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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 31 December 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920965
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 222x222 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £12.99

Abstract Embroidery


Create vibrant and expressive embroideries inspired by nature by Emily Botelho

Book Description

Drawing on her love of nature, Emily Botelho creates highly textured and incredibly detailed embroidery pieces. Her work is organic, intuitive and celebrates patterns found in the natural world. She uses 3 environments coastal, mountain and urban  to illustrate her creative process, describing how to find inspiration and where to look for interesting textures, colour palettes and items to use as embellishments.

Each of the 12 projects is constructed of fabric printed with a source image that Emily photographs, based on her knowledge of which textures will translate well into stitches. She then layers stitching and embellishments over the fabric to approximate the textures and colours that inspired the work. Her wide catalogue of embroidery stitches allows her to create visual and tactile interest in each piece.

Emily is a firm believer that you don't need to go far to be inspired and she encourages you to engage in close observation of the natural world on your doorstep, whether you have stitched before or not. Due to the abstract nature of the craft, there are no patterns to follow or step-by-step instructions. You decide when a piece is finished, which gives you complete freedom to explore the textures that you’re working with. Every single piece will be unique, and that’s the beauty of it!



Table of Contents

Tools and materials

Positioning your fabric
3D textured stitches
Attaching shells
Attaching beads
Finishing the back

Composition and design

Hints and tips for photography

Theme 1: Coastal & Seaside
Theme 2: Alpine & Mountains
Theme 3: Manmade & Urban Landscapes

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