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Zentangle Fabric Arts

Zentangle Fabric Arts, Quilting, EmbroideryZentangle Fabric Arts – Quilting – Embroidery is the fourth and latest (October 2010) book from CZT®, artist, author and publisher Suzanne McNeill.

Oh, you quilters and fabric artists (and interested bystanders) are gonna love this one!

“If you enjoy working with fabric, quilts and embroidery, you will be inspired with Zentangle. Begin by drawing simple tangles on fabric, then continue with the collection of examples and techniques on how to translate tangles into machine stitches, free-motion quilting, transfers, color, patchwork and embroidery.” Suzanne writes, “In this book a talented team of fabric lovers share some wonderful projects as well as tips to get you started creating with fabric and tangles.”

The book includes 38 patterns for drawing (13 new ones by my count) and 30 patterns for free-motion quilting. In addition to the patterns, there are about 20 projects to inspire you. The projects are all Zentangle eye candy! Both materials required and complete instructions are given.

The Zentangle drawing projects include:

  • tangled purse by CZT® Mickey Tynan Weitsen
  • tangled apron by CZT® Sandy Steen Bartholomew
  • pieced quilt by CZT® Vicki Murray
  • fabric postcard by Jill Buckley
  • mandala graffiti quilt by Jill Buckley
  • Zentangle crazy quilt by Gail Ellspermann
  • scan-tastic quilt by Gail Ellspermann
  • tangled fabric postcard and daisy pin by Gail Ellspermann
  • fabric postcards with color by Gail Ellspermann
  • friendship blocks by CZT® MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson

The free-motion quilting projects include:

  • wandering tangles by Sue Needle
  • zentastic small quilt by Sue Needle
  • zen of fishing by CZT® Suzanne McNeill, quilted by Sue Needle
  • zen quilting blocks, by CZT® Patricia Ferguson

The machine-stitching projects include:

  • little blocks by CZT® Vicki Murray
  • handy tangles block by Brenda Zangre
  • bleach discharge quilt by CZT® pasty monk

The piecing and embroidery projects include:

  • crazy patchwork by Ellyn Sheidlower
  • crazy patch block by Jennifer Lokey, and
  • ATC cards by Gail Ellspermann.

Zentangle: Fabric Arts is the same physical dimensions (8.5″ x 8.5″) as Sandy Bartholomew’s Totally Tangled book, and contains 52 pages including soft covers.

Whether or not you are a fabric artist, there is all kinds of great inspiration in here. Zentangle: Fabric Arts – Quilting – Embroidery is full of excellent tips for working with fabric and lists the specific supplies to Zentangle with each fabric project.

This is another must-have book for your Zentangle library!

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3 comments to Zentangle Fabric Arts

  • I’ve seen Tangled tennies on several sites and would love to try them. I’m looking for an inexpensive pair to try it on, as I’m not sure whether the Micron ink will spread on the canvas shoes. I’d rather try it on a cheap pair first!

    I’m a quilter and one of the things that drew me to Tangling is that it will also work well with free-motion quilting or even quilts themselves. I am considering scanning the pictures into my computer, printing them on fabric, then making a “Tangle Sampler” quilt.

  • Cindi,
    I got a great pair of (leather) Keds at a local discount shoe warehouse (DSW) for $24. and used a double-ended Sharpie marker. They worked out great and I get lots of comments. Utrecht Art sells blank canvas Keds for quite a bit more, but it’s another option. My next project is to use a White Sharpie paint marker for my black shoes (Old).
    Have fun.

  • bridgett

    I used white canvas Converse sneakers that were on sale at Target, Kohl’s, and Fred Meyer (in Washington) and they all turned out great. I used the micron for drawing and then fabric dye pens for coloring. They are fun to do and fun to show off!

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