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Stitch Magic: Ideas and Interpretation [Paperback]

Jan Beaney , Jean Littlejohn
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30 Mar 2005
Stitch Magic is an animated celebration of the magic of hand stitching by two internationally renowned embroiderers. Using the wide range of fabrics, threads and materials now available, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn give aspiring and knowledgeable embroiderers alike the inspiration to experiment with the basic hand stitches to create infinite stitch interpretations. Over 100 sumptuous photographs of stitched pieces introduce a breathtaking range of new work by the authors as well as stitching from different cultures and a selection of other contemporary work. These examples are accompanied by detailed captions explaining the working methods. Complete with stitch diagrams showing the different design applications of the stitches and a comprehensive glossary, this is a colourful sourcebook of ideas for embroiderers wanting to exploit the compelling texture of stitch.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; New edition edition (30 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071348960X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489606
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jan Beaney has been involved in the world of embroidery for over thirty years as a designer, tutor and author. Jan presented the successful BBC TV series Embroidery and has appeared more recently on ITV's This Morning and BBC's Good Morning Anne and Nick. Her previous books include A Complete Guide to Creative Embroidery (co-authored with Jean Littlejohn) and Stitches: New Approaches, also published by Batsford. Jean Littlejohn is a highly experienced embroiderer, teaching widely in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Having worked with embroidery for over 20 years, she is a verifier for the City and Guilds examination board. She has exhibited her work on both sides of the Atlantic and contributes regularly to embroidery magazines. Her book Fabrics for Embroidery is also published by Batsford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars full of inspiration 7 Jun 2009
If, like me, you have lots of ideas but really don't know how to turn these into a textile piece - what background to use, what stitches will give the desired effect - then this is the book for you! This is just a wonderful book. Techniques and starting points are clearly described and there are lots of beautiful photographs of excellent and varied samples. But this is definitely not a `projects' book. What I really appreciated, is that no one particular style of embroidery is `pushed' at you. You are allowed, indeed encouraged, to experiment, explore and develop your own style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stitch Magic 6 Sep 2011
Truly exciting! It makes you "think outside the box" and experiment with new techniques and colours, and is easy to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find a used copy if you can! 24 Aug 2003
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This elegant book will appeal to stitchers who want to experiment with cloth and thread as a fine art medium. The authors have organized the book as a course you can work through on your own, with exercises which really help you to loosen up and start exploring with your needle and thread.

They start you out with some basic stitches with variations to play around with, then move on to cover paint and dye techniques for creating interesting background cloths. Next they explore more complex stitch ideas, design integration, and combining hand and machine stitching. Finally they investigate mark making and image making as a fine art process.

Even without the exercises and the instructive text, the photographs themselves are worth the price of this book. There are beautiful full-color photos on almost every page. The book was published in 1999, and the work is contemporary enough to still be visually interesting. It's a shame this book did not stay in print, since it is one of the best contemporary stitching books I've seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great artists 29 Nov 2010
By Crystal - Published on
I absolutely adore these two artists and have many of their books. I cannot see almost $300 for a new copy when I can buy it new from another website for under $30. The vendor is trying to rip somebody off at the $294 price. The book is not out of print. I've purchased many of these artists' books at quilt shows and other fiber art venues for about $20-25 NEW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 25 Mar 2008
By Lorie - Published on
This, along with the booklets Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn have written are so good. The photos are wonderful, and completely inspirational. All are worth having. Anyone interested in surface design, embroidery..with an emphasis on machine work, or texture in your work should look at these. Worth looking around for.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for serious surface design 31 Aug 2013
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I found this book to incredibly well organized as well as being an inspiration. I loved the playfulness of
some of the projects.
4.0 out of 5 stars Stitch Magic 2 Nov 2012
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I bought this book for my wife. She loves the book, "It's amazing." Very detailed photographs. The only problem is that it has a very musty smell. She is waiting and hopes that it will disperse with time.
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