- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: David & Charles (November 24, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1446306291
- ISBN-13: 978-1446306291
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Folk Embroidery: 30 Contemporary Projects for Folk Art Inspired Designs Paperback – November 24, 2016
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Nancy Nicholson is a talented designer, well known for her folk art inspired embroidery designs. She has developed a unique and distinctive style for decorative embroidery which has a very modern aesthetic based on traditional techniques. Nancy sells her patterns and kits online and has a fast growing, loyal following of international fans. She has an impressive arts and crafts pedigree and is delighted to be following in the footsteps of her mother, Joan Nicholson, an accomplished embroidery designer who published many books.
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Nicholson's aim is to expand your repertoire of stitches and motifs so you can ornament anything you choose with embroidered designs. And she succeeds brilliantly. In addition to the motifs and designs in the projects, there are several pages of motifs (that is, one or more stitches that create a little design, like a sun or a leaf). You can choose from all of these motifs the ones you want to use; and--even better--you can draw on Nicholson's ideas to create your own designs. If you love how-to books that teach you techniques instead of just giving you instructions for projects, you'll love this book.
For novice stitchers the book has one serious drawback (for which I ought to have deducted one star, but it's very possible the publisher, not the author, is responsible). The instructions for stitches are seriously limited, consisting of one diagram per stitch and no verbal instructions. I don't think any beginner could learn stitches from these diagrams alone.
However, if you also get yourself a copy of Marian Nichols's Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches, Including Crewel (Dover Embroidery, Needlepoint), the best resource for learning stitches, then you'll be all set to enjoy yourself with Nancy Nicholson's inspiring book.
I also love the size of the projects. Most of the projects are small, such as pin cushions, a bracelet cuff, ornaments, pillows, brooches along with other designs.
Well, speaking of charming projects, One of my favorite projects is the design that is featured on the front of the book. It is of a bird that is cut out of wool felt and then eloquently embroidered with a variety of different stitches. The finished piece is then put in a small frame.There are also other designs in the book to embroider and hang right next to the bird project.
Nancy's book will surely be one of your favorite embroidery books and you will have lots of projects to keep you busy for a very long time.