Books: From Image to Stitch

Maggie Grey’s From Image to Stitch contains a wealth of ideas on how to translate images into stitched works.

One of the suggested tasks was to create a book which contains the artwork in preparation for a final piece. What I found inspiring about the example shown was that the book created is three dimensional and appears to “escape the pages”

Grey also advocates using digital software (such as photoshop) to manipulate photographs as inspiration. This is something that I would like to explore but am currently stumped at how to apply these distorted images to a textile piece. I hope to create a small library of inspirational images as I go forward so that I can play with a variety of techniques to transform them into stitched pieces.

One technique suggested by Grey is to coat cartridge paper in White Matt Precoat InkAID (makes an image brighter and sharper) before printing out photographs. These printouts can then be cut, torn, woven and stitched either from the front or back.

Maggie Grey suggests:

  • exploring brown paper as a base and comments on how it creates particularly special qualities when it has been crumpled.
  • tissue paper can be used by applying it to a backing with fusible such as Bondaweb to make it less fragile. It could be exciting to explore applying a layer of tissue paper printed with text to give an ethereal look to the words. It would probably be best to paint the tissue paper first if desired to ensure that the printed text doesn’t run unless that is the intended effect. Tissue paper can also be applied to metal using Bondaweb and apparently can be stitched (eg 0.05mm copper shim).
  • clingfilm can also be used to create textures in paint and I did explore this with watercolours in my first course briefly though Grey suggests using a firm paper that isn’t too absorbent.


Grey, M. (2008) From Image to Stitch London: Batsford

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