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Silk Unraveled Book cover
144 pages
10" x 11"
ISBN 978 0-9641201-0-5
Full color throughout



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Silk Unraveled

Experiments in Tearing, Fusing, Layering, and Stitching

Inside this stunning, full-color book, Lorna Moffat describes her creatively unorthodox techniques of ripping, fusing and appliquéing silks. Her projects also include lots of uses for all those scrap fabrics quilters are notorious for hoarding and even ways to incorporate the loose threads that litter the floors of sewing rooms!

Moffat turns traditional use and treatment of silk on its head. As she puts it, "It's about breaking rules, which is always good fun!" Moffat manipulates her fabrics with techniques such as ripping silk into strips then fusing and layering them onto other pieces, leaving unfinished edges and raveled threads. This creates fabulous textural surfaces and blankets of patterns. Moffat's techniques are based on traditional embroidery and cover deconstructing and reconstructing a fabric, appliqué and reverse appliqué, all with a contemporary twist.

The richly detailed Silk Unraveled features 14 step-by-step projects including a vest, a coat, a table runner, wall panels, quilts, bags and pillows. Moffat's inspiration for developing these projects comes from her extensive world travels, especially her experience with the brightly-colored exotic textiles from Turkey and Malaysia. Her designs also reflect the glory of nature, drawn from her love of the countryside in her home country of Scotland.

The book features hundreds of pictures from Moffat's personal collection of her trips to Malaysia, Turkey, and Scotland. Her amazing album of photos showcases her sources of inspiration. The beautiful color spreads of exotic places will certainly make an impression on readers as well. Both accomplished quilters and newcomers to the craft will be inspired by the bold colors and experimentation that Moffat incorporates into all of her luxurious silk projects.