review: Stitch, Fabric & Thread

Stitch, Fabric & Thread

Stitch, Fabric & Thread: An inspirational guide for creative stitchers by Elizabeth Healey

This book looks at a variety of techniques and inspiration points and encourages the reader to create unique pieces. Many of the techniques may seem basic, but used in the ways shown, look anything but basic. Most of the techniques will be familiar to crafters. A few of the inspiration points, though, are possibly inappropriate – an African mask is used, but its origin is not given more specificity (Africa is a big continent with many people and one mask cannot possibly be representative of all of them) and a Hula dancer is treated as a pin-up girl, which seems outright disrespectful, for example. It’s a bummer that an otherwise useful book is kind of ruined by these insensitive inclusions.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Kalamazoo Public Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system