The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers (Hardback Library edition)

The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers (Hardback Library edition)

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This sumptuous and inspiring book, written by needlework expert Trish Burr and created in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a stunning, contemporary guide to embroidering flowers. This hardback edition of the book contains all the templates needed at full size; if you would like the option to use iron-on transfers of the designs, please purchase the folder edition (9781782216421).

Focusing mainly on long-and-short stitch and Trish's delicate, considered use of silk shading, the book contains all the clearly-illustrated stitches needed, and gives thorough advice on preparation and choosing fabrics and threads - including a handy thread conversion chart.

The embroideries are reworkings of botanical artworks from Kew's Art Collection. There is one 'starter' project to encourage readers to try out the techniques, one large sampler containing 18 small elements that can be worked individually or as a group, and nine further projects - including a striking spider chrysanthemum, an elegant waterlily and an opulent magnolia. All the projects are shown step-by-step, with an order of work diagram given where appropriate.

All the templates needed are also included at full size at the back of the book.

This stunning yet practical book is a must-have for anyone interested in capturing flowers in thread.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 16mm | 986g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 700 Illustrations, color
  • 1782219064
  • 9781782219064
  • 143,225

Table of contents

Foreword by Kew 6

Introduction 8

What is needle painting? 10

Tools and materials 10

Preparation 16

Stitch instructions 20

Securing your thread

Long-and-short stitch

Split stitch

Satin stitch

French knots

Bullion stitch

Practise the stitches

Outlines 30

Raised embroidery 32

Anatomy of a flower 34

Useful advice before you start 35

Simple projects 36

Japanese anemone 38

Flower sampler 44

Clematis 94

Camellia 100

Intermediate projects 106

Rhododendron 108

Waterlily 116

Iris 122

Spider chrysanthemum 128

Advanced projects 134

Rose 136

Magnolia 144

Poppy 154

Thread substitutes 163

The templates 164
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About Trish Burr

Trish Burr is a self-taught embroiderer who hungrily consumes all aspects of this fine craft. Through research and practice she has developed this individual technique of surface embroidery. She is the author of several highly successful books. Trish lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information on Trish and her work visit
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