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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi with square corners, front flap
  • Publication: 28 February 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782218319
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: £15.99
  • Series: Embroidery Inspirations
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Stumpwork Inspirations


8 of the world’s most beautiful stumpwork projects, to delight and inspire by Inspirations Studios

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Book Description

Stumpwork embroidery, also called raised embroidery, takes hand embroidery to another dimension and lifts it off the surface of the fabric with strikingly realistic results. This technique uses all the usual embroidery stitches you would expect and includes padding, wiring and slips to achieve its raised effect. Stumpwork Inspirations highlights the very best stumpwork has to offer in both design and technique.

Featuring talented embroidery designers Susan O’Connor, Wendy Innes, Susan Casson, Anna Scott, Lesley Turpin-Delport and Jane Nicholas, this special collection, including lovely framed pictures and a pot lid, have been curated into one publication.

With 8 stunning stumpwork projects to make, there are clear step-by-step instructions, pullout patterns, a stitch guide and all the information you need to stitch them. Discover the origins, stitches, techniques and designs that are uniquely stumpwork, and learn how to make your own beautiful works of art.

Table of Contents

2 Introduction
4 Contents
6 Stumpwork History
8 Stumpwork Projects
10 Summer Harvest
20 Anise
28 Viola Tricolor
36 Summer Dancer
44 Sweet Violets
52 Windflower
58 First Day
72 Belle Fraise
80 Stitch Guide

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About Inspirations Studios

With a rich history forged with needle and thread, Inspirations Studios publishes the world’s most beautiful needlework books and magazines. They are based in Australia; for more information visit www.inspirationsstudios.com.



Australian needlecraft magazine Inspirations has been inspiring (and wowing) people for over thirty years. This book is part of a new series of books, each containing eight projects which will challenge and delight embroiderers.

Stumpwork is notorious for being one of the more advanced styles of embroidery, and like just about everything produced by this magazine, I would recommend this book for intermediate level and up. If this is you, then rejoice, because this book manages to update stumpwork for the 21st Century while retaining its lush appearance and celebration of nature. The eight projects depict flowers and fruits, and they have all been previously featured in issues of Inspirations magazine. There are violas, a coneflower and butterfly, windflowers, tansy, raspberries and crab-apples, strawberries and my own favourite, the very Jacobean partridge in a pear tree.

The book opens with a two-page history of stumpwork, and the rest of the book contains the projects. Each one is several pages long and has everything you need to complete the piece, including a pattern on the sheet at the back tucked neatly into a pocket. Along with many large and colourful photographs (so useful due to the level of detail in each one), there are staged photographs for stitches plus coloured diagrams.

What you need is broken down into fabric, supplies, needles, and threads with DMC stranded floss being the main choice, but also Madeira metallic, Anchor floss, perlé cottons, ribbon, and various types of silk threads. Each thread is assigned a number and is referred to by it in the instructions, which apart from the stitches are mostly in written form. At the back is a glossary of all the stitches and techniques, each shown in a good number of staged photographs. I think my favourite must be the piece on how to utilise a real snail shell together with wire, thread, and glue to make a snail! This is a method the original Jacobean embroiderer would have recognized. A beautiful and inspiring book for the keeper shelf.

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