Three-Dimensional Textiles: With Coils, Loops, Knots and Nets by Ruth Lee

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This is an important book for textile artists looking for new ways of working in two and three-dimensions, using the techniques of interweaving, looping, twining, knotting, netting and coiling. Traditionally used in basketry and net-making, these simple techniques - that need no machinery and no looms - are perfect for textile artists looking for fresh ideas. A range of tactile materials can be used in these techniques, from yarns to hemp, nettle string, leather, fabric strips and fine rattan to polythene tubing and plastic packaging tape. The author introduces ways to embellish these structures with found objects, distressed Tyvek, felted tubes, shells, seed heads, wire, paper-knotted tubes and metal tubes. Each chapter takes the reader through the basics of the construction process with clear how-to-do-it illustrations and diagrams in addition to samples and stunning finished pieces. The chapters include alternative uses of the techniques that are ideal for textile art. The author shows you how to use the techniques to create three-dimensional forms for assorted purposes, such as jewellery projects and vessels. The physical properties and characteristics of a wide range of linear materials are discussed and sampled with the techniques, opening up a whole new creative world for textile artists looking to expand their work.

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