“Once upon the warp & weft of woven worlds,
when laces & brocades
adorned the earth,
when the day sky was royal blue satin
and the night sky dark crumpled velvet…
enfolded amid the hills & valleys of these worlds
was a place where
weavers & wordsmiths, seamstresses & storytellers
gave life to the fabrics of fairy tale.”
(from the Introduction)
This book has languished on my “wish list” for years…
I finally ordered it & was so pleasantly surprised when I opened it !
Surprised & a bit upset with myself for not getting it EARLIER !
WOW… every page is filled with inspiration AND there are 2 CDs with recordings of all 7 fairytales. It almost makes we want to throw the kids into the car right away so that we can listen to them!
A quick overview — the book includes 7 fairytales from as many countries as well as a short introduction to 7 different fibre arts.
Here’s the list :
- Persian Carpet Weaving – Clever Anaeet
- East African Magical Cloth – The Cloth of the Serpent Pembe Mirui
- Chinese Silk Brocade – The Silk Brocade
- Hawaiian Feather Cloak – The Feather Cloak
- Swedish Linen Weaving – The Three Fayes
- Jewish Patchwork – The Patchwork Coat
- Indonesian Batik – The Crocodile’s Blessing
Every single page is decorated with the most amazing fabric collages by Rachel Griffin & according to the flypage, the story collector, Tanya Robyn Batt is “one of the world’s few professional faeries”!
As a fibre artist myself, I am constantly trying to stretch my horizons & explore new techniques. This book is certainly going to help me do that – it’s delightful & fully researched – there’s even a complete bibliography at the back !
If my kids are lucky, I might just work these stories into their lessons, too !
As it says in the book –
“….turn the page & let yourself enjoy the weaving & wearing of stories, where the warp is that which is constant & unchanging & the weft is the bright & darkly coloured threads whose dance creates vivid patterns & intricate designs.”
Make Stuff ♥ Be Happy!
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