□ Send me FELTING The Complete Guide by Jane Davis pub. Kp books USA: 2009 . Handbook format: 15cm wide X 19cm long; ring binding; hard cover; 255pp. including index, resources and glossary; full colour. A wonderfully useful book made for teaching yourself and/or expanding felting skills. Chapters on Felting Basics; Wet Felting; Needle Felting; Fulling Knitted & Crocheted Fabric and Multi-Technique Projects. Comprehensively illustrated with many tips; a focus on specific projects which are numerous, varied and good looking. $40 posted.
□ Send me UNIQUELY FELT by Christine White, Storey Publishing, 215mm x 255mm; full colour; 311pp incl. index, resources, glossary. Dozens of Techniques from Fulling and Shaping to Nuno and Cobweb, Includes 46 Creative Projects. This is a reprint of the 2007 edition, now in soft cover. An excellent starting place for beginners and the Featured Artist section takes you to new imaginings. If you completed all the projects in this book you would definitely be a beginner no longer. $45 posted.
□ Send me THREE DIMENSIONAL TEXTILES with coils, loops, knots and nets by Ruth Lee, Batsford 2010, hard cover, full colour, 220mm x 285mm, 128pp incl. suppliers, health and safety, index. The range of suggested materials by this well known knitter, knotter and creator is fascinating, everything from fine rattan to electrical flex. Ply and dye covered as well. No special tools needed – Lee encourages a direct relationship with materials and the imagination. Many exciting options explored. $45 posted.
□ Send me three-dimensional EMBROIDERY by Janet Edmonds; B T Batsford; full colour. This will justifiably prove a popular new book that includes quite a selection of construction processes including “coiling with wrapped cords, building with flat pieces, manipulating fibre with tucks and gathers and creating forms with heat-reactive or dissolvable fabric” (from the book jacket). This is definitely an instruction book, but the design lends it an artistic quality throughout that is very appealing. Highly recommended. Now in paperback only. $45 posted
□ Send me Stitch, Dissolve, Distort by Valerie Campbell-Harding and Maggie Grey, pub Batsford: 2006. Hard cover; full colour; 128pp. Here these renowned?authors explore what machine embroidery can do with all the new materials, tools and techniques that are available. As the title suggests, the book is split into three sections, with the first exploring stitch. Every aspect of using machine stitching is covered, from free to utility stitches as well as painted stitches, varying the weight of the thread and using an overlocker. Using techniques learnt in ?Stitch?, the??Dissolve? chapter applies these to water-soluble fabrics to create a variety of effects, such as lacy or heavy and crunchy. ?Distorting the Fabric? looks at using tools and materials that can change the nature of the fabric, for instance, using heat to melt fabrics or add texture or shaping the fabric using wire and mesh. This book is like playtime for artists!- much to learn and enjoy. $58.00 posted
□ Send me Felt to Stitch by Sheila Smith, pub Batsford: 2006. Hard cover; full colour; 128pp. Any?textile or felt lover should buy this book for the beautiful photographs alone, there are close up shots allowing you to see every fibre used and every stitch created. Felt to Stitch has 8 projects, ranging from finished pieces such as?a book cover or purse, to sample projects that allow you to get to grips with a technique but create what you like as the outcome. It explains every technique you need, from the basics, such as making hand-rolled felt and layering colours; to the more complex making of three-dimensional felt forms. Definitely the quality you'd expect from the well respected teacher/maker/author. $55 posted
□ Send me CREATING SKETCHBOOKS for Embroiderers and Textile Artists by Kay Greenlea, published by B.T. Batsford in 2005; 128-pages, full colour. Numerous textile artists are featured, providing an opportunity to study their sketchbooks in detail. Chapters cover research, collage, designing, models and sketching on location, while making it clear there is no right or wrong way and certainly no single approach to sketching and the keeping of visual diaries. For those who love to draw ? and equally for those who are daunted by it ? not to be missed. $55 posted
□ Send me CREATIVE RECYCLING IN EMBROIDERY by Val Holmes, pub Batsford; pp 128; in full colour. Learn to create your own bags, bowls, wall hangings and more from materials such as old fibers and fabrics, paper, plastic, wood and even metal. Included are examples of works by other practicing artists which allow you to see the diversity of each material and just how far you can take the idea of recycling. Techniques are suggested throughout this truly exciting and very visual book.
