17. The art of knitting, inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces
This book written by Francoise Tellier-Loumage was published by Thames & Hudson, UK in 2005. It is a softback book, 320 pages long and measures 23cms x 23cms/9” x 9”. The book is extensively illustrated with over 600 colour illustrations and hundreds of diagrams. The book is a reference book that provides an overview of hand and machine knitted stitches and fabric and ways of working with yarn. It provides inspiration for those interested in or working with knitted textiles as well as giving practical guidance about using basic patterns to open up the possibilities for design. The book is organised by fabric types, covering hand knitting, domestic machine knitting and industrial knitting, and it explains the relevant techniques and notation for each process. Every type of stitch described is accompanied by enlarged photos of the textiles, together with detailed diagrams, and written instructions. The author encourages innovation and experimentation with various techniques, drawing inspiration from the natural world and personal surroundings. Françoise Tellier-Loumagne has taught textile and knit design in France for more than forty years and the book was translated from the original French by Sandy Black.