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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 31 January 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217664
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £19.99

Embroidered Birds and their Habitats


by Judy Wilford

Book Description

This book explores the author’s fascination with birds and the ways they interact with their surroundings. She has researched the subject and turned her collection of rough sketches and notes into drawings and finally the embroideries featured in the book.

Though Judy’s focus is on Australian birds, the embroideries themselves will appeal to an international audience, and the processes and techniques she uses can be adapted and used by textile artists and embroiderers for a broad range of subjects.

The book is divided into three parts, as it is easier to understand the processes of the work by working through the simplest to the more intricate or complicated forms of the subject. Each piece of work is divided into two areas and includes those elements applied to the rigid frame, to form the background or ‘on-frame work’, and those stitched ‘off-frame’ on a hoop and applied later.

Part 1 covers the basic requirements of what you need, including design requirements, embroidery materials fabrics, needles and threads equipment, rigid frames, and your work space. It also includes a section on research and choosing a suitable bird and its habitat, and information on drawing up a design related to the bird and its placement in the wider landscape. This part concludes will a project that guides the reader through the entire process from inspiration through to working design, layering the background and stitching, thus giving all the skills and techniques needed to complete a hand-stitched, low-relief panel based on birds and habitats.

Part 2 explores processes and techniques used in designing and working more complicated elements. This project includes elements embroidered ‘off-frame’ and applied to the work, such as tree trunks, branches, birds’ nests and, of course, the birds. Such ‘off-frame’ techniques include fused, felt-backed and suede elements and ways of applying them to the work.

Part 3 includes further examples of the author’s embroideries, and drawn designs that could be used in future works. This section also includes information on finishing the work (mounting and framing), a stitch glossary, reference section and acknowledgements.

Table of Contents

Materials and equipment
Research and resource
Project 1
Surface stitchery on frame
Surface stitchery off frame
Project 2 rose robin
Elements within a landscape techniques
Studio folios
Finishing the work

About the Author

About Judy Wilford

Judy works with the mediums of fabric and thread and the many and varied techniques of hand embroidery. Her unique embroideries draw on years of personal study and practice in design, drawing, painting, print-making, clay and object making but it is the flexibility and technical variety inherent in textiles, in particular hand embroidery, that has and will continue to fascinate her.


Her works are held in diplomatic, corporate and private collections in Australia and internationally.  She holds a Churchill Fellowship - studying ancient and contemporary narrative embroideries in the UK in 1999; a Diploma of Design; Embroiderers Guild, NSW Proficiency Certificate for Applique: Distinction; and is an accredited tutor with the Guild and TAFE (the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia).


Judy is a well-regarded tutor throughout Australia and New Zealand at Textile Forums and McGregor Schools (University of Southern Queensland) tutoring her developed techniques revolving around birds and their habitats, the wider landscape and narrative works.  She won the 2013 National Australian Society of Miniature Arts Awards for Mixed Media and the 2012 Yvonne Perring Memorial Award for best use of Traditional Techniques.

She has written articles for various magazines and books, such as Masterworks and Inspirations, as well as having her book ‘Embroidered Landscapes’ published by Sally Milner.

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