□ Send me ART TEXTILES OF THE WORLD: AUSTRALIA Vol. 2 published 2007 by Telos Art Publishing, UK; 112pages/110 colour photos. Includes Anne Farren, Pamela Fitzsimons, Beth Hatton, Greg Leong, Sara Lindsay, Zoé MacDonell, Jeannie Moonie, Rosemary O'Rourke, Julie Ryder, Nalda Searles, Ilka White, Jane Whiteley and Liz Williamson . This is a unique series and it is fortuante that Australia has twice been featured. The first volume on Australia is completely sold out, so don't miss your opportunity to own this exceptional book with its magnificent images, biographical details and a very readable introduction by Robyn Daw. $75.00 posted
□ Send me ART TEXTILES OF THE WORLD: GREAT BRITAIN Vol. 3 published 2006 by Telos Art Publishing, UK; 143 pages/colour throughout. Includes Caroline Bartlett, Dail Behennah, Pauline Burbidge, Nowl Dyrenforth, MJilly Edwards, Susie Freeman, Frances Geesin, Fiona Hutchison, Shizuko Kimura, Norma starszakowna, Janet Stoyel, Sarah Taylor and Rosalnd Wyatt. This is a unique series with many volumes sold out – never to be repeated. Don't miss your opportunity to own this exceptional book with its magnificent images, biographical details and a very readable Introduction by Jeremy Theophilus. $85.00 posted
□ Send me Send me FABULOUS FELTED SCARVES by Jorie Johnson and Chad Hagen, Lark Books- Sterling Pub. Co: 2007; 143pp; full colour. This is a beautiful book for beginning and experienced felters alike. The co-authors, professional felters with many years of experience, share their stories and techniques through a range of stunning scarves. Book production is of the highest quality; explicit step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams and excellent photographs make this a great teaching resource. Now in paperback only. $27 posted
□ Send me Send me Hot Textiles: Inspiration and Techniques With Heat Tools by Kim Thittichai: Batsford 2007; hard cover; full colour; 128pp. Both inspirational and practical, this book shows the amazing potential of heat tools for the textile artist. Burn, layer, melt, distort and shape a range of materials, for textured embellishment of flat surfaces, or 3-D creations. Use household irons, heat guns and soldering irons. Easy-to-follow instructions; lavishly illustrated. $50 posted
□ Send me Send me FROM IMAGE TO STITCH by Maggie Grey, pub. Batsford 2008; hard cover; 128pp incl. index; full colour. The latest book from one of the world's leading authors on designing for textiles, written especially for those with limited art training and drawing skills. Use computers with confidence (simple design programs), also digital cameras and images, photocopiers, tracing paper and copyright-free design books when designing textiles (especially with the photo transfer to fabric methods). Examples of the design process with a range of fully finished textile pieces help guide and inspire. The book is divided into four sections, each concentrating on an area of study: form in nature; landscape; travel; and ethnic sources. $55 posted
□ Send me Send me WRAP, STITCH, FOLD & RIVET Making Designer Metal Jewelry by Mary Hettmansperger, pub. Lark: 2008; hard cover; full colour; 128pp incl. index. Chapters on The Basics, Wraps and Folds, Commercial Cold Connections, Wire Work and Stitching plus a Gallery of Artists whose work enhances the book throughout. Some very unusual and good looking projects - whimsical, rustic, organic, sophisticated - that are truly within reach; excellent step-by-step. $40 posted
□ Send me Send me CLOTH DOLLS for TEXTILE ARTISTS by Ray Slater; pub. Batsford 2008; hard cover; 128pp incl. index; full colour. A joyous book with chapters on Stump dolls; Wired dolls; Stuffed cloth dolls and more including Hairstyles and Headdresses. Ample technique (and patterns) but the real emphasis is inspiration from this trained costume maker and teacher. $55 posted in Australia.
□ Send me STITCHING TO DYE in QUILT ART Colour, Texture and Distortion by C June Barnes, pub. Batsford: 2008; hard cover; 128pp; full colour. Innovative dyeing and fabric manipulation techniques, beautifully illustrated. Exercises show you the basics, and there are discussions on materials, dyes and inspiration that you can then explore in your own work. A very welcome addition to the literature on art quilting from a respected maker, teacher and author. $55 posted in Australia.
□ Send me THE QUILTING ARTS BOOK: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating One-of-a-Kind Quilts edited by Patricia Bolton, Interweave Books: 2008, soft cover; 215mm by 260mm; 143pp. This series of articles from "Quilting Arts Magazine" is a wonderful guide to seeing, recording, using colour, shape, texture, line and collage, and assembling your quilt. From fusing to foils to puff painting to embellishing, there's something to entice everyone, with ample images to inspire. $50 posted in Australia.
□ Send me KNITTING ART 150 Innovative Works from 18 Contemporary Artists by Karen Searle pub. Voyageur Press: 2008; hard cover; 160pp; full colour. Amazing examples are shown in this exploration of art knitting. The book profiles eighteen of the most prominent and intriguing practitioners including the author who has done a mighty job of giving knitting its due as a path to all manner of exciting art from creating exhibition-quality quilts and sweaters and shawls, to sculptures and gigantic abstract installations. Numerous photographs illustrate each profile, offering inspiration to those who might transcend the purely practical aspect of knitting. $65 posted in Australia.
