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Book Giveaway: “Patchwork Folk Art” by Janet Bolton

Aug 18, 2009
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Patchwork Folk Art by Janet Bolton

Folk art reflects the everyday life and times of pre-industrial society–a time when daily life evolved at a slow, unharried pace. It carries a simple nostalgic reminder of past traditions and cultures and is steeped in history. Patchwork Folk Art by Janet Bolton is a delightful, softcover primer providing instruction to help the reader design her own beautiful folk art. Janet’s book provides just the right amount of guidance–even for beginners to make folk pictures suitable for framing. The author discusses all of the steps required to cut, compose and stitch a picture as well as suggestions for framing. Full-size templates are included so that you can duplicate the samples that are shown, or they can be used as inspiration for new ideas. In today’s world of “green” living, this craft will allow you to weed many of your small fabric scraps from your stash while creating one-of-a-kind art. 

Janet Bolton lives, writes and teaches in the United Kingdom. She has also written two books for children: My Grandmother‘s Patchwork Quilt and Noah‘s Ark. Her work is represented in the collections of the Crafts Council, British Council and the Embroiderer’s Guild.

Since 1985 her work has been featured in many exhibitions around the world including the Crafts Council, Contemporary Applied Arts, Robert Young Antiques and the Rona Gallery in London, the Works Gallery, Philadelphia, and Gayle Wilson Gallery, The Hamptons, New York, Takeshimaya, Tokyo and the Museum De Stadshof, Holland.

Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm, Monday, August 24, and you could be one of THREE lucky winners of this new book!

Three winners will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday, August 25.

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  1. dundon October 15th

    When told of this book, it wasn't interested. When browsing through it, I was totally sold!! The art is wonderful and the simplicity is stunning.

  2. metermaid July 16th

    i love the simple design and subjects. I can envision doing a folk art piece with a backyard clothesline and little dresses hanging on it. I also love sheep and goats and would definately include them.

    Rita Rodenbaugh

  3. valeria100 June 20th

    I have a folk art look in my apartment which includes some family antiques. Recently I made pillows which are very folksy>I think they are really wild. I would certainly love to have this book to expand ideas for projects.
    I also play folk music on my fiddle
    Posted 12:15 June 29

  4. Anitarita June 9th

    I love sewing and working with fabrics in a creative way. My mom taught me how to sew when I was waiting to go to Kindergarten. We also used to make patch work quilts with the fabrics we sewed with or from garments we did not wear anymore. I just retired from teaching and am organizing my sewing room. I have been taking a sewing class in Adult Education that has really been fun. I have the same Professor/Teacher I had in college and she has been teaching sewing for 50 years, how lucky is that? I would love to have the book.

  5. Mariesainte May 25th

    Looks like fun! I have way too many scraps and need ways to use them before they crowd me out of house & home...

  6. jjear April 14th

    I love folk art. This looks like a great book. I would love a copy.

  7. hatmom August 25th

    The folk art reminds me of work my grandmother did when I was a child. She never let any fabric go to waste, even recycling old clothes into creations that she designed in her head and then produced for all to see. Folk Art truly provides a link between then and now like an affirmation that a simpler time did really exist.

  8. suziesewsalot August 25th

    I just love Folk Art. It reminds me of simpler times, and simple things. Like me! Looks like a wonderful book of inspiration.

  9. User avater MoeWest August 24th

    Folk art is just the type of look I am attracted to. I love country decor. This looks like a great book.

  10. User avater msbyrdt August 24th

    When my daughter was born (36 yrs. ago), my sister in law made something similar for her. It was the cutest! She put it in a 8"x 10" frame. The picture was a little girl in a garden, with the sun shining at the top and the little girl was in a cute little skirt & top. She had pigtails and was jumping rope among the flowers. The sun, little girl & a kitty were trapunto(sp.?) The other parts were embroidered. It was on a sky blue background. Had a tiny house in the distance and grass & wildflowers spread around. It was just adorable. Years later I asked my sister in law, if she remembered it & what inspired her to make it. She didn't even remember making it!...bummer. Some how in one of many moves, it got lost and I still look for it. The thing is, Janet Bolton's book says, that I can make a folk art picture too! :) Just the little excerpt in your article on "Patchwork Folk Art" has me determined to make a folk art picture for myself.

  11. User avater soulsurgeon August 24th

    Hey! Looks like a great book. I love this kind of primitive design and would love a copy. Hope I win one.

  12. Ilovequilts August 24th

    This book is so beautiful, had a chance to look at a friend's copy...would love my very own.

  13. User avater rosemaryschild August 24th

    Sounds like the book I have been searching for my whole life! Graet giveaway!

