Sleepless, once again the other night, I looked through my library of books and found this one, "The Art of Manipulating Fabric" by Colette Wolff, (you can take a peek inside here). It is fabulous, detailed, loaded with photos and illustrations. Everything you ever wanted to do, sewing wise to fabric is in here. The simplest of gathering (and doing it properly) to elaborate smocking, quilting, tucking, furrowing, and raised 3D design are in here. I have been spending a lot of time sewing lately, and this book is inspiring. Definitely a resource, reference volume to own. It will spend time next to me and the sewing machine from now on.
Although I have owned this book for more than ten years, I have an entirely new appreciation for it now. One of the things I like most is that the demonstrations are done on simple bleached muslin. Brilliant, because the fabric itself does not compete with the architecture of the stitches and design created. The book is in black and white which also contributes a unique sense of depth and perception. The art is in the stitch creation. You will be inspired to pick up ordinary cloth and make it into something extraordinary. The "less is more" principle. The pages themselves are an art form. The detailed explanations together with variations, lead you from the simplest to complex in easy stages. In every page the author encourages you to interpret and incorporate the lessons into your own art. The calm, simple and serene approach reminds me of one of my favorite textile artist Tamar Mogendorff.
If you enjoy the details in sewing projects, buy this book!