Shadowfolds Book Review

I always love finding new things to try. Particularly when they involve fabric. I was mesmerized when I first saw the book Shadowfolds by Chris K. Palmer. Think flat origami with fabric.

I created my first shadowfold in less than an hour.

I then added my own decorative stitching to customize my creation.

Then I went on to some of the more complicated patterns. This one in particular came out looking very neat in my opinion. In this shot you can see the 'back' of the star design. If you look closely you can see the small stitches I made to create the piece.

I used simple cotton fabric. The book recommends a thin silk but that was out of my budget. Maybe after a little practice I would feel confident to buy silk and make a beautiful wall hanging. Until then I think I will stitch my creations into a small lap quilt.

Above is what the inside of the book looks like. Most of the more complex patterns need to be enlarged to achieve the desired technique. The detail involved in some of them is to much to do on a small scale.

The book has good instructions and a large selection of patterns to pick from. You can even just use a section of a bigger design if you like.

I think these would make great accent blocks for a patchwork quilt or maybe a bag. If you are feeling really creative you could make one on a larger piece of fabric and then cut out a clothing pattern piece such as part of a skirt or blouse. I'm just going to go add that idea to my 'to-do' list.

Overall I thought this book had a lot of interesting and beautiful ideas. A creative mind could really put these designs into great new creations. Check out this book, I don't think you will be disappointed.