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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding with flaps
  • Publication: 01 June 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215134
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £9.00 (1 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 415
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £17.99
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The Textile Artist: Layered and Stitched Pictures

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Using free machine embroidery and appliqué to create textile art inspired by everyday life by Katie Essam

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Book Description

A modern source of fun and innovative inspiration for any textile artist, built on the everyday world around you.

Katie Essam's fresh, modern style uses unique combinations of traditional techniques, and in this book she shows you how to create beautiful textile art inspired by the beauty in everyday objects.

Stretch your imagination and be inspired by Katie's fun, innovative ideas; learn how to draw inspiration from the animals, birds, gardens, beach huts and scenes that surround you; and use that inspiration as the fuel you need to create gorgeous stitched pictures.

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Materials10
Before you start18
Setting up your machine20
Beach Scene26
step-by-step project
Finding ideas and inspiration38
Planning40
Appliqué Hare48
step-by-step project
Paint and stitch62
Blue Tit64
step-by-step project
Hen and Rooster74
step-by-step project
Collage90
Sewing Collage94
step-by-step project
Choosing your own design106
Jimmy the Cat108
step-by-step project
Home118
step-by-step project
Displaying your work126
Index128

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About the Author

About Katie Essam

Katie Essam's passion for textiles began when she graduated form the University of Hertfordshire with a BA Hons in Contemporary Applied Art. She combines freehand machine embroidery, appliqué and other textile techniques to make original mixed media textile art pieces, inspired by the beauty in everyday objects and scenes. She especially loves turning personal photographs of family, pets or houses, into original, tailor-made pieces of textile art. Katie runs a variety of workshops around the UK teaching the techniques she uses to make her textile art. Katie lives in Bexhill, UK.

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"I own several Search Press books and always find the page layouts and picture quality excellent.
I have previously bought similar books on free machine embroidery but this one is definitely my favourite, the instructions and quality of designs are more sophisticated.
I particularly like that the instructions tell you how to stiffen your fabrics so that you can work without using an embroidery hoop as I find the hoop method complicated and restrictive.
The designs in the book work their way up in complexity meaning it is suitable for beginners and those already with some experience, one thing that I really appreciated was that the templates are in the same place as the instructions! No turning to the back page to trace designs, yay!
The inclusion of composition instructions is really great, and the planning section is helpful if, like me, you were looking for something that will help you with creating your own artworks.
I love how her pieces aren't solely machine stitch and the section on using paints was a nice surprise!
I love the artists free standing pieces and would have liked more detailed instructions on how to mount work this way but that is the only very small negative about this book."

 


Received this book as a gift. Having read the reviews I was sceptical. Surely it wouldn't be THAT good. I WAS SO WRONG. The details held in each section appear to cover everything from the threads , sewing machine advice (always a must) templates and so much more. It is a must have for ideas and inspiration. The author takes you from making a decorative sampler to intricate pieces. Even framing your completed pieces. What wonderful present ideas in these pages. Anyone who enjoys sewing or any form of art, there is advice on painting fabric too, is sure to have wide appeal. My interest in mixed media will embrace this volume as my go to guide. So you will excuse me as I am off to gather my art and sewing stash to give the ideas a try. At last a book that combines my interests.

 


This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to make a piece of textile art using appliqué and free motion stitching. I have some experience in this area and find this book to be the best resource I own. Although some of the finished projects look way beyond the beginner level, because each is presented with step by step and clearly written directions, they are really not. Like many other books, all the basics are covered regarding equipment, materials and supplies. No question goes unanswered. What is inspirational about this book are the beautiful, lifelike works of art Katie Essam provides as projects to teach the skills and techniques covered. I was pleased to find just enough information about using composition, colour and design to make it helpful. This is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it.

 


thesewingdirectory.co.uk

This book is the latest instalment of the popular Textile Artist series from Search Press. I own a few of these books already and love them so was keen to get my hands on this one. This book teaches you how to use free machine embroidery and applique to create textile pictures.
The book starts with an introduction to free motion embroidery followed by a simple project (the beach scene shown above) to help you get to grips with the embroidery aspect with minimal applique. You then get information on finding inspiration and planning your projects before delving into some more complex projects with multiple layers of fabric in the pictures. She also explains how to transfer the images onto your fabric, an interesting method different from the one I learned (tracing paper to transfer your pencil lines onto the fabric) when I did a class on this subject. I will be giving it a try to see which method I prefer.
There are very clear instructions on every stage of the project, from preparing your applique pieces to stitching the project. There are also photos for every step and handy tips scattered throughout. What I particularly liked is not only are there full size templates included for the projects, but they are next to the project instructions rather than at the back of the book, so you dont have to skip from the middle to the back when working on a project.
There is also a section on using paints in your pictures to work alongside the fabrics. It adds an extra depth to your creations and is handy if you dont have fabrics in the right colours. There are several projects in the book, quite a few are animal based (hare, blue tit, chickens & cat) but I have to admit my favourite is the sewing collage, and I love the house one too.
Even if you have never tried this technique before the easy to follow instructions and step by step photos in this book mean you can easily create your own applique pictures.


East Kent Embroiderers Guild

This new title in The Textile Artist series showcases the work of Katie Essam who makes beautiful and unique art work.  Taking her inspiration from everyday subjects Katie uses a combination of applique and embroidery in a fresh and modern way and the book is full of examples of Katies work to admire and inspire.  In the first chapters Katie describes the basic techniques together with the equipment and materials required.  There are seven exciting projects to try and by following Katies detailed instructions sewers of all abilities can create their own unique piece of textile art. A most desirable book for anyone wanting to try a new approach to creative sewing.


myshelf.com

Make pictures using hand and free machine embroidery, appliqué, collage and fabric painting with the help of this useful book. The entire process of creation from inspiration to the finished work is covered so even beginners can see how this type of project can be accomplished.

Whatever type of picture you have in mind seeing a step-by-step process is invaluable, because it equips you with the knowledge to do your own thing. The book starts with a list of materials, and if you do any fabric craft you will already have a lot of them. The next stage is being inspired and planning your work, as well as learning how to do free machine embroidery. I like the way how, instead of having all the projects at the back as a culmination of processes they are interspersed throughout the book. Thus you can practice your machining skills with a beach scene, make a picture of a hare and learn how to use fusible webbing and appliqué, or progress to adding in paint with a couple of bird portraits. Further projects show how to put all these skills together to produce a scene featuring a hen and rooster, have a go at collage and finally see how you can use your own photographs and sketches to make pictures. It is all very user-friendly and hands-on, a method that invariably works well for me and eliminates the boring part of having to cram in a lot of information first before actually using it. Instead you can amass a body of work as you go and have fun trying out all the different techniques. One of the best books I have seen on tackling mixed media work.

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