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Inspirational Source Books For Textiles And Quilting

Inspirational Source Books are one of my ‘things’. I have always been a bookaholic. No wonder then why I became a writer of source books myself. You can check out all my current books on the website. They include unusual titles of use to textile artists such as Flaking Paint.

flaking paint

Gone are the days when I wrote exclusively about garden plants (although I have two garden books in the pipeline. Nowadays I tend to spend my time writing about textiles, creating ecourses or writing knitting patterns (something I have done for over thirty years). You can find my textiles and my ecourses on the website too.

FAVOURITE BOOKS

Still I have always had a good collection of books. I have been adding a few to that collection in the past few weeks whilst my shoulder has been healing. I look for books that are to do with pattern or history, with great photos. Not to use per se, but to give me ideas that I can explore.

I am grateful to have a set of the White Star publishing ancient history books. These are real treasures with some of the best photography I have seen in books. Unfortunately the publisher has been bought out and you might have to buy secondhand.

inspirational source books

One of my very favourite books is about world textiles. It is truly wondrous.

inspirational source books

Of late I have been adding books on Damascus Tiles, Mosques and Islam. All coffee table style but all with good photos and informative text.

INSPIRATION

I always find that if you cannot travel, buying a book is a good idea. You can be transformed to foreign lands and be inspired by wonders you have never seen. Or study familiar objects through new eyes. For instance I have been studying Islamic Architecture for over 45 years. I still manage to find new inspiration to inform my own work and to teach.

Damascus tiles

WHERE DOES IT LEAD?

It might not lead anywhere. You might have ideas that you do not pursue for one reason or another, but at least you are opening and broadening your mind. Sooner or later something clicks. I am embarking on a new phase of work thanks to my new inspirational source books.

Words, work and images (except of the books) Karen Platt 2021

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Contemporary Quilting eCourse with Karen Platt

Contemporary Quilting ecourse follows on from last week’s Modern Quilting ecourse launch. It’s another in the 100 designs series. Let me first explain the difference. I talked about modern quilts last week – the negative space and clever quilting and minimalist look. Contemporary quilts tend to use traditional techniques with a twist bringing a modern look to them. For example, that classic log cabin might just have become wonky.

It’s great for traditional quilters who want something more fitting for their home but do not like the look of an actual modern quilt. Of course you can like both, I know I do. It’s also perfect for people who are very clever at piecing because you can use technically challenging piecing, not necessarily working in standard blocks.

You can treat the whole quilt as a blank canvas and not in a traditional way at all.

Contemporary Quilts
Contemporary Quilts

What Does the Contemporary Quilting eCourse Offer?

100 quilt designs designed by Karen Platt

Alternative Colourways for those who find colour a challenge

10 layouts with more suggestions

Tips, Techniques and Ideas to ensure that you build your skills and have everything you need to understand contemporary quilting. If you want a head start in contemporary quilting, purchase the ecourse now from the website

contemporary quilting
Contemporary quilting

THE BUMPER START TO THE NEW YEAR CONTINUES

It’s the end of week six of 2021 and this ecourse is my fourth new introduction of the year. Like the modern quilting ecourse, it has been in the planning stage for some years. I am so happy to bring it to fruition.

WHAT’S COMING NEXT?

You think I am having a rest? Chance would be a fine thing. I am well into preparation for a new and glorious gardening ebook. Well, three actually, but one at a time, I am sadly only one woman.

Two quilted jackets are nearing completion. Just one more and they all go into a Quilted Jacket Making ecourse. One shawl has been finished this week and another half finished. I have knitted many over the years and think I might do a Shawl Collection pattern ebook.

shawl hand knitting
Shawl hand knitting

Then I must find time to finish the Egyptians Textile Inspirations ebook, third in the series; not to mention the Medieval Dress Textiles ebook, both started at the very end of last year.

Lockdown? What lockdown? It’s just time to create. See you next week.

Words, work and images copyright Karen Platt 2021