I don’t know about everyone else, but I absolutely LOVE to buy new books! It is an activity that never gets old. Whether it’s novels, art books, even blank ones for me to fill up- I am ecstatic to find something new.
So, you can only imagine my reaction when Zede came back from a weekend at Tacony with a box full of new books! As I entered them into inventory in the morning, I knew I would have a blast reading them that evening.
A few of the books are your classic “How-To” volumes complete with patterns and instructions. I love this type of book when I feel that I am an absolute amateur in the field (like long-arm quilting!). Zede is always on the lookout for clearly written, concise books that are easy to understand and give room for growth.
I think she hit the nail on the head this time!
- The ABCs of Longarm Quilting by Patricia Barry is a comprehensive look at the creative and business side of longarm quilting. It’s great for a beginner or an experienced quilter who just wants to deepen their knowledge on the subject.
- Start to Quilt by Miriam Edwards is another fantastic quilting book, but takes a different approach to the art. There are a lot of projects that are very basic and include a lot of handwork. I think it puts some really daunting aspects of quilting into a comfortable microcosm for a beginning quilter of any age. This would be a great gift for a new sewer who needs ideas for first projects.
Now there is another type of book for anyone learning about an art form like sewing. And those are technique books. These are the tomes full of inspiration and subtle intricacies that really make your original works shine. The books Zede chose on this trip are full of techniques not only for your hands, but for your brain. It’s so important to feel comfortable being creative- and these books are a wonderful start to a prolific summer of sewing!
- Exploring Colour is a book you’ll definitely have to read through twice! Once to look at the pictures, and the second to actually read the words. The excellent close-up photos of fiber work and artist’s sketchbooks are a great insight into the creative process. This book helps you get to know color and design from the very basic into the highly complex.
The next few books are in a series on fiber and textile embellishment. With titles like Embellish and Enrich, Vanishing Act, and Seductive Surfaces, I know you’ll be eager to check these out the next time you’re in the shop. These small pamphlet-like books are wonderful resources for techniques that are yet to be fully explored and exploited to their full potential. It’s all up to you in terms of when and how you’ll employ these daring feats of fiber fancy!
Books are a never-ending source of inspiration and ideas. As you learn and grow as a sewer, you’ll find something new every time you open them up. So come into the shop for some inspiration, and take some with you too!