaifai spreads, from quaint, bordered and crocheted wall miniatures to examples of outstanding modern wall hangings — they are all here to serve as inspiration to further your