Book: Sew Wild {Plus giveaway}

by kath_red on 22/11/2011

in Books, Paper+Mixed Media

It’s book month at

Sew Wild: Creating With Stitch and Mixed Media By Alissa Burke, Published by Interweave Press; Pap/DVD edition (September 27, 2011).

Alissa Burke has done an outstanding job with this book. I am in love! Sewing, printing, painting, glueing – to create different effects and gorgeous accessories. The main part of the book is the techniques – detailed instructions on various surface design techniques, along with using and understanding colour and pattern make this book very different from your usual project based books. Along with the techniques are examples – yes! fabulous gorgeous samples of colour, pattern, materials and design.

There are projects too – simple and fun – and made to put your new found skills to work – love the obi belt and graffiti pencil case – pictured above.

Plus a bonus project - make a fish mobile – super cute!

Giveaway now closed

Now because I know you want one of these books – Interweave is generously giving TWO whipup readers a chance to win a book – you also will get an eBook to go along with the print addition. So leave a comment here – letting us know your fave mixed media format – you have 48 hours to enter and winners will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Thanks so much! Winners have been chosen via random number generator – they are: #84 Gravy, and #18 Jinty – you have been contacted via email.

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{ 93 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sharon November 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

What a great looking book… My Christmas wish list has expanded (again!). As for my favourite mixed media format… I hate to admit this, but I am a boring/safe crafter and never mix things up! I look at books such as this and realise that I really need help, I need to get out of my comfort zone in order to experiment/take risks with my work!

2 Beth T. November 22, 2011 at 6:39 am

I love anything with printing on it–love art with text, love fabric with text. I’ve never added text to any of my quilts, but I’m considering doing that. This book looks like it might give me the push I need.

3 Vyky S November 22, 2011 at 7:01 am

Wow! Cool book :)
My mother in law has a small commercial printer and does t-shirts and lots of other things and I literally have to stop myself from involving her in my craft projects!
The last thing I made was a rainbow coloured combi van mobile for a new baby’s room :)

4 Deborah November 22, 2011 at 7:16 am

I’ve never really done anything with mixed media either, but I think something with photographs, fabric and stitching would be interesting – this book certainly looks like it could inspire me.

5 Lois Moore November 22, 2011 at 7:29 am

Looks like a great book for trying some new creative projects. The speaker at my quilt guild las night recommended it also.

6 C November 22, 2011 at 7:51 am

I love combining print/writing with paint and paper…be it a painting, a collage or a print, doesn’t matter…I just like the looks and I enjoy words and quotes….One favorite combo is to write large in charcoal/black acrylic over painting and then work around and over the letters or words.
I think this book would help be to learn to have more “fun” sewing …

7 sonya h November 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

what a fabulous offer! thanks whipup – you never fail to inspire us.
i love mixing fabric with paper – and sewing over the lot

8 beth lehman November 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

My kids would really dig this style of art/crafting – it’s so much easier for kids who don’t have as many limitations! Fun stuff!

9 Tera November 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

I love print mixed with sewing and painting is great as well. This book is on my wish list. What a lovely giveaway, thank you. : )

10 Betty Bake November 22, 2011 at 8:24 am

i love the look of this book.
my fav mixed media is …. pencil crayons and ink on a variety of textures


Betty b

11 Sophia November 22, 2011 at 8:35 am

This book is really great and I SO would like to have one. I like to mix lace and felt or lace and heavy fabric like jeans.

12 amy November 22, 2011 at 8:57 am

This looks like such a fun book! I like to put embroidery everywhere, and I like printing on fabric, and I’m sure I will combine the two (and more) when I’m out from under the kids a bit more. :)

13 Coco November 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

So interesting and inspiring! I love sewing, drawing and painting…but never thought of putting them together to make something. Definitely a must read for me!
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

14 Carrie November 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

I love anything with text like a word or name added. This book looks wonderful, I have her other book and it’s great too. Thanks so much for the chance!

15 Laura Pilker November 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

I LOVE this book! I like to incorporate mixed media into my scrapbooking. Paper, fabric, wire, staples, stitches, whatever I can find.

16 PJ November 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

I don’t know if it is considered mixed media but I like using fabric paints, embroidery, and fabric. This book looks fantastic.

