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!
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.