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Friday, December 30, 2011

A question for you....

What book in your collection
do you find to be the
most inspirational?

I know we all do different types of art/craft and therefore would most likely be inspired by different types of books.  This afternoon I hauled my favourite off the bookshelf and settled in for another good read and dose of eye candy.  

I know this picture isn't the best and certainly doesn't do justice to the wonders held within this book - things such as this...

Hopefully you can click on the picture and embiggen so you can see the detail.

Specs for this book:  "Celtic, Viking & Anglo-Saxon Embroidery - The Art & Embroidery of Jan Messent", published by Search Press,  c 2010,  ISBN: 978-1-84448-409-6

Now, I throw the question out to you....please tell us in the comments what book (or books) you find to be the most inspirational to you.  Curious minds want to know!


  1. usually the 500s series, in whatever shape i'm into at the time. most of my books are techniques ones tho.

  2. I have found that the books that have most inspired me are ones that have shaped my attitude towards art, and creating. First up would be "The Artists' Way" by Julia Cameron, and another would be "Romancing the Ordinary" by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Both books empowered me to accept myself as an artist and creative person. I would recommend both books highly.

  3. Books are so important for information and inspiration. Depends on what I am doing, what books I will pull off the shelf. For crazy quilting I find I look at Judith Baker Montano books quite often, I have one at my side right now!

  4. When I want inspiration or just a dose of colour, pattern and all the good things that go into fibre art, I pick up one of my Fibrearts Design Books. I have Volumes 4, 5, 6 and 7. Great stuff in those and I just browse and for some reason, nothing else matters. I just enjoy looking at all the wonderful things people have made.
    I do like your choice. Perhaps I should add it to my list of books I want. ;-)

  5. Good Question.
    It depends on what I happen to be "into" at the time. Right now its embroidery and Crazy Quilt. So, right now its J. Marsha Michler's "The Magic Of Crazy Quilting". I love the OLD Victorian quilting of a hodge podge of materials with every seam stitched and motifs stitched in the pieces, sans ribbon flowers and other frau frau.

  6. Thats a great question lol and one I cant in only one book?! But I have your choice myself and it is sumptious without being far out there creatively. The simplest of methods have been used to the most amazing effect and we are told how its been achieved, which is such a gift whn you crave to do something similar yourself.
    It deserves buying and rereading but Im going to have to reread afew and get back to you before i cabn whittle my inspirational books, down to just one! ( Dont hold your breath, it may take me a while lol)

  7. Hi Maggie

    My mind goes in 20 directions all the time and my taste in books folllows suit. In CQ I would have to say Carole Samples book, Marsha Michlers books and of course all of Judith Baker Montana's books.

    I have been getting into paper arts, stamping, etc. the last couple of years and so now have tons of those but could not name any as favorites. I look at them all for certain things. I have to stop buying books as the last paper book I bought when I got home I already had it. Crazy, eh?
    Those JoAnnes 40% off coupons always suck me in to buying books.

    I am glad you are getting back into
    CQ. Did you sign up for the CQ12 challenge. I did but don't know what I am doing - do I ever until I start?



  8. The Jan Messent book never fails to inspire me. Probably the best book I have ever bought, together with The Art of Annemieke Mein.


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