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Material World: Home Decor Projects for the Fabric Obsessed with Pattern(s)by Cat Wei
Synopses & Reviews
Readers can create over 50 home accessories after learning just a few simple techniques and learn how to invent their own designs through everyday inspiration.
Material World is the first in a series of home sewing books geared toward do-it-yourselfers and crafters who have an interest in interior design. The new home sewer has changed considerably over the past decade with the increase and popularity of home makeover shows and the reduced cost of owning a sewing machine. Most readers view sewing the same way they look at knitting and crocheting as a fun and relatively inexpensive way to create their own looks. Material World assumes working knowledge of a sewing machine with the basic construction techniques for the fun 50 projects. Each project shows the reader how to take inspiration from everyday items or the tear sheet from your favorite home dcor magazine and bring a little piece of it into your home by creating a pillow that can launch a thousand thoughts. Happy, contemplative, groovy, whimsy, softness, slickness, profound, artsy, and just beautiful Inspiration may come from a color of an apple, your favorite sports car or a great room. Most home accessories can be constructed from a simple square of fabric and transformed into a captivating piece of art.
Are you a do-it-yourselfer, or do you want to be? Are you looking to easily improve the decor of your home? If you're searching for inspiration, look no further! Material World takes you into the creative minds of 20 DESIGNERS from around the world to bring you unique home decor projects. Each fun project has a common thread — THEY ALL USE FABRIC as a main ingredient!
This beautifully illustrated book will take you on a journey from inspiration to materialization, with step-by-step instructions for projects to decorate and personalize every room in your habitat. It provides simple solutions for design dilemmas — upholstering furniture, sewing slipcovers, window treatments, bed trimmings, light fixtures, floor coverings, pillows, room partitions — even a bed for your dog! Perfect for a DIY novice or a seasoned professional, Material World covers a variety of exceptional SEW AND NO-SEW PROJECTS for terrific results.
New York City architect, interior designer and co-host of DIY Network's "Material Girls", Cat Wei, curates a recipe book of project ideas (including many of her own designs) to beautify your home for better living.
About the Author
Cat Wei is an architect, interior designer, television host, design consultant, and an inspiringly creative person, with a full resume of design-related jobs and projects. After receiving her Bachelor�s of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Cat moved back to the northeast, and into New York City to earn her Master's of Architecture degree from Columbia University. While in graduate school, Cat worked for such high-profile firms as Agrest and Gandelsonas, and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Upon graduation, Cat honed her interior design skills at several boutique design firms, including UT (a.k.a. Richardson Sakeki), the firm that is best known for the Bliss and Skinklinic spas. Cat kept attuned to the architecture world, by teaching architecture studio at the New York Institute of Technology.
In January 2004, Cat joined the cast of "Trading Spaces Family" as a designer, and recently finished filming "She�s Moving In" for the WE Network. As co-host of "Material Girls" on the DIY Network, Cat showcases her craftiness as a member of the "seam team" by demonstrating to the homeowner and the viewers how to completely transform a home, using fabric. Cat lives in New York City with her husband, Joel, and her miniature dachshund, Duke.
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