Journeys in Stitch Review

My book was reviewed in the Contemporary Quilt Group Magazine by Dixie Bayly

I thought it would be good to put what she wrote here

“You will all remember Gillian’s “Babouches”, the Moroccan Slippers 2008, Baltic Mittens 2009 and Balkan Socks 2010 that have been displayed at FOQ. Well now Gillian has produced a book detailing her travels and research into European textiles, her sketches, photographs and the finished pieces of work. It is well produced and the photography is superb. We are taken on her journeys, chronologically, meeting the ethnic people from Morocco to Lithuania, from Estonia to Spain, Austria to the Netherlands, discovering their textile traditions, crafts and museums.

here is another review by Barbara Cheeseman

Do you look at other people’s journal quilts and say “Now how did she do that?”

In this book we can see clearly how Gillian has done it. She has a picture of a quilt, often a journal quilt, then photos from her travels where you can see the elements she has chosen to put in that quilt.

There may be a sketch of a possible arrangement of these elements, perhaps a print block or a printing sample, some trial stitching, also a few words outlining the techniques used.

It is so interesting to see the process of making a quilt set out in this way. Many of us wail disconsolately from time to time “I’ve got an idea, but just how do I translate it into stitch and fabric?” This book would be a great help to anyone stuck in this process, or not sure how to begin it, as you can see clearly what path gillian has followed to make these pieces.

There is more to absorb from this book besides the process, from examples of the use of colour, variety of layout, balenced composition, using paint, machine qiuilting, hand embroidery, the freshness of ethnic traditions of stitch.

It is the sort of book that gives me itchy fingers and sends me looking through my photos to see if I can do some of the same.

Thanks to both of them


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