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Fantasy Fabrics Paperback – 6 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company (6 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564772721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564772725
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.3 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,686,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fantasy Fabrics reveals a range of simple techniques for creating dazzling original fabrics that will add texture and dimension to any project. With more than 100 variations on this method a huge range of fabrics can be created.'

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2002
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Ok in a nutshell: get a base fabric such as cotton, calico plain or print then sprinkle on glitter, torn fabric, cut shapes or basically anything, then cover with tulle or chiffon and sew all over = fantasy fabric. Would be better value as a magazine article. Don't buy it ! This book is really not value for money - other books would include this as one chapter. I was very disappointed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 April 2001
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A very inspirational book which my aunt introduced to me with her collection of amazing silk samples - each one a work of art. She had tried each technique in the book, which are explained simply and effectively. The samples were exquisitely intricate and beautiful, and made me want to get my sewing machine out immediately! If you like threads, fabric, colour and crafty things then this is the book for you.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy fabrics are fun 15 Jun. 2000
By Rosemary Muntus - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a book that I had been waiting for. I kept buying wonderful gauzes, glitters and silky fabrics because, like the magpie, I just couldn't resist them. I had played with them a bit, gloated over them and added them to my hoard. Some ingredients were still missing. Bonnie McCaffery's book has provided these. She creates new fabrics by layering. She shows you, in brilliant colour, very persuasively how to use a whole variety of sheer fabrics to trap your gorgeous finds. She demonstrates a wealth of techniques how to create and hold together these layered fabrics. She then stimulates you to go and find other treasures to trap and thereby to embellish your work.
The book has a wonderful selection of Bonnies's own work and is crammed with lovely close-ups that really show you how to choose your fabrics, how to cut and place them and how to sew them together. I particularly love the tumbled squares that appear on many of the pages with idea after idea to get your own creative thoughts racing. I think you should find this book liberating. It doesn't give specific projects: it should stimulate thousands. It makes a really scrumptious addition to any quilter's bookshelf.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Quilts and quilts 7 Jan. 2005
By H Waterhouse - Published on
Format: Paperback
I got this as a gift from someone who knows I quilt. I have mixed feelings, and most of it is because I quilt for utility and beauty, and this is a technique that seems more suited to beauty.

The instructions are clear, and give you lots of directions to go off on your own, as well as lots of useful pointers (if you're using glitter, remember that gravity will affect things). The results are gorgeous.

That said, I don't know that this book serves my needs for something that can be washed again and again, thrown on beds and floors and grass, and stand up to the rigors of quilt-like use as opposed to wallhanging art-piece news.

If you are looking for an interesting way to add depth and sparkle to your art pieces, this is the book for you. If you plan to wrap a scared dog in what you make, not so much.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Create Your Own Fabric For A One-Of-A-Kind Look 10 Feb. 2001
By Sharon Darling - Published on
Format: Paperback
Here are some excerpts from my review of this book. You can see the complete review on the Quilter's Review website.
"Have you ever looked for fabric but couldn't find exactly what you wanted? Maybe you found a great print, but it was a little too bright. Or you found something close, but you really wished it had some gold sparkles in it....
"Bonnie Lyn McCaffery shows you how to create the fabric you want, and how to have fun doing it.
"Bonnie has worked out all the details of turning run-of-the-mill fabric into something not only personal, but spectacular. The only limit is your imagination. And if your imagination is limited, Bonnie will help you with that, too.
"Bonnie's technique begins with a base fabric. Cotton, the choice of most quilters, works well, but so do silks, satins, metallics, and many others. To the base fabric she applies a sheer fabric to add a shadow layer, or to create a slight color change. She explains the properties of the different base and top fabrics, and how they work together....
"I collected a printed invitation, small silk flowers, and a folding fan from a bat mitzvah, and have been trying to figure out how to incorporate them into something to commemorate the occasion. I'd thought my only choice was to make a shadow box or frame for these memories, even though I really want to make a quilt. But now, Bonnie's book has given me the ideas and know-how I needed to create a commemorative quilt.
"I can't remember when I've had so much fun playing with fabric. Thanks to Bonnie's book, I now have a whole new relationship with my stash."
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy Fabrics 25 Aug. 2000
By Nancy Eha, author of Off The Beadin' Path: Discovering Your Own Creative Trail of Bead Embellishment - Published on
Format: Paperback
Love this book and the abundance of techniques and project ideas. With the clear directions and numerous photographs of techniques, the hands-on rewards are immediate! The outcomes are stunning! This is a must have book for any fiber artist!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy Fabrics: Techniques for Layered Surface Design 26 Jan. 2000
By Bonnie McCaffery - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ok, so I rated it really good. I'm the author. But I really do think it's a great book. Let me tell you a little about the technique. Fantasy fabrics are created by capturing a variety of fun things (Tintzl, threads, cut fabrics, confetti, feathers...and lots more) under a sheer top layer of fabric (like tulle netting). This book explores the numerous possibilities and then further shows ways to use this gorgeous fabric. It is playful, fun and instantly rewarding. I hope you'll enjoy the book. Be sure to post it here if you do!
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