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This is a book about creating sumptuous embellished surfaces made by: collaging rich colourful silks, transparent organza and ribbons stitching with embroidery threads and ribbons, knitting and other yarns, and adding further texture with raised embroidery, cords, metallic threads and beads. Experience a process of creating where each application allows the surface to evolve from the first layer upwards with a sense of playfulness and thinking outside the square. The method or process is to create an original soft textile by assembling layers of fabric as a background that is embellished with stitches, quilting, beads and cords. Within the 128 pages there are 28 amazing projects, all with full instructions for an exact reproduction, or ideas for using what is available, or combining techniques throughout the book to create a truly unique piece. Beautiful photography of finished pieces. A feast for the eyes and your creative more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 208 x 280 x 12mm | 621.42g
  • Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Binda, Australia
  • English
  • photos
  • 1863514031
  • 9781863514033
  • 37,422

About Effie Mitrofanis

Effie Mitrofanis is a researcher and tutor of creative and traditional hand embroidery. She exhibits and lectures regularly in Australia and internationally. She is the author of five books, Creative Canvas Embroidery, Tassels & Trimmings, Decorative Tassels and Cords and Casalguidi Style Linen Embroidery, and Needleweaving and Embroidery, published by Sally Milner Publishing in 2005. She is also a successful designer of embroidery kits. Effie has studied embroidery and needle lace in the U.K., Italy, Greece, China and India. She has an Associate Diploma of Fine Art, and Master of Visual & Performing Arts, focussing on the origin and evolution of needle lace. She has published numerous articles in the World of Embroidery, U.K. and magazines in Australia. She has a passionate interest in the art, pattern and texture of embroidery, its history, its makers and more

Table of contents

Overview. Acknowledgements. Introduction Section 1 Materials, threads and equipment: Fabrics, threads, cords, beads and bits; Mounting fabric in frames and hoops; Laundering and pressing. Section 2 Learning to see: Creating a project; Choosing threads for colour, texture and impact; Choosing colours for a project; Transferring design to fabric. Section 3 Backgrounds: Project 1 'Green and blue I': collage with stitched edges Project 2 'Green and blue II': stitched and beaded bag Project 3 'Blue and orange': running stitch patterns for merging and blending backgrounds Project 4 'Gift wrap': running stitch on patterned fabric and running stitch with tension Project 5 'Colour wash textile': herringbone stitch Project 6 'Butterflies out of a box': herringbone and cross stitch colour wash (book page) Section 4 Stitches for texture and effect Project 7 Raised chain band and wave stitch panel (book page) Project 8 'Chequerboard': wrapped stitches panel Project 9 'Bushfire': wrapped stitches (book page) Project 10 'Turquoise and yellow': bullion stitch panel or bag Project 11 'Colour, texture and pattern': bullion stitch panel Project 12 'Golden triangles' (book page) Project 13 Folded and pleated ribbons with beads and stitches (book page) Project 14 'Ancient eyes': folded and pleated ribbons with beads and stitches Project 15 Chopped silk, stitches and beads (book page) Project 16 'Butterfly': chopped silk, stitch and beads Project 17 'Lime': wrapped blanket stitch (book page) Project 18 'Bird in the hand': wrapped blanket stitch Project 19 Concertina stitch book Project 20 'Coat for an angel' Section 5 Cords for embellishment and trimming Wrapped and beaded cords Project 21 'Aquamarine': wrapped and beaded neckpiece Continuous cords made from needle wrapped threads Project 22 'Waves and diamonds': continuous cords Project 23 'Sinuous shapes: wavy couching over continuous cords (book page) Project 24 'Red and gold'; cords, stitches and beads (book page) Project 25 'Quattro bastoni': overstitched wrapped cords (book page) Project 26 'Variations': overlapping herringbone stitch (book page) Project 27 'Adornment': Vandyke stitch and overlapping herringbone over thread padding (book page) Section 6 Stitch and bead patterns Project 28 'Mosaic': bead and stitch patterns Section 7 Finishing and making up: Bags and banners; Beaded pendants and fringes; Tassels and twisted cords. Section 8 Stitch glossary Helpful hints. Stitches. Gallery References. Suppliers. more

Review quote

This book contains a collection of very bright, colourful pieces of work, where embroidery and stitching is the star! In her introduction, Effie talks about her love of silk, three-dimensional texture, 'strange' colourways and wrapped cords, all of which feature heavily here. Her method of work is to collage and layer silks, organzas and ribbons as a base fabric, then use embroidery stitches and other textures to create eye-catching pieces. The book is divided into sections which work through these processes. Each project focuses on a particular colourway, and you get a good variety of tone and texture through this. Nothing is repetitive here. There are diagrams and photographs throughout, and the former give very precise patterns to follow for stitching and layout, which is very helpful. By Section 4 you are getting into the serious use of stitching for embellishment and it is mostly hand stitches which give a very bold look to Effie's pieces. They are rich, vibrant, and very in-your-face. The section on cords is very informative, and gives good instructions on how to make wrapped cords and embellish pieces in wavy, overlapping lines, which look very effective. This book is not for the faint-hearted; its colour choices, bold and vibrant, are everywhere in the book, as are the heavy stitches, beading and cording. But if you are a fan of bold and beautiful, you will have no end of inspiration here. The sheer number of projects makes it excellent value for its price, and if you are wanting to add some 'zing' into your work and didn't know where to start, you need look no further.-Workshop On The Web You can't fail to be inspired by this wonderfully colourful book. The 28 projects are all clearly explained and illustrated with an abundance of sketches and colour photographs. The projects are organised into four sections: backgrounds; stitches for texture and effect; cords for embellishing and trimming; and stitch and bead patterns - and each section is more luscious than the last. The wrapped and embellished cords, sometimes enriched with knots and beads, are absolutely gorgeous; they can be used singly, twisted or plaited together, couched onto fabric to create pattern or texture, become an integral part of an embellished surface, or provide the perfect finishing touch to a project. Using richly coloured silk fabrics and brightly coloured threads (Effie gives a list of 'zinger' DMC colours she likes to use), every embroidery in the book is a mouth-watering confection. In fact, I think the whole book is a 'zinger'!-Stitchshow more