RSN: Raised Embroidery

RSN: Raised Embroidery : Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration

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This practical, contemporary guide to the exciting and varied world of raised embroidery is written by Kelley Aldridge, an expert teacher with the Royal School of Needlework. Part of a new series showcasing the RSN's traditional techniques, technical excellence and contemporary flair, it contains a complete grounding in raised embroidery stitches and techniques, three beautiful projects and galleries of inspiring work.The book features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage. It reveals the history and context of raised embroidery and showcases galleries of inspiring raised embroidery work. This is primarily a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in the techniques you need for raised embroidery: it contains a comprehensive stitch guide and leads the reader through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance. The book contains three beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice and showcase additional advanced more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 216 x 280 x 12mm | 668g
  • Search Press Ltd
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 350 Illustrations, color
  • 1782211896
  • 9781782211891
  • 2,949

About Kelley Aldridge

Kelley graduated from the RSN in 2005, and has been growing a successful business in teaching, producing kits and working private commissions mainly in the Bristol area. Recent restoration work has included the Redcliffe Cope for St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol and several 18th century samplers.Kelley has been teaching the RSN's Certificate and Diploma course in Bristol since 2010, and has extended the classes to include Saturdays, which has proven popular. She is also involved in the Future Tutor Programme, mentoring Deborah Wilding through her final more

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Time for a thorough review of an upcoming book - the newest in the Techniques, Projects, and Pure Inspiration series from the Royal School of Needlework and published by Search Press.Ever since Applique: Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration - the first book of the series - came out last year, I've been looking forward to this one!So, come along - let's explore the ins and outs of Raised Embroidery: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration by Kelley Aldridge.Raised Embroidery is a large format, paperback book. It opens up and lies flat, though, which is always nice with an instructional book.While many folks like to have their instructional books rebound into spiral binding so that they can lie flat while working from them, I don't think this one really needs it. It's large, not too floppy, but opens up just fine.I love what's going on on the inside title page of the book!And here, you get a good sense of what the book is about. In case you're expecting another needlework book focusing solely on stumpwork, this book isn't really that kind of book.In this book, raised embroidery is used as an umbrella term, including the wired embroidery elements often seen in stumpwork, but also including lots of textured and dimensional stitches and techniques.The table of contents gives you a good idea of what the book is all about - lots of stitches and techniques, plus a section of projects on which to put them to use.The book begins with the preliminaries: information on the Royal School of Needlework, on raised embroidery in general and on its history in particular, and an overview of materials used in raised embroidery techniques.I'm always entranced by the materials sections of needlework books. It's fun to see what materials are recommended for different techniques, and I always learn about new things to try!Found objects, silk flowers, ribbons, buttons, beads, jewelry findings - all are fair game for raised embroidery techniques!So if you like to fiddle with embellishments and pretty things, raised embroidery may definitely be right up your alley!There's a good section on designing raised embroidery projects, too. This is very helpful for those who want to do a project, but prefer to start with their own concept rather than copy someone else's design or execute a project from a kit. Kelley also introduces a neat designer's idea, called a "mood board."A mood board is essentially a place where you can pin up your ideas for a project, all collected in one place, so you get a sense of color, design, placement, and the whole "mood" of the project.You can add to it, subtract from it, and get an overall idea of the feel of the project as it develops. A lot of people use journaling for the same concept, but I like this idea of a completely visual mood board - it keeps the ideas right in front of you, available for manipulation the moment inspiration strikes.The instruction in the book ranges from very basic, beginner instructions all the way through to more complex stitches and techniques, making Raised Embroidery suitable for very beginners and beyond - all the way up to advanced stitchers looking for ideas and new things to try.The second part of the book is devoted to projects, and most of these are usable projects, rather than simply decorative.I always love it when books include finishing ideas and instructions, to make embroidery projects that are not just beautiful, but useful, too.Raised Embroidery: Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration is exactly what the title promises it to be. You'll find instruction, projects, and plenty of inspiration to get you stitching and keep you stitching!I like it. It's pleasant to read, fun to explore, and it's full of great ideas!Full Review: * Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread * This book, part of a RSN series on stitching provides a contemporary twist to traditional techniques. It offers technical expertise to all abilities beginning with basic techniques. Clear photographs and step-by-step instructions easily guide you through processes. A stitch guide is also included. Three projects highlight advanced techniques including wire shapes. Discover different techniques such as ways of creating a raised surface, couching, shisha and stitches such as knots. Create interesting projects like the felt bead necklace, brooch, needle case, phone case or an amazing biscornu piece and see a gallery of inspiring finished pieces. A fascinating book that will appeal to a broad range of embroiderers. * *show more