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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2010
What a lovely book ! I have many books on creating decorated fabrics using paints, dyes and other techniques, and others about stitching onto fabric, but this one covers both the colouring of the fabric and then the stitching onto the prepared fabric. The many colour photos are inspirational, and it has instantly become one of my favourite books. Certainly one to have on your bookshelf, if you want to create one-off original pieces of textile art.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 28 November 2010
"From Print To Stitch" by Janet Edmonds, published by Search Press - is one of those books that you know you will be returning to time and time again. If you love cloth and love to print and stitch (as the title says) then this is a book that should be in your library.

Ms. Edmonds previously published book was called was called "Beginners Guide to Embroidered Boxes" and now I am afraid that I have to get this one too - her work is so exciting.

The contents page of "From Print To Stitch" is a good introduction to fabulous techniques that lurk within the book's pages. She thoroughly covers materials and tools, how to develop a theme in your work and a short but very well done lesson on color and color theory. The next section is on printing and the topics include: block printing, lino cuts, mono printing and how to make great impressions from found objects. Naturally the next section is about stitching. Hand stitching and machine stitching. One of my favorite sections in this part of the book is her gallery of hand stitches. Lots of grist for the artistic mill in here.

The techniques for working with lino, sponges and a host of other easily found printing methods are thoroughly explained and photographed with step-by-step instructions. In this section of the book I am especially fond her use of collagraph prints and I am eager to give this a try. The author describes collagraph as "made from a block that is created from low tech collaged material". Can you spell play day?! This book is just chock full of really fun techniques that are bound to spark your creativity and give your many hours of fun - you may not look at plain cloth in the same way again. Yes. I am really enjoying this excellent book!

This book is one of those "must have" addition to your library if you are a textile enthusiast of any sort!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This has joined Janet's book on Embroidered Boxes to become a firm favourite. The book is well produced with excellent photographs. It has very clear instructions on developing a theme - a key point to design and one upon which many stumble. It also explains different methods of printing on paper and fabric. Finally it looks at stitching, both hand and machine. The examples of work from initial ideas to finished product are stunning. This is simply a fabulous book that you should buy
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2010
What an amazing book! Truly inspirational for anyone interestered in learning how to simply transfer designs and patterns onto fabric and then stitch the design. The book is beautifully laid out with very easy to follow instructions and examples. There is even a section on developing your theme and creating a motif to get you started. I particularly like the stitch gallery where examples of different stitches are used in different ways to compliment the designs. The photographer should get a pat on the back for his brillant photographers too. The many many colour pictures are excellent. The book is really vibrant. Highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book is jam packed with techniques for hand printing onto fabric and then advises how to use stitching to turn it into textile art. After starting with a list of materials and tools needed the book describes how to develop a theme for your work. It then talks you through the different types of printing and which are best to use when, as well as giving a clear photographic technique guide. My personal favourite is the section where it teaches you how to transfer organic products such as leaves onto fabric.

The second half of the book is dedicated to stitching, and to using stitching to transform/complement your prints. It shows you how many different stitches look on fabric, and when added to prints. It is not however a stitch guide, it doesn't show you how to do the stitches but more how stitches can be used to create different effects. The photography in this book is very high quality and I find each page inspires you to get creating. If you are looking to start creating textile art this is a great book to have in your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2011
I just love this book! I have done a fair amount of fabric painting and printing which did not seem successful but Janet has given me the ideas to turn these pieces into something special. The book shows how some quite ordinary prints have become really lovely pieces purely through the use of stitch. I have lots of books but this will definitely be a favourite that I will pick up for help and ideas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2011
This book is wonderful - well written, with clear instructions for all the techniques, and lots of inspirational full colour photographs. Really helped me understand how to go from an observation to a stitched piece. A must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2012
My wife asked for this book and she is very clear about the quality of her choices. No gripes were heard after presentation and my own view of the book is it appears well produced and planned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2013
All you need to know about the effects of heating fabric and the way to exploit your experiments. Also includes new materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A book that is useful and helpfiul no matter what level in textiles you are.

A reccommended buy for all stitches
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