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Textiles Transformed: Thread and thrift with reclaimed textiles by Mandy Pattullo explains that we don’t have to look far to be inspired, and that vintage materials and techniques can be combined to create treasured timeless pieces.
About The Author
Mandy Pattullo first trained as a surface designer within textiles. She has since moved on, her practice connecting more with the fabric of textiles in new ways, such as transforming vintage pieces and using historical cloth to create timeless patchworked embroidered items. She regularly exhibits her work and and teaches in the UK and other locations.
Who Is The Book Aimed At?
An interest in pre-loved fabrics or a desire to use your own treasured items to elongate their use can make this book a tempting purchase. It is certainly not an old fashioned book – thus it has a rounded out appeal. No deep experience is required to be enthralled by this book – just a desire to be cheered and excited.
First, lets look at the subject matter:
As you can see there are four chapters, covering Quilts, Wool, Linen and Lace, as well as costume ideas. Each chapter has many sub-sections too.
We loved this idea, one of many but a great way to use vintage items we may have stored up for years:
Ideas and projects are either illustrated or placed out as a workable project using our own inspirational treasured items. An emphasis on the slow methods holds weight here in this publication. This isn’t a book on machine embroidery, it is a lesson to take time, hand sew, make a connection with ones’ work:
Collage and patchwork ideas are displayed throughout, all the ways we can use scraps to combine our memories. Pattallo here makes note of her previously published book Textile Collage:
Looking through, the images are both useful and beautiful, all of good quality:
The work has been displayed with constant variety and often grouped together to form collections:
What Makes The Book Special?
As an artist reviewing this book, I personally love getting the inside story and the artists own little tips and tricks. Pattullo certainly gives us quality in this regard, we often find that this is missing in other publications, so what a bonus!
Anything Wrong With the Book?
Not that we found! It is a fantastic trove of ideas that will inspire you to make more use of the textile you already have to hand!