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The Contemporary Rug Designer
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Many crafters express their frustration at the paint-by-numbers approach of hooked rug kits and project books, and are looking for a more creative approach. This book answers the need for guided design that leaves space for your own creativity. The Contemporary Rug Designer will turn any novice into a hooked rug artist - as well as starter projects teaching basic techniques, there's instruction on working a colourful range of different elements that you can build into new designs to create your own custom hooked rug, hanging, cushion or bag, and workshop ideas for communal crafting. Projects include floral, animal, abstract, and geometric rugs, hangings and runners and templates are provided for those that want to follow the original design. From a simple portrait rug hooked from sheets to a luxurious shell-shaped bag made from silks using an innovative new technique, a range of materials and methods are explored. The book includes step-by-step information on techniques, and expert advice on tools and materials from a leading expert in the field. It also features ideas for rug crafting communally that will appeal to the modern 'stitch and bitch' craft ethos.
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Step-by-step information on techniques * Expert advice on tools and materials * Templates provided

About the Author

Annie Sherburne is a talented textile artist with a passion for eco-friendly and fair-trade textile supplies, processes and techniques. She graduated from both Central St. Martins College of Art and Design (for fashion) and Goldsmiths, University of London (for Textiles). She was a founding member of the International Felt Makers Association, with work in the V&A and the Musee Des Modes in the Louvre in Paris. Annie also designed and made buttons, jewellery, fashion accessories and hats for Jean Muir for 18 years. For the last 10 years Annie has been incorporating environmentally friendly materials into her design work and has won prestigious awards, including the textile category of the Peugeot design awards. Her 'White Horse' rug reached the final of the Homes and Gardens Classic Design Awards at the V&A. Examples of her work may be found in the Whitworth art gallery textile collection, the British Crafts Council collection, The British Council jewellery collection, Lotus software HQ, HM Home Office, and many other public, commercial and private collections.

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