Royal School of Needlework Hardcover – 1 Apr 2004
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Exquisite close-up details of historical needlework and the teaching examples could only be improved by holding them in your hand. Chapters cover silk shading, crewel work, blackwork, and goldwork, and include examples of stumpwork and felt padding instructions. Stitch-by-stitch techniques are fully illustrated in photographs with detail like looking through your magnifying lamp. Needle artists of all skill levels who would like to design their own are shown how sketches in black pencil or colored pencil can be interpreted in stitches, especially effective in the blackwork shading sections.
Renaissance era historical re-enactors should make this a must-buy. From Elizabethan and Jacobean to Art Nouveau and contemporary, follow their patterns and charts or create your own. This book is worth owning if only as a "coffee table art book". If you have been jaded by poor quality craft kits, bored by cross stitch, and snooze through embroidery guild meetings, Royal School of Needlework's Embroider Techniques will tantalize your eyes and have your fingers itching for those needles.
I must admit that I am absolutely awe-inspired by it - and it has re-awakened an impulse to go beyond my skills. It also inspires envy in me for those lucky enough to be apprenticed at the School.
The book is beautifully laid out and the project/exercises are easy to follow.
With the projects, the tips and the detail included, this book is a must for all embroiderers.