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The Art of the Needle: Designing in Fabric and Thread Hardcover – 22 Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (22 Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712619429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712619424
  • Product Dimensions: 31.4 x 23.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am so glad to have rediscovered this book 13 years after I originally used it in my textiles A levels!!! It is a great book!

I found it particularly useful as a textiles student, as it shows how to take inspiration from an original natural source, for example, the surface texture of a rock, or a rusty surface, and shows how to take that idea through from orignal photogragh to drawings, and finally to finished textile samples and finshed pieces.

Students will find it a good resource book for that reason alone, as textiles coursework usually ask that you show how you have taken ideas from original sources, and reinterpreted them into textiles pieces.

The front cover of the book it a little misleading as it seems that the book will be full of very traditional types of sewing like the slighlty old fashioned quilted cushions on the cover! and may put off the more daring stitcher! however the inside of the book is full of interesting, quite abstact pieces, including some wonderful textural hand stiched samples and free machining, (all in full colour pictures) The textile examples inside stand up to more up to date textiles books too! (except for maybe the hairstyles of the models!!)

All in all, it is a great book that I would definately recommend to textile students! or to anyone interested in textiles! it certainly helped me through my textile A level course, and hey, I got an 'A' grade too!
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Another amazing book from Jan Beaney. Goes into design and colour rather than being a stitch dictionary, however it does talk about stitches and techniques but not in depth. I am so pleased I found this book and would highly recommend it.
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It covers such a wide range from finding ideas for your design to transferring it on to your fabric. A range of different effects with embroidery stitches, applique, patchwork, shadow quilting, making lace on your sewing machine and ideas for using paints and dyes. I am really pleased with this book.
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This is an excellant book for anyone who is interested in stitched textiles. I saw it being used at a workshop and had to buy it from Amazon straight away.
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One of Jan Beaney's earlier books. Absolutely fabulous and very inspirational. There are several ideas in it that I will be trying. The way JB thinks with thread and fabric is just amazing - I am blown away! Buy it!
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This book is fabulous. Jan starts by taking you back to basics - choosing your design - and then leads you through the various processes towards actually stitching your work. There are a wealth of beautiful coloured photos (although the fashions do indeed date the book) and a great deal of stitches that are explained and explored; opening your eyes the the huge number of possibilities achieveable once thread and needle are ready to go. As with all Jan Beaney books, the focus is on providing the tools and knowledge to go out there and explore your own capabilities, rather than to simply copy someone elses work. Whilst this may seem daunting to a newbie to embroidery, my advice is simply to give it a go.
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This book arrived within 48 hours and in good condition. I forwarded it to my sister in law in Belgium and she was delighted with it. Lovely photographs and illustrations. She is a very experienced weaver, quilter and seamstress and had been unable to purchase it in Belgium.
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