When it comes to the world of textiles, Ruth Singer is one of the smartest people I know. With several books under her belt, Ruth’s intelligent approach to creative textile use is well-established and with her latest book, Fabric Manipulation, Ruth really pulls out all the stops.
Contained within the book are 150 different methods of fabric manipulation and sewing techniques. Which is, quite frankly, an astonishing amount. Suffice to say, this book is a great resource for anyone who is exploring the textile world.
The book is split into three broad categories of technique – Pleat & Fold, Stitch & Gather, Apply & Layer – and within those categories are many different forms of manipulation.
The pages are well laid out, with big pictures and illustrations to accompany the step by step explanations of how to produce the desired effect. Ruth helps place the technique in historical context, and there are plenty of tips to help you get the best result.
The book contains several project ideas that can help you apply the techniques in contemporary ways, leading to some very fulfilling results.
All in all this is a great book for any textile fan. It opens you up to a host of new techniques and is a terrific tool to help you develop new skills and progress in your creative journey. If you want to broaden your stitching skills, you would be well advised to get this book!
Fabric Manipulation by Ruth Singer is available from Amazon and other retailers.
Win a copy of Fabric Manipulation by Ruth Singer!
We are big fans of Ruth Singer (more of that in a mo), but to win a copy of her book all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us who your favourite singer is. We’ll choose a comment at random to be the winner. The competition closes at 23.59GMT on 8th September! Good luck!
But wait! There’s more!
Starting in September, we’ll have a regular column from Ruth, where she explores the historical and modern world of textiles, travelling back and forth through time to help you understand the context of textiles (contextiles?). It’s going to be fascinating and we cannot wait!
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