Contemporary Machine Embroidered Quilts: Innovative Techniques and Designs Paperback – Illustrated, October 22, 2004
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- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 087349878X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0873498784
- Publisher : Krause Publications (October 22, 2004)
- Product Dimensions : 8.34 x 0.37 x 10.78 inches
- Language: : English
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That said, I think this is a great resource for learning how to get past "plop and drop" designing with your embroidery and for making larger pieces by grouping smaller designs artistically. Eileen starts with a short discussion about where to get your inspiration by showing how she came up with one of the quilts. She discusses templates, using your embroidery software to make simple changes and combinations, proper hooping, considerations for stacking designs, and stabilizing large projects. She uses a variety of techniques to pull things together and avoid "plop & drop," such as ground fabric choices, different applique methods to add details and texture, and adding free-form satin stitch to link embroidery elements. She also gives detailed instructions for making a dozen pieces -- mostly wall hangings -- and includes templates for the applique elements that she has added.
Personally, I am well satisfied with the book and would recommend it to any machine embroiderer who is interested in using her stash of designs and fabrics in a more artistic, even painterly fashion, but needs some inspiration and a bit of guidance to get started.
Some reviews complained about the lacking of designs in CD, but this is not a drawback to me, as I actually don't want to copy an exact project except for practicing purpose. What important are the ideas and the techniques.
The included wisteria designs are actually very beautiful. Eileen also provided some other smaller project based on those designs in her Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine. I will use these small projects to build up my skills, and hopefully will come up with my own design soon.