Seductive Surfaces • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Digital Edition – Read Online + Download Today
See the many sumptuous textile surfaces that can be created using traditional stitching combined with the modern media available in the market today.



Seductive Surfaces • Book 18 by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn

According to the dictionary, the word ‘seductive’ can mean alluring, attractive or tempting and it is undoubtedly true that many textiles would satisfy this description.

We can take great inspiration from a wonderful worldwide legacy of richly stitched textiles in a vast array of precious and non- precious materials. Sometimes quite humble fabrics have been used to create the most seductive cloths.
Seductive Surfaces 01

Not limited in our choice of materials, there are so many products on the market to work with that it can be difficult to know which ones are the most useful. The creation of seductive surfaces offers us the opportunity to explore a range of the most versatile products within the context of experimental samples and developed imagery.

Seductive Surfaces 02

Inspiration for seductive surfaces can be drawn from numerous sources such as medieval architecture, distressed and peeling surfaces, natural forms, crystalline structures, luxuriant foliage, rust and decay and museum artifacts. A magnifying glass will frequently reveal astonishing richness in even the most unlikely looking objects.

With such a vast array of fabrics, materials and techniques at our disposal we will explore the nature of seductive surfaces and attack them with focus and commitment. We hope that you will be encouraged to explore and develop them within the context of your own style.

  • 28 pages of full color illustrations
  • Online Reader + PDF Download
  • First published by Double Trouble Enterprises 2006
  • ISBN 978-0-9546014-7-8
  • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Authors

    Jan Beaney Jean Littlejohn Bw

    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 ArtsCity & 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

    Visit their Double Trouble Enterprises Website