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Drawn To Stitch [Paperback]

Gwen Headley
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8 Sep 2010
Line is an essential component of all textile and surface art. When used effectively, line and mark-making convey texture, tone, form, movement, and mood. With Drawn to Stitch by your side, learn creative uses of line in embroidery and textile art.

Artist and teacher Gwen Hedley shares a series of exercises designed to explore line’s potential as well as develop your creativity. Drawn to Stitch also covers line and mark-making tools, materials, and processes, including printing and mixed-media techniques. Gwen explores stitch, explaining how to interpret different line qualities from crisp and sharp to soft and diffused and from raised and overlaid to recessed and inlaid.

Full of inspiring ideas, Drawn to Stitch is illustrated with stunning examples of stitched-textile work from leading artists.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (8 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596682337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682337
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The innovative work shown here by Gwen and other leading artists is unique and intriguing, drawing the viewer in and offering inspiration to textile artists of all experience levels." - Kit Robinson, "Machine Quilting Unlimited""This book will, I believe, appeal to a wide variety of artists: quilters, embroiderers (machine and hand), visual journalers, mixed media artists, photographers, as well as color and textural artisans will find the techniques pertinent. There is much to delight and explore in this book and I think most creative minds will find something of interest among the pages." - Booksbythewillowtree.blogspot.com"The innovative work shown here by Gwen and other leading artists is unique and intriguing, drawing the viewer in and offering inspiration to textile artists of all experience levels." - "Machine Quilting Unlimited"

About the Author

Gwen Hedley is an author, teacher, and embroiderer who exhibits widely. She is a member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen and the Practical Study Group. She is the author of the best-selling book Surfaces for Stitch. Gwen lives in Chalfont St. Peter, Buckinghamshire.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for textile artists 19 Feb 2011
By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This book guides the reader in using lines in their embroidery and textile art. However, the book covers much more than that, it covers many techniques such as cold water dyeing, mono printing and tells you how to make different fibrous surfaces. The techniques alone would be enough to get your creative juices flowing.

The remainder of the book tells you about a particular style of interpreting lines into textile works and then shows you some of the author's own work in this style, detailing her inspiration. It then showcases works by other textile artists to show you other looks that can be achieved.

The book has detailed text and good quality photography throughout. It is not a book for beginners but any textile artist would struggle not to be inspired by it.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn to Stitch 6 Jun 2011
By Linda
Format:Hardcover
Gwen Heddley is, as always, an inspirational textile artist and this book will be extremely useful to the novice, who wish to achieve inspirational pieces of work and also to those experienced textile artists who wish to advance their work further and re-kindle their creative juices.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 4 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
I do not normally bother writing reviews but I was so impressed and inspired by this book I felt I had to. The book is well written and beautifully presented with clear instructions as well as inspirational elements. The author has produced a very personal insight into her own work as well as making suggestions for your own. I can't wait to introduce my art/textiles students to this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for textiles design 18 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
As a textiles design tutor on distance learning degree level courses (with OCA) encouraging students to develop their own resource visual diary is difficult so this is an excellent text to help them get started - definitely recommended reading for students or tutors.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent instruction 27 Oct 2010
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Discover the uses of line and stitch in textiles and embroidery. This book covers all you need to know and gives an excellent basis on which to develop your own work. There is excellent content in this book, produced in an easy to use format and beautifully illustrated throughout. This book looks at drawing tools, creating backgrounds, printing, interpretation and so much more. There are exercises to help you to familiarise yourself with the processes. The showcase of work is inspiring. This is a book you will use thoroughly and turn to time and time again. Highly recommended. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much repetition 24 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A lovely book at first glance however on closer inspection it really is overly biased towards fabric printing and decoration, not much sewing. A book for someone who wants to learn to draw before sewing not really for someone who is happy with their drawing abilities. I would have liked the book to contain more sewing skills. The projects shown were beautiful but all rather in the same abstracted style, not enough differing artistic/sewing styles. I did return the book as I felt it was too repetative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn to stitch 18 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
I love everything about this book and couldn't wait to start experimenting and trying out the different techniques. I have recomended it to my friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for... 27 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
A must have for anyone interested in stitch and surface design, beautifully photographed, lots of artists, with images of their sketch books and their finished pieces, a worthy buy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, ideal for my course.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. S. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
Not only is this an beautiful book, it shows through wonderful exercises how to develop the whisp of an idea into a finished piece. An essential book for any textile student.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. S. K. Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars whg did I choose this rating
I choose the rating because my son is very satisfied with it. It is a good product which does not stain his clothes
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Yvonne Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
A great book for individuals who are interested in any area of working in textiles including students and city and guilds.
Published 2 months ago by me.... honest
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawn tpo stitch
Nice very basic book excellent for the beginner. Clear concise drawings and tips on this type of stitch work. Good
Published 5 months ago by pollyjames
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but
I bought this book largely for the cover illustration. There are many interesting illustrations showing both a photo of the subject, drawings and the finished stitched piece. Read more
Published 5 months ago by wandah
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a christmas present
Present that has ticked all the boxes. Not the usual sort of book, full of very unusual ideas and ways to create with fabric.
Published 6 months ago by Jo Richardsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Has helped me greatly with my course made me look at things differently loads of ideas thank you Gwen Hedley
Published 7 months ago by Margaret Patricia Styles
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
This is a very inspirational book. Full of ideas hints and tips, for artists embarking into the world of stitched art.
Published 8 months ago by lyndam
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery
Ordered this as a present for my daughter. It arrived in good time and in perfect condition, being beautifully gift wrapped by Amazon. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christine
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