Mastering the Art of Embroidery
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Amelia Holmwood reviews the stitching bible by Sophie Long
This book is nothing short of a stitching bible, packed to the brim with step-by-step tutorials, practitioner profiles and inspirational collections of needlework. Sophie Long endeavours and succeeds in presenting a new approach to needle craft, exploring a vast range of techniques and histories through out. Her combination of traditional techniques with more contemporary designs makes for an eclectic collection sure to satisfy any taste. Sophie Long's knowledge of her craft is clearly extensive, having studied embroidery for three years at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, Long's understanding and appreciation of her subject is obvious. Her instructions are articulate and precise, as are the specifications on tools such as needles, threads and frames. Each chapter begins with an inspirational spread of images from different artists, followed by tutorials on techniques from block shading to coral stitch. The chapters themselves cover subjects such as applique, embellishments and surface embroidery, exploring variations on style and technique in each. The book concludes with a concise list of resources including suppliers, glossary and useful websites. Mastering the art of Embroidery delivers everything and more a keen sewer could hope for, providing both inspiration and instruction in abundance.
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