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The Craft Companion

Ramona Barry, Rebecca Jobson


The complete guide to craft: 33 techniques - from embroidery and clay to collage and baskets - and more than 150 contemporary artists and inspirational project ideas

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Craft has now infiltrated every creative sphere – including food, fashion, fine art and architecture. If this craft renaissance is indicative of a new wave of keen creatives, then The Craft Companion is the ultimate guide to navigating the new craft frontiers.

From appliqué and baskets to weaving and zakka, The Craft Companion features over 30 new and old crafting techniques. Each chapter includes a historical overview of the craft, with design notes and explanations of key techniques to help beginners to get started. Tools and methods are explored through a combination of hand-drawn illustrations and photography. A range of project ideas, including one basic project for each craft and a further Top 5 selection, will kickstart your creativity, while examples of inspirational work from contemporary artisans display the possibilities of each medium.

With over 20 years in the craft and design industries, Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson are bona fide craft gurus. Everyone from beginners to experienced crafters will love Ramona and Rebecca’s witty voice, and will be inspired to experiment and dip their toes into new crafts.

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'It's not often that a generalist book can give a specialist title a run for its money but this puts many current embroidery titles to shame in terms of its scope and presentation'
Embroidery magazine

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 27.5 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 408 pp

Publication date: 1 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500518922

Contents List

Introduction • Basic Tool Box • Fibre: felt; knit; crochet; weave; macramé; yarn; baskets; leather; rugs • Stitch: embroidery; cross stitch; needlepoint; tapestry; sew; appliqué; quilt and patch; haberdashery • Surface: marble; indigo; print; dye; collage; gild • Form: clay; beads; books; jewelry; origami; paper; mobiles; upcycle; veneer/wood; zakka

About the Author

Ramona Barry is an artist, writer and curator specializing in craft and design. She is the former Chair of Craft Victoria, Australia’s leading contemporary craft organization.

Rebecca Jobson is a textile designer, artist, writer and curator with twenty years’ experience in the craft and design industry.

List of Contributors

Lucy James, Susie Ahsworth, Spencer Harrison, Hilary Walker, Oslo Davis