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Stitched Textiles: Birds
Stitched Textiles Series
Rachel Sumner

Search Press
20 July 2016/ ISBN 9781844489886
How-To Books/Sewing

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Search Press’ Stitched Textiles series focuses on contemporary textile artists’ work and features staged projects and techniques using a wide range of materials. This latest title shows how to depict birds through the medium of fabric and thread.

This series is a good way of learning how to use a wide range of materials and methods including dyeing, appliqué, hand and machine embroidery, dissolvable fabrics and even found objects. If you have a stash of fabric scraps left over from other projects, this book has many ways of using them up to make collage pictures. The bulk of this book is taken up with six projects, but the first part focuses on what you need, an overview of techniques used and information about mounting, design and creating backgrounds. If you want to go into dyeing cloth and trying out shibori techniques, the information here is not full enough for beginners, but serves more to suggest another way of using fabrics. The projects themselves are a great way of learning to make pictures out of stitched cloth and you can choose from puffins, blackbirds, gulls (two projects depict these), chickens and an ark filled with birds. Each project features a series of captioned photographs including close ups of key areas. There are also galleries of other works by the author which briefly outline methods used and at the back all the templates are given at 50% size. I love the way you can make a whole picture out of scraps and most people who already use textiles in their crafts will have most if not all of the materials and tools already. A good addition to the series.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016