My kids got me great gifts for Christmas. Among them were three books I had wanted for quite some time. The first is Alisa Burke's "Sew Wild."
I sat down and read this book in one sitting. It is a great book about creating with stitch and mixed media. If you are interested in creating your own personalized cloth, this book is for you. It covers stamping, painting, writing, spraying, stitching, doodling, drawing, screen printing, monoprinting, stenciling, masking, creating a pattern with glue resist, and discharging. It also includes a section with projects and a bonus DVD which shows demos of the techniques in the book. I love it.
My other two books cover eco/natural dyeing. The first is India Flint's "Eco Colour." I have spent a lot of time reading blogs about dyeing with natural plants. Nearly everyone refers to India Flint when they speak of botanical dyes. I have been wanting to experiment with this technique, because I love the unique colors and patterns that can be achieved with natural dyes. Now this is one beautiful book. The photos and explanations are fabulous. I can't wait to delve into it further and actually try some natural dyeing.
The third book is Sasha Duerr's "The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes."
This book covers the basics of plant dyeing and includes sections on cooking with color, gathering and growing your own color, and a natural dye color chart. I am really enjoying this book.
And, speaking of books, now is a good time to mention another book I REALLY, REALLY love...Rayna Gillman's "Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts."
I read this book from cover to cover when I received it. When I first read about it, I knew I would love it and pre-ordered it. (I have another of her books, "Create Your Own Hand-Printed Cloth." You should check that book out too.) ...anyway... I'm SO excited to announce that Rayna will be a guest blogger on "And Then We Set It On Fire" for January. A copy of Rayna's book was just given away on that blog. We will be working on "Reinventing UFOs with Strips and Bits" from Page 66 of her new book (in case you want to follow along). Even if you don't want to actually reinvent one of your own UFOs, I think you'll find the posts interesting. I already have one UFO in mind and am sure I'll find many more to "play" with as I do the project along with the other artists on that blog. If you have "orphan" blocks and/or UFOs you aren't happy with (or will never finish), come play with us. Just click on the link in this post or click on the "And Then We Set It On Fire" icon on the top right-hand side of this page.
If you have these books, let me know what you think of them. If you don't, do they look like something you might like to check out?