This is a general introduction for readers of all levels, to craft projects using textile techniques. Basic techniques are introduced, and the reader is then encouraged to experiment with the chosen medium, creating their own piece of work. Works by featured artists and designers will provide inspiration, with tips on how similar styles and effects can be achieved. Each section will also include plenty of stimulating ideas for source and reference material. There will be design sketches, working drawings and storyboards to help the reader investigate, develop and execute their work. Topics covered include: images on fabric; creating fabrics; wireframe construction; 3D wire construction; using a heat tool; materials manipulation; adapting traditional techniques; joining, seaming, bonding, layering; mould-making, casting and forming.
After graduating in Textiles & Fashion, Karen Woods has been a working artist specialising in art in education and community projects. She works with all abilities and age levels, including special needs students and learners with behavioural issues.