By: Alice Kettle, Jane McKeatingISBN 9781408123416The companion volume to Machine StitchHand Stitch is an essential read and reference for any textiles student, practicing embroiderer, designer and artist. Together these two titles form the significant and substantial references on current stitch practice. Each chapter is written by an established maker, embroiderer, artist or academic and discusses hand stitch from a different perspective. Wonderful illustrations of artistic hand stitch, both contemporary and historical, demonstrate this diverse and intimate craft in detail. The contributors draw upon important collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, and the rich archive held by Manchester School of Art in this extensively researched and beautifully presented volume.

Table Of Contents

Jane Mckeating, (MA, Director of Studies MMU)
The use of hand stitch as a means of developing economic independence with a focus on women within Indian rural communitiesAlice Kettle (Senior Research Fellow MMU)
Outside and inside
Outsider artists, and Fine cell workAlice Kettle(Senior Research Fellow MMU)
Sound and Air
David Littler (sampler) and Janet Echelman
Stitching another dimensionJune Hill (Curator and Research Assistant UCA)
The place of hand stitch in ecclesiastical practice, with a particular focus on the late Beryl Dean archive.Prof Tom Lundberg (Colorado State University, USA)
The use of mystical imagery developed through hand stitch. Linking the indigenous and the contemporary. The American practice of hand stitch.Tracy Gill (MA MMU Gawthorpe Hall Education assistant)
New title to be inserted shortlyDr Melanie Miller (Senior lecturer MA route leader MMU)
Focus on Lynn Setteringtons work, the empowerment of communities through the collective practice of hand stitch. The collaborative project which gives identity and voice to the community.

Kate Egan (Senior lecturer MMU)
Large scale from small scale related to Whitworth Gallery installation as case study

Lesley Mitchison
New title to inserted shortly

Jane Mckeating
Student project Hand stitch with Coats threads.
Hand stitch glossary using student examples and invited artists

Dr Nigel Hurlstone (Senior lecturer MMU)
New title to inserted shortly

Sue Prestbury (MMU Technician)
A historical perspective illustrated by a current project at Staircase house.

Anne French (Textile conservator at the Whitworth art Gallery)
New title to be inserted shortly

James Hunting (Course leader foundation Degree in Hand stitch Royal School of Needlework)
New title to be inserted shortly

Prof Anne Morrell
The origins of Hand stitch, historical background with the journey from basket and mat making. The migration of stitch and the practice of stitch by movement, from the Victorian approach up to the present day.

Ian Wilson ( freelance writer in applied art and craft, Embroidery , Crafts Magazines)
Therese de Dillmont

Dr David Owen (University of Southampton)
The hand

Visual documentation
Helen Felcey (programme Leader MMU Design LAB)
The visual narrative. Supporting programme of photographic and documentary recording of the practice and place.

Jane McKeating and Alice Kettle to insert contemporary hand stitch artists chapter.

Jo Hall editor (embroidery Magazine)

Prof Lesley Millar (UCA Farnham)


“An awe-inspiring tome, this features gorgeously tactile full colour images. A joy to read, Hand Stitch will enthral students, embroiderers, crafters and designers alike, with conversations about stitches, biographies of well known stitchers, the impact of stitching and historical facts. Each chapter is written by a different practitioner, giving it a range of individual perspectives. The book is thoughtful, absorbing and has a strong sense of community spirit, much like the craft it is championing.” –  Inside Crochet

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