Beneath The Folds

Textile Art Creation

How Do I Prepare For Textile Art Creation?

A new textile creation is very exciting. You will have your idea (often part of a theme), done your research, gathered fabrics in your chosen colour palette and have selected embellishments to add texture and detail. The preparation in advance can make the project less overwhelming by breaking it down into stages. Let us look at simplifying the process of creating a new textile by exploring colour, size, using a framework, depth, the finishing process, hanging a textile, themed works, visibility, photography, creating prints and having a workable timetable that suits you.

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Skin - Creating a textured landscape

How To Create Skin in Textile Art

Creating a textured landscape to represent skin can be easily achieved by layering a variety of materials to create a contoured surface within a chosen colour palette. Contrasting dense blocks of colour with layers of light reflective surfaces creates depth as light travels over the surface throughout the day. Fabrics offer a huge variety in texture, but other materials can be very effective.

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Recycling Furniture

Recycling Furniture | Textile Art

As a textile artist my work is created from recycled materials. I source from the usual places – car boot sales, charity shops, flea markets, freecycle, donations from family and friends. Household furniture can be a great source of inspiration, both old and new. Here are some tips to encourage you to recycle fabrics covering furniture before heading to the skip.

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Book Review - Seasons of Life Quilt by Sandra Mollon

Seasons of Life Quilt | Art Quilt

Take on your next quilting feat with a champion quilt! From expert quilter Sandra L. Mollon, recreate the ‘Seasons of Life’ quilt, which is now a part of a permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky, USA.

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Playful Free-Form Embroidery

Playful Free-Form Embroidery | Textile Art

Playful Free-Form Embroidery – Stitch Stories with Texture, Pattern and Color by Laura Wasilowski teaches you how to create bold and colourful narrative embroideries. Christine Cunningham reviews it and says the book “demonstrates how to build texture and colour in easy steps which is effective and achievable over a period of time.” Find out more at Mr X Stitch!

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