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The Art of Embroidered Flowers
Search Press Classics
Explore nature through a combination of textiles and embroidery in this new, modernised edition of Gilda Baron's inspirational, innovative, step-by-step work.
Using painted and dyed backgrounds, and hand and machine embroidery, this guide presents a wonderful variety of three dimensional landscape and flower embroideries. A number of techniques are employed when applying colour to the fabric including batik, salt discharge and brushing dye into a wet surface. Beautiful pictures are then stitched and built up over the background in easy stages. The feeling of perspective is enhanced by the clever use of scale and colour, and all the techniques are explained clearly and demonstrated in a series of stunning projects. This original book is packed with practical advice and information. Anyone interested in pattern, texture and colour will discover a wealth of inspiration when they work through the projects. These highly individual designs will encourage beginners and more experienced embroiderers to create their own embroidered flower designs.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
This is a re-issue of the late Gilda Baron's popular book, in the new Classics series. Using painted or dyed backgrounds with machine and hand embroidery and applique, and by following Gilda's meticulous instructions, colourful interpretations of landscapes and gardens can be created. Three step-by-step projects are included with many suggestions for taking the techniques further, and a gallery of Gilda's completed works provide further inspiration. This gloriously colourful book is a must-have for any embroiderer's bookshelf. * East Kent Embroiderers Guild * Search Press Classics is a series of their books which have stood the test of time and gone the whole nine yards in providing inspiration and instruction. Originally published in 2004 this book shows what can be done with a very basic sewing machine, scraps of cloth, a few simple stitches and some fabric paint.
I have loved this book since it first came out, as it shows how you can do a lot with a little and have fun in the process. Recycle even tiny pieces of cloth and anything else you have to hand into some truly beautiful pictures. If you already do some type of sewing you will have nearly everything you need, as apart from the basics you only require fabric paint, plain fabric (I mostly use calico) and various threads. There are a few pages about using photographs or sketches for inspiration, and how to do the background painting. You can also space dye your own threads and learn a few simple hand embroidery stitches. The rest of the book contains projects and ideas to take the basic idea further and make greetings cards, decorative paper mounts and expand into panoramic scenes. This is not a book of flower portraits but glorious landscapes showing fields of poppies and buttercups, meadows, gardens and other colorful scenes. Learn how to use a sewing machine's most basic stitch and adorn the foreground with a mixture of hand embroidery and flowers made from tiny scraps of fabric. You can also embroider on paper or card, and to inspire you further there are examples of the author's other finished works. Simple and fun to do it shows you how you don't need to buy the craft shop in order to make something beautiful and is a great way of using up leftovers from larger projects * Myshelf.com * September 2017
If you're ready to take embroidery to the next level, pick up this book, which asks you to use it as a creative springboard for your own artwork. It provides you with all the techniques and knowledge you'll need, but what you produce will be all yours. * Sew *