A delightful collection of motifs and patterns for the amateur or more experienced embroiderer.
Traditional crafts like needlework are enjoying a resurgence as a new generation discovers the satisfaction and pleasure that handwork can offer. This design sourcebook contains a wealth of contemporary samplers with motifs and patterns that are based on reworked traditional themes or are specially created new designs. The subjects include animals, birds, buildings, trees, flowers and border patterns. Patterns are shown in graph form, along with stitched examples in the accompanying photographs.
A number of the motifs are described in step-by-step format and there is information about stitching techniques and threads as well.
The book is carefully tailored to cater for a variety of skill levels. Affordable domestic options are included as well as more ambitious and specialist techniques and materials for those with the resources, such as schools and established textile artists.
Caroline Vincent is an embroidery designer maker who has specialised in creative contemporary pictorial samplers for over 20 years. She teaches at West Dean College, runs courses for the Women's Institute and is a member of the Embroiderer's Guild. She is the author of Creative Sampler Embroidery.