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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 25 June 2011
I feel the front cover was an unfortunate choice as it does not reflect the more mature subjects for silk shading that are found in the inside of this book. The Magnolia, Floral Panels and details of Japanese embroidery all show what beautiful work can be achieved by using silk shading. This book gives all the instructions and information you need to carry out this craft including basic stitches, design and composition. There is also how to transfer a design and how to finish and frame your piece of embroidery. The instructions are clear and there are useful photographs that enhance the text. The stitch section has clear how to drawings and written instructions too that are easy to follow. This also makes it easy to use the stitches to design your own projects. There are many projects to follow and complete including ideas for taking your work further. The professional troubleshooting tips finish off the book giving an all round grounding in this craft. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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This is another book from Search Presses brilliant Royal School of Needlework Essential Stitch Guides, and I'm happy to report lives up to the quality of the previous books. These books are concise, well written and illustrated and take you through everything you need to know for that particular technique.

The book starts off by taking you through the history of the technique, the materials, threads and equipment needed as well as explaining the basic stitches. The book then shows several examples of silk shading in more details, with good quality photos, colourful diagrams and useful tips peppered throughout. The end of the book gives you further ideas for your own designs.

If you've ever wanted to try silk shading this book is a brilliant place to start.

This review originally appeared in The Sewing Directory.
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on 20 July 2012
The trouble with the RSN essential guide books is that they all have the same introductory pages which can be a bit repetitive if you have several of the books in the series. Projects and ideas are so-so but I found them a bit lack lustre. A useful book but not quite as inspiring as one would have hoped.
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on 25 March 2013
Good clear instructions. I have done some classes at the RSN and this was reinforcementof learning and advancement of knowledge
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on 10 September 2015
Compared with others in the series I found this quite disappointing. The examples in the book are not inspiring - let down by gaudy or inaccurate colour choice and somewhat rustic draughtsmanship. I got it for my RSN certificate module that required me to produce a photorealistic flower. This is not the resource I needed, and I would not recommend for anyone wanting to be inspired beyond the very basics. Try Trish Burr's book of long and short stitch 'botanical illustration' style flowers for real accuracy of observation, colour and stitch.
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on 18 March 2013
I have several RSN stitch guides & all of them are clear, concise & full of inspirational ideas. A must for anyone interested in hand stitching techniques.
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on 21 September 2011
This is a clear and concise book for anyone about to try silk shading - very informative and clear instructions.
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on 22 June 2014
This is somewhat disappointing., and I although like all Royal school books well presented. Is very basic, if that is what you are looking for ,it's OK.
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on 21 September 2014
Helpful for Fine Cell Stitch wise programme
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on 1 October 2012
My daughter asked for this book for her birthday.She was thrilled to bits when she received it.She lives in Australia.I also sent her two other book in the series from the RSN.All books purchased from Amazon.
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