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Dissolvable DelightsDissolvable Delights

Maggie Grey's new book, 'Dissolvable Delights' majors on water-soluble materials. These are amazingly versatile and her book aims to show how they can be used alone, employed as a support for other materials or layered over exciting surfaces to make a very rich composition. The combination of water-soluble film and soluble paper offers innovative mixed media solutions. If you are seeking three-dimensional effects, a special 'super weight' film is suggested but very little is needed, and all scrap pieces can be recycled.

Free online classes with this book.

Have a look at the d4daisy website for more information.




Mixed Media: New Studio TechniquesMixed Media: New Studio Techniques

Two popular authors look at mixed media techniques and produce work ranging from wall-panels to jewellery and vessels. New ideas and materials are introduced, many with step-by-step instructions. You'll find methods for laminating tissue and tea-bag paper onto surfaces that range from silk paper to textured wallpaper. Maggie and Isobel will show you how to use light moulding paste (gives amazing results when pushed through an icing bag) and lots of techniques for distressing paper and fabrics. There's a whole chapter on recycling too, not just materials like lemonade bottles and insect netting but new ideas for the liquidiser and the pasta machine.

Free online classes with this book.

Have a look at the d4daisy website for more information.




Stitches Straps & LayersStitches Straps & Layers

In these difficult times, we all need to be more aware of the resources to be found within our cupboards, stashes and workrooms. This book looks at exciting ways of using this treasure trove by building from the bottom up. Backgrounds and layers provide a base for stitch and make the sometimes difficult job of designing textiles much easier.

Maggie says: 'This book has been a delight. I set myself a challenge to use what I had or what I could find at little or no cost. In the process, I discovered the joys of making and using straps. Initially, these were borders but they grew into vessels, book-covers and many other finished pieces - a whole new way of working.'

Free online classes with this book.

Have a look at the d4daisy website for more information.



Textile TranslationsTextile Translations

Everyone loves making sketchbooks and they are even more useful when they provide inspiration and ideas for a series of stitched textiles. This book shows you how to work from design source to finished piece, exploring a variety of mixed media techniques on the journey. This 80-page book first provides step-by-step instructions through a basic technique. These are followed by exciting ideas for extending the technique. From backgrounds built-up with gesso and paper to finished pieces using kozo fibres and embossing powder. Learn about heat techniques with felt and gesso, and make painted borders using grungeboard. Just a few of the ideas from the book.

Free online classes with this book.

Have a look at the d4daisy website for more information.





Embellish & Stitch
Embellish & Stitch

The Embellisher machine has been used by felters for some time but it has recently exploded into the world of creative stitchers. Lots of wonderful work has been produced but there are very few books on the subject. In response to this, Maggie and Val wrote 'Embellish and Stitch', a 60-page softback book containing a wide variety of exciting techniques. The book not only covers the embellisher machine but has lots of ideas for using felting needles by hand. It is sumptuously illustrated with wonderful photographs by Michael Wicks. The book covers the basics of using machine and hand techniques, applying fabrics and fibres, texturing and trapping, pattern making the vital use of stitch, couching, manipulating and weaving. Exciting ideas are brought into play - using computer printouts and papers, making wire grids, distressing and burning - it's all such fun. Click the pic (left) or click here for more about this book.






From Image to StitchFrom Image to Stitch

Here is an extract from Carolyn Sinclair's review in Workshop on the Web. 'There are not many books that I would recommend as being an essential addition to the bookshelf of a contemporary embroiderer/textile artist, be they a beginner or very experienced, but this is one. Many people have digital cameras, scanners and computers now and this book uses simple methods and materials that we all have in the house to transfer our images to paper or fabric. However, this is the first book I have seen that then takes the next step of using these images on paper or fabric to create a stitched design using hand or machine embroidery. As we have come to expect from the author, there are plenty of innovative ideas to create an exciting stitched design, from simple ideas which will appeal to those with little experience or limited time, to more challenging ideas for those experienced artists. Each technique is clearly and simply explained step-by-step with excellent photographs illustrating the methods and finished pieces. This is a book that we will all refer to for many years to come.'



Stitch Dissolve Distort


Stitch Dissolve Distort

Stitch Dissolve Distort arrived on the scene in August 2006 and provoked major interest at the Festival of Quilts and the then new Knitting & Stitching Show in Birmingham. It features dissolvable materials such as water-soluble film, paper etc. with some new ideas for their use. It also examines the role of stitch from basic to pattern and has an exciting section on distortions. Sadly, this is Maggie and Val's last book written as a collaboration for Batsford. Click on the pic to see some pics from the book and a review written by Sue Miles for Workshop on the Web.






Paper, Metal & Stitch

Paper, Metal & Stitch

Paper, Metal & Stitch was reprinted three times in 2005 - eight times overall - so Maggie and Jane are understandably delighted. It covers all sorts of paper techniques using both hand-made and commercial papers. Jane writes about exciting ways to mould and manipulate the papers, together with wonderful colouring techniques. Maggie's half of the book - on stitchable metal - covers manipulating, embossing and colouring, plus some great ideas for using wires and copper blanks. Both paper and metal are taken into stitch with stunning effects for both hand and machine stitchers. Click the pic (left) to see some pages from the book.







Raising the Surface

Raising the Surface with Machine Embroidery

Raising the Surface with Machine Embroidery has been Maggie's best seller yet and she sends her deepest thanks to all of you who bought the book. It made the work of producing it worthwhile.

Those of you who have seen it will know that it covers a wide range of subjects from crocheted cords, stitched to a background, through the use of Fimo clay with embroidery, to framing techniques and three-dimensional objects. Click the pic for an example of the layout. The book had to go for a reprint but it is now back in the shops.







You can contact Maggie by email maggie@workshopontheweb.com


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