Hardly used: These embroidery, textile art and stitching books have been lightly used by me from new and are offered here for resale. My interests have evolved over time. I started with dressmaking and machine embroidery, moved on to patchwork and quilting and then on to hand embroidery. After completing qualifications in these subjects I graduated to textile art, which is now my main interest. What with all this studying, together with my varied and developing interests, my library collection has grown and I’m getting short of shelf space. Some of my own learning and development has been from artists featured on internet sites, such as http://www.textileartist.org. Also through teaching sites like http://www.sofst.org. But on top of 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. Now I want the books to go to others with similar interests who will enjoy and appreciate the vast range of skills within them. I have priced them to be attractively lower than the same titles seen on line. Many stores offer second-hand books for sale on the internet and it’s sometimes surprising how much an out-of-print book can be worth. But I have searched across a range of prices and put mine lower than any that I can find for sale on the internet. So they are not only cheaper but in excellent good order too.

Defining Textile Art: this is not easy because each textile creation is unique and individual to the artist. Textile Art books used and referred to while an artist is creating can fall under many headings. What with design, pattern making, stitching, applique, embellishments, colouring and printing on fabric and mark-making. Then there are beading, patchwork, quilting and embroidery methods which in themselves vary widely. We can combine many of these skills to create our own masterpieces and of course books are not the only way we learn and become inspired, think of the the help we get from sewing machines and computers. Art can be in the eye of the beholder, or in the eye of the creator so how to define textile art can be something of a mystery. However the books I offer for sale here cover a range of wonderful techniques and skills which in themselves will support and help a textile artist to produce the work which starts as an idea and becomes a work of art. Please have a look in the shop to see what is available.

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 which will be 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 now ready to share with others.

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