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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 17 November 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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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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on 21 March 2008
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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on 13 March 2011
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.

It does exactly what it says:
Easy to follow instructions, creative techniques for using simple equipment such as household irons, heat guns, and soldering irons.
Burn, layer,melt, distort and shape a range of exciting materials with heat tools to create beautiful textiles.
Innovative ideas for using bondaweb, lutradur, Tyvek and pelmet vylene as well as using plastic carrier bags, cellophane and fabrics.

The photos are great and really inspire you, the information is clear and set out well.
I love this book, and any textiles designer, or artist will benefit from owening this book.
It is something you will always refer back to and you will always find it useful.
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on 10 August 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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on 20 September 2014
Looks a great book, but it does take a lot of time and effort gathering materials. I've spent hours looking for tyvek, lutrador, angelina fibres, soldering irons with the right wattage and tip size, and so on. Every company seems to have one aim in mind and that is to charge as much as possible, then add VAT and postage on top, so by the time you have got a few materials to start with, you have no money left, and feel exhausted with the sheer effort of gathering everything together. So I am still in this process, so haven't even started on anything.

My one observation is that it is made up of a load of exercises and 'why not try this' scenarios, but there are no actual projects to complete, which I was expecting. Additionally, the cover comes off, leaving a dull brown book.
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on 9 May 2014
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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on 8 June 2013
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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on 20 October 2011
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 extra knowledge of things you can do, just step out side the box. Which I always find a bit difficult but with this book you can do it.
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on 15 July 2012
Well illustrated with clear explanations. Inspiring descriptions,, Motivating to 'have a go' and try some of the new products around. If you have been wondering what to do with the sheet of Lutrador and/or Tyvek you bought at the last show this is definitely the book for you.
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