on 30 November 2008
This book gives worked examples of South African flowers, they are presented individually, then several are combined to produce pictures, one is entitled The Protea Garden, the other is The Strelitzia Garden, the final combination is a flower garland.
The layout gives a different flower on each page, with a worked example and a line drawing to work from, thread colours and stitch details are given, together with order of working.
The book is lovely and typical of all Diane Lampe's - the problem is also the same as her other books, which is why I have given this 4 stars and not 5 - the pictures are just too small!
I have enlarged a picture from another of her books and her work is so beautiful it deserves to be seen in greater detail, I appreciate that the worked example is the actual completed size, it would still be helpful and certainly more inspirational to see it larger than the actual (about two x one half inches).
Flowers include Agapanthus,various daisies, montbretia, pineapple lily, freesias, gazanias, gladioly, corn lily, black eyed Susan, wild geranium, and many others not so well known in England but no less beautiful.
I have always found flowers from this (and the other Diane Lampe books) to be very useful in decorating small items for gifts.