I am a long-time admirer of Stephanie Redfern’s beautiful work and this book – the latest in the Stitched Textiles series from Search Press – does not disappoint.
The focus of Stephanie’s work is the natural world and is a source of inspiration we can all get access to, be it from the countryside, plants, the sea, birds or animals.
The first half of the book takes the reader through selecting appropriate equipment and materials for making your own textile pieces, including the selection of natural embellishments for your work such as shells, feathers, pebbles etc.
It then moves on to a detailed and comprehensive section about taking and using your own photographs for inspiration, making and keeping your own sketchbooks and collage techniques.
Stephanie then demonstrates her use of machine and hand stitching and how she uses the embellishments found to add in to your work, various methods of fabric painting and then how to develop your design ideas into a finished work. These topics are extremely well-illustrated and comprehensive if you are new to this kind of textile work and will give you the confidence to have a go.
The latter half of the book successfully talks the reader through various natural themes and how you might interpret them in your work. She covers Ocean, Rainforest, Botany, Birds and Animals. The final section looks at Collections of natural objects that you might gather and how to use these to inspire your work. There are three step-by-step projects in the different topic areas, including a lovely ‘book of birds’ to get you started and give you confidence to make your own unique pieces.
All in all, a very comprehensive book that packs a lot into its 126 pages – a great resource for stitchers who love the natural world and want to interpret it in a unique way.
Stitched Textiles: Nature by Stephanie Redfern is available to buy from Search Press, priced at £15.99.