Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery

Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery : Inspired by Turkish, Syrian & Persian Tiles

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The research and embroidery involved in creating the designs for this book has been a joy for Jane Nicholas. She has revelled in the opportunity to indulge a passion of hers since childhood - combining jewel-like colours, gold metallic threads and glittering beads. Sixteen projects are presented in this book, varying both in size and complexity. Each has been inspired by an example of Islamic art - pottery, textiles, manuscripts or jewellery - from Turkey, Syria, Persia, Arabia or India.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 210 x 280 x 21mm | 210g
  • Binda, Australia
  • English
  • 100 Illustrations, color
  • 1863514090
  • 9781863514095
  • 84,583

Table of contents

Beautifully photographed pieces

Inspirational images throughout

Clear instructions for each tile and its variations

Comprehensive illustrations and diagrams to guide the reader
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Review quote

Indulge in some opulent embroidery inspired by Turkish, Syrian and Persian tiles with this fantastic book by Jane Nicholas. Stumpwork and Gold Embroidery is packed with beautiful projects large and small using traditional techniques to recreate motifs of stylised tulips, pomegranates, peonies and more. Each project is explained step-by-step, being built up in stages to culminate in a wonderful three-dimensional piece, highlighted with gold. The book features full stitching instructions and wonderful photography of items that have inspired Jane's embroideries.-New Stitches Inspired by Turkish, Syrian and Persian tiles, the designs in this book are exquisite. Although the designs are very detailed, the clear instructions ensure that you'll find them do-able. The main designs are large enough to be a challenge, but individual motifs from the larger embroideries are used singly to embellish little treasures, such as trinket boxes, a paperweight and a book cover - and these are very achievable. Altogether there are 16 stunning projects inspired by pottery, textiles, manuscripts - and even by a spittoon that showcases the traditions of goldworking and enamelling. Whatever the source of inspiration, every design combines rich jewel colours with gold metallic threads and glittering beads.-Stitch The vivid colours and richness of textures and design on the cover is only an example of the beautiful illustrations inside. The book has a number of designs with a little history and detailed instructions of stitching and materials needed. Also smaller projects are included, at the end of each section, which would be suitable for a brooch or the inside of a box. The combination of beautiful threads, goldwork and beads is absolutely gorgeous and make this a most appealing book. This book did exactly what the title promised. Starting with the basics of materials and equipment it gave plenty of examples which could be followed by a beginner or expanded upon by the more experienced sewer. Each step was well described and the accompanying illustrations were easy to follow as they were clear and large enough to see exactly what to do. The section covering machine embroidery was so well described that it felt that once mastered it would open up endless possibilities to embellish quite ordinary fabric and create something special. With a variety of shapes, luxurious velvets or fabrics you have made yourself and decorated whether by machine or embroidered by hand, it would be possible to make some stunning bags whatever your level of ability. Also a lovely way to make use of all the beads, threads and bits and pieces that we all acquire because it is sure to come in useful one day!-West Country Embroiderers This talented author has used a lifelong passion for Islamic tiles to produce this lavishly illustrated book. Her travels in the East have been a starting point for her work in jewelled colours and metallic threads although she did have a great interest in the decoration on these ceramics from childhood. All the projects are well illustrated, showing how to use surface embroidery, goldwork and stumpwork techniques to develop rich surface texture and colour. She includes full size diagrams at the start of each project and enlarged explanatory drawings which make following the instructions very straightforward. General information about techniques and equipment are detailed and there is a stitch glossary for further support to inexperienced stitchers. 16 different projects are included to suit all abilities of
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About Jane Nicholas

Jane Nicholas has worked in the field of embroidery for over twenty years, specialising in stumpwork and goldwork embroidery. She has written five books and has contributed widely to journals and magazines. She teaches widely for Embroiderers' Guilds and businesses in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and continues to research and develop new techniques, particularly in stumpwork.
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