Book

MASTERING THE ART OF EMBROIDERY

TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES AND
CONTEMPORARY APPLICATIONS FOR
HAND AND MACHINE EMBROIDERY

Book Cover

SOPHIE LONG
9781906417956
HARDBACK
£30.00

279 X 203 mm
288 pages
APRIL 2013

A celebration of the perennially popular and ever-evolving craft of embroidery.


With its combination of step-by-step tutorials, practitioner profiles and inspirational galleries, Mastering the Art of Embroidery offers a new approach to needlecrafts, guaranteed to appeal to embroiderers of all levels.

Each chapter of the book covers a different technique, with an overview outlining its history

and contemporary uses. Clearly illustrated tutorials cover handwork and machine-embroidery techniques, exploring everything from smocking and stumpwork to beading and blackwork.

Techniques featured in the book include: Surface embroidery; Counted surface embroidery; Embellishment; Stumpwork; Whitework; Three-dimensional embroidery; Free-motion machine embroidery; and Digital embroidery.

Interviews with contemporary embroiderers offer an insight into the burgeoning range of working methods, materials and techniques. The book also includes diverse, inspirational galleries showcasing contemporary work and a fresh approach to each embroidery technique. A concluding resources section offers readers a wealth of further information on all things embroidery-related.

This accessible guide will inspire crafters of all ages and abilities to pick up a needle and create their very own works of art.

Sophie Long had the honour of working on the much-publicised wedding dress of Kate Middleton, for her marriage to Prince William. Since graduating with a distinction from the Royal School of Needlework, Sophie has also worked as a freelance embroiderer, carrying out commissions and teaching classes across the world. She lives in London.

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