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The professional textile artist and author of The Art & Embroidery of Jane Hall showcases spectacular embroidered nature scenes featuring her three-dimensional renditions of butterflies, in a volume complemented by materials notes and discussions of the artist's inspirations.
"In a unique combination of art, photography and prose, Jane Hall magically intertwines her exquisite work as a textile artist with the world that has inspired it. She presents her breathtakingly beautiful embroideries through numerous photographs and descriptions , conveying the very essence of her work: 'to achieve works which are not simply observational, but translations of wonder as well as nature'"-- Back cover.
The textile works of Annemieke Mein display a rare standard of artistry. She has explored beyond the bounds of craft and developed new techniques in her use of textiles and fabric paints. The illustrations in this book show how textiles can be used as an exciting sculptural medium. The artist's three-dimensional creations are works of extraordinary skill, born out of a passionate commitment to the environment that she observes with a loving eye. Annemieke uses an amazing variety of materials - silk, wool, fur, cotton, synthetics - carefully chosen for their colour, texture, credibility and aesthetic appeal. These fabrics are then meticulously painted and stitched to faithfully reproduce her chosen subjects and to enhance the tactile quality unique to textiles. Numerous techniques are used in limitless combinations: hand and machine embroidery, dyeing, applique, trapunto, quilting, pleating, felting, beading, weaving and plying. The work of Annemieke Mein will leave the reader breathless with wonder. It encourages an awareness of our natural heritage and of the need to preserve it. Previously published in paperback 9780855329778.
Presents a collection of Chinese butterfly designs, along with a CD-ROM which contains each image to use in a variety of machine embroidery projects.
In Embroidered Butterflies, the second title in the Masterclass Embroidery Series, Helen shares her secrets of how to achieve incredible effects in pure silk thread. In five fascinating chapters she explores a variety of butterflies united by a shared habitat from country gardens and hedgerows to woods and copses. Each chapter culminates in a masterclass project: a colour template is provided for five original designs from a simple study of brimstone and orange butterflies to capturing the more elaborate wing pattern of tortoiseshells, Easy to follow step-by-step photographs illustrate the working, in progress, of the designs to ensure that perfect results are achievable. Finally, a basic technique section gives valuable advice on choosing threads and fabrics, the transfer of templates, guidance on silk shading and the working of all of Helen's most popular stitches, to guarantee that this becomes the essential guide to creating embroidered butterfly studies.
Explore the possibilities of freestyle machine embroidery and its applications for quilting and fiber art with this inspirational guidebook for all skill levels. This overview of all the basic methods and stitches for each technique includes step-by-step photographs and illustrations, diagrams, close-ups of sample swatches, troubleshooting tips, and design guidance, altogether elevating crafters' skills to an artistic level. Beginning with an introduction that includes a list of necessary supplies, chapters cover adjusting thread tension, understanding fabric distortion as it relates to stitching direction, and caring for a sewing machine. This comprehensive guide is sure to move crafters beyond the basics of the stitching process to using color and texture creatively in unique designs and professional-grade finishes.
This guide is for anyone who is interested in learning or re-learning the art of embroidery or needlepoint. Containing a history of needlecrafts, as well as an updated look at its uses for your home and wardrobe, it explains how to deal with such concepts as color, balance, scale, and texture, and how to incorporate your own personal syle. Everything you need to know about the art of embroidery, including needle and thread types, materials, stitch types, frames, techniques, enlarging or reducing designs, monogramming, and project ideas, is in this book.

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