We are so excited to present our new book, Dimensional Denim! This book was inspired by our Crossroads Denim line. The beautiful thing about denim is that it is double sided, so there is no right or wrong side, and it rips in a really interesting way. We really wanted to explore these two characters of the fabric, and thus, this book was born.
To really take advantage of the unique qualities of denim, we chose to focus on fabric manipulation techniques, that take the flat denim and create 3-D textures. There are 10 techniques, each of which use a ripping method, instead of cutting. Then the fabric is folded, pressed or woven to create each technique. The book includes detailed illustrations to create each technique, as well as a coordinating project, using the method.
So, about the techniques! Each method has a coordinating home decor, accessory or fashion project, illustrated below. We also supply extra inspiration ideas and photographs. It is our hope that when you perfect the techniques you will apply them to many other projects.
The first technique in the book is the Spiral Flower. For this method you use bias strips of denim to create a stylized floral design.
Ruffles are a classic fabric manipulation technique, made much more substantial using layer of denim. Used with bright Crossroads Denim, this pillow makes a statement!The Strip Wave technique is a modern take on smocking. Change the fabric, width of waves and placement of strips and you have a whole new look.
So! That is the book that we have been hard at work on. As you can see we have used Crossroads Denim in many of the projects, but these techniques can also be used with recycled denim, or denim yardage, or any other fabric that is double sided and rips well. If you want to use a solid cotton you can test the fraying qualities of the fabric, and if it frays too much you could serge the edges of your fabric strips.
Want to win a copy of the book?? Simply leave a comment below about your favorite technique and you’ll be entered! The contest is over, thanks for everyone who entered!