Hardly used: These textile art books have been lightly used by me from new and are offered here for sale. My interests have graduated over time. I started with dressmaking and machine embroidery, then patchwork and quilting and hand embroidery. After completing qualifications in these subjects I moved onto textile art which is now my main interest. Recently I’ve committed to another City & Guilds course, Stumpwork stage 2. As before I’m studying on-line with School of Stitched Textiles. So with studying and with my varied interests my library collection has grown and I’m getting short of shelf space. Some of my own learning has been from artists featured on internet sites, such as http://www.textileartist.org, and through teaching sites like http://www.sofst.org. In spite of all this I’ve found you can still gain so much more from textile art books. After the excitement of buying them new, I have learned from them, been inspired and used them to teach others. So now I would like to think that people whose interests follow a similar path to mine can have the benefit as I offer them here. I would like to think that the result could be some beautiful and inspired new creations.

Defining Textile Art: this is not easy because each creation is unique and individual to the artist. Textile Art books used in its creation fall under many headings. Think of design, pattern making, stitching, applique, embellishments, colouring and mark-making. Not forgetting beading, patchwork, quilting and embroidery. We combine many of these skills to create our own masterpieces and of course the help we get from sewing machines and computers can’t be overlooked.

Benefits of Books: some results of my own learning can be viewed on other pages of this website. I was able to combine my earliest learning of computerised machine embroidery with quilting and patchwork . Following my hand embroidery course I was tempted into creating linen handbags with embroidered and other textile art embellishments. These are my canvas for many types of embellishment and satisfy my desire for something of use at the end of all the time and effort that goes into each individual project. During all this there is no doubt that my own huge learning curve and evolution of interests has been inspired and encouraged through my library of stitching books, some of which I’m ready to part with.

See what’s available: books are listed in the shop with images and description. I hope you find something you like.