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The art of fabric collage : an easy introduction to creative sewing
Eichorn, Rosemary.
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Newtown, Conn. : Taunton Press, 2000.
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170 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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TT910 .E33 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Fabric collage is a new method of quilting that gives every sewer the ability to express personal creativity while learning innovative sewing techniques. In The Art of Fabric Collage, designer Rosemary Eichorn uses a friendly, personal approach to show how to move beyond traditional quilting into a fascinating area she herself pioneered.

Eichorn gives readers tips on experimenting with color, design, and fabric in creating their own distinctive fabric collages. Instructions are included for a variety of surface design techniques, from free-motion stitching and soft-edge applique to continuous-strip prairie points and intriguing closures. She shows step by step how to use fabric collage to create artful vests, jackets, quilts, wall hangings, and more. Advice on how to adapt garment patterns for a variety of figure-flattering styles and construction techniques is also included.

Author Notes

Since developing her fabric-collage methods, Rosemary Eichorn has been lecturing and teaching throughout the country. She has won many awards, including Best of Show at Pacific International Quilt Festival

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Collage moves from paper to fabric as Eichorn literally invents a new type of sewing art. For sure, the technique of blending different fabrics derives in part from quilting, yet so much else is borrowed from other needle crafts--for instance, bargello--that it is difficult to typecast the author's creation. The simplest explanation is that it combines large motifs showcasing common colors with background fabrics that further the design. Don't expect specific projects, although Eichorn liberally sprinkles the generic instructions with her own color examples. Included are ideas for vests, tunics, coats, and jackets, as well as wall hangings; and she pays very close attention to the little details--afghani piecing, brass-hasp and snappy closures, piled cords and tassels, among others. Breathtaking style that demands some hard work. On the other hand, nothing that is this designworthy comes without a lot of TLC. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

Eichorn argues that anyone with access to a sewing machine that will accommodate free-motion sewing can learn creative fabric collage techniques. Fabric collage combines sewing, quilting, machine appliqu, and embroidery to create a unique textile piece attached to a background fabric. When washed and dried in a home washing machine/dryer, this one-of-a-kind collage blooms into a fabric that can be used as a focal point in vests, coats, jackets, etc. In this beautifully illustrated manual, Eichorn walks the reader step by step through choosing fabrics, finding design inspiration, preparing the fabrics, creating the collage, and incorporating it into garments. She pays particular attention to quality finishing techniques, including lining fabric collage garments, choosing appropriate closures, and adding tassels, prairie-point edgings, and shisha mirrors. An excellent choice for public libraries and textile collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 Designing the Collagep. 6
But I Don't Know How to Sew!p. 8
Finding Inspirationp. 11
Translating Inspiration into Designsp. 12
Creating a Sample Collagep. 12
Design Principles: Assessing Your Workp. 21
Chapter 2 Developing a Fabric Stashp. 26
Assessing Your Stashp. 27
Finding Your Inner Landscape of Colorp. 30
Choosing Fabrics for Variety and Emphasisp. 33
Preparing and Storing Fabricsp. 35
Chapter 3 Free-Motion Sewingp. 36
Machine-Quilting with an Attitudep. 37
This Old Machine Is Going to Do What?p. 38
Putting the Right Foot Forwardp. 40
Getting Started on Free-Motion Stitchingp. 42
Using Novelty Threadsp. 49
Stitching Techniques to Embellish Your Collagep. 50
Chapter 4 Basic Finishing Techniquesp. 56
It All Comes Out in the Washp. 57
Shaping Up the Collagep. 58
Finishing the Edges: A Nontraditional Approachp. 59
Final Launderingp. 66
Creativity Begets Creativityp. 67
Chapter 5 Collaging a Vestp. 70
Designing a Vest Collagep. 71
Modifying a Vest Pattern for Collagep. 74
Identifying Your Sizep. 75
Fitting the Vest Patternp. 76
Making a Clean Copy of the Patternp. 83
Making a Muslin Shellp. 83
Cutting Out the Muslin Underliningp. 84
Cutting Out the Liningp. 84
Collaging the Vestp. 85
Making the Liningp. 88
Free-Motion Stitching on a Garmentp. 88
Using Your Pattern to Cut Out the Laundered Vestp. 89
Camouflaging the Shoulder Seamsp. 90
Finishing the Edgesp. 92
Chapter 6 Collage for Outerwearp. 94
Choosing a Patternp. 95
How Much Collage Is Too Much Collage?p. 99
Planning Placement of the Collagep. 100
Selecting Fabrics for Collaged Outerwearp. 100
Constructing a Coatp. 102
Constructing an Unlined Sleeveless Tunicp. 110
Camouflaging Seamsp. 113
Chapter 7 Linings Alive: Enhancing the Other Side of Artwearp. 114
To Line or Not to Linep. 116
Selecting a Lining Fabricp. 117
Flat Lining a Collaged Garmentp. 117
Embellishing Liningsp. 117
Chapter 8 Bringing Closure to the Taskp. 140
Which Is the Right Button?p. 143
Jazzy Closuresp. 143
Care of Special Buttonsp. 148
Snappy Closuresp. 149
Manila-Envelope Closuresp. 150
Brass-Hasp Closuresp. 150
Chapter 9 Little Extras Mean a Lotp. 152
Adding Prairie Pointsp. 153
Making Plied Cordsp. 159
Adding Tasselsp. 161
Applying Shisha Mirrors and Flat Disks by Machinep. 164
Resourcesp. 168
Indexp. 169