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Hand Stitch, Perspectives (331/3) [Hardcover]

Alice Kettle , Jane McKeating
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11 Oct 2012 331/3
The companion volume to Machine Stitch, Hand Stitch is an essential read and reference for any textiles student, practicing embroiderer, designer and artist. Together these two titles form the significant and substantial references on current stitch practice. Each chapter is written by an established maker, embroiderer, artist or academic and discusses hand stitch from a different perspective. Wonderful illustrations of artistic hand stitch, both contemporary and historical, demonstrate this diverse and intimate craft in detail. The contributors draw upon important collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, and the rich archive held by Manchester School of Art in this extensively researched and beautifully presented volume.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (11 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140812341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408123416
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An awe-inspiring tome, this features gorgeously tactile full colour images. A joy to read, Hand Stitch will enthral students, embroiderers, crafters and designers alike, with conversations about stitches, biographies of well known stitchers, the impact of stitching and historical facts. Each chapter is written by a different practitioner, giving it a range of individual perspectives. The book is thoughtful, absorbing and has a strong sense of community spirit, much like the craft it is championing. Inside Crochet

About the Author

Alice Kettle is Senior Research Fellow at Manchester School of Art, Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester and is one of the UK's finest textile artists. She has received many important international commissions and her work can be found in collections around the world. Jane McKeating is Director of Studies in the design Department at the Manchester School of Art. She is an influential practitioner in embroidery and textiles, exhibiting internationally.

Other contributors include: Lesley Millar, David Owen, Tom Lundberg, Kate Egan, Heather Belcher, Anne Morrell, June Hill, Melanie Miller, James Hunting, Ian Wilson, Nigel Hurlstone, Lesley Mitchison, Ann French, Tracy Gill, Sue Prestbury.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars *not* what I expected 10 Mar 2013
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This is a great quality book, however it is not what I expected at all. From the description and the beautiful front cover I thought it would be more of a manual looking at historical and global stitching techniques. What it is rather, is a collection of essays with just a few photos, which is probably very useful if you're writing a dissertation. However, I cannot relate most of the content to what I do or aspire to do, as it is about 'Art' and is very self-indulgent. The few images of historical and global stitched items are stunning, but they are few in number, considering the 200+ pages. Best bit is the stitch glossary (starts p208), but whilst it's fascinating to look at, there are no pointers or instructions. In short, I would say this book is for the thinker, not the do-er.

I am a do-er, and this, with heavy heart, is the first book I am ever returning to Amazon :-(
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compendium 14 April 2013
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Lots and lots of inspiration here. However, I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on contemporary hand embroidery as this is quite heavy on historic/ cultural references. These are great of course, and the images used are lovely (and mostly taken by a course mate of mine!) There is a particularly good bit at the back where they use images from the MMU Embroidery archive to illustrate the different stitches in innovative ways. I may have a particular soft spot for this book as I studied on this course. However, I still highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 6 July 2014
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A fabulous book if you are at all interested in the history & aesthetics of embroidery & stitch. Insightful essays by many contributors with a wealth of knowledge & experience
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for any textile lover! 26 Nov 2012
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Great content, brilliant insight and reference for any textiles student, artist or enthusiast! I found the chapters on Indian hand stitch most interesting and beneficial.
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