17 Lu Peters November 22, 2011 at 9:55 am

This promises to be an exciting new book of mixed media techniques for adding layers and textural interest to any art quilt. I like using thermofax and Photo EZ screens for printing, and am experimenting with various forms of image transfer.

18 Jinty November 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

If you combine me and paint it gets very, very messy… but occasionally it turns out pretty cool, I’m always using buttons in unconventional ways, and I have been known to embroider some of my doodles onto clothing.
I would love to learn how to use a sewing machine to ‘draw’ on fabric. the results are so cool! Nothing better than an inspirational book filled with lots of glossy pictures to get me feeling creative.

19 LauraSJ November 22, 2011 at 10:04 am

I’m planning a small quilt with photographs…maybe I’ll add a little embroidery or painting to mix the media even further. I don’t have any eperience with this, but I’ll call it my favorite form of mixed media anyway!

20 Marijke November 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

I love her blog and how amazingly creative she is. Redefine Creativity and that she does! Perfect for a summer of crafting

21 Marijke November 22, 2011 at 10:09 am

I love her blog and how amazingly creative she is. Redefine Creativity – and that she does! I do it all – fabric and paint and food dye and clay and plaster and pva glue and pen and water colour – not yet have I painted my hall way floor but she is so inspiring I might just do it! Congratulations on your bubba Alissa xx

22 ayu n. laraswati November 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

I love mixed with sewing and painting is great as well,
but never thought of putting them together to make something
This book is on my wish list.
What a lovely giveaway, thank you. : )

23 Penny November 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

I like stamping on fabric and sewing. Love the book, it looks great!

24 Pattij November 22, 2011 at 10:31 am

I’ve never really done anything with mixed media, but am very interested in starting some projects!

25 sangeetha November 22, 2011 at 10:32 am

I would really like to try block printing with hand embroidery. Currently this seems to be my favorite

26 Tricia November 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

I love paint on fabric! And stitches on paper. Can’t wait to see this book.

27 Tineke November 22, 2011 at 10:40 am

This book looks so inspiring! I love the combination of stitching over printed or painted patterns.

28 Julie November 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

this book looks very interesting. i love the idea of painting fabric, it’s something i would love to look at in this book.

29 magali November 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

This book looks fantastic !! Gotta tell Santa Claus I need it :)

30 Amy November 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

I love to paint fabric, and I usually use stencils. I’d love to get into block printing.

31 Deidre November 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

I have not explored with mixed media — other than doing some fabric printing/embordery on some sewing projects….but it something that I would like to explore more (after the christmas crafting crazyiness is over! Thanks for the chance to win!

32 Carrie November 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love collage and assemblage with found objects. I’ve got a fish hanging in my living room made from grapevine, a beach badge, the metal part of a clipboard and the top of a hanger. I love to mix it up, and I love Alissa’s work – it’s so inspirational.

33 thebigmango November 22, 2011 at 11:36 am

Wow, looks like a great book which I’d love a copy of. I’ve recently been trying out printing with stencils and various mark making tools which I’ve found fun and yet so different from stitching.

34 Barbara November 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

My favorite has to be art journaling–with pens, doodles, collage, etc. I just wish I had more time!

35 Shannon C. November 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

What a nice giveaway! Looks like a fabulous book! I’m really a fan of digitally altered photos printed on fabric and incorporated into pieced quilts, but am always looking for fun new techniques!

36 Shaun S. November 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

This book looks great! I love art Journalling- mixing in old ledger papers, vintage wallpaper, photos I’ve taken and sewing them into the pages. Having a personalized page to start with makes the writing come so much easier. I would love to se some of these techniques on my pages.

37 Deanna November 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I love mixing fabric with paper, especially in art journals.

38 Greta November 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Love the book. If I don’t win this will go on my wish list as it’s got some great projects. I love making miniature postcards which involve sewing, glueing, painting and anything I can lay my hands on.

39 Ella November 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I’m a “vanilla” crafter. I’ve yet to try mixed media, but it sounds like fun!

40 Jennyroo November 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I like combining paper and fabric! Thanks for sharing, would love to win!

