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Machine Stitch: Perspectives


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Introduction by Dr Jennifer Harris Foreword by Professor Anne Morrell Chapters The Pleasures of the Machine Stitched Mark by Judy Barry The Chimera of Embroidery by Dr Nigel Hurlstone The Bigger Picture by Alice Kettle An Emerging Image, Machine Stitching the Narrative by Jane McKeating Mixed Messages: an Exploration of Issue-based Work by Dr Melanie Miller Stitched Words by Lynn Setterington Material Evidence by Professor Michael Brennand Wood A Fashionable Detail: Machine Embroidery on Dress by Dr Ann Gibson Surface Sensibilities Utilising Machine Stitch to Render Surface and Mark Making by Jane Mckeating It's Not Black and White: Discovering Colour with Machine Stitch by Isabel Wright Designing the Fabric by Alice Kettle An Eye on the Future - Working with the Computerised Sewing Machine by Sue Prestbury Machines Glossary by Jill Boyes Techniques and Terms glossary by Diana Parsons Biographies Acknowledgements Index

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This book will provide the only definitive record (and explores the potential) of the huge number of machines currently in use from the only remaining Schiffli and the traditional Irish Embroidery machine to the new generation of computerised sewing machines.

About the Author

Alice Kettle is Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Real World Learning University of Winchester, UK. She is an established artist, with recognised status within the field of textile art. Her work is held in collections around the world. Jane McKeating is Associate Head of Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is a key figure in the embroidery and textiles fields and was a prize winner at 2008's 'Art of the Stitch' International Open Exhibition.


'Excellent and abundant illustrations are supported by equally excellent captions that include details of materials, methods and dimensions alongside the expected date, maker and title.' * Crafts Magazine (January 2011) *
"Essential reading for textile students, embroiderers, designers and artists...Illustrating how to combine techniques and develop ideas, Machine Stitch Perspectives demonstrates the rich possibilities of the sewing machine as a creative tool." * Sew Today Magazine (Feb 2011) *
For students who require more than 'pretty pictures', giving a deeper understanding of their discipline. -- Claire Baker, Cleveland College of Art & Design, UK

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