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Hot Textiles: Inspiration and Techniques with Heat Tools [Hardcover]

Kim Thittichai
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Book Description

16 Sep 2007
An inspirational and practical guide to the potential of heat tools for textile artists. Soldering irons, heat guns and household irons can add texture and variety to textile work - whether it's hand embroidery, machine embroidery, quilting or felting. Stunning work can be produced with these tools: hot and cold foiling; painted and plain Bondaweb (fusible webbing) on wood, paper, fabric and pelmet Vilene; making beads from synthetic fabrics, Tyvek and Kunin felt; melting and distorting plastic bags and cellophane; working in 3D; and embossing powders. With step-by-step instructions, full health and safety advice and stunning photography, the book contains: * An outline of the main heat tools with safety notes. * Soldering irons: a range of techniques using media from synthetic and natural fabrics to paper and safe plastics * Heat guns: a range of techniques using media from synthetic and natural fabrics to paper and safe plastics * Household irons: a range of techniques using media from synthetic and natural fabrics to paper and safe plastics * Heat and other materials: glues and texture gels * Putting it all together: using a number of tools and fabrics in different layers on the same piece. This is an important book for all textile artists, following on the bestselling 'Fusing Fabric' and 'Surfaces for Stitch', showing the latest techniques wanted by all those involved in textiles.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (16 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713490403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713490404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Looking at inspiration and techniques with hear tools, textile artist Kim Thittichai is officially hot stuff! The inspirational examples in the book use heat tools such as soldering irons, craft hot air tools and household irons..the resulting surfaces are wonderfully textured and, when embellishment is added, the results are stunning'. Stitch magazine

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Kim Thittichai is a popular textile artist who specialises in teaching experimental textiles. Her speciality is creating three-dimensional textile forms. She does workshops and lecture nationally and exhibits her work at various textiles shows across the UK. She is the author of the best selling Hot Textiles. She lives in Brighton.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some like it hot 17 Nov 2008
This is one hot book. Here you will learn heat techniques used in fibre arts. Burn, layer, distort and shape to create unique works of art. Create textured embellishment using beads, sequins, grasses, petals or eye-boggling 3-dimensional vessels.
Kim Thittichai is mistress of the art of hot textiles and offers instructions and techniques using simple, easily obtainable household items, heat guns and soldering irons. A variety of materials are used including plastic, cellophane, felt, thermogauze, bark cloth, Bondaweb, Lutradur, Tyvek and Pelmet Vilene to create innovative work. Clear instructions are given for safe use of materials and equipment as care needs to be taken with some of the techniques described, for example to avoid fumes from melting plastic. Alongside Kim's own work is a selection of work from other textile artists. This practical book will help you to develop your own ideas if you already have a grounding in working with textiles and heat tools.
The book is divided into two parts: Tools and Techniques followed by Practice. Each section is comprehensive, looking at for example, what you can achieve with a heat gun. The large vessels made by Kim from painted Pelmet Vilene and Bondaweb are breathtaking. Another stunning vessel is shown by Sarah Hawkins, made by melting plastic bags. This book gives you the know-how but not step-by-step instructions to create similar works of art of your very own. There are many examples of work to offer inspiration. The book follows on from the techniques explored by Margaret Beal in 'Fusing Fabric' (see review) by introducing new materials with which to work. The book is lavishly illustrated and a must for any textile artist pursuing this technique.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspiring! 30 April 2009
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This is a lovely book - it's very well presented and the pictures are truly inspiring. I originally purchased this book after doing a 'Textiles Taster' class. Prior to the class I had always (incorrectly) associated textiles with only sewing, which isn't really my thing! During the class we covered various things like dyeing and fabric manipulation although nothing on using heat apart from batik. I started doing my own research on the web to find out more about textiles and eventually came across this book - what a great find!!

The book makes an interesting read and really get you wanting to experiment with the techniques described. I purchase a heat tool (about fifteen pounds or so) and was amazed by how easy it was to start creating my own work. One big piece of advice from the book I would say you should definitely heed to is to stay in a well ventilated room when you're using heat - I didn't always follow this advice in the beginning and was treated to series of horrendous migraines as a result!

Anyway, I think this book is going to be great for anyone interested in textiles including those just looking at it from a hobbyist perspective, those doing textiles degrees or even those approaching it from a professional standpoint. Just brilliant!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This is a comprehensive guide to using heat to alter your textile creations. The first section deals with tools and their safe use (essential in this context!) and the rest of the book suggests wonderful projects using all kinds of material, including a lot of recycled ones. The illustrations are an inspiration in themselves, and Kim's style is delightfully conversational as well as clear. Well worth it's cost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so Hot textiles 10 Aug 2009
Thank you Kim for this - so many ideas to try. The only criticism is that the techniques are shown in glorious colour but more Step by step instructions would have been useful. But will definitely purchase your next publication.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot textiles 26 July 2009
this is a book that you won't want to put down, full of ideas and inspirations. would highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring 30 Jun 2014
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This is a great book to get your creative juices flowing. The author's ideas are really out there and prompted me to come up with lots of ideas of my own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot textiles Inspiration 9 May 2014
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I knew the author from Youtube and several DVD and would like to have something on paper so I bought this book. Very inspiring, clear explanation and great pix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really HOT Textiles 8 Jun 2013
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I love Kim's approach to textile art. This book delivers on many levels and provides so much inspiration. A real life saver when I'm trying to plan my textile classes and the kids love anything that is a bit edgy like using heat guns and soldering tools....safely utilised of course!
Good instructions, clear and written with warmth and a sense of enthusiasm. Lots of great photos and inspiring ideas that cover a wide range of abilities.
Another excellent book from Kim {keep them coming!}
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars hot textiles
Loved it I would one day love to meet Kim she is one clever lady she is full of inspiration
Published 14 months ago by jennifer crevald
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Lovely hard backed book. Super quality illustrations and photos, loads of really great imaginitive projects for any aspiring textile artist. Loads of ideas and encouragement. Read more
Published 15 months ago by spicesmum
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot
Inspired and can't wait to try out techniques...need to buy some tools and materials. A very good book at a fair price
Published 18 months ago by al
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Textiles (from Amazon bks)
Very happy with this book that has some wonderful pics/ideas with lots of suggestions.
Can't wait to try out some of these techniques... Read more
Published 21 months ago by S. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Textiles
Well illustrated with clear explanations. Inspiring descriptions,, Motivating to 'have a go' and try some of the new products around. Read more
Published 24 months ago by J. VINER
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Textiles
This book is fantastic it covers all kinds of projects you can do with a heated gun. I would recommend this book to any one that wants to do something different but just needs that... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Mrs. J. Stapleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
Really lovely book but I thought there would be more about embellishments using a heat gun. I thought the inspiration behind the ideas wonderful but wanted a moe basic book on how... Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Mrs K E Woodyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, informative, inspirational book
I had borrowed this book a few times from the college libary but just had to own it. It's an amazing book, that is really inspirational. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2011 by i4colour
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot textiles
This is the best way of making beads, i just loved it, and recommend this book to all textile artists.
Published on 11 Feb 2011 by Jacqui
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