Author(s): Dawn Thorne
Achieving transparency and translucency in textiles is the major new trend. Combine stitch and cloth with acetates, acrylics, perspex, resins and gels. This title provides techniques, projects and inspirational textile art. It uses all the materials that are readily available and safe to use. One of the major new trends in textile art: achieving transparency and translucency through design and with the use of new, harder materials - acrylic, perspex, acetates, fibre optics, gels and resins - in combination with stitch and fabric. The author takes you through the design process for achieving transparency in textiles and then introduces you to the materials, from paper and fabric to acetates, acrylics, perspex, resins and metals. She also explains how to create the illusion of translucency through layers, reflections, shadows, lighting and stitch techniques. The techniques for combining stitch and cloth with these harder materials are covered in detail, along with stunning images of the latest transparent textile art. To get you started, there are projects to make a piece of jewellery, a three-dimensional object and a textile piece combined with lighting.