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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 13 April 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214526
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £15.99
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Stitched Textiles: Nature


by Stephanie Redfern

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Book Description

An inspiring step-by-step guide to creating contemporary textile artworks themed on nature.

Stitched Textiles: Nature is the fourth title in this successful theme-based series. It contains an extensive section on techniques, featuring step-by-step guides to machine- and hand-stitching, attaching embellishments and found objects to your work; painting and printing on fabrics including cotton, silk and Khadi paper; and using objects found in nature, such as leaves, to make unique and iconic prints.
The book includes three beautiful, inspirational projects based on different facets of the natural world: Ocean, Rainforest, Botany, Birds and Animals. Stitched Textiles: Nature also features examples of the author, Stephanie Redfern's own intricate and detailed works based on nature, exploring the means by which the pieces have been created, and the wonderful stories behind Stephanie's journey as an artist.
The wealth of information and visual stimuli in Stitched Textiles: Nature is intended to inspire the reader to create their own works inspired by nature. Stephanie begins by exploring the use of sketchbooks and study pages; progressing to picking out iconic elements from sketches and photographs; and eventually assembling a stunning, personal piece of stitched textile work on fabric or on cotton-blend Khadi paper; applying handstitch in metallic threads; machine stitch in whimsical and beautiful patterns; embellishing with natural beads or found objects.

Table of Contents


Design and inspiration

Seahorses and Starfish: step-by-step project

Artists books
Butterfly Scroll Book: step-by-step project


A Book of Birds: step-by-step project




About the Author

About Stephanie Redfern

A ceramist for twenty years, Stephanie began working in textiles and mixed media in 2003. She now concentrates entirely upon these media, enjoying the immediate sensations of colour, design, line and shape using drawing, print, textiles and text.

Her work consists of artists' books, large wall hangings, and smaller pieces of textile work, which may be free hanging, framed or on canvas. It has been extensively exhibited and purchased and resides in many parts of the world.

Stephanie taught children, adults and special needs students for thirty years, and has been artist-in-residence at many schools, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, and several times at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. She has also curated a number of exhibitions, both in textiles and ceramics.

She has written a wide variety of magazine articles, and has been lucky to win a number of prizes for her textile work.

Stephanie has published four books, Into the Cacao Grove, The Stone Bird, and Shadow and Light, which are facsimiles of her mixed media artists' books, and Thoughts, an illustrated collection of her writing.

Stephanie Redfern is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, and Art Textiles: Made in Britain.


Stephanie Redfern shows you how she takes nature as her inspiration and creates mixed media art.  Learn how to incorporate many techniques and materials, create inspirational resources and interpret nature in your own unique way.


This large format book also features plenty of lush good-sized photographs to inspire creativity, and three staged projects so you can put all you have learned to use.  All the photographs are a good size and accompanied by explanatory text in an easy to understand, descriptive style.  As this is a book on picture making rather than washable, wearable art many of the materials featured will already be owned by general crafters.  They include colored pencils, acrylic paints, papers, a sewing machine, threads, fabrics and more.  Discover how to look for inspiration in nature and make a record of it for reference, and choose a color scheme.  There are various techniques you can try out before putting together to make your picture.  These include machine and hand stitching, print making, painting and more with plenty of examples of finished work.  The author looks at different themes and how to go from inspiration through planning your project to the finished work.  Themes include rainforest, botany, ocean, birds and animals and the three projects are in this section, allowing you to put into practise some of the techniques and ideas explored earlier.  In my opinion this books most appealing feature is the way the author discusses her work from initial inspiration, through how she uses different techniques and combines them to make pictures.  Her style is mostly fairly abstract but even if this does not appeal it is the processes that get the creative juices flowing.  They show how accessible this type of collage making is whatever your own level of expertise or chosen craft.  An inspiring and enjoyable look at mixed media work.

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