From the introduction; "This book came out of my passion and respect for the patterns and effects that are obtainable through the combination of resist techniques, stitching and the indigo vat." ISBN: 9780855329761
In the sixteenth century, one of the world's most precious commodities was cochineal, a legendary red dye treasured by the ancient Mexicans and sold in the great Aztec marketplaces, where it attracted the attention of the Spanish conquistadors. Shipped to Europe, the dye created a sensation, producing the brightest, strongest red the world had ever seen. Soon Spain's cochineal monopoly was worth a fortune. As the English, French, Dutch, and other Europeans joined the chase for cochineal -- a chase that lasted for more than three centuries -- a tale of pirates, explorers, alchemists, scientists, and spies unfolds. A Perfect Red evokes with style and verve this history of a grand obsession, of intrigue, empire, and adventure in pursuit of the most desirable color on earth.
Award-winning quilt artist Valerie Goodwin shows your customers how to transform the places they love―and places they've always wanted to see―into hypnotic art quilts. Readers learn step by step how to create fiber collages based on maps of their favorite real and imaginary places. The book features a large photo gallery of quilt maps by Valerie and her students.
·Innovative designs keep your customers' creativity engaged ·Fully illustrated guide covers a variety of basic mixed-media techniques ·Bundle this book with fabric paints and mediums, markers, and fusible web
Handmade cloth items always have a story, and many of us spend our lives hunting and gathering precious pieces and scraps to add that final touch of life to a special room or outfit. Cloth is an inspirational guide to the beauty, history, and utility of natural textiles. Woven throughout the five main sections—cotton, wool, silk, linen, and hide—are more than 30 breathtaking sewing projects that make the most of each textile’s properties, including waxed-cotton purses, Liberty-print cushions, silk scarves, linen bedcovers, and leather journals. With a guide full of invaluable information on where to buy antique fabrics and organic and well-sourced cloth, plus a toolkit of essential instructions on hand-dyeing fabric, Cloth is both a resource and an opportunity to create practical, precious, and personal items for mindful living.