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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding with flaps
  • Publication: 12 February 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214502
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 370
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £17.99
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The Textile Artist: Small Art Quilts


Explorations in Paint & Stitch by Deborah O'Hare

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Book Description

Containing a wealth of inspiration for any textile artist, Small Art Quilts shows you how to create gorgeous, textured pieces of textile art.

Using colour and an intriguing mix of surface techniques, layers, piecing and simple stitching, Deborah O'Hare's beautiful small art quilts capture the magic of her themes and subjects. In her unusual, whimsical interpretations of nature and the landscape, she builds up torn and cut layers of coloured cloth with stitch to create beautiful works of textile art. With her fresh, innovative approach, Deborah provides inspiration and step-by-step instruction on all the techniques she uses and shows the reader how to create moonlit scenes, seas, flowers, meadows, mountains, moors, animals and birds.

From an original idea through to finishing and embellishing this book will offer a rich source of ideas for experienced art quilters as well as those setting out on their creative journey who are inspired to start small.

Table of Contents

Ideas, inspiration and design18
Fabric painting32
Art cloths46
Creating your quilt54
Whole cloth quilts78
Adding focal elements86
Themed quilts96
Decorative stitching106
Display and finished118
Autumn Sunrise124
Moon hare130

About the Author

About Deborah O'Hare

Deborah O'Hare is a contemporary quilter and textile artist with a love of many techniques, who produces machine-embroidered and quilted pieces that incorporate her favourite medium: textile paint.
Having studied Patchwork and Quilting and Machine Embroidery to City & Guilds level, Deborah now teaches workshops and produces hand-painted fabric, patterns and kits.
Her work reflects the influence of the coastline and countryside of the Heritage Coast of South Wales, where she lives.


We love the concept of this book which illustrates how instead of creating large quilts you apply the same principles to smaller projects. There are beautiful examples of quilts of all shapes, colours and sizes, and detailed guidance on how to create and embellish your own quilt. 

The Sewing Directory

This book is ideal for those looking to make their own art quilts, giving you the skills you need to create your own designs plus a couple of projects to practice with building your confidence and skills.  It is bursting with ideas, inspiration and useful advice. Im looking forward to creating my first art quilt.

The Sewing Directory

The book covers each topic in turn in the order you would need them to make the quilt, from painting your background to binding and hanging your quilt. There are also useful sections on sources of inspiration and colour to help you plan your quilt before you start to make it. Each of the techniques are well explained and come with plenty of photos to help guide you.

This book is ideal for those looking to make their own art quilts, giving you the skills you need to create your own designs plus a couple of projects to practice with building your confidence and skills.  It is bursting with ideas, inspiration and useful advice. Im looking forward to creating my first art quilt.

Workbox on the Web

This book is part of The Textile Artist, an excellent series by Search Press. It would be ideal for a newcomer with its clear instructions and well thought through projects. The author also makes the design process look straightforward with her ideas on using photographs to make small, pleasing quilts. She also shows completed quilts and discusses their design elements.

Colour is well explained through an example of two identical quilts but with very different colour schemes. Simple but effective fabric colouring techniques would inspire confidence while the section on art cloths adds sophistication without becoming too technical.

Piecing, Quilting, Whole Cloth and themed quilts are shown in detail and I liked the section on display and finish. Templates are included for two projects, along with step-by-step instructions. The Moon Hare is particularly appealing and could be used for many applications when mastered.

All in all, a great book for beginners but with plenty for those needing ideas for adding a bit of oomph to their work, whatever their skill level.

Popular Patchwork

April 2018

Texture is at the heart of this charming book. Whether its creating texture through paint techniques or by cutting and layering pieces of cloth to produce an inspiring piece of textile art, Deborahs book will be your perfect guide. Culminating in two stunning design projects: Autumn Sunrise and Moon Hare,
youll learn plenty along the way from gathering ideas for your designs, selecting colours and using paints, to adding focal points and decorative stitching and embellishments to your finished piece. Creating small quilts offers
the opportunity for experimentation and Deborah often uses her small quilt
adventures as a way of trying out new techniques or products before committing to large-scale projects. A sizable section of the book focuses on painting onto fabric and is what sets this book apart from others on art quilting. Deborahs other main area of interest is the natural world and many of her inspirations take in landscapes and wildlife in particular. At 144 pages long, this is a book thats jam-packed with technique and inspiration and offers layer
upon layer of new skills.

Embroiderers Guild

This is the newest title in the inspiring Textile Artist series.  Introductory chapters covering materials and equipment are followed by very detailed explanations of colour theory and many ideas on how to apply various colour mediums to a range of different fabrics.  Deborah then presents highly detailed step-by-step instructions and suggestions covering a multitude of different techniques, including the embellishing and finishing processes, enabling the reader to create her own small quilt.  An exciting and inspiring book, bursting with beautiful colour photographs of Deborahs work, suitable for both those new to the craft and also the more experienced quilter.

Subtitled 'Explorations in Paint & Stitch', this book explores the flourishing textile art quilt movement. This is 'art quilt' as in creating pictures on fabric and using wadding as a sandwich, not the Art Quilt Movement that uses quilting to make a statement. It explains techniques by hand and machine to guide you through the process. Step-by-step instructions reveal the techniques offering guidance for every level of skill. Close-up photography shows the detail wonderfully. Find out all about the materials for art quilting, inspiration, using photos, design, colour, painting on fabric and creating small art quilts then embellishing them. Finishing techniques and some templates are included. Another good addition to the Textile Artist series.

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