I've still got several fiction books to review, but I'm grouping all of these non-fiction books together as they easily fit into one broad category. Many of them I read in August and September.
Sew Wild - Alisa Burke - Various techniques of painting, stamping, stenciling, and other surface design techniques for fabric. Not exactly my style and nothing really new, but informative, and I can adapt some of the techniques for some projects.
Create with Transfer Artist Paper - Lesley Riley - I still haven't tried this, but am eager to. I have some of Riley's transfer paper and plan to use it in some of my projects, but have been too busy with the eco dyeing and eco printing.
Stitch Alchemy - Kelly Perkins - More surface design techniques. As with the previous two, I've read them and intend to use them, but haven't yet.
Plaster Studio - Stephanie Lee, Judy Wise - Using plaster in mixed media projects. I really like this book, and it will be useful when I get around to actually trying the techniques.
The Art of Manipulating Fabric - Colette Wolf - I didn't find this one particularly useful, but it will be a good reference.
Three-Dimensional Embroidery - Janet Edmonds - not exactly what I wanted. Not useful for me, although certainly might be for others.
Hand Dyeing Yarn & Fleece - Gail Callahan - a good dyeing reference, although right now I'm interesting in eco dyeing, rather than synthetic dyes.
The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing - J.N. Niles - haven't actually finished this one, but the dyes in this one call for some mordants that are toxic, and I don't want to fool with disposal. Some dye recipes might be useful, though, if I use other mordants.
And My Favorites:
**Eco Colour - India Flint - I've had this since the summer, have read it twice all the way through, and consult it frequently. India Flint is an inspiring resource for eco dyeing and printing.
**The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes - Sasha Duerr - Another inspiring book on natural or eco dyeing. Very useful.
|Some dyed with acorn dye, some with a leaf mixture dye, and some with cranberry. Also some leaf prints from bundling and steaming. Fabrics: some habotai silk, some muslin, some flour sacking.|
|Habotai silk embroidered, gathered, twisted.|
|Several dolls in progress.|