There are man reasons why people quilt. Like, perhaps, all forms of handwork, quilting seems to incite introspection, dreams, memories, and much more as our mind and soul become immersed in the process of making something. We will look at how quilting can heal in this issue of Quilty Pleasures by Julie Rodgers.
Needle Felting is not difficult, it simply takes practice. There are plenty of good guides both online and in books to help you practice and learn the techniques involved. In this post we will explain what needle felting is, what tools are required as well as showcasing some artists who have used this art form.
Julie Rodgers writes her column Quite Pleasures column this issue on the book Unconventional and Unexpected by Roderick Kiracofe using her own experience to present this book to us so that we may purchase our own copy.
Felt unicorns are the subject of this months Felter Skelter column. Find our favourites and then think about which felt artists you like too. These felt sculptures are truly brilliant examples of textile art, using needle felting as a technique. They are all on the felt unicorn theme, yet each artist has an individual approach.
Portable Patchwork: The Women Pioneers of the Original Quick & Easy Quilting Method by Pamela Weeks is a book that explores the history of “quilting as you go” techniques and provides the reader with a modern connection to this perennially popular pastime.
Yes, this month’s column is all about needle felted cats. My latest body of work is inspired by the beautiful and strange sphynx breed, so I’ve spent the last few months thinking of little else, but it seems I may not be the only one with visions of kitty cats dancing through my head. This month, I am pleased to bring you some truly wonderful cat sculptures that I have recently discovered. Here is some Kitty Cat Felt…
Stumpwork Flowers by Sachiko Morimoto is an excellent instruction book for helping you apply one of the more challenging embroidery techniques in a floral context. It is a must-have for the keen embroiderer and will empower you to make elegant flower embroideries for friends and loved ones.
Within Unravelling Women’s Art, P.L. Henderson symbolically unties the woven structures of female textile artists and their work. She focuses on the links between the artists she has curated together, examining the messages found within their work, providing fascinating insights into the finer details of female textile art. Over twenty artist interviews back up her interpretations; embroidery, weaving, sculpture and patchwork are all covered, as well as notes on their cultural context, historical meaning and identity within the contemporary arts field.