Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Drawn To Stitch" by Gwen Hedley

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596682337

This book was a holiday gift from DH - it had been on my "wish list" for some time but it was worth the wait! Gwen Hedley is a well known surface designer and embroiderer. Her previous book was called "Surfaces For Stitch" -is now also on my "wish list"!

This is a book about creative vision. How to interpret the world around you as being ripe with  possibilities for stitching. From photo, to drawing to stitching by both machine and by hand Ms. Hedley's vision takes you on a visual journey. You will begin to see so many every day surfaces as possibilities for translation into stitch. The book is visually powerful, beautifully photographed and well thought out. Each chapter takes from the progression of thought, photograph, drawing and stitching.You will discover new ways to interpret your environment and discover new opportunities for creative challenges.

This book will, I believe, appeal to a wide variety of artists :quilters, embroiderers  (machine and hand), visual journalers, mixed media artists, photographers, as well as color and textural artisans will find the techniques pertinent. There is much to delight and explore in this book and I think most creative minds will find something of interest among the pages.

Yep - it's a 5 star for me - and I think it would be for you too.



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