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Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration Paperback – November 1, 2011
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It's not a pattern book; however, Everett has designed several pieces which are suitable for anyone who wants to get started in this fascinating subgenre of surface embroidery. Her brother, she writes, is an entomologist; thus, she's designed more than a dozen delicate "bugs" to be done in gold thread. They're delightful--even whimsical--and I plan to try several, perhaps in a sampler (she illustrates one) or simply adding a few bugs to another work. There are three dragonfly designs, although one is actually a piece of jewelry, not embroidery. The large one, not part of the bug section, is a perfectly elegant interpretation of these fascinating insects. She also has two butterflies, a spider (with gold kid leather, too), a cricket, beetle, ant, hoverfly, bumblebee, shield bug, ladybug, weevil, caterpillar, and two views of a snail. She's taking liberties by putting snails in with bugs, but they look good together.
Lest you think she's bug-happy (or I am), there's a dragon, seahorse, two lovely needlebooks (and how to fabricate them once the needlework is complete), a beautifully-realized fritillary, a butterfly, six simple designs for hanging ornaments which would look lovely on a tree or in a slightly shady window, and what I believe to be one of the ugliest samplers I've ever seen, titled "Cornucopia.Read more ›
The first 40 pages sets the stage. She starts with a bit of history, then discusses equipment: needles, frames, and fabrics, including details of framing up. She shows how to transfer a design using the prick and pounce method as well as tracing. This is intended for beginners and experienced embroiderers alike.
The next section is 40 pages illustrating techniques: pearl purl, chipping, and so on.
The final 60 pages provides some projects and details of how to make them. Each opens with a list of materials and techniques, with references to the pages on which they are discussed.
This is a beautiful, inspiring book.
Then come the projects. The cover photograph, four different flowers, 15 assorted bugs. Fritillary, butterfly (4 pages), sampler (I did this one) of 6 pages. Hanging decorations, needlebooks, dragon and seahorse. All of these covering many pages. Book ends with glossary and index.Read more ›
In addition to including wonderful instructions on the stitches and techniques, Hazel Everett's book includes a thorough review of the threads, fabrics, tools and history of goldwork. The review of threads is especially valuable as there is a lot of variety in materials, weight and technique and some of them are hard to find and a thorough understanding of what you are looking for is essectial. Everett also provides technique and inspiration to expand the application of goldwork from its traditional element of eccesiastical embroidery to jewelry, boxes and modern household items and artwork.
Most of the projects are small and intended to teach the techniques, but they include florals and wheat, an entire selection of insects and critters that could be jewelry or adorn a larger embroidery and a couple of lovely needle cases. Boxes are a staple of goldwork both traditional and modern and while this book doesn't provide instruction on box construction, that information is available elsewhere and the designs in the book could be easily applied to boxwork. The sampler, Cornucopia, is as another reviewer noted, underwhelming, but that is the single flaw in this excellent book.Read more ›
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I'm not sure I need to say this because so many other reviewers have, but this is (among the many goldwork boois in my library) the best goldwork instruction book out there. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ramoth
This is an excellent book about learning to stitch with metal threads. Great diagrams and ideas.Published 10 months ago by Penny
Great color with embroidery stitching you may look at for hours. Easy to follow techniques, projects and pure fun. Worth every penny.Published 10 months ago by Patricia A. Jay
Thoroughly covers aspects of Goldwork techniques and the materials. Great detail photos of the projects and the materials. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hair Balls
Stitchers - a beautiful how to book for gold work. Just lovely!Published 18 months ago by JHammeresq