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Decorative Victorian Needlework Hardcover – 11 Oct 1990

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (11 Oct. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852238371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852238370
  • Package Dimensions: 28.6 x 26.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oct 08 If your coffee table is already groaning with the weight of Needlework Antique Flowers (also reviewed on this site) I hope that it can bear the weight of another impressive tome. If you are a tapestry fan it would be a pity to miss out on this sumptuous treat, so maybe you need a stronger table? Kicking off this collection of period pieces is an introduction to the Victorian world of Berlin woolwork, tapestry and the type of designs that were popular. I had never seen any of these patterns only read about them, so a whole page of originals was very interesting to see. The information about what subjects were popular and why continues throughout the book, and reading it gave me a fascinating glimpse into the Victorian mind. From depictions of sporting and exotic animals to pets and floral studies, abstract repeats and borders the book is beautifully illustrated with large, easy to follow charts in color and lots of photos showing the finished items in suitable settings. The projects cover usual items such as cushions, curtain tiebacks and wallhangings to more unusual things like slippers (with foxes heads on) to carpets if you are feeling ambitious. Anybody living in an old house will find plenty to occupy their stitching time in here - another lovely and very useful book from Elizabeth Bradley. Myshelf.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Elizabeth Bradley is a well known designer of decorative needlework. Her designs are inspired by Berlin needlework which was popular in the 19th century, and by the style, artifacts and decorative trends of that period. She has been a collector of original Victorian patterns and pieces for many years and worked as an antique dealer after leaving university in 1969. She became a specialist dealer in 1979 concentrating exclusively on samplers and embroidery. It was the growing scarcity of good original pieces that led to the establishment of her company, Elizabeth Bradley Designs Ltd., in 1986. The company manufactures a range of high quality needlework kits based on Victorian designs and these are now sold throughout the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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