Adventures in Needlework - Stitching With Passion
If the word needlework makes you think of grannies, great-aunts and twee samplers then prepare to be proved wrong with this book of bright and funky designs that show how stitching has become seriously stylish.
Adventures in Needlework brings embroidery bang up to date using traditional techniques alongside bold colours, graphics and striking contemporary ideas.
From cute cushions to gangster bling, these unique projects bridge the gap between craft and interior design, embracing the revival of homemade things as something to be proud of.
Four main techniques of canvas work, appliqué, silk shading and goldwork are covered, with three projects progressing in difficulty for each. All the tools, materials and stitching techniques needed are carefully explained, along with general instructions for making up cushions, bags and framing canvases.
Complete beginners will be able to get started straight away, whilst more experienced stitchers will be inspired and challenged.
About the Author:
Jessica Aldred trained at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) and then went on to work in costume production at the Royal Opera House.
Now Education Coordinator at the RSN, Jessica runs day classes, tours and exhibitions. She also teaches, assesses and is a volunteer for Fine Cell Work, a charity that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products.
In 2008, Jessica was invited to be a needlework hand double for the actress Abbie Cornish in the film Brightstar and went on to become the needlework consultant on the set of the film.
To see more of her work, visit Jessica's website.
Emily Peacock specialises in needlepoint and cross stitch, her designs are bold, graphic and modern.
Emily is a regular contributor to Cross Stitcher, her work has appeared in numerous high-profile magazines, the national press and she has recently taken part in the popular Channel 4 television series Kirstie's Homemade Home aired in Spring 2010.
To see more of her work, visit Emily's website.