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on 30 November 2008
The book is composed of 100 beautiful floral embroideries from familiar cottage garden plants to spring bulbs and Australian natives. A wide variety of embroidery techniques are covered ranging from surface embroidery to crewel embroidery, shadow work, and stumpwork. The flower designs vary a great deal in size - anemone and azaleas are about one inch overall with alyssum and buddleia each covering around four inches. The designs are compiled at the back of the book.
There are six designs for pansies, some are embroidered in wine and pale yellow thread, then another larger one in lavenders and cream crewel wools, followed by a viola, again in cottons and an amazing example in stumpwork. There's a glorious snowdrop in ribbon work, a lily of the valley in shadow work, and at least two designs by the amazing Jane Nicholas a thistle and a true to life poppy in stumpwork.
This book assumes you are familiar with the simple embroidery stitches such as stem stitch, satin, fly, french knot and bullion wraps, anything else is shown in pictures as a "how to" lesson. There are so many amazing flowers shown in so many different stitches the only thing they have in common is their inspirational beauty. The book is a true embroidery gem if you like flowers you'll love this. A fantastic book.
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