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A dazzling variety of styles is included in this much-needed
overview of historical and world textiles. An array of techniques
is illustrated, from patchwork, quilting, appliqué, beadwork,
counted thread and free stitch to goldwork and metal thread, whitework,
smocking and machine embroidery. There are even sections on tassels,
edges and three-dimensional work.
The textiles featured in each section appear in chronological
order from the 17th to the 21st centuries, giving the reader a fascinating
historic overview of the technique's development, from its origins
to the modern form we know today.
The book is also a unique cultural reference, providing
a captivating insight into textiles from every corner of the globe,
with sumptuous fabrics, materials and methods typical of a range
of countries. From the heavily beaded headdresses of Pakistan, through
the bright, eye-catching tassels seen in Thai temples to 1930s British
appliqué, each exquisite piece reflects the rich cultural
heritage from which it originates.
Hundreds of textile images and a range of motifs,
from animals to landscapes and from plants to patterns, are included,
while a comprehensive index ensures the reader makes the most of
a wonderful sourcebook.
An essential addition to the library of all embroideries,
quilters or anyone interested in collecting, making and designing
Table of Contents
|Quilting and Padded Work
|Tassels and Fringes
Hand Appliqué (China)