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Hmong Story Cloths:
Preserving Historical & Cultural Treasures
Linda A. Gerdner, PhD, RN, FAAN
• 48 story cloths show the artistry of the Hmong while text explains the cloths’ cultural significance
• An in-depth look at the inspiration for and creation of Hmong story cloths
• Embroidered story cloths build upon one another to provide a holistic understanding of the Hmong people
Hmong story cloths provide a visual documentation of the historical and cultural legacy of theHmong people
from the country of Laos.TheHmong first beganmaking the story cloths during their time in refugee camps,
and featured here are 48 vibrant story cloths that provide a comprehensive look at their lives and culture.
The creation of a story cloth begins with the selection of fabric and images outlined onto the fabric. Long
satin stitches of multi-colored threads fill in the image, while details are applied with intricate satin stitches
and borders pieced together and hand-stitched. Topics include history, traditional life in Laos, Hmong New
Year, folk tales, and neighboring people. The quality and diversity of content of the story cloths build upon
one another to provide a holistic understanding of theHmong culture and history. Augmentedwith personal
stories and artifacts, this book is perfect for history buffs and textile artisans alike.
Linda A. Gerdner’s
love of the Hmong people led to her passion for collecting story cloths and for
the learning opportunities they provide. She has traveled to the Hmong villages in rural Laos and the last
refugee settlement in Thailand.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 266 color & 3 b/w images • 160 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4859-4 • hard cover • $34.99
Upcycle Your Wardrobe:
21 Sewing Projects for Unique, New Fashions
Mia Führer
• 21 garment-recycling projects with endless variations
• Learn sewing techniques that can be applied to future projects of your own design
• Save money, avoid waste, and make your fashion style truly one of a kind
Reuse, recycle, and repurpose the clothing you love, creating new, one-of-a-kind garments. Every one of the
21 inspiring projects in this book can be sewn quickly, even by beginners.The descriptive photo instructions
make it easy to follow the process step by step. Sew a length of chiffon onto a top to create a unique dress.
Change a beloved sweater by giving it a great newneckline. Revamp an old linen shirt into a trendy halter top.
That favorite pair of jeans that’s got holes worn in its knees? Transform it into a denim skirt. Give a T-shirt a
dramatic lace yoke, turn out-of-style pants into ever-stylish chinos, and much more.
Mia Führer
is a fashion designer, editor, author, and video producer. She has written several books that
make the creativity of fashion design accessible to women in a hands-on way.
Size: 9 1/8" x 8 1/8" • 199 color photos & diagrams • 64 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4849-5 • hard cover • $19.99
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