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Sarah Hemm's Books for Fiber Artists & Crafters

"It's actually really exciting to me when I go in a library and I find a contemporary craft book. It's like, Wow these librarians are on the ball!" ~ Sarah Hemm. Ever wish you could pick a real-live artist's brain for books to add to your library's collection? On this board, IArtLibraries' guest blogger Sarah Hemm shares her favorite books and inspirations for her amazing fiber art & embroidery.

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Complex Cloth: A Comprehensive Guide to Surface Design by Jane Dunnewold. Details Dunnewold's techniques for creating visual complexity and depth in fabric. In this comprehensive guide explains her system of layering simple processes to produce intriguing surface designs.

Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America by Barbara Lee Smith. From Library Journal: "An accomplished writer and artist of machine embroidery, Smith has written the outstanding catalog of current artists in contemporary embroidery. She profiles more than 60 U.S. and Canadian artists who use stitchery to express themselves, sharing their individual comments on design and technique."

Paul Klee: Painting Music by Hajo Duchting. Examines the relationship between music and painting in Paul Klee's art. A talented violinist as well as a painter, Klee drew much of the inspiration for his abstract art from musical rhythms and structures. Like a composer, he developed and harmonized pictorial themes, weaving a complex series of signs and symbols into his painting.

Paul Klee : painting music (Book, 2004) []

The Music of Painting: Music, Modernism and the Visual Arts from the Romantics to John Cage by Peter Vergo. Covers the emergence and development of Modernism, c 1850-1950. This title features major works of art as well as related documentation, focusing on abstract and mixed-media art forms and their connections to musical forms as varied as classical and jazz.

In His Own Write by John Lennon. “Lennon's marvelously clever In His Own Write was the surprise literary sensation of get Lennon's biting humor and brilliant puns: Lewis Carroll as rock star.” —Tampa Tribune

In his own write (Book, 2000) []

Lyrics: 1962-2001 by Bob Dylan. Presents the lyrics to the songs on twenty-eight Bob Dylan albums, from "Bob Dylan" released in 1962, to "Love and Theft" in 2001, and includes lyrics to additional unreleased works.

Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics by Lou Reed. New York Post: "This paperback collection of Reed ruminations is not only a lyrical walk on the wild side, it's a typographic wonder."

Pass thru fire : the collected lyrics (Book, 2000) []

Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons. The best known of Gertrude Stein's "hermetic" works, "Tender Buttons" is one of the great Modern experiments in verse. Simultaneously considered to be a masterpiece of verbal Cubism, a modernist triumph, a spectacular failure, a collection of confusing gibberish, and an intentional hoax... the book contains a series of descriptions that defy conventional syntax.

The New American Poetry, 1945-1960 by Donald Merriam Allen. The New American Poetry has become one of the most influential anthologies published in the United States since World War II. As one of the first counter-cultural collections of American verse, this volume includes poets that ultimately became part of the postmodern canon: Olson, Duncan, Creeley, Guest, Ashbery, Ginsberg, Kerouac, Levertov, O'Hara, Snyder, Schuyler, and others.

Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs by Leonard Cohen. "The writing alone, forthright in its rhythms, plain of speech, often rhymed, and almost immediately accessible, seems well suited to the ears of a live audience." ~Publisher's Weekly

The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton. From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems form her last years.

100 Selected Poems by e e cummings. Contains one hundred of Cummings’s wittiest and most profound poems, harvested from thirty-five of the most radically creative years in contemporary American poetry. These poems exhibit all the extraordinary lyricism, playfulness, technical ingenuity, and compassion for which Cummings is famous.

Ariel by Sylvia Plath. A restored edition of Sylvia Plath's collection of poems that were published after her death that restores the selection and arrangement of the poems as Plath left them at the point of her death.

Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems with Selected Essays. This beautiful volume showcases the full range of Poe's genius--from "The Raven" and terrifying tales like "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Masque of the Red Death," to humorous sketches, the very first detective stories, early works of science fiction, and literary criticism.

Embroidery renegade Jenny Hart offers her many fans projects that go far beyond stitching on plain cloth, such as photo fabric transfers, paper embroidery, embellishing patterned fabric, using glow-in-the-dark or metallic thread, and much more, plus lots of inspirational photos, never before published stitches, and more than 30 reusable iron-on transfers.

Written for beginners and experts alike, Stitch-Opedia describes in detail hundreds of embroidery stitches. Each stitch is grouped into sections that include: canvas work, crewel work, hardanger, pulled work, stumpwork and much more. Each stitch includes close-up, detailed color photographs, a full-color working diagram, and accurate written instructions.

Handwoven fabrics comprise the living history and culture of the Peruvian highlands from Cusco to Machu Picchu and beyond. Fabric patterns with evocative names reflect the landscape and events in vivid color, evolving over time.

A celebration of fabric design during its riotous mid-century years, over 170 striking full-color photographs accompanied by a lively text and detailed captions document the bold new patterns and unprecedented color combinations that had taken over American home decor. A must have resource for designers, interior decorators, artists, architects, and pop-culture buffs, Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s is the ultimate tribute to the exuberant spirit of the century's most innovative textiles.

PUSH Stitchery profiles the cutting-edge creative work of 30 top stitching artists from around the world. Each designer is showcased with six to eight pages of gallery-style imagery. A fascinating question-and-answer section, along with bios, make this innovative and inspirational book a must-have for anyone interested in blurring the lines between craft and art.

This isn't your grandmother's crewel, but a hip, contemporary update. These projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch--just beautiful free-form embroidery. A basics chapter explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy instructions and diagrams, and a dozen projects.

Sarah says: "An oldie but goodie and something indispensable for me: Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework"

Organized by topic, this comprehensive resource contains projects, templates, and detailed instructions for more than 30 craft techniques such as beading, jewelry making, paper cutting, and silkscreening. Instructions for each technique are followed with how-to projects

Artists and crafters have always been recyclers, but for many, it has not only become a thrifty choice, it has become a moral imperative. The work in this book ranges from clever and humble personal accessories to unique and important large-scale works of art

An inspiring celebration of a growing movement. Crafters working to change the world and build community share their experiences, tips, and advice on living, teaching, and promoting a more meaningful DIY lifestyle.

A showcase for those who take the craft of embroidery where it's never gone before, Hoopla profiles innovative stitch artists who specialise in unusual, guerrilla-style patterns such as subway maps, feminist Girl Guide badges and metal band letterforms, demonstrating that modern embroidery artists are as sharp as the needles with which they work. Includes comprehensive instructions.