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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 | 144 pages
  • 208 x 280 x 12mm | 621.42g
  • Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Binda, Australia
  • English
  • 144 colour illustrations
  • 1863514031
  • 9781863514033
  • 38,447

Review quote

June/July 10 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

About Effie Mitrofanis

Effie Mitrofanis is a researcher and tutor of creative and traditional hand embroidery and exhibits and lectures regularly throughout Australia and internationally. She has studied embroidery and needle lace in the UK, Italy, Greece, China and India. She has published numerous articles in the World of Embroidery, UK, 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

" Effie Mitrofanis has an international reputation as a fine and versatile embroiderer and craftsperson " Unique projects and ideas to create more 'outside the square' " Step-by-step instruction for projects " Beautiful colour photographs " A feast for the eyes and your creative spirit. " From one of the world's most popular and successful fabric and quilt designersshow more