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Painting with stitches : [creating freestyle embroidery by hand]
Dove, Sue.
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Publication Information:
Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
128 pages : b illustrations (some color) ; c 28 cm
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Subtitle from cover.
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TT771 .D65 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For novices and seasoned needleworkers alike, this book guides crafters through the process of creating stunning works of art using a needle as a paintbrush and a vibrant collection of threads as a palette. Needleworkers are shown how to achieve the visual effects that combine the rich texture of tapestry with the dynamic color and composition of paintings. Step-by-step instructions for performing a simple satin stitch are provided, followed by advice for using hand drawings and a collage technique to develop ideas into finished embroidered pieces that retain the spontaneity of the original concepts. A gallery includes examples of portraits, creatures, landscapes, flowers, and abstract designs, all accompanied by line drawing patterns so needleworkers can try their hands at re-creating them as projects or samplers.

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Library Journal Review

This refreshing blast of color and inspiration will make even the novice embroiderer want to take up thread and needle. Dove is an artist who was first attracted to tapestry weaving as a way of translating her paintings into a more textured form. Then she discovered embroidery and knew she had found her medium. Dove embroiders freestyle. Working on Penelope canvas with stranded cotton floss in myriad colors, she uses slanted long and short satin stitches to achieve a painterly effect. Her subjects are flowers, animals (real and fanciful), abstract designs, and landscapes. Unlike project books that devote many pages to materials lists and detailed instructions, Dove covers materials and techniques in four pages. The rest of the book is play-with ideas for creating your own projects from line drawings and collages and creative exercises. A gallery of Dove's own works, both in full color and as line drawings, provides jumping-off points for readers' own pieces. Highly recommended for academic textile collections and large public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.