Synopses & Reviews
Machine Embroidery is hugely exciting in terms of its potential as a creative medium and is part of a flourishing creative industry both in design and production. MMU hosts a specialist embroidery department, which has been instrumental in artistic and educational innovations in this area since the 1960s. The lecturers, graduates and students have remarkable expertise in machine embroidery, and MMU is home to a rich and unique archive of machines, samples and artwork, both historical and contemporary. This book will celebrate this archive, as well as providing the only definitive record (and exploring the potential) of the huge number of machines currently in use from the traditional Irish Embroidery machine to the new generation of computerized sewing machines. The book will demonstrate how key machines can be applied to the artistic, industrial and domestic practice, and shows machine embroiderers how to combine techniques and develop their ideas using machine embroidery. Each contributor gives their own individual perspective on machine stitch.
"'The most important book for any textile student or machine embroiderer'...that sums it up neatly...Those who teach in art colleges and curate fashion and textile collections as well as historians of textiles, technology and education will find much within its pages. Makers of all descriptions will find engaging its emphasis on the machine as a tool...Excellent and abundant illustrations are supported by equally excellent captions that include details of materials, methods and dimensions...The book functions, in part, as an introduction to the MMU collection which not only includes designs and textiles—produced commercially and by post-1970 students—but the machines themselves."—Crafts Magazine
This unique book collection culls the expertise of academics and the actual embroidery machines archives of Manchester Metropolitan University in Great Britain whose specialist embroidery department has been instrumental in artistic and educational innovations in textiles since the 1960s. This book is the definitive record of the vast number of machines from the traditional Irish Embroidery machines to the latest generation of computerized sewing machines and features a rich and fascinating record of the machines themselves and the samples and artwork that were produced on them. Each contributor gives their own individual perspective on machine stitch and the book illustrates how key machines can be applied to the artistic, industrial and domestic practice and shows how to combine techniques and develop new ideas in machine embroidery, a creative medium that is flourishing in both design and production.
About the Author
Alice Kettle is Research Associate at MMU, and an established practitioner and artist with recognized status within the field of textile art, especially machine embroidery. Jane McKeating was Embroidery Programme Leader at MMU and is currently the Principal Lecturer, and she is a key figure in the embroidery and textiles field, and a major prize winner in the 2008 'Art of the Stitch' International Open Exhibition. Other contributors include: Michael Brennand-Wood, Dr Nigel Hurlestone, Dr Melanie Miller, Judy Barry, Lynn Setterington, Isabel Dibden Wright, Sue Prestbury, Jill Boyes, Ann Gibson, Prof Anne Morrell and Dr Jennifer Harris.