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Stumpwork, Goldwork & Surface Embroidery: The Beetle Collection (Milner Craft Series) [Hardcover]

Jane Nicholas
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Mar 2004 Milner Craft
Jane Nicholas' fascination with beetles became an absolute passion when she discovered Evans' and Bellamy's book "An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles" in a store in Indianapolis in 1998. As she turned each page her imagination was captured visualising the stumpwork beetles that could be stitched using the photographs for inspiration. Hence, the stumpwork beetle specimen box was born. Jane has always recorded ideas and drawn sketches in a notebook, and as the months went by the entries burgeoned to interpret the beetle, not only in stumpwork, but in many other forms of embroidery: glittering goldwork beetles, inspired by Art Nouveau jewellery; beaded beetles, from mosaic buttons; redwork beetles, first seen on an antique quilt on display in Omaha, Nebraska; and beetles in surface stitchery, using lustrous silk and metallic threads. Jane's hope is that this book will "delight and inspire", and that readers may find an idea that they just have to stitch!

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863513183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863513180
  • Product Dimensions: 28.6 x 21.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Nicholas has been researching and working in the field of embroidery for over twenty years. Specialising in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery, she has written seven books and has contributed widely to journals and magazines on the subject. In 1999 Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further her studies in stumpwork in the United Kingdom and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her services to hand embroidery as an artist, teacher, and author.

She teaches widely for Embroiderers' Guilds and businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America, and continues to research and develop new techniques - particularly in stumpwork. She is recognised internationally as being at the forefront of modern designers interpreting this form of raised embroidery. Jane's interests include old textiles, oriental porcelain, insect specimens, and film, music and books. Jane and her husband John live in Bowral, NSW and have three grown-up children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bumper Beetle Bonanza 3 Feb 2004
This is a fantastic book.I waited some time for Amazon to be able to get me a copy but it was well worth the wait. As with Jane's other titles this book is beautifully laid out with stunning photographs and projects. All the stitched beetles are perfectly captured with Jane's incredible eye for detail and her immaculate stitching.
This book is a must for anyone who enjoys embroidery and fiddling about with tiny bits of fabric, beads and other treasures. The instructions and diagrams are very clear and well laid out with detailed instructions for creating your own little beasties.
There are also very interesting pieces on old beetle collections and how beetles have been used in history for decorations and in jewellery both as inspiration and physically.
Save your pennies for this book it is a must have if you are a keen embroiderer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEETLE CLLECTION 3 May 2005
I first saw this book at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London I knew I had to have it then and put it into my wish list.
My it's absolutely stuffed; it's like a museum,
In fact its, is its own museum, the fine museum of beetles and all there background history.
On the books initial opening, I had visions of a grandmother in her garden-embroidering beetles while explaining their merits to her grand children.
One can tell that the author Jane got completely involved in this book, in fact maybe taken over. She has gone on to produce a huge variety of hand-sewn beetles, in different techniques. Which are just gorgeous; it's a wonderful inspiration.
The hand embroidery instructions are limited, but that didn't stop me enthusing over her work.
And as my experience of hand embroidery, particularly stump work is poor; I now need to purchase a simple basic book.
I can't wait to get started on producing my own little beetle collection and also purchasing Jane's "Dragonfly" book, which will now go into the wish list
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth watering stumpwork 29 Nov 2009
A fantastic book cramed fully of wonderful bugs, great instructions with great pictures too. Very inspiring. I have waited some time to buy this book and it did not dissapoint me in the slightest, a marvelous addition for anybody who is interested in embroidery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Another fantastic book by Jane.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for the coffee table! 17 Feb 2014
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It is a beautiful book with clear instructions and good designs. A bit too much flowery ill iteration which is really unnecessary for an instruction book
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This is so wonderful I don't know where to begin. It is a BIG book full of fascinating information and ideas. I thought a book just about beetles would be a bit difficult to produce in the Nicholas format. I have her Stumpwork book and this is much more fun. It is also broader in approach: the title says it all. If you like embroidery and are keen to make beautiful things this book has so much in it you could take years to want to do anything else. Make heirlooms in goldwork, make stumpwork beetles for your lapels, embroider them anywhere. IT is worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another good book 9 Jan 2014
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She gives detailed support if you are a newcomer, but there is also room for you to adapt things as your confidence grows. Beautiful inspiring illustrations.
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