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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 30 April 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617458231
  • Stock: 9 in stock
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 288
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £28.99
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Organic Appliqué


Creative Hand-Stitching Ideas and Techniques by Kathy Doughty

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Book Description
With its organic lines, hand appliqué is the perfect medium for artistic expression. Come into the studio with Kathy Doughty as she shares her passion for quilt design, needle-turn appliqué, and fabric selection. Draw inspiration from eight projects with full-size patterns and build your skill set with simple, step-by-step instructions for Broderie Perse (Persian Embroidery), Boro-style appliqué, paper piecing, and hand quilting. Take control of the creative process, experiment with colour, and achieve your creative goals!
  • Everything you need to appliqué quilts in Kathy’s style or your own! Choose fabric, make bias vines, master needle-turn, and much more
  • Add to your skills with intermediate and advanced techniques you haven’t seen before, with simple instructions that beginners can easily follow
  • Practice taking risks in colour and design, with an inside look at Kathy’s process.
About the Author

About Kathy Doughty

Kathy Doughty began making quilts over 20 years ago after a move to Australia with her family. She opened a patchwork shop in 2003, and eventually developed the popular Material Obsession shop with her husband/site photographer, John. Kathy lives in Sydney with her family. http://materialobsession.typepad.com


British Patchwork & Quilting

This dazzling book combines colourful quilts in many colours, all hand stitched and hand quilted.

Needle turn applique, English Paper Piercing, Broderie Perse and fussy cutting, plus other techniques are explained well. Hand quilting with perle 8 thread is shown in stages with photos and words. Simple exercises encourage individual style.

The quilts have bold designs often with large flowers and leaves. Liberty's Tana Lawn is used for the hexagons on a large quilt, surrounded with a border of plaid fabrics. Some quilts have suggestions, rather than instructions, for the quilts' layout.


The intro chapters are more Doughty's philosophy on life than quilting per se. I am very attracted to the colourful quilts and appliqué shapes in this book. I am particularly drawn to the organic flowers and plants. There are useful exercises for choosing fabrics. Instructions include basting, needle turn applique, EPP and hand quilting. You'll also find a chapter on inspiration, although the photos in this are not very inspiring and poor quality. Design tips for those who prefer to use the book purely for inspiration and projects for those who need something more concrete to follow. If you are a Doughty fan and a lover of interesting fabrics and applique, you'll most likely love this book. Something of a pot boiler perhaps.


With its free-forming lines, hand applique is the perfect technique to express your creativity! In-depth instructions will explain the whole artistic process starting at picking the fabric and choosing a pattern, then moving on to mastering needle-turning and making bias vines. 

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