The Timeless Art of Embroidery (Helen Stevens' Masterclass Embroidery)

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Drawing inspiration from over 1200 years of history, this book provides a collection of 75 embroideries alongside sketches from the author's workbook. It includes full instructions for all techniques and stitches.

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This is the third embroidery book by British textile artist Stevens (after The Embroiderer's Countryside, David & Charles, 1992, and The Embroiderer's Country Album, David & Charles, 1994). She excels in the naturalistic type of embroidery known as needlepainting. Worked in silk using several classic straight stitches, her flowers and animals are delicate and exquisite. This is not a book of projects but a clearly delineated album of Stevens's works with notes on technique in the accompanying text. As such, it is an inspiration to experienced needleworkers, proving a level of expertise and artistry rarely seen in modern embroidery books. Highly recommended for all decorative arts collections.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Stevens' third book is a meditation set within a broad historical context: from Saxon to modern times. The author begins her discussion with an explanation of the preferred design styles of Britain, her native country, which she follows with an examination of particular motifs. In every chapter there are innumerable pauses to scrutinize how to stitch different trees and leaves, fruits and animals, from the interstices of a pine cone to the black-and-white hairs of a badger family. Nature is her primary subject matter--and Stevens very graciously shows us its realistic and three-dimensional treatments in embroidery. For experienced stitchers and large library collections. Barbara Jacobs

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