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This inventive book is a treasure trove of over 40 inspiring practical exercises, a rich and creative exploration of fabric and stitch, and a fascinating all-round read.
The exercises draw inspiration from around the world: create corded works of art inspired by Milton Glaser's iconic Bob Dylan album cover; create bold embroidered African masks; layer up and cut away to create Mola applique; use bleach and fabric paint to create Aboriginal dreamtime lizards; create knotted works of art inspired by ancient Mayan counting systems; embroider varsity cross-stitch letters or try out decorative Japanese book binding. Alternatively, try a host of other techniques such as quilting, printing, dyeing, couching tumbled crockery, creating pleats and puckers and needlelace. The book also contains 'behind the stitches' features: illuminating insights into sewing movements such as Boro textiles, Gee's Bend quilting and Dorset buttons.
Elizabeth Healey originally trained as a typographer and graphic designer at the London College of Printing, after which she worked in various design groups before defecting to the world of illustrated books. While working at Quarto Publishing (on both live titles and new ideas), she completed a degree, then an MA, in English at Birkbeck College. For as long as she can remember, she has made things usually with yarn or cloth, but sometimes with paper and clay. She is particularly interested in utility stitching and tries to use recycled textiles wherever possible, in a way that looks, fresh, modern and urban rather than old and fusty. Elizabeth has contributed articles to the following magazines: Knitting, Making, Crafty, and Felt Matters. You can see examples of her work on her blog (elizabethsquarters.blogspot.co.uk) and also on her flickr page (flickr.com/photos/74396583@N02).