Saturday, 10 December 2016

Make it Personal: Inspired by the Coast

At the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate, I was really pleased to get a copy of Hilary Beattie's new book 'Make it Personal, Book 2: Inspired by the Coast'.  I have Hilary's other books and I was interested to see what her vision for this one would be.  I wasn't disappointed.  
In this book, Hilary takes her theme of the Coast and shows four different ways of interpreting her source material in great detail.  It is rare to see this whole process and fascinating to see how the work developed.  It was also full of interesting tips and advice on how to make something personal and ideas for collage techniques.
The book is full of photos, showing each stage of the journey, and some diversions.  This is encouraging as it shows the work from the initial excitement, through the early stages, when many makers get discouraged, to the final reveal of the finished, exciting piece.

I will definitely be recommending this book to my students as it helps explain why you need to work through a theme rather than just going with your first idea, in a full colour, easy to follow format.
The book is available for purchase, along with many other goodies on Hilary's shop website at

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