This is a go-to book for ideas; it is not a book designed to influence our every move, rather they are inspiring us to create our own take on the subject matter they present.
‘We hope that the joy of stitching and pattern making is evident’ – That’s what Beaney and Littlejohn hope we will glean from this publication. However so much has been said about stitching and using nature to inform our work. Is their anything new to learn about stitch rhythms? We think so!
About the artist
Both artists have years of both teaching and writing experience. They have led many classes and are well informed on their topic; we can trust their opinions. They have written a number of books on such a wide amount of art and embroidery related subjects.
Who is it aimed at?
This should make for personal more fulfilling work if we decide to use it.….
Those with an interest in embroidery and design, with a keen eye for stitch rhythms and patterns and honed in areas of interest. In other words it is designed for those who really want to further their skills and not just create a direct stitched copy of what they see in front of them.
The book itself is divided into five main sections, covering areas of interest, such as water, trees and gardens. There is also an introduction and several final pages documenting useful information and stitch samples.
The landscape layout works well, allowing for the pages to develop, for example below we can observe how an initial painting gets used to create a stitched piece (right):
What makes it special?
We have to mention again the artists use of their Fine Art and collage skills to show the development stages of their work:
Each separate area of inspiration has been photographed to make us want to be right there:
What is wrong with the book?
Stitch Rhythms & Patterns is heavily weighted with natural imagery, covering gardens, trees and florals. If this isn’t your style, you may lack enthusiasm.
In the introduction we mentioned that so much had been written about this subject of nature influencing art. However these artists have shown that we can always learn something new, there is always a different way of looking at the same topic. Their fresh imagery and ideas certainly wont get old.
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'