The Melted Fabrics Book Store
Books about Textiles
I've written 6 books about textiles and the techniques I use so I figured it was about time I made a lensography for them.
I used to sell my e-books as PDF files on CD but now I sell them as downloads on Lulu.com - it's much quicker and cheaper and uses fewer trees!
Melted Fabrics was my first book (named after my website and that I melt fabrics!). This book has all the info about the melting techniques I used when I was starting out experimenting with textiles. I think I wrote it a couple of years after I left uni and started my textiles business.
Foundling is the "babies and bluebirds" book - it's full of cutesy fluffy textiles.
Melted and Felting doesn't actually include a lot of melting but I do combine felt with a lot of my stitched textiles work.
How to Make a Textiles Wrap is a shorter book which focuses on a thick textiles wrap I made and how you can make a similar one.
There's my calendar projects book - I wrote a project for every month of the year.
And a book about recycling in your textiles craft work.
What are Melted Fabrics?
It's Exactly What it Sounds Like
My textiles work features a lot of fabric that has literally been melted with a heat gun or soldering iron.
Fabrics are layered and stitched and then blasted with heat to reveal the layers - it seemed like a much quicker way to produce cut away applique when I was experimenting one day.
Not all fabrics will melt - it's best to use cheap man-made fabrics.
If you're going to experiment then remember to protect your lungs - work in a well-ventilated area and wear a protective mask. Man-made fabric is similar to plastic and the fumes are toxic.
No need to buy an expensive craft heat gun - any gun will do. I like to use one with 2 settings.
If you find your gun melts too quickly trying using it for a few seconds at a time and from further away.
Remember the fumes are toxic and you should never breathe them in. Use a mask and work in a well-ventilated area.
Some of my Favourite Melted Textiles PiecesClick thumbnail to view full-size
My first Textiles e-book
Melting and Felting
How to Make a Textiles Wrap
The Melted Fabrics Calendar
Recycling for Textiles
Melted Fabrics Creative Journal
The one that didn't make it!