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Book Review: Layered and Stitched Pictures by Katie Essam

Layered and Stitched pictures book review by The Sewing Directory


This book is the latest instalment of the popular Textile Artist series from Search Press. I own a few of these books already and love them so was keen to get my hands on this one.  This book teaches you how to use free machine embroidery and applique to create textile pictures.

 

How to do free motion embroidery

 

The book starts with an introduction to free motion embroidery followed by a simple project (the beach scene shown above) to help you get to grips with the embroidery aspect with minimal applique. You then get information on finding inspiration and planning your projects before delving into some more complex projects with multiple layers of fabric in the pictures. She also explains how to transfer the images onto your fabric, an interesting method different from the one I learned (tracing paper to transfer your pencil lines onto the fabric) when I did a class on this subject. I will be giving it a try to see which method I prefer.

There are very clear instructions on every stage of the project, from preparing your applique pieces to stitching the project.  There are also photos for every step and handy tips scattered throughout. What I particularly liked is not only are there full size templates included for the projects, but they are next to the project instructions rather than at the back of the book, so you don’t have to skip from the middle to the back when working on a project.

Sewing collage textile art design

 

There is also a section on using paints in your pictures to work alongside the fabrics. It adds an extra depth to your creations and is handy if you don’t have fabrics in the right colours.  There are several projects in the book, quite a few are animal based (hare, blue tit, chickens & cat) but I have to admit my favourite is the sewing collage, and I love the house one too.

Even if you have never tried this technique before the easy to follow instructions and step by step photos in this book mean you can easily create your own applique pictures. 

Layered and Stitched Pictures by Katie Essam is available to purchase from the Search Press website. You can also view the full Textile Artist series on their site.

 Projects from Layered and Stitched pictures