41 Nandini November 22, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I have always loved Alisa Burke and her crafts. Her blog is so full of colour and inspiration.. would love to win this book.. Thanks for the giveaway!

42 nicole November 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

i love stitching on paper!

43 Gill Watson November 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This looks a great book! I like adding words to things – everything really!

44 Lynn November 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I love paper collage, but I am interested in fabrics too. Thanks for the giveaway!

45 Lisa C. November 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

What a cool book! So far I haven’t ventured into mixed media, but I really want to try!

46 Deepa November 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I really enjoyed making altered books and will go back to it again when my kids are not so little and I have more “chunks” of time. One of my favorite pieces involved ironing freezer paper onto muslin and running it through my inkjet printer, and using gel medium and packing tape for transfers. Very fun, and there is no “right answer.”
Crossing my fingers and hoping to win a copy of the book!

47 Anna Koziol November 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I like to add paint to fabric, as well as metals, feathers and angelina fibers.
Thanks for this opportunity.

48 Ana November 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Wanna wanna wanna have!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wild heart needs wild ideas – to make new wild Hearts! Would love to have this book, definitely…

49 Sherry j. November 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I like to collage all kinds of things and embellish my quilts with beads and other found objects.

50 Kaitlyn November 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

eeeeee! want!
my favorite would have to be anything i make with materials from my craft box. buttons, yarn, ribbon, cut outs from magazine, etc, i love just making random things.

51 mountain girl November 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Oh, wow! This is right up my alley. Looks like a great book!

52 Kylie C November 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Recently I tried my first mixed media project by painting a canvas and then embellishing it with embroidery, it was a lot of fun since I rarely get to paint.

53 Deanna November 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I sew all the time but don’t do much mixed media. Perhaps having this book would give me incentive to branch out into new skills!

54 Cate Holst November 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Wow, this book looks fabulous! I’m just starting to use the sewing machine using quilting stitch. My favourite mixed media is probably paint, paper and fabric

55 MarciaW November 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I like printing on fabric sheets and completed a sewing room embroidery sampler where printed the motif on poplin in a matching color. Worked well. Thanks for the giveaway.

56 Diana M November 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm

What an amazing looking book. At the moment I am loving to applique and or embroidery and or draw with my fabric markers on every project I am making from aprons to clutch purses to little dresses and tops to give as Christmas presents.

57 Lizzie November 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I love using fabric in jewerly. And embroidery. And…everything. I love everything. I would LOVE this book!

58 Dale Anne Potter November 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

I LOVE all Mixed Media – so can’t say one favourite!
I put this book on my Want List when Alisa announced she was writing it. It looks AWESOME!!!

59 Jacqui November 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Wow what a great Chrissy present this would make! To myself of course ;)
Well we all need a little spoiling!

60 Julie Gravelle November 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm

What a book. some great ideas!!

61 Chelsey November 22, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I love Alisa Burke and I would love to have this book! Looks awesome! I have 2 favorite mixed media formats: altered books and found object dolls! I love adding fabric, paint, small objects, pictures, etc. to old books to give them new life. I also love making dolls out of unexpected objects like a tea strainer or candlestick to name a couple! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

62 Lisa November 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm

That book looks AMAZING! I will definitely check it out! I really need to learn free-hand sewing/quilting – it looks so awesome!

63 Brandy M. November 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I like to make small projects with fabric & ric rac. It’s a new love, but I LOVE ric-rac!!!


64 Susan November 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I enjoy making cards that combine different materials/techniques – photos, text, paper, ribbon, etc. I also embroider felt balls with seed beads to be used in jewelry. The more texture I can combine into one piece, the better.

65 Jana November 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I love painting on fabric and sewing projects from that. While in college, I became inspired by the work of Faith Ringgold. Her quilt paintings are amazing. I’ve always drawn and painted and couldn’t wait to incorporate that into fabric projects once I began learning to sew.

66 JustVal November 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

That book looks fabulous! My fave mixed media format would be wonderful curly willow branches, little rusty metal pieces and bits and pieces of anything I find intriguing that I find out in nature. These items are woven or stitched onto fabric that has been dyed or painted. Thank you for such a wonderful give-a-way!

