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Embroidered Knot Gardens: Using Three-Dimensional Stumpwork, Canvas Work and Ribbon Work [Hardcover]

Owen Davies , Gill Holdsworth
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26 May 2006
Master the textures and shapes of topiary, hedges, walls, paths and water features, to produce beautiful miniature gardens that are blooming with flowers and bursting with colour. Specialist techniques and simple instructions combine in this practical guide that inspires the reader to create their own textured, three-dimensional designs on canvas. From the spectacular reds, browns and burnished gold of autumn to the vibrant greens and refreshing blues of spring, these exquisite embroidered gardens encompass a variety of styles and historical periods - there is a design here to suit all tastes and abilities. Step-by-step instructions guide the reader through the appropriate stitches and techniques needed to achieve these stunning effects. The techniques covered include canvas stitches, stump work, ribbon embroidery, knitting and wire work, each one is easy to follow and fully illustrated with detailed line drawings.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; First Edition edition (26 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713489669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713489668
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Owen Davies was the Royal School of Needlework's first male Apprentice and on completing his course he continued to work as a Workroom embroiderer and teacher for two years.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative embroidery 18 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
Brilliant book.

Clear diagrams and explanations to show techniques to design and stitch your own knot garden. Historical details and photos of actual knot gardens whet the appetite for your creation.

Can be enjoyed by expert needleworkers and novices alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars embroidered knot gardens 7 Jan 2013
By elly
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Really nice book, good explanation of how to start up your own project, even if ypou have not done anything like it before.
Also nice historical information about needlework and knot gardens.
Very informative and makes you want to start a project right away:)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful 8 Sep 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you enjoy both gardens and needlework this is a book you'll treasure forever! I can look at the designs for hours and love to just browse through this book. The beautiful photographs tickle your enthusiasm and fantasy and the clear instructions will get you started in no time. What you will create will really be an exceptional piece of art and you will be working on it for months, maybe even years but the result will be very satisfying for you and everyone who will be able to admire your work.

The information, designs and instructions in this book are directed towards creating three-dimensional knot gardens but after reading this book you can make just about any kind of miniature garden you'd like.

The most important aspect for me was whether this book was going to be useful or not since I have no real experience in stitching or embroidering. It's best you have a basic knowledge of stitching but the instructions are explained step by step so that even a beginner can perfectly understand what the book is expecting you to do.

The chapter "Thinking about your design" is the most theoretical part of this book and holds a lot of information. It teaches you how to sketch your desired garden on paper from just about any shape you see around. It explains how to transfer the design to canvas and which stitches to choose. Most interesting it also gives a short historical background on knot gardens and explains the meaning of the different colours often used in gardens.

The next chapters teach you how to add garden paths, flowerbeds, water features, hedging, topiary and brick walls to your miniature garden. Each chapter contains a bit of theoretical background information, step by step stitch instructions, real life knot garden designs as well as miniature gardens to furthermore tickle your fantasy and give you extra ideas.

The first appendix covers dressing a slate frame, the second appendix explains mounting a knot garden.

I can't think of any book being better than this one on this particular subject as it explains and instructs everything you'd ever need to know about making your own miniature knot gardens.

This book is the result of a series of workshops run by Owen Davies and has been aspired by the ideas, the excitement and the creativity of the students in those classes.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I adore this book! 3 Jun 2007
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a professional garden designer and aspiring textile artist, I find this book inspiring in the extreme. The instructions are excellent, the garden design advice (intended for non-professionals) is surprisingly good. I appreciate the attention to real plants and environment, while also being loose with the representation (for instance, a brick wall is embroidered with the lower portion in darker, greener colors because there would be more moss at the bottom!).

I have poured over this book so much, I think I have it memorized. I've designed a dozen fantasy gardens for these techniques, which I am working on learning and hope to implement someday. The book keeps me excited to learn the techniques as I imagine my own garden designs in thread and yarn....and then I imagine them in art museums and as heirlooms....it is that inspiring!

Good photography, darling and detail-oriented gardens, and real plants inspiring it all.....leave it to the brits.

I would love to see more unconventional gardens done, too, but this book stuck to formal gardens, especially knot gardens (not surprisingly, given the title). This hardly matters, though, because it is clear that the creative needleworker will be able to adapt to any kind of garden desired.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as expected 23 April 2008
By Gala Placidia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has a very attractive cover and the photos inside are just as good. Lots of 'eye candy'. The author goes in depth over the many materials that can be used, techniques, how to make some stitches and a few flowers and leafy plants, walls, and a historical background in every chapter. The problem is, there are no charts for any of the gorgeous designs shown or for simpler ones to allow the reader understand and get acquainted with the stitches and see first hand how a project comes together.
The design is left to our imagination, but I don't expect many readers will be too inspired just by going over this book.
Could the author be considering a follow up book of charts?
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 17 Sep 2006
By SuzieQ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is not only beautifully done, it explains each process of the unique needlework projects. A wonderful addition to your library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embroidered Knot Gardens 14 July 2007
By Valerie Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What an inspirational book!! Thanks to Owen for a tremendous effort in creating something totally different from the norm!!!! Looking forward to trying some things out myself now.
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