Finding Inspiration

Books I find inspirational.

Textile Design and its history is fascinating to me. I would love to gather more books on the topic, but in the meantime, I would like to share a few books with you just in case you haven’t heard of them before.  Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period has been in print for more than 20 years. It reads like a catalog and each section and page is focused on a style, type of repeat and motif. Flipping through this book is pure eye candy.

Twentieth Century Textiles is a gorgeous book. The cover is a printed cotton design described within the pages of the book, each design is described in detail and artists are discussed. I think we easily forget that artists design the fabrics we use and wear, so when I am able to read about the artist, inspiration or even techniques used to paint the textile design, I get happy.

Boro – Rags And Tatters From The Far North Of Japan isn’t a ‘textile design’ book so much as visual inspiration in the realm of hand sewing. Whenever I take out my favorite textile books, Boro-Rags and Tatters comes out too.

I would like a few more tomes and if you have a suggestion, I would love to hear it.

I take these books out at the start of a creative day and page through, looking at color inspiration, motif, texture, any detail that pops out and says hello. Then I close the books and go on my way. All that history and color is bound to affect me somehow and I welcome it.

3 thoughts on “Finding Inspiration

  1. I have a book “European Textile Design of the 1920’s” that was my cousin’s. I also have Jeffrey Gutcheon’s book on turn of the century textiles. Then there are the books on Persian rugs. I also love books from my library on American Indian, Central American, African, and Asian textiles. Like you, I love to learn about the artists who designed the fabrics. I love the artwork the books are sitting upon.


  2. Melanie, I thought I lost you somewhere out there is cyberspace. I am happy to see that you are well and in an awesome creative space. Missed you. Thanks for the info concerning textile design books. I can soak those up like a sponge!


  3. I finally found you!!! thanks to Lyric! =-) I kept hoping you were okay; going back to your old site every couple of days. Thank Goodness! =-)
    I’d like to suggest a blog for inspiration:

    http(colon slash slash)plays-with-needles(dot)blogspot(dot)com/

    Her name is Susan; she lives in Maryland, and her blog is pure Artistry! She embroiders, beads, Crazy Quilts, and does oh-so-many artsy things! I LOVE visiting her blog! She has some FANTASTIC works. You should see them!
    (Glad you and the Man are doing well!)


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