Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration

Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration

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By (author) Hazel Everett

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  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 278mm x 10mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Tunbridge Wells
  • ISBN 10: 1844486265
  • ISBN 13: 9781844486267
  • Illustrations note: 400 colour
  • Sales rank: 20,170

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Hazel Everett is an exceptionally skilled goldwork embroiderer, and in this beautiful book she passes on her knowledge and expertise in a way that is both practical and visually stunning. Drawing on traditional methods, she creates works that are brilliantly executed, in a style that is both modern and unique. Here, Hazel provides expert guidance and advice on an extensive range of goldwork embroidery techniques. Her detailed descriptions and step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams and embroidered samples, all carefully and exquisitely worked by the author herself. Throughout the book there are numerous examples of the author's own work, providing inspiration for embroiderers who wish to extend their skills in this fascinating area. The book ends with ten fabulous projects, including richly worked samplers, Christmas tree decorations and needle books, all using the full range of techniques, threads and other materials that the reader has learnt about in the previous sections of the book. This is an invaluable reference for those already familiar with the art of goldwork embroidery, as well as an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to embark upon it.

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Hazel Everett first became interested in embroidery whilst still at school, and her teacher suggested she might pursue a career in embroidery. Hazel went on to be an Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), and although she enjoyed learning about many different types of embroidery, she became most fascinated by goldwork. As an Apprentice she had the honour of embroidering a commission for the RSN workroom - a new pulpit fall in real, 18-carat Japanese gold thread. As her career developed, fate played a part and she was offered a number of commissions involving goldwork, including a mitre for Cardinal Hume. Since then Hazel has taught Goldwork Embroidery all over the UK and has worked on numerous commissions, including ecclesiastical work, embroidering items for leading fashion designers and assisting with the reconstruction of the Coronation Robe of King George VI that was exhibited at Kensington Palace, London. Hazel's work has been exhibited throughout the UK, and she now lives and works in Surrey.

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Glorious is the only word to describe Hazel Everett's dazzling goldwork. Using traditional methods, she creates sumptuous effects, and jewel-coloured metal threads add yet another dimension to her stunning work. Every technique is clearly explained through a combination of easy-to-follow instructions, photographs and clear diagrams, bringing the necessary skills within the scope of beginners and experienced embroiderers alike. A collection of beautiful projects allows the embroiderer to put the techniques into practice and develop their own skills. Have a go, and you'll soon be producing gorgeous goldwork of your own.-Embroiderers' Guild In this visually spectacular new book, author Hazel Everett reflects her incredible talent and knowledge as she draws on traditional methods to create works with a modern and unique twist in a perfectly executed and practical way. Here, expert guidance and advice on an extensive range of goldworks guides the reader in this beautiful book filled with detailed descriptions, clear diagrams and embroidery samples that ends with 10 projects. These include Christmas tree decorations and needle books. This book would make an invaluable reference to those familiar with this art, and a brilliant foundation to those just embarking upon it.-Craft Business Discover the world of Goldwork embroidery with this comprehensive new book from Hazel Everett. Hazel trained at the Royal School of Needlework and shares her expertise and passion for the technique in [this book]. The book thoroughly explains in detail the array of Goldwork threads and their different applications and effects. The stitches and methods of working with them are detailed in each section so you have an encyclopedic reference to help or inspire you. Along with all this information comes an equal amount of inspiration with a collection of projects showcasing the unique aspects of Goldwork. These projects include a collection of insects, some wonderful Christmas tree decorations and an exquisite needlecase. The book is perfect for the complete beginner as well as those who have experience of Goldwork.-New Stitches Hazel Everett is an experienced and skilled embroiderer and in this book she shares with the reader her passion for the exquisite art of goldwork. The book details the equipment required, working with frames and hoops, mounting the finished embroidery, fabrics and threads, transferring designs and essential techniques. With full colour illustrations and diagrams this book is truly inspirational, particularly in the final chapter which contains a collection of projects showing how stitch techniques can be put into practice.-Sew Hip This satisfying book gives details of designing a motif, a clear order to approach any project and techniques to use. There are also good sections on Or Nue and using kid. The second section offers a good selection of projects, especially clear diagrams on insects. The close-up photography shows the detail of each piece. Text and pictures are well matched and make any embroiderer want to start a project, especially the two in the final chapter, of a Dragon and Seahorse. A complete beginner to Goldwork would gain confidence using new materials and the experienced worker would be stretched by the author's enthusiasm and skill. A lovely soft covered volume that would enhance any sewer's shelf.-Megonline.co.uk

Table of contents

Introduction 6 History 8 Equipment 10 Needles 12 Frames 14 Fabrics 20 Transferring a design 22 Designing a motif 24 Order of work 26 Padding 30 Metal threads 35 TECHNIQUES 40 Pearl purl 42 Purls 47 Shading with chippings 50 Stem stitch formation 52 Purl loops 54 Embellishing beads and stones with purls 56 Graded cutwork 58 Geometric cutwork 60 Plunging threads 62 Couched threads 63 Or Nue 66 Twists 68 Handmade twists 70 Broad, 11's and whipped plate 72 Crimped plate 74 Milliary 76 Kid 78 Spangles 80 Elizabethan twist 82 Flatworm 83 Embroidery stitches 84 Applique 87 PROJECTS 88 Flowers 88 Bugs 94 Fritillary 104 Butterfly 106 Cornucopia 110 Hanging decorations 116 Needlebooks 126 Dragon 134 Seahorse 138 Glossary 142 Index 143