Do you want to embroider like a pro and learn fabulous techniques for Applique and Hand Embroidery? Of course you do! I do too, I need to work on my patience first though. An example of great applique and hand embroidery is this fabulous embroidered and appliquéd card was made by Barbros Lille Atelier and I think it is very easy to see that her inspiration came from these gorgeous Pip Studio Early Bird mugs!
This gorgeous piece of embroidery is from Brodera. There's so much detail there I'm quite certain I would not have the patience for it!
This gorgeous, bright and colourful embroidery stitch sampler is from Carina's Craft Blog and boy oh boy...if you love bright, colorful embroidery you are going to LOVE Carina's Blog.
And look at this!!! An incredible piece of decorative art for your home. Not half! My word. Pamela has gone all out on this Chinese paper parasol with decorative lettering, paint, embellished fabric yoyos, velvet ribbon, buttons, vintage paper posies, ruffled crepe paper and grosgrain ribbon! I love Pam and everything she does. The journals she creates are out of this world and I was lucky enough to get a book for my birthday this year with her decorative lettering styles included but that's a post for another day! I'm in awe that she managed to embroider a decorative heart onto this parasol without punching her elbow through it, because that is exactly the type of thing I would do. Pamela Garrison Blog is linked here.
Oh! Oh oh. Be Still My Beating Heart
All of my favourite colours too! I think I might have to print this out and put it on my moodboard. You can buy the book here or view the rest of the Penguin Classics Threads Editions here.
This arrangement and stitching is from Felissimo and I think it's a Japanese craft kit!
Now for the book Mastering The Art of Embroidery! When I was looking at the cover of this book I was totally in awe of the taken and patience that it must have taken to create that piece. I never really understood that textile design was an option when choosing my GCSE's many years ago other wise I would have taken art as a subject! Now, I was perfectly content with the cover of this book until I saw the paperback cover photo (see here) and then I was gutted. I want it!
For detailed work and inspiration for 3d embroidery this book is the tops, but for the real basics of embroidery sadly this book doesn't really contain any information for total novice. Luckily, I was not a novice when I got this book but close enough. Chain stitches are about as advanced as I got.
There are pages on some of the basic stitches but I have found that sometimes, books and tutorials on this type of thing don't cater for the COMPLETE novice and the writing used can sometimes already assume you know what you're working with if that makes sense? I remember when I was learning to crochet that I was holding the hook and yarn and reading the 'how to' and shouting at the phone instructions.
Currently I am working on a piece of embroidery with the help of the stitches featured in this book. I haven't dared to work with ribbon yet. That is a long way off I think!
It's not just stitches that have been explained in this book, or styles but some great embroiderers too!
This is an example of some of the advanced stitches and how they're explained. The entire book is very well written and it's a great book for those of us who want to advance their skills but who already have a rather basic knowledge on the subject!
The images in this post were edited using Rad Lab for photoshop.
You can also view lots more needlepoint and embroidery inspiration on my Pinterest board.
Buy a copy of Mastering The Art of Embroidery in Hardback Here or Paperback Here.