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  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 10 April 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781849942744
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 216x276 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £22.95
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Stitch Stories


Personal places, spaces and traces in textile art by Cas Holmes

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Book Description

Acclaimed textile artist and teacher Cas Holmes, whose work is often inspired by her life and the journeys she makes, helps you find inspiration through your own life and explains how to record what you see in sketchbooks and journals, which can often become beautiful objects in themselves. She explains how you can use photography, both as documentation and as inspiration, and sometimes incorporate it into the work itself, along with found objects and ephemera.
Throughout the book are useful techniques that can be harnessed to add extra interest to your work, such as methods for making layered collages, how to 'sketch' with stitch, and advice on design and colour. If you want to create beautiful, unique work inspired by your life and travels, this is the perfect book for you.

About the Author

About Cas Holmes

Cas Holmes is one of UK's most renowned textile artists. She exhibits widely and runs courses at West Dean College. She has written for magazines including The Quilter. She lives in Kent, UK.


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The cover of Stitch Stories is interestingly printed tactile fabric that invites you to open the book and find out more. Inside you will find excellent photographs, inspirational art work and clearly written text. All of these are used to good effect to explore and develop the ideas in the book.

Stitch Stories does not contain complete projects but is rather a 'how do guide'. The author encourages you to explore personal experiences, interests and familiar places for inspiration. The use of sketch books, journals and photography are explained to help you record your information. Don't be afraid of this all the ideas can be easily adapted to suit your level of confidence and experience.

From your initial inspiration the book is full of processes and techniques to enable you to create a unique piece of stitched fabric. Again all of these do not have to be followed but may encourage you to try something new and different. 

The use of textiles to tell a story is endless and this book is a good place to start. There may only be one idea in the book you wish to explore but who knows what may follow. 

I liked the inclusion of the work of other textile artists, many of whom were new to me, to illustrate ideas and techniques; this added another dimension to the book.

This book may not appeal to everyone but is well worth looking at for inspiration and ideas. Stitch Stories will find a place on my bookshelf. I may never use the ideas or techniques described, however it is a book I will open often, each time finding something new and maybe that stitch story will come to life.

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