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Ruth Singer
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31 May 2013
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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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (31 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446302474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446302477
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ruth Singer is an experienced author with a reputation for her fabric manipulation work. She has published two previous titles Sew Eco and Sew It Up. She has worked as a designer-maker since 2005 and runs workshops for adults and children. Ruth is also very active on Twitter and other online social media platforms. www.ruthsinger.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars worth buying 15 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
After using The Art of Manipulating Fabric I was unsure if I would need this book as well. I gave it a go and am glad I did - the explanations of the techniques are clear and well illustrated. I am a visual learner and the instructions here were clearer to me than in other books. I saw techniques that I had not seen else where. If you are interested in textiles techniques this us a very useful book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its OK 18 July 2013
By hamad
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was hoping to find something that blew my mind but found a basic craft book. I bought this as well as The Art of Manipulating Fabric and found that much more to my liking. I will explore the ideas more so i can get my moneys worth. If your into making pretty pattern to make something look lovely this is the book. If you're looking for a book to create stunning art this may not be what you are looking for. Do judge this book by its cover.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book with many brilliant techniques 24 Jun 2013
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This book contains 150 fabric manipulation techniques split into the 3 following categories: pleat and fold, stitch & gather and apply & layer. Some of the many techniques covered include box pleating, shirring, American smocking, English smocking, Suffolk puffs, trapunto, 3d appliqué and quilting.

As with most books this book commences with details of the different fabrics, tools and supplies used in the book. It also covers some of the basic techniques and stitches used. Then it goes into the fabric manipulation techniques themselves.

Each of the techniques is accompanies by beautiful hand drawn diagrams and stunning photos illustrating every step. Plus of course written instructions, but the focus is very much on the visual. Different variations and techniques are shown, as well as a few projects scattered throughout the book.

I like that at the front of the book Ruth has added tips on how to use this book to create your own style, how to take her ideas further and make them unique to you. I think this beautiful book would encourage any reader to start experiment with different fabric manipulation techniques.

This review also appears on The sewing Directory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Mar 2014
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I have been looking for a book like this for embellishing all sorts of projects, from cushions to clothes, and this was just what I was looking for and well worth the money. Lots of ideas, many of them quite simple, but I'd never have thought of them. Very effective ideas, not just the usual applique, etc, etc. Great value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous 20 Mar 2014
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up to date, clear and accurate descriptions and picture. I will using this a frequent reference in my projects in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a book to keep on self 10 Mar 2014
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this is a very informative book well written lots of ideas , have not used tecniques yet as have another project on go , will be using ideas for a wall hanging still in planning stage
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4.0 out of 5 stars so many ideas 1 Feb 2014
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I chose this book because I am a keen sewer and I definatly made the right choice. The techniques are complicated but not impossible to master and the results are wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for textile makers 5 May 2014
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Great Book, clear instructions and very inspirational for future textile projects. I would recommend this to both beginners and those wanting to broaden their textile skills and knowledge.
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