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Stitch and Structure: Design and Technique in Two- and Three-Dimensional Textiles Hardcover – February 4, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849941211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849941211
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean Draper is an experienced textile artist who belongs to the prestigious 62 Group and the Textile Study Group. She teaches all over the UK, as well as Australia and the US, Italy, and the Netherlands. She was the National Chairman of the Embroiderers Guild from 1995 to 2001. She is the examiner for various degree courses and for the well-known Windsor College Diploma in Stitched Textiles.

Customer Reviews

I haven't read it completely yet, but I love the ideas and will use several methods shown.
P. Cozby
Unfortunately, the cover design on this book is the best thing in the book; the other techniques in the book don't really come up to the cover.
Pat
There are plenty of stunning pictures of finished pieces and good illustrations to showing techniques where needed.
Sheila Ary

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 30, 2014
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This book is beautiful and inspiring. I just wish that there were more specific instructions. Finding info on how to duplicate some of the techniques is like an egg hunt that will send you flipping back and forth between pages, trying to piece together the hints dropped by the author. Overall, the book is nice to look at, and with the price just for the uniqueness of the projects, just a little bit frustrating.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Helene Knott on March 12, 2014
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Just the cover of this book intrigued me. I am fascinated with adding texture and dimension to my fiber art. Unfortunately, much of what I see in some books and magazines is strictly experimental and often sloppy. I know you have to break eggs to make an omelet but really - sometimes I feel like I'm listening to someone playing scales instead of hearing the symphony. Not so with this book, the work within is masterful and precise without losing the edginess that makes gallery quality fiber art; and the author is very forthcoming with the techniques she used. This is a great resource.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Ary on May 11, 2014
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This exciting book offers possibilities you never even thought of, some suggesting techniques you may know already but used in different ways, others quite new, at least to me, and very exciting. The author begins by reminding us that we need to become aware of structure in our environments that we could use as sources for design. Then we follow clear steps in creating actual pieces from observing and drawing (don't be scared of this part) to different possibilities for construction. These include hand stitching on soluble fabrics, working over molds, constructing with stitch and constructing with stitched fabric. There are plenty of stunning pictures of finished pieces and good illustrations to showing techniques where needed. Throughout the book are excellent little boxes suggesting further work you could do.

It is very clear that the author's writing is based on many years of using the techniques she writes about and wants to share her pleasure in creating in this way with the rest of us. I have no hesitation in recommending this book. I only wish there were some way that you could see the lovely things that are possible using these ideas.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J on March 28, 2014
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I expected more information on process. Though pictures were helpful my developmental in stage in all this requires a more descriptive approach to process.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bellis on April 13, 2014
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I had expected less hand stitching and at least some machine. Probably unrealistic expectations tinged my view. Not as helpful as I had hoped. Very worth while for a hand stitcher.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pat on April 22, 2014
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Unfortunately, the cover design on this book is the best thing in the book; the other techniques in the book don't really come up to the cover. Not as innovative as I'd hoped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TravelingJane on April 2, 2014
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Interesting book, but not the kind of work I enjoy doing. Nevertheless, it would appeal to someone who prefers working with textures, rather than designs.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Wilson on March 20, 2014
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the most exciting book on manipulation of fabrics. Anyone who wants to add dimension
and texture has a need of reading this book.
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