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Embroideries from an English Garden: Projects and Techniques in Surface Embroidery [Paperback]

Carol Andrews , Ruth Bean , Nigel Bean
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3 Jan 2006
Here is a celebration of colourful projects in surface embroidery celebrating the seasonal flowers and fruits of the English garden. The book combines surface techniques with traditional designs in an exciting way, producing depth and other realistic effects which will delight and instruct needlewomen of all levels of experience.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ruth Bean Publishers; New edition edition (3 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903585340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903585347
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'..exquisite designs... thorough explanation of techniques... excellent diagrams.' Needlecraft, Book of the Month 'Detailed step by step instructions ensure that each embroiderer will be ready to tackle any one of the 15 delicious projects... the instructions are clear and easy to follow... including the best written instructions for French Knots that we have ever seen!' Madeira News '..Carol Andrews has produced some stunning ideas for free-style botanical embroideries... clear instructions and stitch diagrams.' Classic Stitches

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Carol Andrews is a creative embroideress and experienced teacher trained in botanical drawing. Her skills and talent for design are demonstrated in the stunning embroideries she and her pupils have worked for this book.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embroideries From An English Garden 29 Sep 2000
By P. Burr
Format:Hardcover
I first came across this book in a UK Needlecraft magazine where it was described as "Real Embroidery. This is probably the closest thing to real embroidery that you will find, and I have read most books on the subject. The designs are stitched in long & short shading, padding and a small amount of stumpwork, all of which create a realistic 3D effect. The projects virtually come alive off the page and make you want to reach out and pick the plants. It is very clearly illustrated with simple instructions and you will quickly become addicted to Carol's type of embroidery, in fact it is virtually impossible to pass by a flower/plant without feeling the need to paint it with your needle. Highly recommended and a must for experienced embroiderers and beginners alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embroideries from an English Garden 6 Aug 2013
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Lovely book . Clear instructions for embroidery stitchesand beautiful, colourful pictures to inspire me to do my own needle art work .
Good quality hardback with good quality to pages feel , as I turn the pages . A joy to read !
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4.0 out of 5 stars capolavori con ago e filo 14 Feb 2011
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stupende opere realizzate con ago e filo, un libro da ammirare, ma - a mio giudizio - tanto lontano dalla capacita' media di ricamare di noi comuni mortali.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embroideries from an English garden 29 Sep 2000
By P. Burr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I came across a review for this book in a UK needlecraft magazine, whereby it was described as "Real embroidery". This is probably the closest thing you will get to real embroidery and I have purchased most books on the same lines. Her projects come alive off the page making one want to reach out and pick the flowers. The designs are stitched using long and short stitch shading, padding and a small amount of stumpwork techniques all of which create a 3D effect. The instructions are clearly illustrated and once you have tried the projects in this book you will never look back, you will be addicted and will never be able to pass a plant or flower without wanting to paint it with your needle. Highly recommended, a must for keen embroiderers or beginners wanting to learn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PREMIER TECHNIQUES 26 Mar 2013
By Lynda Coker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In years past, needlework was one of my favorite hobbies. Fancy embroidery gave me many hours of enjoyment and discovery. That is one of the reasons I wanted to read and review this book. I've owned several books on embroidery technique and was intrigued by the extra depth displayed in this talented work. Did this book live up to my expectations? The short answer is, YES!

The projects in this book range from simple to advanced, enough to keep anyone challenged. The author, Carol Andrews, is a creative embroideress and experienced teacher trained in botanical drawing. No doubt, that explains her careful attention to detail and meticulous use of shading and highlighting that gives a three-dimensional appearance to her work. There are 28 color photos which will be of immense help in determining if your own stitches are proportionally placed. The techniques used in these projects will make your flowers appear to lift from the background, using a combination of long and short stitches, padding, some stumpwork, and shading.

Some of the project names are: Winter Jasmine and Heather, Two Pansies, Lilac, Honeysuckle, Butterfly, Viola.
Some of the stitches are: Line stitches, Knotted stitches, Looped stitches, Filling Stitches, along with with Surface Effects.

Also included are full-size traceable diagrams, thorough and understandable instructions, and a comprehensive list of suppliers. I highly recommend this to any embroidery enthusiast. I'm very happy to give this book FIVE STARS!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautifully illustrated 8 April 2013
By L. Amick - Published on Amazon.com
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The projects are very nice, but a little repetitive. It makes a nice reference book for learning about the plant structures illustrated. You can then use that knowledge to transfer the techniques to other flowers and various greenery in other parts of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 18 May 2013
By kraftee - Published on Amazon.com
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Another winner! Absolutely lovely book. Wonderfully useful lessons, information and a great book for your resource library. Sure am glad I stumbled upon it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet floral designs 27 Mar 2014
By Leona's Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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Some really good inspiration in here, but a bit confusing in the steps and process portion. Mostly a crewel work focus, with some detailing in other techniques.
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