This book features 25 inspirational sewing projects shown step by step. The beauty of applique celebrated in original and practical projects. Stylish items include a Shaker-style throw, a child's apron, a tablecloth and matching napkins, pillows of all varieties; plus decorative hangings, curtains and blankets. All the applique techniques are included, from using fabric markers, tacking over paper, cut-work and shadow-work to broderie perse and reverse applique. Suggests fabrics, trimmings, various stitches and embellishments so that you can make your project totally unique. With a gallery of exciting, contemporary applique designs by leading textile artists. Over 300 photographs showing step by step what you are aiming for. The technique of applique has been a popular hobby for centuries. Born from reasons of practicality and a desire for embellishment, applique allowed the craftsperson to decorate fabrics while making the most of precious textiles and other materials. Today, applique continues to fascinate designers who combine the traditions of the past with new designs and materials. This book is a guide to this versatile needlecraft, including 25 original projects specially designed by some of today's leading craftspeople. A comprehensive techniques section covers the equipment and materials you will need and helps you to master the basics. A gallery of work by contemporary textile artists reveals the almost endless possibilities of the craft and will inspire more experienced needleworkers to produce their own projects. With over 300 photographs and exquisite designs, this book is an easy-to-follow technical source and a stimulating guide to creating beautiful contemporary applique pieces.