The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

Book - 2011
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A showcase for those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, Hoopla profiles innovative stitch artists who specialise in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as subway maps, feminist Girl Guide badges and metal band letterforms, demonstrating that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work. Includes comprehensive instructions.
Publisher: Vancouver [B.C.] : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9781551524061
Characteristics: 400 pages :,colour illustrations, colour portraits ;,21 x 23 cm.


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Cdnbookworm Feb 11, 2013

This is an interesting book profiling modern embroidery artists. It contains interviews, photographs of their work, and discussions of different trends in this art form.
I am an embroiderer who has stuck to more traditional embroidery, but this book opened my eyes to new ways of thinking about embroidery and got my creative juices flowing. Now I just have to make time for that creativity.
The book offers some project plans and patterns from some of these artists that will inspire and give a starting point to those interested in these new ideas.

rowanquincy Jul 11, 2012

Great book on modern embroidery with many web reerences. Lovely book.

Nov 17, 2011

This was a very disappointing. and somewhat annoying and pretentious book. All the work in it is the sort that might be fun for the person to stitch but a dud for anyone else to look at. The book is basically people who have never stitched, "discovering" embroidery and coming up with very very basic pieces with very very basic stitches and calling it art. The articles are full of mutual admiration. The book feels like it came out of the Sixties when hippies discovered you could chain-stitch on your jeans.

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