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Goldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects (Milner Craft Series) Paperback – August 1, 2007
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Ms Brown was concise with her explanations to the point I didn't get "lost" in her section on tecniques (like I often do). All pictures were clear and gave great detail of each project. I actually went out and bought a selection of gold threads and braids to try a small project using some of her "how to" pages as a guide. You will not waste a penny on buying this book - it is a keeper!
Goldwork Embroidery is divided into 2 sections: Background and Techniques, and The Projects. The first section includes a beautifully illustrated history of goldwork harkening back to the 12th century; a history of the metal threads themselves and how they are constructed; material and equipment you'll need; and then the stitching techniques. For one complicated project I was doing through the Embroiderers' Guild of America, I relied solely on her photos of the various threads in gilt, silver and copper...close-up pictures of 62 different ones on black so you can make out every detail...to decide which thread to use.
Section 2 includes 15 projects. Each project has pages of the full color picture, photos of details, the templates for your fabric, which fibers or spangles to use, and how and where to place them. I included in the Images above the Basket of Flowers, the Vine of Flowers (and its template) and the Ornamental Fan so you can see how rich the details are.
Just the 35 books listed in the Bibliography are a great resource for further study. She doesn't see these books as rivals...merely helpful to us stitchers.
While this is one of the very best books on goldwork embroidery, I also recommend the following:
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of ideas and ways to work the gold I hadn't thought of. Great book, full of new ideas, clearly written and lots of pictures for inspiration.Published 12 months ago by Lane
This is a very fine book....well-illustrated and explained. Done by experts for the rest of us. Thanks for using a vendor who supplies these sorts of things. Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by John Morse
Way to much information on the background of goldwork. The "Brief history" was actually 60 pages. Would have liked to see more on techniques. Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by BobK