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Contemporary Appliqué

Cutting edge design and techniques in textile art

Julia Triston

Rachel Lombard



ISBN: 9781849941587

Price: £ 19.99

Publication date: 7 August 2014

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Appliqué is a classic embroidery technique that has recently been experiencing a revival. Appearing in the most cutting-edge contemporary textile work, it can be interpreted in many different ways – layering, patching, applying, overlaying – and offers endless creative possibilities. Each technical variation of appliqué has traditionally had its own set boundaries, but nowadays all the rules are being broken and the technique has become relevant, up-to-date and suitable for all varieties of textile art.

This impressive book takes a fresh look at the world of appliqué and surface embellishment, showing you how to develop distinctive and individual designs, create exciting compositions and use unusual combinations of materials. It covers the traditional variations, including bonded appliqué, broderie perse, cut-away appliqué and Mola work, and explains how the standard techniques can be developed to give exciting results in your own textile work, in both hand and machine embroidery.

Accompanying the techniques is a wealth of examples of contemporary appliqué to inspire you. The authors are renowned for their thoughtful, creative but practical approach to teaching textiles, making this book suitable for beginners and established textile artists alike.


Julia Triston is a designer-maker and educator in stitched textiles and contemporary art and design techniques.  She is the co-founder and co-director of STITCHBUSINESS, an award-winning  international stitch school.  Julia has over 25 years’ experience teaching in the creative industries, lectures at degree level, and delivers seminars and training courses in universities, colleges and schools.  She runs her own programme of workshops and talks, and also tutors courses for respected art and textile businesses nationwide.  Julia’s work has been filmed by both the BBC and independent television companies, as well as being extensively documented in written media.  Julia has an MA with distinction in Contemporary Applied Arts, is an active member of the prestigious Prism Textile Group and is Chair of Fusion.  She has exhibited her quirky and distinctive artwork internationally.



Rachel Lombard is an award-winning textile artist and designer. Living in County Durham, Rachel runs her own business creating functional, tactile and decorative artworks. She also runs a programme of talks and workshops. Rachel is the internal verifier for StitchBusiness City and Guilds courses and has written for Stitch, Classic Stitches and Flair magazines. She exhibits her work and is an active member of Fusion and InterfaceArts.