This colourfully illustrated guide introduces new and established crafters to the traditional skills of hooking and its close relations prodding, punching and tufting.
Textile artist Lynne Stein gives advice on materials, tools and equipment, and provides step-by-step directions – accompanied by vibrant instructional photographs – for 20 projects exploring playful design and quirky creativity, including rugs, cushions, bags and personal accessories. There are also lots of helpful hints on sustainably repurposing fabrics, yarns, and other precious and useful items that might otherwise be discarded.
A list of international museum collections is also included, as are examples of the work of both historical and contemporary artists and designers such as Evelyn Ackerman, Anya Paintsil, Anna Perach, Joan Moshimer, and Lady Emma Tennant. A brief history of the traditional textile craft of rag rug making and other techniques, and ideas for their inclusion in community projects all demonstrate the vast potential for experimentation, self-expression and creativity within these processes.
This book has plenty to fire and inspire and will encourage you further on your creative textile journey, making both decorative and functional items.
“Lynne Stein's book should be a boost to creative people who wonder what to do with those textiles every home accumulates. I for one loved delving into charity shops' collections of second hand tee shirts etc to find the missing colours for some rug design I was dreaming about. This book helps you to see the unlimited variations this craft opens for the maker.” —Kaffe Fassett
“Imaginative, informative, instructive, and all beautifully presented.” —Jovan Nicholson, independent art historian
“Lynne takes the reader on a visual journey through the rich textile history of the rag rug and textile practices associated with this craft. We gain a fascinating insight into the rag rug evolved from a domestic household item through to a revered art form... A highly visual book with thematic projects from beginner through to advanced level, including rag rug methods, latch hook, needle punch and needle felting.” —Angie Wyman, Course Leader – BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery, Royal School of Needlework