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Judy Wilford

Embroidered Landscapes: Hand Embroidery, Layering & Surface Stitching

This exquisite book explores the processes and techniques of creating realistic interpretations of landscapes. The processes described will enable any embroiderer from any country in the world to adapt and produce hand-embroidered landscapes portraying their own regions.

The techniques are the combination and adaption of different art genre, textiles, traditional stitch’s and hand embroidery techniques as the result of over 25 years of experiment, refinement and tutoring by author, Judy Wilford. Discover the masterful application of harmonious colour and incredible texture in the wide array of instructional elements.

This book is an absolute essential for every embroiderer, allowing the beautiful enhancement of their designs with animation, precision and vivacity.

The book is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1 covers the materials and equipment needed to design and embroider a landscape: a simple landscape is adapted, designed, drawn up and used throughout demonstrating the layering techniques used for the background. Surface stitchery completes the foreground and covers the stitches used and adapted for the work required to produce surface elements such as grass, tress and flora that combine to make up the landscape. Part 1 contains the Project ‘Of the Tablelands’, this project can result in 2 completed works, – one depicting grasses as the main foreground feature and the other depicting the verge side flora of the region.

Part 2 contains projects based on different landforms. The coastlines, the Escarpments, The Plains and The Deserts, each further develop and extend techniques. They describe the landscape types and elements and the use of fabric and stitch to achieve specific effects. These effects could be sand patterns on beaches, the water ways of lakes and dams, vertical tree trunks and their textures, the wide expanse of deserts flowering or the crops and grasses of the plains and the closed secret canopies of the forests. As in Part 1, each of the landforms will have stitch samplers of specific elements and the flora of the region giving a total of 8 projects.

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