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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184994024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849940245
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally from Canada, I have been living in the UK for many years. Fine art trained, I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in publishing before discovering art quilting and stitched textiles. As a teacher in City & Guilds adult education in the UK, - the 'working design' (inspiration, concepts and creative approaches in art textiles), has been the main focus in my books.
I am an exhibiting member of 'Quilt Art', the European International group, 'Studio 21' and 'Connections', both fibre art groups, and teach world-wide to textile forums and conferences as well as UK residential venues, like West Dean, Missenden Abbey and Alston hall.

www.sandrameech.com
www.sandrameech-art.blogspot.com

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Sandra Meech has written Connecting Design to Stitch as a very serious book on design, a much more scholarly work than most. So often we expect our quilting and fiber arts books to be about techniques, but Sandra has taken a different approach. She feels we should pick our colors, embellishments, and surface techniques wisely, not based upon what the latest trends and materials are, but rather based upon how well they will support our theme. Connecting Design to Stitch explores how our theme can be carried through our textile art through the judicious use of design elements and principles. Sandra focuses on the creative process more than the details of technique, and she also includes interesting exercises to help us refine our own patterns and preferences. "A dynamic design draws the viewer into your work. The strong use of shape, image, or color captures the viewer s interest initially, and then their eye will be led across the rest of the surface." This can be tough for people who have learned quilting through traditional methods, like creating bed quilts with their regularity in design. In order to break through, it is essential, Sandra feels, to have a design wall and a digital camera. Makes sense to me. My favorite parts of this book cover about a gazillion suggestions for sources of inspiration, just in case your well runs dry. There are also excellent sections on abstract textile art, compositional styles, and border design. All in all, if you are looking for help with design, this is a great place to start. --mixed-media-artist.com; 11/17/12 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Award-winning quilt artist Sandra Meech is a teacher and lecturer who works with textile groups in the UK and abroad. She is a member of Quilt Art and exhibits widely around the world. She is the author of Contemporary Quilts: Design, Surface and Stitch and Creative Quilts: Inspiration, Texture and Stitch. She lives in Binfield, Berkshire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Irene W on 9 Nov 2012
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As someone who has struggled with the design process for many years, I found this book to be the most helpful I have read. It provides an easy to understand description of the design process guiding the reader through without using overly technical language. I find myself looking at things in a different way and have a new found confidence to experiment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 2 Dec 2012
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I rate this book 5* because it is presented in stages which are easy to read and follow at ones own pace; easy to 'dip in and out of; beautiful illustrations which gently guide the novice through the design process without feeling dictorial, it would also be inspirational for the experienced textile /embroiderer designer.
The lovely tactile warm fabric cover of this book adds to its beauty and will grace any coffee table. This book is a feast of colour and a pleasure to handle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dr on 2 Jan 2013
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As a patchworker branching out into more freestyle textile art this is such a good book for refocusing any wild ideas. Sandra Meech also has a talent for drawing too which makes for some fab illustrations of her works in progress. The book is inspiring and is not so much a "how to" book but more a licence to launch your wild ideas and see them through to a finished piece of textile art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By anniepat on 13 Dec 2012
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Want a course of lessons which shows you, step by step, how to move from idea to finished work? Then read this and the linked book, Connecting Art to Stitch; both are packed with colourful, motivating illustrations and detailed descriptions of how they were created plus lots of suggestions on how to develop the work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By paper angel on 29 Oct 2012
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This is a really good book to help you develop your own style. It communicates clearly the design stages and provides exercises to consolidate your learning. It is full of good ideas and would of great use to any budding textile artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on 20 Nov 2012
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Excellent ideas from Sandra who explains the basis of design for everyone, novice as well as more experienced. Importantly she shows how to move from design into stitch which is the tricky bit for so many people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sadiejack on 26 Nov 2012
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As with all of Sandras' books absolutely thorough and inspirational. Showing various ways to start new work and keep it your own rather than an interpretation of someone elses style. Love this book - even the cover not only looks great but feels great too.
I have all her books and this is a great addition to my stitch library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Morrison on 22 Jan 2013
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This book gives a tantalising glimpse into the inspirations and techniques for creating Textile Art, from an Artists perspective. Beutifully illustrated and well written. I love it.
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