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In my last blog post on books the focus was on inspiration and creativity.  This time it’s all about surface design and dimensional textiles.   A couple of these are out of print but they’re well worth tracking down a used copy.  If you’ve got some favorites in these categories, please feel free to share them in the comments!


Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design for Fabric and Complex Cloth: A Comprehensive Guide to Surface Design by Jane Dunnewold:  Both of these are excellent comprehensive guides on manipulating cloth with dye, paint, bleach, foils and more.

The Painted Quilt: Paint and Print Techniques for Color on Quilts :a beautiful book.  If you’re not already familiar with the work of Linda and Laura Kemshall you might want to check out their site DesignMattersTV here.

Dyes & Paints: A Hands-On Guide to Coloring Fabric by Elin Noble was the first book I bought when I started dyeing my own fabric.

The Surface Designer’s Handbook by Holly Brackmann is another general surface design book that covers a variety of techniques.

If you’re interested in shibori then check out Stitched Shibori: Technique, innovation, pattern, design and Shibori for Textile Artists  are two excellent references on the technique.

Here are some of my favorite books on creating dimensional textiles with quilting and stitched and mixed media surfaces:


The Quilted Object: Making Things with Quilt Art Techniques

Handmade Embroidered Bags (Needlecrafts Series)

Three-Dimensional Textiles with Coils, Loops, Knots and Nets

Beginner’s Guide to Embroidered Boxes

Three-Dimensional Embroidery: this is one of my all time favorite books!

Exploring Dimensional Quilt Art: Stitch, Fold, Embellish

Bags with Paper and Stitch: Innovative Surface Techniques for Embellishing Bags

Embroidered Books: Design, Construction and Embellishment

Going through all of my books has been a great way to get them all organized by category which is one of those tasks that always gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list.  I still have 4 more shelves to go through – quilting, book making, painting, mixed media, more inspiration books, paper making and more.  Yup when I say that before I started quilting I experimented with every technique out there, I really mean it!

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