New Dimensions in Hand and Machine Embroidery • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn
New Dimensions in Hand and Machine Embroidery explores two innovative approaches to combining hand and machine stitching creating imaginative surface design in textiles and embroidery.
Mixing Hand and Machine Embroidery in Limitless Ways
Many people consider themselves to be either hand or machine embroiderers while others combine the two successfully. With a mixture of the two techniques we have a vast and exciting palette at our disposal. Most typically this is worked by machine stitching into a background with hand stitching used to further embellish the piece.
In this book we will look at TWO quite distinct approaches to combining hand and machine stitching in dynamic ways that can offer vigorous and dimensional surfaces as well as subtle and fragile effects. Both methods are capable of being worked in limitless ways to produce practical or wall hung textiles. They are also relatively unexplored and very versatile.
A huge range of primary design sources can inspire asymmetrical or freer machined networks. Flower gardens, rocks, tree bark, water patterns could all suggest pleasing shapes, color schemes and textural ideas to stylize, simplify or exaggerate.
Contrasting bolder vibrant hand stitches with delicate machine stitched tracery or stitching finer hand stitches on a machined mesh to produce a fragile cloth may well extend your stitch dictionary and suggest new challenges.
Inspire machined and stitched networks based on primary sources in your surroundings.
BOOK 9 by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn
This book explores two innovative approaches to combining hand and machine stitching which offer wonderful opportunities for textural surfaces. It contains useful pointers, how to work with soluble material, and thoughts on exploiting color and color counter rhythms.
It shows how machine on hand embroidery can change and affect the look and quality of a surface and the wonderful results that can be achieved using hand sewing on machine-created stitch networks using soluble material.
28 pages full color illustrations
©Double Trouble Enterprises, 2002; Digital Edition, 2023
ISBN No 0-9531750-8-1
Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Authors
Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are internationally acclaimed textiles artists, authors and educators. For more than forty years the duo know as “Double Trouble Enterprises” has been challenging traditional notions of embroidery and stitch by working with soluble fabrics, mixed media, bonding, printing, embellishing and collage and extensive use of color development and journaling to great success. Founding members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, featured instructors at Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts, City & Guilds (London), Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (UK) and Presidents emeritus of the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK), Jan and Jean continue their work in inspiring stitch artists of all ages with print books, digital books, and a wide range of DVDs and streaming workshops.
Learn more about Jan and Jean in their interview with TextileArtist.org
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