Fabric Manipulation: 150 Creative Sewing Techniques

Fabric Manipulation: 150 Creative Sewing Techniques

Ruth Singer

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 1446302474

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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Cut squares on the straight grain. Take one square and fold diagonally. Bring the two corners to meet the bottom point. Stitch in place by hand. For the neatest effect, prepare all of the squares before sewing them onto the background fabric. Appliqué tips Start with the top row; sew in place around the bottom (raw) edge. Position the next row to hide the raw edges and continue. At the end, you may need to stitch through from the back and catch the points down with tiny stitches to stop them

start in the middle of the scarf and sew towards one end, leaving the thread attached to the spool. Fasten the end, then cut enough of the remaining thread off the spool to sew to the other end, before pulling up. Use a very strong thread and pull up carefully so you don’t snap it. Pattern stitched ribbon ruffles Zigzag-stitched ribbon ruffle This hand-stitching technique uses running stitches in patterns along the ribbon or fabric to create scalloped edges. It is traditionally worked on silk

start in the middle of the scarf and sew towards one end, leaving the thread attached to the spool. Fasten the end, then cut enough of the remaining thread off the spool to sew to the other end, before pulling up. Use a very strong thread and pull up carefully so you don’t snap it. Pattern stitched ribbon ruffles Zigzag-stitched ribbon ruffle This hand-stitching technique uses running stitches in patterns along the ribbon or fabric to create scalloped edges. It is traditionally worked on silk

and pulled through from the other to create the gathers. This technique is traditionally used on necklines and more recently on pockets to create shape and depth. A cord channel can also be created by sewing fabric strips, such as bias binding, to the back or front of the fabric, through which the cord can be threaded. wrong side Hem channel: right side of fabric. Zigzag corded channel Double layer channel Narrow corded gathers can be created by using zigzag stitch over fine cotton or other

with an iron-on interfacing of an appropriate weight, working on the reverse side, to stop the cut edge from fraying excessively. Leather Choose a fine leather (or suede) material. Work as Basic Method but use a sharp craft knife to cut the fabric, applying gentle pressure so you don’t cut through the backing. Use fine-pointed scissors to cut the wadding (batting) if necessary. Note: The sample shown uses two layers of wool felt as an alternative wadding (batting). Wadding (batting) variations

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