Creative Machine Embroidery (Textiles Handbooks) Paperback – 2 Jul 2010
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"A classic handbook, with chapters covering all the basics from tools and materials, methods and techniques, using your machine, experimenting with threads, fabrics and colours, creating your own designs and finishing and presenting your work. It will inspire enthusiastic beginners with limited textile skills, as well as engaging those more experienced textile artists who wish to understand and adopt new techniques." --Sew Today Magazine (Feb 2011)
About the Author
Linda Miller works from the Colour Factory Studios and Gallery in Winchester making machine embroideries using rayon, silks and metallic threads. She is a regular at Crafts Council exhibitions, and her work is also represented in the V&A Museum shop, at Leeds City Art Gallery, and at CAA. Commissions for public collections include: Crafts Council, Southern Arts, New Milton Arts Centre, V&A Museum, Leeds City Council, Brighton and Hove County Council and Chandler Arts Commission in Arizona USA. She has won a number of awards from the Crafts Council, and the Department of Trade and Industry, and well as Southern Arts and the Arts Council. She is a very popular case study with both secondary and tertiary textiles students. Her work can be seen on her website: www.lindamillerembroideries.co.uk.
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Top Customer Reviews
Like most stitching enthusiasts finding up and coming textile designers, its great to collect their books. For me, I love to explore how other tutors teach.
Machine embroidery is my weak point as we were taught so little of it, even at level 3. I have been to workshops, but I come back to books, as they are a main source of information.
I will confess, I love to try out projects set in books, as they are excellent learning sources. I love to have black and white pictures I can trace direct to fabric, and learn stage by stage. I chose Linda Miller's book as I LOVE her whimsical characters, which just grabbed me. I was totally GUTTED when there were NO pictures to trace or recreate!!!!!!
I can understand Linda's possible concern re. copy right, but if you are that bothered, why produce a book at all? There are 3 projects, non of which have traceable pictures. There are hearts you can try, circular flowers, which can be made into a little trinket box, and some semi circles you could make a mini picture from. Sorry, but non of these are exciting in any way!!!!!
The book does show some of Linda's stunning pieces of work, and gives details of basic how to's.
If you like like Linda's work, and hope to try and recreate some of her pieces, then you will be totally out of luck!!!!!! There are NO PLANS, NO CHARTS, to me that totally lets the book down. When textile artists do this, its like 'they want their cake and eat it', they want to make money from their work, but are not prepared to let students use pictures they hope to use to learn by!!!!!Read more ›
Contains several projects (with good directions) but all in Linda's particular style. However, I feel that you would need to be quite experienced to produce them in your own style, even though she says that you will be inspired to use your own ideas.
Small sections on threads and fabrics are quite good.
Firstly it is small and easy to handle as a 'keep by the machine' reference and Linda Miller has written a very clear and thoroughly helpful text supported by excellent photos to help you through the equipment and materials and the practical techniques. You may or may not want to do the projects but you can use the very clearly illustrated techniques in that section as inspiration for your own developments.
This is a valuable little book by a charming and expert author. Well worth every penny of the extrememly reasonable price. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced stitchers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Oh wow this is everything I thought it would be. I can't wait to get started - Thank youPublished 12 months ago by Tilly losh
Great book! Linda explained her Orkney so well and her designs are great. I just want to have a go myself!Published on 6 Aug. 2014 by Amazon Customer
vERY INSPIRING and fun, good photos. got it as memento as I had already attended a course with Linda. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2012 by SM Koffler-sluijter