Stitch, Fabric & Thread: An inspirational guide for creative stitchers

Stitch, Fabric & Thread: An inspirational guide for creative stitchers

by Elizabeth Healey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782212850
Publisher: Search Press
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 257,711
Product dimensions: 8.02(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Healey originally trained as a graphic designer at the London College of Printing, after which she worked in various design groups before defecting to the world of illustrated books. For as long as she can remember she has made things – usually with yarn or cloth, but sometimes with paper and clay. She is particularly interested in utility stitching and tries to use recycled textiles wherever possible, in a way that looks fresh, modern and urban rather than old and fusty. Elizabeth has contributed articles to the following magazines:
Knitting, Making, Crafty, Felt Matters and Pretty Patches.
You can see examples of her work on her blog:

Table of 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 Gee's Bend 22

Altered images 24

Toning it down 26

Straight Ahead: Running Stitches 28

Exploring straight stitches 30

Lovely jubbly 34

Pojagi patchwork 36

Intentionally random 38

Kantha fishes 40

Behind the Stitches: Boro textiles 42

Visible mending 44

A leaf out of my book 46

Type matters 48

Varsity letters 50

African mask 52

Colourful cords 54

String theory 56

In the Loop: Chain and Blanket Stitches 58

Exploring blanket and chain stitches 60

Japanese bookbinding 64

Behind the Stitches: Saving your pennies 68

Penny wall hanging 70

Fluxus & mail art 72

Stitched memories 74

Silhouette-a-hula 76

Stitching on knits 78

Texture: Raised Stitches 80

Exploring raised stitches 82

Mini quilt 86

Drawing with Stitch 88

Dreamtime lizard 90

Seamless repetition 92

Talking knots 94

Natural dyes 96

Behind the Stitches: The rise and fall of Buttony 98

Making buttons 100

More than Stitches 102

Shibori 104

Pleats, folds and pinches 106

Texture and illusion 110

Worn and loved 112

Behind the Stitches: Mola reverse appliqué 114

Mola: chicken or egg? 116

Chunky rouleaux swirls 120

Drawn thread 122

Behind the Stitches: Marriage quilts 124

Trapunto graffiti 126

Gathered circles of joy 128

Behind the Stitches: Not to be sniffed at 130

A Christening gift 132

Mirror, mirror 134

Mudlarking 136

Fibonacci flower 138

The poor sewer's embellisher 142

Paisley Park 144

The Stitches 146

Templates 152

Glossary 158

Further Reading 159

Index 160

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