67 Shawna November 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I have not tried any mixed media projects yet. I just started getting into sewing and quilting this fall. I’d love the chance to try something new. Thanks for the giveaway.


68 TK November 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I love making collages and using paint, fabrics, and natural materials in them.

69 MelodyJ November 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

I love paints with beads on glass. Also screen printing and embroidery on fabric.


70 Dana November 23, 2011 at 12:52 am

I love to use tissue paper, mod podge, and colored wire!! I make a “drawing” with a piece of wire, then use colored tissue paper to encase the wire. I use mod podge to make the paper stiff and shiny. Trim paper around the wire, and viola!!

71 Pranita November 23, 2011 at 12:57 am

I’ve never tried mixed media; but i want to because it looks so eye-catching!!! :)

72 Mindy November 23, 2011 at 1:20 am

I like to mix painting and collage. I’d love to learn to do more with fabric painting and sewing collage.

73 Maureen Dempsey November 23, 2011 at 2:11 am

I love combining sewing, embroidery and quliting to create special collages, This book looks like it would give me so many more ideas.

74 Jane T November 23, 2011 at 3:32 am

I’ve not done any mixed media, but if I ever should it would be words and bright colors together.

75 Sonja November 23, 2011 at 5:01 am

I love to print on everything, fabric, paper, wood…
The book looks fantastic!

76 Rebecca November 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

This book looks awesome – I love all the diagrams and suggestions for making contrast with stitch.

77 Lori Kay November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

I hope I’m not too late to get in on this giveaway. The book looks great (as does your own recent effort!).

78 Lisa November 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

I would love, love, love to win this one! Her work really speaks to me. Thanks!!

79 June November 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

I’m such a craft-loving geek at heart and just don’t get the opportunity to do it as often as I would like. This book looks AMAZING! Maybe this would be enough motivation to start doing more!

80 June November 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

Sorry… forgot to mention my fav media… I love, love, love the free-motion stitching!

81 Grace November 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm

oh boy, I borrowed this book from the library and it’s on my wishlist. I love Alisa’s works! Most of my mixed media projects are made using paper, fabric scraps, modelling paste and paints. Next, I’d like to make more art with larger pieces of fabric – including dyed fabric.

82 Jen R November 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I love watercolor and ink with paper sculpture!

83 Gravy November 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I really like to stretch for unexpected combinations, creating things that are both tactile and visually exciting. My favorite outcomes usually involve things like wood or metal and textiles, with some form of printing and/or needlework. I love learning and incorporating new techniques, which is why this book just draws me in!

84 Brandy November 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I love fabric & crayons for kids’ quilts!

85 Jodi G. November 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This looks like a great book! Wow! So much to look at. I’d love to be able to try some of these techniques, jump out of “my box” hehe. I have not tried any mix media art, yet. I’ve made picture art quilt wallhangings but I followed a pattern. I’d love to try something “free form”.

Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.


86 Linda November 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Well, I’ve managed to print on fabric and include in a small quilt – bet this book would help get me out of my tiny comfort zone!

87 Lisa November 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I love repurposing stuff, so I combine all sorts of things from wood, metal, old magazines, cereal boxes etc. I also love learning new techniques!

88 Heidi November 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Rad book! I just tried free-form sewing for the first time the other day and loved it! My fave mixed media is embroidery/fabric/paint/found objects.

89 Monica November 24, 2011 at 1:37 am

I love Alisa Burke’s work. I recently did her online course, “Beneath the Surface” and loved it – would love to win the book!

90 Holly Bendezu November 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

I just love Alisa Burke! I love to incorporate fabric and sewing onto my canvas paintings! Keeping an art journal has inspired me to try mixing materials. Thanks for the awesome give-away!

91 jessica w. November 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Great giveaway! I love a hard book rather than ebook

92 MJ Agles November 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Where does one begin when one feels they must compromise their love of other mediums, whether in fiber, texture, paint, and stitch, in order to create? With the possibility of winning a copy of this book, my quest appears to be solved. Thanks for introducing me to Alisa Burke!

93 Lizzy November 27, 2011 at 6:14 am

I love the idea of being able to incorporate my own photos into a fabric project – it can really personalise things and gives you so much scope to express yourself.

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