Author and illustrator Debra Frasier was invited to lecture on this topic to the Western North Carolina Textile Study Group, and the public, in mid-November 2017. This is the bibliography that accompanies Debra’s presentation, with book selections by Debra Frasier and Vicki Palmquist.
If you would like to invite Debra to give this presentation to your group, please contact her.
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Books are listed in order of appearance in the presentation.
INTRODUCTION TO THE PICTURE BOOK FORM
Spike, Ugliest Dog in the Universe
Collaged worn blue jeans with other textiles and papers.
THREE HISTORICAL INSPIRATIONS
The Lady and the Unicorn, as seen in the Musée de Cluny, Paris, France.
The Bayeux Tapestry, written by David M. Wilson, “The Complete
Stitching Stars, The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers, Lyons, Mary E, African-American Artists and Artisans series, 1993, Charles Scribner’s & Sons, historical overview of late 1860’s, slave life, and Ms. Powers’ works and history.
A QUIRKY SURVEY OF TEXTILE TECHNIQUES
USED IN ILLUSTRATIONS
FOR CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS
The Alphabet Atlas
Machine quilted, collaged continents
Nonfiction combined with mythic, all quilted
Patchwork Folk Art, Using Appliqué & Quilting Techniques
Not a children’s picture book but an excellent introduction to narrative in patchwork collage.
Mrs. Noah’s Patchwork Quilt
Presents a how-to along with the story of Mrs. Noah’s quilt, and a back pocket includes patterns of quilt pieces appearing in the illustrations.
A quilt made from a family’s clothing is passed down in various guises for more than a century, a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
CLOTH AND THINGS IN THE SEWING BASKET
Pat the Bunny
Spiral bound with a small trim-size, this classic book uses actual bits of fabric to “feel” and “lift.”
Wag A Tail
Collaged papers and cloth, with buttons and “pinking shear” edging throughout.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf
Burlap, kite tails, string and bits of cloth are used in the collages.
Nelson has combined cloth with painting for both landscapes and clothing.
Ehlert has used actual objects: work gloves, apron swatch, sewing tools, scissors, pattern tissue — in this ode to making things as a child.
PAPER TREATED AS CLOTH
Seeds of Change
Distinctive Kenyan-styled flower print dress patterns are used as the inspiration for paintings of dresses and mirrored in landscapes.
Not a children’s picture book but an excellent workshop-in-a-book on creating narratives with appliqué.
Baby’s First Book
Hand sewn felt, vintage fabrics, buttons, and stitched lettering collaged for a baby’s compendium of subjects. ALL items and backgrounds made of cloth.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Downes uses fine fabrics appliquéd with rich embroidery, incorporating a consistent running stitch to outline and embellish.
CLOTH AS SUBJECT
A Pattern for Pepper
From Herringbone to Dotted Swiss, from Argyle to Toile — a visit to a tailor’s shop becomes a compendium of fabric patterns with each fabric sampled in the hunt for the perfect pattern for Pepper. Oil paint and graphite on board.
THREE‑D CLOTH AND FELT
Felt-Wee-Folk, 120 Enchanting Dolls
This is a how-to book for creating characters and scenes as pictured in Pocketful of Posies.
Entirely illustrated by felted 3‑D characters that are set in an environment, superbly lit, and photographed to tell classic tales in one word page turns. Several classic titles are included in this series.
Roarr, Calder’s Circus
Using bits of Calder’s spoken text from the film of his hand manipulated circus, Kalman expands the language and characterizations. Calder’s circus characters of wire and cloth are photographed and then collaged across the double-page spread.
THE DYED BOOK
We Got Here Together
Shibori, a resist dyeing method, is used to pattern Japanese gampi tissue paper (long fibered tissue) as ocean and rain, in both pipe resist and braided resist techniques, respectively. Shibori tissue paper is combined with Japanese dyed sheets in collages on illustration board.
Catharine Ellis, self published, three titles:
Cape Cod: The Present, Blue, and Mapping Color (written by Nancy Penrose, illustrated by Catharine Ellis). Find Catharine’s resources and publications here.
(Each of these chapbooks is illustrated using photographs of natural dyed fabrics, sometimes additionally stitched on the surfaces, while abstractly defining the text.)
What are your favorite books illustrated with textiles? Send us your recommendations.