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The Handbook of Silk Ribbon Embroidery Hardcover – 7 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Spi edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484607
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.7 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ribbon embroidery is so pretty and delicate as well as having a three-dimensional quality that its appeal is instant. It does look rather difficult to do however and perhaps better left to the advanced embroiderer - or not, as this useful primer proves. Even if you want to paint your own backgrounds for your work you still won't need to buy much in order to take up this hobby. Mostly you will need the right sort of ribbons, needles and fabric. If you have done any freestyle embroidery you will already know most of the stitches, so what remains is to get to grips with what you don't know. Find out how to prepare the ribbon and learn one stitch unique to this style of embroidery then you are off with your first simple project, a wild rose. The subjects portrayed in this book are flowers, a wide range of favorites found in English gardens as well as vessels and backgrounds to set them off. This book is filled with projects suitable for all types of applications and many are small enough to enable you to practice by making some greetings cards. As well as the embroidery stitches there is also advice on the painting aspect, for which you do not need to be proficient in art, merely capable of some simple techniques such as making a simple flower pot stencil with a piece of card. Add to this the fairly small format and helpful spiral bound spine enabling the book to stay open, and you have a book that is going to stay on my keeper shelf. Most of the material in this book was previously published in two books, Beginner's Guide to Silk Ribbon Embroidery (1998) and Silk Ribbon Embroidery Designs and Techniques (2002).-Myshelf.com Author Ann Cox has long been known for her skills in silk ribbon embroidery and she shares her knowledge with readers in this handbook which is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the technique. The book is written in step-by-step format with Ann taking you through all the stages required. Learn how to work more than thirty-five flowers with foliage, how to paint a background, how to get the best out of your materials and how to display your work. There are only three basic stitches and a selection of gathering techniques required. The book has clear photography accompanying all the text and it comes spiral bound which makes it easy to use as a handbook, especially when you need to flip over the pages.-Classic Stitches Ann is a silk ribbon embroidery designer who also teaches. This well illustrated book offers a vast array of floral stitches which can be used to make individual pictures or combined to make realistic scenes. Based on just three basic stitches and gathering techniques, you can learn how to stitch over thirty-five different flowers. With fifteen detailed projects this book will keep the embroiderer happy for hours.-Fabrications A practical spiral bound book, based on a combination of material from two of Ann's previously published books, which provides all the techniques required to create stunning embroideries. Based on just three basic stitches and gathering techniques, it shows how to stitch over thirty-five different flowers including roses, geraniums, pansies and sweet peas plus over fifteen more detailed projects, helpting to develop skills even further. All templates are supplied along with colourful photographs, detailed line drawings and clear step-by-step instructions. In addition the book also covers painting and stenciling backgrounds on to fabric; painting the ribbons themselves and mounting and framing the finished piece.-Sew Today This useful handbook provides all the techniques and contains everything we need to know to create beautiful silk ribbon embroideries. Based on just three basic stitches and gathering techniques, we learn how to stitch over 35 different flowers. There are over 15 more detailed projects to take our skills even further, all with templates and full instructions provided. As well as stitching, the book covers painting and stencilling backgrounds on to fabric; painting ribbons, and shows how to mount and frame finished pieces. It's a beautifully presented, highly comprehensive and inspiring book, with a practical wire-bound format so each page lies completely flat.-Machine Knitting Monthly This neat little handbook is an excellent guide to creating beautiful flower portraits in ribbon stitching. The author is a keen gardener as well as an embroiderer and this is very obvious in the work she creates, Her use of silk ribbon means that the colour range can match natural shades or even be dyed for extra scope, Techniques are clearly explained in photographs and the simple range of stitching used makes this an ideal book enabling anyone to find out how to create naturalistic flowers. Information about painting and stencilling backgrounds and the painting of ribbons is another helpful chapter. Mounting and framing are also explained in simple terms. This is a very useful ring bound book which is easy to work from whilst stitching.-Meg-online.info

About the Author

First and foremost, Ann Cox is a silk ribbon embroidery designer who runs her own company selling silk ribbons and kits. She teaches at colleges of further education, takes classes in her own studio and gives talks to clubs and guilds. She is also a professional cake decorator, a very keen gardener and is interested in many other crafts, especially those relating to flowers. Ann lives with her husband, Ashley, in a small viallage near Southampton in Hampshire. Ann has her own website : http://www.anncoxsilkribbons.co.uk/


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Only been attending a class for silk crafters for a short period of time. This book was recommended by a member of the class. Allthough there are lots of projects for you to try, you do not have to work through them. You can simply use what flowers you want and use these for different crafts. This book will be useful for novices and experienced silk ribboners.
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This is the best book .As a complete novice it has enabled me to quickly gain confidence and I am so pleased with the finished work projects.Ann Cox really knows how to teach and I can't wait to try my hand at some of the more difficult projects from the book. Fabulous . Highly recommend it.
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This book is well presented and I like the fact it's spiral bound. Covers basics and will be a good introduction to silk embroidery with lots of ideas for me to generate full pictures.
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This book was purchased for a friend who found my copy so absorbing she wanted it for herself.
Ann Cox's original floral designs are accompanied by very good working instructions. Ribbon embroidery is quite addictive and can be tackled by a beginner to needlework with the added factor that the adaptability of the silk ribbons as explained in the book, allow the user to create designs on fabric or card, quickly and to great effect.
The spiral backing to the book makes its usage very simple without the risk of damaging the spine.
I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to take up ribbon embroidery as a hobby, or wishing to give it as a gift for a creative friend.
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This is a must have book for anyone wanting to learn the art of silk ribbon embroidery. The instructions are clear and well illustrated and there are numerous examples on which to build your own designs.
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I am very disapointed with the colours in this book.its a great book on how to ribbon sew and the detail is very good ,but it looks as though the ink has run out off the printer when it was published,The other Ann Cox silk embroidery book was brilliant,but this one is a disapointment,but only because of the colours.
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Super little book, well illustrated easy to folllow instructions.
Plenty of practical tips.
A negative-not particularly directed at this book is that there
are no images of wrong side of the work which are for me can
be equally informative.
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Somehow ended up with two copies. One full price the other a used copy for far less but both look brand new. My computer skills lacking somewhat. Both arrived on the same day. - within a few days of ordering. Happy with both!!!
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