Brand-new in Barron's growing "200 Q&A" series of books for craft hobbyists, this profusely illustrated volume uses the easy-reference Q&A format to answer needlecrafters' most-often-asked questions about mastering the required techniques for making a variety of patchwork items. Practical answers to 200 questions enlighten readers on-- The difference between a template and a stencil and how to use each The best fabric to use for a patchwork bag How to join irregular shapes to create crazy patchwork patterns How a home computer can help in creating patchwork designs How to make pictures with patchwork How to do appliquAAEAA(c) . . . and much more
Here, too, is information on needed tools and techniques, fabrics, making and joining blocks, matching colors, mixing plain and patterned pieces, fabric dying, and collage. The book's questions with answers are categorized according to themed chapters that cover everything from "Tools and Materials" to "Patchwork as Artwork. " Instruction is enhanced with approximately 100 illustrations in color and black and white.