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Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists: Exploring the Embroiderers' Sketchbook [Hardcover]

Kay Greenlees
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30 Aug 2005
Today the embroiderer's sketchbook, ideas book or journal embraces a range of exciting possibilities. It includes initial concept material, design, colour work, textile samples, stitches and three-dimensional pieces. Beautiful in itself, the embroiderer's material can also provide inspiration for more developed work. This is the first book to show students, general embroiderers and other textile artists how to make the most of their sketchbooks, showcasing examples from leading textile artists such as Audrey Walker, Rozanne Hawksley, Amanda Clayton and Ruth Issett. Illustrated with sketchbook pages through to finished textile pieces. The book covers: * Purposes of a Sketchbook: exploring and storing; investigation and ideas; research and collecting; experimentation and development; recording and analysis * Different Approaches: drawing and collage; stitch and fabric; surface inspiration; pattern/colour/texture; design elements as starting points; models and maquettes; 3-D work; sketchbook work for its own sake; exploring concepts * Making a Start: things to include; building confidence; when to use a sketchbook; don't be afraid to...* Presentation, Materials, Tools, Techniques

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (30 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071348957X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489576
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kay Greenlees is an extremely experienced teacher and textile artist. As a practising artist she has exhibited both in the UK and internationally. She has been a national mentor for the Embroiderer's Development Scheme and Chair of the Textile Society. She now works for the University of Leeds in the UK. She regularly publishes articles and is a member of the Practical Studies Group. She lives in Edgerton, Huddersfield.

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 3 Feb 2006
I bought this book in November, the front cover caught my eye, but then i suddenly noticed the authors name.....she was my course leader on my teacher training course a couple of years ago! I glanced through the book and knew I had to buy it to add to my collection of textile books.

The book is packed with lovely inspirational photos, I just wanted to get straight to my sewing machine. Lots of good explanations and ideas for your own interpretation.

An execllent resource for any designer, beginner, teacher, college student. I recommend this book!
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written, useful book for all. 22 Mar 2006
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I'm currently studying a textile based course at uni but I often work in a more fine art/ computer/ photography way as well. This book is a really good edition to my library because it gave me ideas and new ways of laying out my sketchbooks for exams etc.
Its very well presented in a very modern and easily approachable style and is easily understood and adaptable to every project I've done. It does speak as if you are a new artist or have never used a sketchbook but to be honest I found going back to the beginning really useful and adding this to my current sketchbook knowledge was really great. The illustrations and examples of current artists sketchbooks were very inspiring and it is useful to see that even sucessful artists scribble notes all over and work in very haphazard ways. Very encouraging!
It also has some neat ideas such as making your own sketchbooks and how to encorporate external research into your ideas. I hope this helps! I would definately recommend it and my tutors on my course thought it was pretty helpful too.
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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book of books on sketchbooks 14 Sep 2005
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This a really helpful book on how to develop your understanding on how keeping a variety of sketchbooks can be fullfilling, and that there is no wrong way just endless perputations! I was always struggling and felt my way was not ideal. I went for the digital camera option and used computer graphics, this is recommended in the book along with other good ideas's and ways of working. Wonderful for the new textile student and great for those of us who have struggled and are looking for new inspiration.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 29 Mar 2006
This is a fabulous and inspirational book for any creative embroiderer and even those who find the idea of creating a sketchbook somewhat intimidating. It shows those of us who love to stitch but are hopeless at drawing how to set about research and design for a piece of work. It covers a wide range of materials and media including sketching, collage, mark-making and use of computer programs. The book is beautifully illustrated with detailed photos of the work and designs of a number of different textile artists including Julia Caprara, Maggie Grey and the author, Kay Greenlees. Highly recommended!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book on a whim, and I think I was expecting a more practical guide to sketchbooks for textile artists. This book has lots of lovely photography and some great ideas, but I was rather hoping for practical advice on how to add textiles to a sketchbook etc as this is something I struggle with, bits falling out, overall massive bulk and what not, ideas about the actual construction of sketchbooks rather than ideas about what to actually put in them. Even so, there are some lovely ideas in this book for what to include in your sketchbook, but nothing at all about putting it together from a literal perspective. If you are an artist who already understands the personal value of creating sketchbooks, you probably won't find this book very useful (as the book is mostly about this), there are much more inspiring books about for inspiration alone. If you are a student or beginner of textiles, then this is probably worth a read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A place to start 17 Jun 2009
I have several notebooks in which I have doodles and ideas for my work; for a while I've wanted to have a proper sketchbook but wasn't sure how to start. Realising I needed a wee bit of help I bought this book on the strength of the recommendations above.
Luckily for me it was just what I needed. The text is simple and having pictures that show different types of sketchbooks and then the finished product really helped me to see how an organised book might help me to create new works.
I could see that it's not for everyone but seeing that the rules can be broken and how I can make simple one to start with has helped me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketchbook help 5 Feb 2012
I am not as experienced as I thought and although a beautiful book it is too advanced for a simple City and Guilds embroidery but a good refernce book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book - a must buy 19 April 2011
This is a fabulously inspirational book and a must buy for anyone who is interested in capturing ideas in a sketchbook. It is full of original ideas and doesn't assume any prior knowledge. Having said that it's also packed with developmental ideas for experienced sketchbook keepers. You no longer need to be frightened of the blank white page! Buy one today........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great to refer to for my course
This is a really informative book, great to refer to for my course.
Published 17 days ago by Mrs. S. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous.
Textile workers sketchbooks are quite different to other artists sketch books. This can be quite daunting for the new student. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. K. Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars A++
A great book recommend to anybody undertaking a textile or embroidery course or just doing either of these for pleasure.
Published 2 months ago by me.... honest
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service
The book is library stamped and this was not mentioned in the description. Otherwise very pleased with the purchase and service
Published 3 months ago by Happy Days
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
We all know the problem of starting with a blank sheet of paper - this book solves it! Full of great ideas of how to create and use sketchbooks in a constructive way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fiona Greenwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Chuffed to bits with Creating Sketchbooks ....
Ordered the above hard back copy, it is a really lovely book with lots of illustrations, guildance and ideas which is just what I was looking for ! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amanda Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This very informative book, gives an insight into setting out and recording information in sketchbook form. Information is displayed in a clear manner. Very easy to follow.
Published 8 months ago by lyndam
5.0 out of 5 stars One of few
For a number of years I have been thinking about 'creative process'; I search Amazon and spend loads on books about this: in the recommended bits of Amazon, in follow ups to my... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Naye
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful,
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and found it very inspiring. It contains lots of ideas and information all presented with excellent photographs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. H. J. Cardwell
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
The book is ok as far as it goes, but not exactly what I expected or wanted. Therefore I can't recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. C. M. Mclean
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