Item description for The Magic of Free-Machine Embroidery by Doreen Curran...
This book starts with the basics of free-machine embroidery and leads on to advanced techniques. Heavily illustrated with colour photographs, it includes many of the author's own ideas to make embroidered pictures stand out sculpturally. Building up techniques with textures and applique are explored, together with the use of thick threads, both wrapped and applied, stumpwork and fabric sculpting. The use of painted backgrounds and layers of semi-transparent fabrics add to depth and mood. This book can be a stepping stone to the development of readers' own ideas in this growing art, which is not tied to traditional ways. Two very helpful charts allow you to tell at a glance how the basic stitches are achieved, and how they can be used creatively.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.14" Width: 8.26" Height: 0.34" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2002
Publisher Search Press
ISBN 190397514X ISBN13 9781903975145
Reviews - What do customers think about The Magic of Free-Machine Embroidery?
The Magic of Free-Machine Embroidery Oct 22, 2005
Good read. I enjoyed the techniques, the color, and lots of pictures. Very good for anyone wanting to get into this sewing technique. It makes you want to pull out the machine and get started. Would recommend.
Beautiful Book for Looking or Learning Aug 21, 2003
As I've stated in other reviews, I've been doing freehand machine embroidery for 20 years, back when books on the subject were basically nonexistent. My background has been more heavily in applique and thread painting.
Like the excellent Alison Holt book on machine embroidered landscape work, Ms. Curran's art uses manipulation of the basic background prior to machine stitching. However, rather than using only silk and dying it, she also uses cotton and some other fabrics and paints them rather than dying them. She also uses application of multiple fabrics prior to stitching. It appears that her technique is somewhat more flexible.
Regardless, the results are stunning. Her techniques and works are shown to best advantage in the dozens of color illustrations throughout the book. I've certainly spent more on books that have much less visual content.
This book will serve as an excellent primer and introduction to those interested in embroidery by machine. It also demonstrates with clarity that a large financial investment in a computerized embroidery machine IS NOT at all necessary to produce artwork anyone would be proud to claim!