This inspiring self-published graphically created art book on crewel work embroidery is designed to inspire the reader or the embroidery enthusiast, with more ideas, pushing the boundaries of this classically traditional technique.
Crewel is the name of a two-ply worsted wool yarn used for embroidering a design onto a linen twill fabric. This historical embroidery technique is usually associated with woollen embroidery, but its lasting appeal has kept its revival as a vibrant and exciting art form.
This book is picture based, using little text. It is not a project book nor is it a book of basic techniques. This 76 paged image based book, aims to show how stitches can be used further, showing varieties of the same stitch using two or more threads in the needle, with colours blending together, and combining stitch techniques.
Whitework is a general term given too many types of embroidery originally worked in white and using natural fabrics and materials. This includes Broderie Anglaise, Richelieu and cutwork, drawn thread work, pulled work, shadow work, Mountmellick and textural surfaces, and Ayrshire and fine whitework.
This book demonstrates how each basic Whitework technique is worked traditionally with the different threads and materials available today, giving samples and suggestions on how the traditional rules can be explored further to produce new and exciting effects.
Regional techniques and stitch patterns were passed down through generations. These techniques were influenced by individual interpretation, economic factors and fashionable taste, as well as increasing travel to and trade from other parts of the world. Characteristics from different cultures were absorbed into existing Whitework styles and new techniques evolved. A little investigation will soon reveal that the possibilities with Whitework are endless!
New Ideas in Goldwork
Goldwork is very much a traditional technique and should be appreciated for its structure and discipline. The name 'goldwork' is given to the technique rather than to the choice of metal as silver and copper, and a whole rainbow of other coloured metals are available, making it an exciting prospect for an embroiderer.
This book shows the reader how to use different techniques in a non-traditional way while still appreciating the basic skills, including laid work and cut purl work. It illustrates, with lucid text, clear diagrams, and beautiful photography how they should be used, and how they could be used.
Modern materials and devices are introduced to encourage the reader to experiment further. Examples of worked samples are included to demonstrate how the different techniques work compatibly together. Whatever the approach to creating a design, everyone will discover new ways of working with metal threads.