Quilting, Patchwork & Appliqué: A World Guide

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Thames & Hudson, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 192 pages

Native American Seminole clothing, Dutch quilted petticoats, Swedish wedding cushions, African-American narrative quilts, Italian appliqud furnishings, Eastern European braided waistcoats, nineteenth-century American block patterns, traditional English quilts, Korean pojagi, Turkish strip patchwork prayer rugs, Pacific tivaivai quilts, Indian appliqu, Thai baby-carrying cloths, Ghanaian flags, French trapunto, Japanese sashiko, and Spanish inlay appliqu saddle trappings...the traditional crafts of quilting, patchwork, and appliqu are universal and their uses astonishing.

This book is the first worldwide survey of these wonderfully decorative techniques: quilting, in which layers of fabric are stitched together; patchwork, in which old or new fabric pieces are cut and re-stitched to produce a new textile; and appliqu, in which old or new fabric pieces adorn another fabric. It is organized in three main sections:

  • Materials: from wool, flax, linen, cotton, and silk to the manufacture of synthetics.
  • Uses: from household items and clothing through the ages to ritual and ceremonial objects such as wedding quilts and banners.
  • Construction: detailed explanations of the many techniques found around the world.

The book also includes advice on how to care for your objects, a guide to collections around the world, a detailed glossary, and a bibliography.

Caroline Crabtree trained as an embroiderer in the UK and is coauthor of Beadwork: A World Guide. Christine Shaw has taught patchwork, quilting, and dyeing for many years, and her own quilts have been widely exhibited.

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This survey of folk and ethnic uses of three needlework techniques features illustrated examples mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries. While the breadth of coverage is remarkable, the text's lack ... Read full review

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A very informative book about the quilting, patchwork and appliqued. It is very nice to hear about the traditional ralli quilts of Pakistan.


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Caroline Crabtree trained as an embroiderer in the UK and is the author of Quilting, Patchwork and Appliqu and the co-author of Beadwork .

Christine Shaw studied horticulture at the Isle of Wight Horticultural College while working nights as a croupier. She has worked at Angus White's famous nursery near Horsham, and set up a new branch at Chichester in 1996, which she continues to run. In addition, Christine has established a successful career for herself as a freelance horticultural journalist, writing articles for The English Garden, Garden Inspirations, RHS The Garden and Exotic Gardening. She lives in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.

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