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Stitch, Fabric & Thread
An inspirational guide for creative stitchers
by Elizabeth Healey

 

 

Publisher's Description:
An inspiring, creative and practical exploration of stitch, fabric and thread.

Experiment with stitch, fabric and thread to create your own unique textiles.

This inventive book is a treasure trove of over 40 inspiring practical exercises, a rich and creative exploration of fabric and stitch, and a fascinating all-round read. Elizabeth Healey's approach to sewing is that it should be fun, and not like a chore or an exam we need to excel in. Her aim is to simply encourage you to pick up a needle and thread and get sewing!

The exercises draw inspiration from around the world: create corded works of art inspired by Milton Glaser's iconic Bob Dylan poster; create bold embroidered African masks; layer up and cut away to create Mola applique; use bleach and fabric paint to create Aboriginal dreamtime lizards; create knotted works of art inspired by ancient Mayan counting systems; embroider varsity cross-stitch letters or try out decorative Japanese book binding. Alternatively, try a host of other techniques such as quilting, printing, dyeing, couching tumbled crockery, creating pleats and puckers and needlelace.

Packed with stitch galleries and bursting with slow sewing ideas, the book also contains 'behind the stitches' features: illuminating insights into sewing movements such as Boro textiles, Gee's Bend quilting and Dorset buttons.

Reviews:

Library Journal USA
In this guide, crafter Healey explores embroidery supplies and techniques, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including vintage textiles, street art, textile arts from around the world, nature, and modern art. A variety of stitches and fabrics are used, and her exploration of non-Western embroidery, such as Japanese boro textiles, Indian shisha, and South Asian kantha, will introduce these traditional techniques to a broader audience. The projects serve as an excellent jumping-off point for creative stitchers; Healeys willingness to stitch with just about anything will inspire embroiderers to see the potential in everyday materials. VERDICT Embroiderers are a natural audience for this guide; however, crafters interested in crazy quilting will also find some interesting ideas.

Pretty Patches
Pretty Patches contributor Elizabeth Healey brings her passion for textiles to Stitch, Fabric & Thread an exploration of stitched work including over 400 practical exercises. The projects draw inspiration from around the world, from embroidered African Masks to Aboriginal dreamtime lizards and Japanese Bookbinding.

The Sewing Directory
This new book by Elizabeth Healey headlines as an inspirational guide for creative stitchers and is an experimental book for those perhaps fairly new to stitching who wish to develop and play with their creative ideas. The book is not strictly a project book but it does include templates for some of the ideas for you to have a go. The books aim is to allow you to develop your own ideas from the wealth of techniques mentioned in the book, with the focus on different stitch types, both hand and machine.

It begins with a back-to-basics look at tools, threads and material types that you can choose for stitching. It really assumes limited knowledge and is a very comprehensive introduction before you start creating.<> Then it leads into different stitch-based sections, starting with straight stitches. The first four pages of the section are a beautifully photographed visual exploration of different straight stitch techniques to whet your appetite before it focuses on more detailed techniques and ideas such as pojagi patchwork, kantha and creative darning.

The book continues in a similar format with well-illustrated sections on chain and blanket stitches, textural raised stitches, fabric manipulation and embellishments. As before there is a quick visual overview followed by more detailed ideas.The author explores stitch ideas from around the World and the book is an interesting read too!

It finishes with a very useful visual dictionary of stitches at the rear of the book and templates (not all at full-size) for some of the ideas to kick-start your creativity.

You will enjoy this book if you want to stitch your own designs, but get stuck coming up with ways to achieve your ideas. It is packed full of inspiring images that will help set you off on your creative journey.

Sian Lawton
Wow! What a truly inspirational book. As soon as I opened the front cover I fund my self-itching to get started on another project inspired by this book. Elizabeth Healey has done an amazing job of drawing together ideas and inspiration from all over the world.

Each chapter is based on one type of Stitch and shows you how you can expand on that type to create wonderful works of embroidery and textile art.

All in all this book is definitely worth buying as I believe it is one you will go back to time and time again, for both reference and inspiration!

Soft cover, 159 pages.
Price: $45.00 ($40.91)

Contents
  • Introduction 6
  • Before the stitches 8
  • Tools: everything or nothing 10
  • How a sewing machine works 12
  • The importance of sketchbooks 13
  • What is thread? 14
  • What is fabric? 16
  • Colour 20
  • Behind the stitches: The quilters of Gees Bend 22
  • Altered images 24
  • Toning it down 26
  • Humble stitches 28
  • Straight ahead: running stitches 30
  • Exploring straight stitches 32
  • Lovely jubbly 36
  • Pojagi patchwork 38
  • Intentionally random 40
  • Kantha fishes 42
  • Behind the stitches: Boro textiles 44
  • Visible mending 46
  • A leaf out of my book 48
  • Type matters 50
  • Varsity letters 52
  • African mask 54
  • Colourful cords 56
  • String theory 58
  • In the loop: chain and blanket stitches 60
  • Exploring blanket and chain stitches 62
  • Japanese binding 66
  • Behind the stitches: Saving your pennies 70
  • Penny wall hanging 72
  • Fluxus & mail art 74
  • Stitched memories 76
  • Silhouette-a-hula 78
  • Stitching on knits 80
  • Texture: introduction to raised stitches 82
  • Exploring raised stitches 84
  • Mini quilt 88
  • Drawing with Stitch 90
  • Dreamtime lizard 92
  • Seamless repetition 94
  • Talking knots 96
  • Natural dyes 98
  • Behind the stitches: The rise and fall of Buttony 100
  • Making buttons 102
  • More than stitches 104
  • Shibori 106
  • Pleats, folds and pinches 108
  • Texture and illusion 112
  • Worn and loved 114
  • Behind the stitches: Mola reverse appliqué 116
  • Mola: chicken or egg? 118
  • Chunky rouleaux 122
  • Drawn thread 124
  • Behind the stitches: Marriage quilts 126
  • Trapunto Graffiti 128
  • Gathered Circles of Joy 130
  • Behind the stitches: Not to be sniffed at 132
  • A Christening gift 134
  • Mirror, mirror 136
  • Mudlarking 138
  • Fibonacci flower 140
  • The poor sewers embellisher 142
  • Paisley Park 144
  • The stitches 146
  • Templates 152
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