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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi
  • Publication: 17 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217916
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 650
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: £19.99
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Machine Embroidered Art

£19.99

Painting the natural world with needle & thread by Alison Holt

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Book Description

A showcase for textile artist Alison Holt’s exquisite machine embroideries, this book will teach you to 'paint' your surroundings using just two simple stitches.

This is a must-have instructional and inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery.

Drawing on new material, as well as that previously published as The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers, The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidered Landscapes, Machine Embroidered Seascapes and Machine Embroidered Woodlands, this book provides a showcase of Alison Holt’s exquisite machine embroideries.

Learn how to create beautiful machine-embroidered pictures of all aspects of the landscape, from formal gardens and flowers to romantic seascapes, landscapes and woodlands using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. Information on silk painting and colour mixing is also included.

All the techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions, with numerous helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results.

This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; achieving perspective; light and shade; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. There are stunning step-by-step projects so that the reader can put into practise his or her newly-acquired skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials & equipment 10
Planning an embroidery 16
Light 34
Colour 42
Creating backgrounds 52
Starting to stitch 64
Flowers and foliage 72
Seascapes 112
Trees and woodlands 170
Index 226

About the Author

About Alison Holt

Alison Holt studied Fine Art, Textiles and Embroidery at Goldsmiths College, London where she experimented with many textile techniques before choosing machine embroidery as a medium. She started to explore her love of gardens and the countryside through embroidery, finding it the perfect vehicle to express the various textures and forms she finds so fascinating. She now teaches machine embroidery, silk painting and surface decoration and runs courses at her studio. She also works to commission, and exhibits her embroideries in Britain and America. Her work is sold to private collectors all over the world. Alison lives in Oswestry, UK.

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Machine Knitting Monthly

This is a must-have instructional inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery. Using just two simple machine stitches in various combinations, learn to create pictures from formal gardens and flowers to romantic seascapes, landscapes and woodlands. There are stunning step-by-step projects, photos and a great range of inspirational pieces. Learn to paint threads on hand-coloured backgrounds and blend stitches for stunning results.


Amazon

All you want in a craft book is there: stunning projects with clear pictures to guide you step-by-step so you can create your own masterpiece. The subtitle is painting the natural world with needle and thread. Well the natural scenes are beautiful and really true to nature. In my opinion it is also suitable for hand embroidery projects.


Amazon

This is a stunning book visually and would be an inspiration for any sewer. There are comprehensive sections on materials, how to plan embroidery and how to use light and colour. There are three main sections covering flowers and foliage, seascapes and trees and woodlands. These sections show you, step-by-step, how to build up pictures.  It is a beautiful book and well worth a look.


Sew Magazine

No, that picture on the cover isn't a painting - its actually an amazing piece of embroidery! Whether you fancy illustrating blooming gardens, tranquil woodlands or romantic seascapes, this book covers everything you need to recreate beautiful scenery using just two simple stitches. It even includes a showcase of Alison Holt's most exquisite machine embroideries.


Amazon

What a fantastic book. I didn't know that you could create such beautiful art just using a standard machine. Very informative and with step-by-step instructions, guiding you through each piece.


Amazon

A well written book with great illustrations. I would recommend to anyone who likes to do free motion embroidery.


Amazon

Superb images, on lots of pages, with detailed descriptions of how to recreate the pieces yourself. It is very inspiring, and I am itching to get started, all sewing can be achieved with straight and zig zag sewing. I loved the seascapes and woodland scenes.

Sections include light and shading, and the book includes tips and hints to achieve the images yourself. The book is packed with ideas that you can adapt to achieve something unique.


Amazon

This book is excellent, on opening the book you think the work is a photograph as the scenes are so realistic.  The instructions take you step-by-step through the process from start to finish and I look forward to having a go.


Amazon

The book is full of stunning pictures and lots of information about how the work is achieved. There are very clear step-by-step instructions on how to recreate a selection of pictures which really make me want to get out my machine and have a go. There is no specialist equipment needed for the stitching and the backgrounds are hand painted with silk paints which are readily available. I think this is a book I will get a lot of use from & would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try machine embroidery.


Craft Business

This exciting title showcases textile artist Alison Holt's exquisite machine embroideries, whilst teaching the reader to 'paint' their surroundings using two simple stitches. It is a must-have instructional and inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery.

In this new book, crafters can learn how to create beautiful machine-embroidered pictures of all aspects of the landscape, from formal gardens and flowers to woodlands using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. Information on silk painting and colour mixing is also included.

All the techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions' with numerous helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads onto hand coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results.

This book covers everything that is needed to complete each project, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; achieving perspective; light and shade; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. There are stunning step-by-step projects so that the reader can put into practise their newly-acquire skills.


Embroidery

Issue March/April

Alison Holt has been working with creative machine embroidery since the 1970s, 'painting' with thread in her unique style. Her forte is capturing natural landscapes in stitch - from coast to countryside - in realistic detail. Using two simple stitches (straight, zig-zag), Holt explains how to stitch portraits of your surroundings using free-motion embroidery, drawing on other techniques such as silk painting, colour mixing and working with photographs. She breaks the process down into clear stages, illustrated with helpful photographs and examples. An excellent investment for those interested in mastering pictorial machine embroidery.


myshelf.com

Whatever type of sewing machine you have you can use it to make beautiful pictures. Just thread up your needle and put some fabric into a hoop and off you go. Well, there is a bit more to it than that which is where this book comes in

If you have the four books by this author on free-motion machine embroidery covering landscapes, seascapes, flowers and woodlands you wont need this book as you already have it. If not, this new compendium volume contains all four in a revised format. I always love a craft with infinite possibilities but a minimum outlay of funds and which has scope for plenty of recycling and using up oddments, and this is one of them. A simple swing needle machine capable of straight lines and zigzag stitch is the main item, backed up with a supply of threads, plain cloth, paints, embroidery hoop and inspiration. The first part of the book tells you what you need to buy and how to prepare the cloth, use photographs, plan you work, choose threads and background colours and stitch.

The rest of the book contains chapters on the themes contained in the earlier books so you can learn how to stitch flowers and foliage, create bosky woods, show the sea in all its moods and produce various landscape types. These pictures are beautiful, depicting very British scenes in the main (or at least northern temperate) and there are numerous exercises to try and several larger projects to work through. The projects all have plenty of staged photographs and this book is aimed at those who are new to this craft, while containing much material of use to those wanting to perfect their skills. Throughout are many of the authors many pictures with captions explaining various points and lots of tips for better work. An excellent guide to free-motion machine embroidery that teaches most of what you need to know.


Amazon

With two simple stitches, a straight stitch and a zig zag, the author Alison Holt demonstrates her talents beautifully.

This book is just amazing and very pleasing to the eye. As a creative person, but not a good one I might add, I envy her talent.

The projects in this book can not only be sewn, but also painted, so depending on your own preference, you can have a go at creating and even designing something with a stunning effect. You can also add organza, beads and ribbon to give definition to your chosen piece.

The landscapes and seascapes are full of life, the colours vibrant and the subject is beautiful.

The 10 projects are accompanied with instructions, techniques and ideas how to create the perfect picture.

Of course for most of us this will take some practice, but I love this book, and even if I can achieve just one beautiful flower or a frothy wave then I would be happy.

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