Synopses & Reviews
Sometimes less is moreandmdash;and quality is more important than quantity. Thatand#39;s true in textile art too, and this much-needed guide brings a meaningful, thoughtful, and sustainable approach to stitchery. See how to slow down and experience more joy in your craft by trying simple techniques based on traditional practice, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment. Richly illustrated throughout, this inspirational book will connect with those who seek a new way of workingandmdash;whether itand#39;s starting a stitch journal or joining a community of like-minded artists.
Clearly beautiful! One of the hottest trends in textile art is achieving transparency and translucency through design and the application of new, harder materials: acrylic, perspex, acetates, fiber optics, gels, and resins. Dawn Thorne explains the whole process, including the use of layering, reflections, shadows, lighting, and stitching. In addition to practical projects such as jewelry and a three-dimensional object, there are Images of contemporary transparent textile art to provide inspiration.
The pleasures to be had from slowing down can be many, with connections to sustainability, simplicity, reflection, and tuning into traditional and other multicultural textile traditions.
Slow Stitch is a much-needed guide to adopting a less-is-more approach, valuing quality over quantity, and bringing a meaningful and thoughtful approach to textile practice.
Claire Wellesley-Smith introduces a range of ways in which you can slow your textile work down, including:
- Using simple techniques inspired by traditional practice (including hand-stitch rhythms)
- Reusing and re-inventing materials (reuse even old textile projects)
- Limiting your equipment
- Mending revisited (practical and decorative techniques)
- Project ideas and resources that help towards making a more sustainable textile practice
Richly illustrated throughout, and showcasing work from the best textile artists who work in this way, this is a truly inspirational book for those looking to reconnect with their craft and to find a new way of working.
Everyone who works with textiles understands the importance of mastering fundamental techniques. And everyone has experienced the excitement of coming across a new idea. Yet putting art and craft together--the creative act--can seem intimidating. Now two expert artists and teachers share their insights about how to turn ideas into designs, and designs into beautiful finished textile art. They offer advice on choosing fabrics, layering, creating texture, embellishment, edges, finishes, and all the key techniques.
Anyone who stitches and designs will welcome this much-needed work from best-selling author Kim Thittichai. Kim goes to the cutting edge, looking at the latest, most experimental techniques and materials for textile design and practice. Through exercises and inspirational examples from emerging artists, she takes you through the entire process, from finding an original idea to transforming the designs into finished textiles. Paper, felt, recycling, hand stitching, working in 3-D, layering different media, and more make this essential.
Whether you want to be thrifty and green, or to add a sense of heritage to your work, incorporating old bits of paper, fabric, plastic, and packaging can lead to stunning textile art. Kim Thittichai takes crafters through a range of innovative techniques for reclaiming and recycling, from collage to rag-rugging, giving each style a unique twist. Every chapter includes a step-by-step project for beginners along with new ideas for experienced textilers, and showcases the work of the best textile artists working today.
About the Author
Julia Triston is a practicing textile artist/designer and lecturer in stitch, design, and surface decoration. She makes, exhibits, and sells her work widely, and is renowned for the quirky use of subject, color, and embellishment in her textile-art work.and#160;Rachel Lombard is an award-winning textile artist and designer who owns her own business creating functional, tactile, and decorative artworks. She also runs a program of talks and workshops. Rachel has written for Stitch, Classic Stitches, and Flair magazines. She exhibits her work and is an active member of Fusion and InterfaceArts.