  14. Sulagay August 24th

    I have been sewing most of my life. I watched my mother make my school clothes. That is how I learned. When I married I did not have a sewing machine. I wanted one so bad I made my first dress sewing on my hands. I designed it also. since I proved I could sew my Husband & I went shopping for a used machine. I put it on lay a way and paid it out. This was in the 50's I made all my children's clothes for school 2 boys & 2girls also their underware. My girls ask me for a long time after they married to make their undies for them, They said the ones I made didn't ride up like the store bought ones.I have never had a sewing lesson I guess I could say I am self taught except for when I watched my Mother. I have had the desire all my life. When I retire I will have more time.I work as a floral designer and I am 70 years young. Thanks for reading my story give sewing a try it's a wonderful thing to learn. Be patient!

  15. bluejay518 August 24th

    i have always loved folk art but never knew how to do it i would just love this book that way i can make all kinds of things for all my 8 grandchildren all my 5 great-grand children they would all love whatever i make them please make me a winner i sure am hoping

  16. User avater janebackert August 24th

    I would like to use applique and quilting textures in folk themes.

  17. User avater adc53 August 24th

    Thank you for the opportunity to acquire this book, my main interest is in the appliqués part of it. I would enjoy adding them to garments and to afghans I make as gifts. To that end, I feel I need to improve on the designs, I should get a real good book that goes beyond the usual simple i-2-3 explanations.

  18. TeddieSeeley August 24th

    This is the kind of book that I'm always on the look out for, I would love to own one.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  19. ALinzer August 24th

    Looks like my kinda thing! Love the featured art pieces and the cover art. Makes me want to try my hand at patchwork folk art! I have lots of scraps and a vast clip file...

  20. User avater casachavez August 24th

    Folk art is the universal medium for every culture in the world. Would love to receive this book.

  21. Sewingelf August 24th

    Folk art quilting is right up my alley. Would love to accent my dining room and home with the projects from the book. It would be a great book to add to my beginning of a quilt library. I have been sewing other things for years and would like to expand my horizons. The projects would be great for shower, birthday and holiday gifts. I also do a sewing camp for kids every January and am always looking for fun projects to teach them sewing.

  22. User avater lxlaube August 24th

    I would love to experiment techniques on my pocketbooks.

  23. User avater lxlaube August 24th

    Need to get to the library so that I can check out this book. I love folk art and ethnic fabrics. I would love to experiment techniques on my pocketbooks.

  24. User avater SewingQueen August 23rd

    I love this book. It's been a favorite library perusal for me for many years. Does anyone know how it's been updated from the '95 print copy?

  25. MARILYNJOAN August 23rd

    Please,please,pleas may I have a copy! I am the grandmother of a new baby boy whose bedroom needs decorating and these pictures are so bright and colourful I know they would keep him(and his Mum)smiling all day long!

  26. User avater clafaver August 23rd

    Folk art is so americana. I would love to incorporate it into my designs.

  27. fukuro August 22nd

    I recently saw some vwey expensive framed art, which looked a lot like the framed kite picture! I have some molas from Colombia which would look great framed.

  28. sewingisart August 22nd

    Love these creations. Some remind me of Grandma Moses.

  29. sfart August 21st

    Folk art is amazing and this book looks like a great way to create your own. I love the green take on it.

  30. rsgrandinetti August 21st

    I would love to have this book. I could have so much fun with a few fun new projects.


  31. pinkie August 21st

    I'd love to recieve a copy of this many good ideas to put to use ! Thanks for the chance !

  32. PaulaSch August 20th

    I received Janet Bolton's My Grandmothers Patchwork Quilt a few Christmas's ago and just love it. This book would be a wonderful addition to my library of quilting books. One can never have enough inspiration or reference materials to get those creative juices flowing.

  33. User avater WEE_GRANNY August 20th

    I plan to try and create an heirloom project with a scottish story theme for my Grandaughter and I think this book would be inspirational

  34. sarattitude August 20th

    This book will no doubt inspire me to record my own memories in fabric. I look forward to getting started.

  35. Kemma August 19th

    Wow what an awesome book, this would be great to receive for Christmas!

  36. User avater noelleholler August 19th

    Thanks for offering such a great book giveaway! Looks like fun. (:

  37. Maggie61 August 19th

    What looks like a treasure chest of special projects!

  38. User avater katyjones August 19th

    Folk Art is my favorite style! Looks like a lovely book. It would be great inspiration for my sewing, rug hooking and applique work. I have my fingers crossed!

  39. folkartandfantasy August 19th

    I'd love a copy of this book, folk art painting and sewing are my passions. I'm always looking for new ideas.

  40. CDStyle August 18th

    This book looks so cute! I can think of a ton of ways to use the ideas from this book... pictures frames, appliqué for shirts and skirts, scrap booking, quilting, etc. I am so excited there will be 3 winners for a copy of the book!

  41. User avater valpainter August 18th

    I love folk art. I have several old pictures in my house that are fold art.

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