Helen M. Stevens' Embroidered Flowers (The Masterclass Embroidery Series)

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Share the secrets of talented artist Helen M. Stevens as she reveals how you can recreate the splendour of nature in your embroideries. Embroidered Flowers, the first title in the Masterclass Embroidery Series, provides a fascinating insight to the beauty of flowers in all their different habitats with step-by-step advice on how to create your own embroidered floral studies. In five fascinating chapters Helen explores a variety of flowers united by a shared habitat from the now rare treasures of the wildflower meadow - poppies, mallows and cornflowers - to the rambling roses, tall foxgloves and evening primroses of the traditional cottage garden. Each chapter culminates in a masterclass project: a colour template is provided for five original designs ranging in difficulty from simple poppy heads to the more elegant lines of the flat iris. Easy to follow step-by-step colour photographs illustrate the working, in progress, of the designs to ensure that perfect results are achievable. Finally a basic technique section gives valuable advice on choosing threads and fabrics, the transfer of templates, guidance on silk shading and the working of all Helen's most popular stitches, to guarantee that this becomes the essential guide to creating embroidered floral portraits.

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Flowers and foliage have been the subject of fine embroidery from the earliest recorded textile designs, but it is not always easy to understand and interpret their diverse forms successfully. Now, in this glorious guide, textile artist Helen M. Stevens explains how to create beautifully faithful floral portraits. In five chapters, she explores a variety of flowers of common habitats, from the now-rare treasures of the wildflower meadow ‹ poppies, mallows, and cornflowers ‹ to the rambling roses, evening primroses, and foxgloves of the traditional cottage garden. Each chapter ends in a project: a color template is provided for five original designs ‹ ranging in difficulty from simple poppy heads to the elaborate lines of the flag iris ‹ and clear, step-by-step photos illustrate the progress of the work to ensure perfect results. Embroidered Flowers is complete with a basic techniques section, which offers valuable advice on threads and fabrics, the transfer of templates, silk shading, and the working of stitches.

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Helen M Stevens' embroidered pictures are now held in collections all over the world. Her five previous books, along with the three 'Masterclass' titles have ensured a dedicated following both at home and abroad. A writer and broadcaster, Helen is a member of the Society of Women Artists, one of three textile artists to be so honoured. The commission she received from the House of Commons remains the only textile piece to have become part of the Palace of Westminster Collection. Helen lives in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

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