Embroidery is currently enjoying a revival and has cast off its image as an old-fashioned hobby. Covering everything from smocking and stumpwork to beading and blackwork, this book explores a variety of handwork techniques as well as looking at machine embroidery styles.
The first section of the book explores an extensive range of handwork techniques, giving a brief overview of each embroidery style. It includes a list of tools and materials required, and any specific fabric or thread considerations.
Clearly illustrated step-by-step tutorials allow readers to try out the style for themselves, and inspirational galleries of contemporary work showcase the styles and effects that can be achieved with that particular technique.
The second section of the book looks at machine embroidery techniques, including both free motion and digital machine embroidery. Profiles of contemporary practitioners dotted throughout the book offer an engaging insight into their professional working practices, as well as a new perspective on a range of embroidery techniques.
A concluding resources section offers readers a wealth of further information on all things embroidery-related.
SOPHIE LONG was one of the few embroiderers to have the honour of working on the much-publicized wedding dress of Kate Middleton, for her marriage to Prince William. Since graduating with a distinction from the Royal School of Needlework, Sophie has worked as a freelance hand embroiderer and teacher.
'Anyone wanting to learn hand or machine embroidery techniques will find much to inspire them in this title by Sophie Long.'
'Covering everything from smoking and stumpwork to beading and blackwork, this book explores a variety of handwork techniques and machine embroidery styles.’
'Highly recommended for all stitchers, no matter what your level of expertise or speciality.'
'What we loved about this book is the clear and easy to understand step-by-step instructions, supported by beautiful photography which illustrates how to create the different stitches featured in the book. This is supported by examples of how to use the techniques plus fascinating profiles of em broidery artists and their work. An inspiring exquisite book, essential for your creative bookshelf. Highly recommended!'