Krause Publications, Jan 1, 2001 - Crafts & Hobbies - 143 pages
Exotic! Exciting! Inspiring! African fabrics are sought after because of their rich histories and lavish designs, but they intimidate many sewers. Author and designer Ronke Luke-Boone helps to take the mystery out of these works of art and teaches sewers of all skill levels where to buy fabrics, how to choose the right ones, and the best techniques for sewing them. Besides covering the six most popular African fabrics -- mudcloth, Kuba cloth, Korhogo cloth, fancy prints, wax prints, and Kente clot -- this guide shows readers how they are produced and ways to incorporate them into contemporary designs for men, women, and children, as well as home décor. As an added bonus, Luke-Boone offers 14 original projects, including a tote bag, tunic, pillows, placemats, and a child's loom, three of which have full-size patterns. Features: Covers the six most popular African fabrics currently available; Excellent reference for sewers or anyone who is interested in fabrics, culture, and history; 14 step-by-step projects -- three with full-size patterns.
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