□ Send me STITCH, CLOTH, PAPER & PAINT Mixed Media Ideas & Inspirations by Angie Hughes; Search Press: 2009; hard cover; 96pp incl. index and templates; full colour; size is 230 x 295mm. Numerous elegant projects described in full - get out that sewing machine, some paints, gesso, embellishments and more. this is really good looking work and an inspiring approach from a well known UK embroiderer. Highly recommended. $55 posted in Australia.
□ Send me EXPERIMENTAL TEXTILES by Kim Thittichai, author of "Hot Textiles". Pub. Batsford; 128pp; hard cover; full colour. Unusual materials explored via numerous exercises that take you through the design process, to techniques for using paper, felt, machine embroidery, recycling, hand stitch, layering, 3-D and even large scale. Works by major textile artists included as well as the author's. From quilts to quirky boxes to cloth dolls and more. $60 posted
□ Send me CONNECTING ART TO STITCH by Sandra Meech, her 3rd book with Batsford: 128pp; hard cover; full colour. Includes 30 structured exercises to progress from art techniques to stitch, plus finished examples from well known textile artists. Everything from simple pencil drawing to 3-D sculpture, including painting, printing and photography - also Art Masterclasses which help you focus on subject rather than technique. The author, a frequent visitor to Australia, is a renowned contemporary quilt artist, teacher and writer. $55 posted
□ Send me EMBROIDERED BOOKS by Isobel Hall, pub. Batsford; 128pp. hard cover; full colour. From the author of 'Bags with Paper and Stitch" (and who taught in Australia in 2009 to wide acclaim) you can learn the basics of constructing books with both soft and hard backings, including books with sewn spines, wrap-up books, zig-zag books and wallet-style books. Then consider embellishment, embroidery and decorative additions. Many styles and shapes for book concepts including innovations. Practical outcomes, plus the expressive. $55 posted
□ Send me TRANSPARENCY IN TEXTILES by Dawn Thorne, pub. Batsford; 128pp. hard cover; full colour. The first book to cover a major new trend in textiles: achieving transparency and translucency in textiles by combining cloth and stitch with exciting new materials such as acetates, Perspex, resins and gels. Easy-to-follow instructions; illustrated with the best current examples of textile art. Also explained is how to create the illusion of translucency through layers, reflections, shadows, lighting and stitch techniques. $55 posted
□ Send me ECO BOOKS Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin by Terry Taylor, pub: Lark Books; 144pp; soft cover; full colour. This book deserves the 'Eco' tag and has some really intriguing projects in it (40 in all) from numerous guest designers including Australian Gail Stiffe. It is fun as well as inspiring and should appeal to all ages - a lot can be learned about book construction along the way. $40 posted.
□ Send me PAINTED PAPER Techniques & Projects for Handmade Books & Cards by Alisa Golden, pub. Lark Books; 172pp incl. index & glossary; soft cover; full colour. Nine projects feature, all presented after fabulous chapters on using Acrylic Inks; Gesso and Stencils; Masking; Paints and Paste. There's enough sophistication for all, but plenty of instruction too from this well respected artist and author. A great bargain at the price; highly recommended. $30 posted.
□ Send me CLOTH AND CULTURE Couture Creations of Ruth Funk with Foreword by Jack Lenor Larsen and Photographs by Dominic Agostini; pub. Panache Partners, LLC; hard cover; 280pp; full colour. A beautifully compiled visual catalogue of Ruth Funk's unique design aesthetic applied to wearable art. It combines fibre art jewellery, embellishment, fashion, ethnicity and historical documentation. Her basic patterns are the Square-Cut Jacket; Straight-Line Long Coat and the free-flowing Othello Coat style. Be inspired and be guided in creative making. $75 posted.
□ Send me FELTING FASHION Creative and inspirational techniques for feltmakers by Lizzie Houghton, pub. Batsford; 128pp incl. index & suppliers; hard cover; full colour. Because the author trained as a fashion designer, she brings a strong sense of style and construction to the various projects covered in this book, from brooches to hats to jackets and more. Plenty of useful felting hints. Numerous patterns provided plus inspiring finished works. $55 posted.
□ Send me MIXED METAL JEWELRY WORKSHOP - Combining Sheet, Clay, Mesh, Wire & More by Mary Hettmansperger; Lark 'Jewelry' books series (2010); hard cover; 128pp incl. index; full colour. Learn to work with silver clay, sheet metal and wire; also copper and bronze clay (new to the market) from an author who often uses low-tech connection methods and rustic metal patinas to add depth, age and texture to her work. Projects range from earrings to pendants to rings, bangles and brooches. Many projects covered. $40 posted