Ann Davies trained in embroidery at Goldsmiths College in London before turning her attention to rag rugs, traditionally crafted carpets woven from upcycled pieces of cloth which are stitched or woven together. This book, first published in 1996, considers the potential for pictorial rugs or wall-hangings, with step-by-step instructions and guidance on cleaning, care and repair.
Designing with Natural Forms, by Natalie d’Arbeloff, photographs by Ted Sebley
Artist Natalie d’Arbeloff is best known for her work as a printmaker, cartoonist and writer, but her interest in peace and other social conscience movements have long played a powerful role in her work. In Designing with Natural Forms, a book first published in 1973, she reflects on observation of nature and creative expression in visual art.
Dyes From Plants, by Seonaid Robertson
The natural world holds the potential for an endless spectrum of colour. Dyes from Plants by Seonaid M. Robertson, published in 1973, contains recipes for a collection of botanical dyes, along with pleasing plant illustrations, many of which are taken from woodcuts and engravings in old herbals.
New Ways With Macramé, by Joyce Hargreaves, illustrated by Brian Hargreaves
Macramé is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arabic weavers who used decorative knots to finish the loose ends of hand-woven textiles. In this 1981-published book, Joyce Hargreaves explores its future, laying out ideas for new designs which would test the medium’s boundaries.
The Natural House Book, by David Pearson, foreword by John Elkington
Interior design and environmental concerns are combined in this 1989-published handbook, which guides the reader through a series of inspiring, easy and practical ideas for how to use toxin-free materials, improve air and water quality, save energy and adapt a home to living holistic living.
Macramé, by Mary Walker Phillips
Mary Walker Phillips’ “complete introduction to the craft of creative knotting, illustrated in full colour” does not disappoint. Published in 1972, it maps the world of the ancient craft in a cohesive and easy-to-understand manner. An ideal entry point for any willing newcomer.
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