The Art of Stitching on Metal
If you ever thought stitching on metal was difficult and challenging, this book will have you thinking otherwise. Twelve projects include a beautiful pewter pendant, a colourful brooch, decorative panels to adorn your home, and a fabulous metal-woven doll.
Ann Parr's unique and awe-inspiring art of stitching on metal is showcased here, in this her first book. Her work ranges from jewellery to richly decorated boxes and panels, and represents a rare fusion of traditional and contemporary methods and design which cannot fail to excite and inspire. Appealing to multi-media artists, textile artists, embroiderers and indeed anyone with a love of beautiful, innovative works of art, this book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration. It provides not only a wealth of information on materials and methods, but also twelve step-by-step projects and numerous stunning photographs of Ann's own pieces, and so contains everything you need to explore this fascinating art. Discover how to create fantastic effects on metal by heating it, treating it with bleach, vinegar and other corrosive household substances, and adding texture and colour through foiling, stamping, stencilling, embossing and more. A thorough exploration of machine-stitching on metal covers everything from free-machining to decorative stitching, and the sections on woven metal strips, edgings, braids, beads, tassels, cords and a wide range of decorative finishes will not fail to fuel your enthusiasm and creativity. Finally, the twelve projects featured throughout the book will allow you to make some gorgeous items of your own, including a beautiful pewter pendant, a colourful brooch, decorative panels to adorn your home, and a fabulous metal-woven doll.
A Review from the Crafty Commissioning Editor
Stitching into metal sounds bizarre, but I am amazed at what can be achieved with metals and traditional textile materials. It is astonishing and awe-inspiring. What's more, the techniques are simple. There is a great range of metals available now - from fine metallic woven cloth to a variety of lovely meshes and foils. Or if you have any tomato, onion or garlic purée metal tubes in your food cupboard, you can get recycling and embellish your latest project. These metals are fantastic. They can be stitched into, coloured and textured, shaped into three-dimensional pieces, or made into beautiful woven panels. Ann Parr also shows how to make jewellery, decorative caskets, stitched pewter boxes, book covers and a quirky metal maid. If you are into textiles and love experimenting, or you want to try something new...take a look at this book. It is packed with inspiring designs and some unique and exciting ideas.