At Mr X Stitch we love to review textile art and embroidery books for you. There are so many great books to discover, packed with needlework inspiration and textile techniques, so we dive into each book to find out what’s good, what’s bad and let you know why you should pick it up.
Tie and Dye by Lizzie King
Published by Pavilion
Who is it aimed at?
Those with an interest in dyeing fabric! Maybe you are starting out in your new home and wish to personalise certain interiors….this book covers both the skills required and the items you can create once learned.
About the artist
King is an artist and dye enthusiast. She has worked on many projects and loves to teach others her skills.
Looking at the contents, this publication definitely has a contemporary young vibe, making it appealing to a younger market, as well as those with more “experience”. Lots of projects, many of which are very practical.
We love the titles, take this one for example:
Kings writing has honest appeal. This is not a pretentious tome of a book, with ideas we can only look up to. King seems to be one of us, a person who has learned from trial and error. She is not shy at confessing her background or how she has learned her skills. This warms us to her.
What makes it special?
The lay out is so easy to follow. Each project and stage has been photographed exactly, showcasing what we will need to achieve each idea:
Following on from the above, the staged images of the final pieces are stark and clear, without too much background noise:
What is wrong with the book?
If you don’t want to get your gloves on or your hands dirty, you may struggle with this technique.
For those who love to get their dye hands on, have you checked out our very own Dyeing column, written by Margaret Yates? Check it out through this link!
Tie and Dye (we love the name) by Lizzie King is available to get right here!