Book review. Machine Stitch Perspectives – Alice Kettle, Jan McKeating.


I found this book in the Brisbane museum at the bookshop in the Valentino Retrospective.

I whipped out my Iphone and I have an app that tells me where I can purchase books at the best price…. However, it didn't register and I was left with the dilemma of purchasing and  adding excess luggage… and having to buy from England… so darn it I bought it there and then.

I've poured over it and I'm pleased wth my decision to purchase it right now….

I guess you can tell I'm moving into a different genre with my machine quilting and some of the articles give me permission to do so.

"This book leaves us in no doubt that it can be said today that machine embroidery has found a particular role and that it has a wide ange of different applications. Those who first developed the sewing machine would be please to see how, at th same time as other mechanical inventions, the machine has kept pace with the developments in technology. Perhaps they would be astounded at some of the outcomes"

Ann Morrell Consultant at the Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad. India.


The book reflects the techniques and ideas of the prestigious contributors. They are a team of researchers and lecturers who have taught for many years. Dialogue comes from interviews with the makers of the pieces.

I was fascinated with the introduction of drawing with thread…. When I read further, the finished articles were actually drawn onto paper, put into the computer and stitched by machine….. fascinating.

This piece is by Naomi Ryder.

Visit her web page, it's enlightening..

This piece is described by Naomi "The use of digital processes allows for stitch to be used in new ways as he basis for intense pattern making. Applied to products, the pictorial stitched images can reach different audiences and move away from the wall."

I also enjoyed the work of Matthew Harris.


There is something solid, reflective and comfortable about his work… I can't find a web page for him to share with you.

In conclusion, I haven't read the entire book yet, I may never get the opportunity, but I have gleaned a wonderful insight in to the world of Textile Art and as I mentioned before… sometimes we need an Ah ha moment to give us permission…!!!



5 Comments Add yours

  1. Carole K says:
    Pam, I saw some of his work this year at a local gallery. It was part of the Taking Time. Craft and the Slow Revolution exhibition.
    Also went to a talk by Sue Lawty, which was wonderful. She is a weaver, but you may have come across her World Beach project at the V&A.

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks Carole, both sites are fascinating… I looked at the You tube video of Sue Lawty, its very interesting…
    Thanks for the URL for Matthew Harris…. I couldn’t find it in my initial search.

  3. Nola says:

    Thanks for the info re the machine stitching book. I am going to The Valentino Exhibition in Brisbane this week so will look out for this book too.
    Enjoy your brief time at home

  4. Mindy says:

    Matthew’s work is great! I love the spots where the orange fabric peeks through.

  5. Naomi Ryder says:

    Thank you Pam
    I think it is a great book too and many thanks for your kind comments about my work.
    Lovely blog you have. I am slowly getting into mine
    Feel free to take a look at my website and in touch any time
    thanks Naomi

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