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Stitch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Art Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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This book is WAY esoteric and I can hardly relate to anything. Except...er...I've been wanting to design embroidery and this may be the kick in the rear I've been needing.
For a long time, I've wanted to design hardanger pieces and traditional samplers; these employ relatively common stitches like cross stitch. But from these books, I've also become intrigued with designing pictures of nature or even my own home using unfamiliar stitches:
The Art of Embroidered Flowers
Rebecca Ringquist's Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer
Needle Painting Embroidery: Fresh Ideas for Beginners (Milner Craft Series)
A Complete Guide to Creative Embroidery: Designs * Textures * Stitches
Creative Embroidery Techniques Using Color Through Gold
Judith Baker Montano's Elegant Stitches: Essential Stitch Guide & Source Book of Inspiration
This book's mixed media--painting and drawing on packaging--and techniques--"low-water immersion dyeing" (!!)--are so out of my league. It cracks me up that one of the chapters is entitled "Off the Beaten Path" because that describes the entire book to me! I understand how having a notebook and sketching things when inspiration hits really helps you keep your eyes open...but a grain of rice can be a starting point...?
However much I cannot relate to a lot of this book, I feel inspired now. Just the discussion of Opus Anglicanum and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London reminds me of walking through that fantastic building and seeing wildly artistic needlework made hundreds of years ago before there were pattern books, when needles were literally worth their weight in gold.
Just reading this book is interesting even if you never employ a single idea. It's both pleasant and unsettling to look at beautiful art and have to study the caption to make out the technique!
Anything's possible. That's the best take-away from this book.