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Creative Machine Embroidery (Textiles Handbooks) Paperback – 2 Jul 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408103982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408103982
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 0.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is quite an interesting little book. It has clear pictures and descriptions but is really an explanation of how this particular artist makes her work, rather than an introduction to machine embroidery in the wider sense. Beginners will find the small projects fun and easy to acheive. It covers all the basics to get you started but really has little, if anything to offer experienced stitchers. That said, if you have no experience in free motion embroidery, this could be a good place to start.
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This book is a gem! There are a lot of textile books available, many of them truly luscious to look at, but which leave you wanting (they will show you a beautiful photograph of a gorgeous object without it being clear how the object was created). This is different. Without being in any way patronising, Linda gives you full and complete instructions from beginning to end - illustrated with wonderful, remarkably clear and detailed photographs. If you are new to machine embroidery or experienced but looking for a new direction I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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I was looking for a particular style of book for machne embroidery; and when I saw this book advertised, I realised that I loved Linda's particular style. That first caught my eye. When I received the book, I was very pleased to see a step by step approach, which although I had a fair idea about what to do, Linda broke down the projects for beginners to handle. I would say it is an excellent book for both beginners and those who have some knowledge but want to develop their own style. And she makes it look FUN!!!!!
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Easy to follow instuctions, suitable for beginners and more experienced.Linda Miller is an excellent Tutor, having spent a day workshop with her can't wait to start working on the chapters in her book
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Very clear guide for 'painting with your sewing machine'. Lots of pictures illustrate every step of the way. Really satisfying to work with.
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I am an ex City and Guilds stitched textiles student, and have an amazing collection of textile books over the past 10 years.
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!!!!!
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Quite happy with this book..however, not sure it would be suitable for novices in free machine embroidery. Although the author maintains it is for novices, she assumes that the reader has good control of speed and direction when free machining (which took me quite some time when I first began.) Creative Machine Embroidery (Textiles Handbooks)
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.
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This is a really useful book for anyone wanting to take the plunge into creative machine embroidery.
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.
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