Fabric Manipulation: 150 Creative Sewing Techniques
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This is truly an essential resource for all sewists! Set to be the new The Art of Manipulating Fabric, Ruth Singer offers a modern interpretation of fabric manipulation in this book, with hundreds of full colour diagrams. Discover and explore 150 creative sewing techniques including pleating, folding, gathering, smocking, quilting, trapunto and applique. Ruth explains her innovative variations of these traditional fabric manipulation techniques and offers inspirational project ideas demonstrating practical applications to create accessories and home decor. Photographs and illustrations are included to support the step-by-step instruction for each technique and all of the techniques can be done by hand or with a domestic sewing machine without the need for specialist equipment.
triangle. On the lower edge, bring point C to point B, making sure the raw edge is vertical. Press the triangle flat. A B B Points to centre offset. C Points to centre overlap On the top edge of the pleat, lift the left corner A and fold down to point B, allowing the underside pleat to fold back. Press flat. Repeat on the lower edge, bringing C to D, once again allowing the underside pleat to fold back. You can choose to overlap the top fold over the bottom fold, or vice versa as preferred.
range of engineered natural fibres. Linen: This comes in a range of weights, from lightweight to very heavy. It has a natural stiffness to it, which can easily be enhanced with starch. It takes creases well for Pleat & Fold techniques, and when pre-washed it softens up making it ideal for Stitch & Gather techniques. Linen frays considerably, even when cut on the bias, which makes it ideal for a fluffy Stitch and Slash technique. Handkerchief linen: This is very fine, lightweight linen that works
same 5 stitching guidelines shown here with variations in the manipulation of the fabric made after sewing. Boxes design in organic cotton: the folds are pushed to the back of the work and the corner puffs emphasized. Pressed boxes design in silk dupion: the folds are left to the front and then pressed down in neat arrangements. Close boxes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 Close boxes stitch diagram: loops show where the stitch is pulled up and Flowers worked on a soft, polycotton
decoration and detail on ready-made garments where using a sewing machine would be tricky. Raw-edge appliqué with invisible stitch Blanket stitch Hand-stitched blanket stitch is very effective when worked in contrasting embroidery thread. Blanket stitch can be used with either Raw-Edge Appliqué or Turned Hem Appliqué. This sample is worked on un-backed felt. Fabrics that don’t fray such as felt can be stitched using invisible stitch without any backing or other treatment. In this sample,
particularly for appliqué. The thread shows on the back but hardly on the front. Blanket stitch This is a useful decorative method of finishing an edge or attaching an appliqué. Bring the needle out of the fabric, make a loop and hold it with your left thumb. Put the needle in the fabric diagonally opposite where the thread came out, and back out again vertically. Pull up the stitch and continue. Machine stitching techniques Many of the techniques in this book use hand sewing but for some a