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Stitch, Dissolve, Distort with Machine Embroidery Hardcover – 22 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (22 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713489960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489965
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 1.4 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggie Grey is a highly experienced teacher of embroidery who exhibits her work and teaches world-wide. A former editor of The World of Embroidery, Britain's leading magazine on the subject, she is the author or co-author of several books, including Raising the Surface with Machine Embroidery and Paper, Metal and stitch. Apart from writing books and teaching extensively, Maggie edits the innovative and influential web magazine Workshop on the Web (www.workshopontheweb.com). Valerie Campbell-Harding is a legend of the textile world. Over several decades, she has written several books for Batsford, many bestsellers, including Layers of Stitch and Edges and Finishes. She teaches worldwide and is the former editor of the World of Embroidery

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandie Turner on 9 Mar 2009
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I am an artist who loves to experiment using different techniques with plenty of texture and the designs in the book has made me very aware that art just does not have to be created and stay on paper it can incorporate many different types of artistic inspiration...this book for me - even though I am not a quilter or embroiderer, I just loved the colours and the textures that it demonstrates...I for one, am hooked, and have started pushing the boundaries where paint and paper start threads can finish.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Nov 2008
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Two giants in textile arts collaborated for this book. New methods and fabrics are being developed all the time and this book explores some of the latest techniques. Learn how to stitch, dissolve, melt and distort both before and after stitching. Make the most of new materials by using stitch. Imaginative stitching is here aplenty to enable stitchers to make the most of new materials. Easy-to-follow techniques allow stitchers to create outstanding textile art.
The book is split into three sections that will help the reader and stitcher to master this type of textile art.
The first part looks at stitch, which the authors see as the heart of each project. You will need to be fairly proficient at using a sewing machine even though ideas are offered for using free stitching as well as built-in stitches. Machine embroidery techniques explored include free, whip and cable stitches used with usual and innovative marking techniques. Learn how to add texture with painted stitching, how to vary the weight of your thread to good effect. Discover how to use an overlocker. In brief, this sections encourages you to explore the use of stitching to its full potential and move away from rows of stitches into the wonderful world of distortion. Some of the techniques are also easily translated into hand stitching.
In part two, when you've got your breath back, discover methods of dissolving. In this section water-soluble materials are explored, capable of producing effects from light and lacy to heavy and crunchy. Learn the techniques of incorporating cold water soluble film, fabric and paper as well as hot water soluble fabric. Much of this is all about creating texture. The lessons you learned in section one are applied here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Apatchshe on 8 Aug 2009
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Oh what a wonderful source of information & inspiration. Just buy it....there is so much to learn, each sentence has a now you can or what if moment. My complete favourite book
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms A. MPlace on 3 Feb 2009
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As with all Maggie Grey's books another great read and inspiration to all textile lovers. How I would love to meet this lady. I must have most of Maggie's books by now, I just don't have the time at the moment to work on all these methods, but thats life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria W on 29 Jun 2013
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5 stars for an excellent book full of unusual ideas. It will take a bit of reading and digesting but gives a lot of scope for any one with a creative mind.
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