Materials and fabrics: Threads and yarns
Inspiration: Designing an embroidery
Techniques: Mounting fabric in a spring tension hoop
Working with organza
Melting out applique motifs
Achieving three-dimensional effects:
Rocks and pebbles
Hedgerow with Cow Parsley
Woodland with Bluebells
Buddleia, Bee and Butterflies
Create beautiful landscapes and flowers using hand-stitching and layered organza.
Katrina Witten is the embroiderer, designer and inspiration behind Rowandean Embroidery, a small family company designing and making some of the finest hand-stitched kits on the market today. Inspired by the countryside and nature, Rowandean's designs are for all ages and abilities, and the quality of their translation into stitch is outstanding. Rowandean Embroidery exhibits in London, Paris, Dublin, Harrogate, Edinburgh and Birmingham in the UK; Katrina has also held workshops in Japan, Canada and the US.
This long-awaited book from Katrina Witten, founder of Rowandean Embroidery, does not disappoint! Her message in this gloriously colourful volume is simply to `have a go' and Katrina's aim is to inspire all to have fun with fabrics and threads and create a small piece of art using a few simple stitches. After exploring materials, techniques and stitches, there is advice on how to begin a design, with templates provided where required, followed by ten easy projects to work. These delightful projects, with step- by-step instructions are small and achievable and perfect for those new to embroidery. However, the more experienced stitcher can build on the designs, interpreting and being as creative as they wish. Highly recommended.* East Kent Embroiderers' Guild *
The first half of this beautiful book is techniques. stitch guide and everything you will need to know to create these wonderfully realistic 'pictures'.
The tuition within the pages is something that people pay good money for, so this book is well worth having if you are a fan of embroidery.
Katrina Witten has given us a masterclass in her art, and the projects that are included are absolutely stunning.
Even if you are a beginner embroiderer, you will be able to start making something that will have a professional look and a gorgeous finish. The use of organza, beads and other embellishments gives texture and form.
Applique and other techniques are simply demonstrated and explained, and each project has a picture tutorial to guide you. There are templates included, and what I loved about this book is the array of colour that is used to give the designs a delightful and brilliant look.
The flowers include beautiful Cornflowers, Cow Parsley, Poppies and so much more, it really is a walk through a summer field.
This is an affordable book that could be a gift for embroidery lovers, and it is one that is well worth the shelf space in your craft room.-- Tracy Shephard * Postcard Reviews *
If you are looking for an introduction to creating embroidery pictures, this is a perfect place to start. With a comprehensive introduction to materials, fabrics, stitches and techniques this beautiful book will inspire you to create the most gorgeous projects, including hedgerows, fields and stunning individual flowers.* Hot Brands Cool Places *
'I love the hands on approach to embroidery in this book. There are no dreary rules here, only the freedom to express yourself in stitches (and beads). You can see why this method is known as freestyle; this author has her own approach and explains how it is done, together with advice on designing your own work. As well as the various threads and small beads she uses a lot of organza, both for backgrounds, torn up for flowers and in various other ways, all to great effect.'-- Rachel Hyde * myshelf.com *