The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection

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For the ancient Egyptians the beetle symbolized life, rebirth, and immortality, and for centuries, artisans have used the scarab motif to adorn everything from textiles and jewelry to the tombs of kings. This definitive collection of beetle-themed designs offers instructions for using the 17th century art of raised stumpwork embroidery, the metallic threads of goldwork, and glittering beadwork to create lifelike designs. Hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations will teach embroiderers all about the ...
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Overview

For the ancient Egyptians the beetle symbolized life, rebirth, and immortality, and for centuries, artisans have used the scarab motif to adorn everything from textiles and jewelry to the tombs of kings. This definitive collection of beetle-themed designs offers instructions for using the 17th century art of raised stumpwork embroidery, the metallic threads of goldwork, and glittering beadwork to create lifelike designs. Hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations will teach embroiderers all about the craft: tools and equipment needed, special beading techniques, creating dimensional designs with appliqué, mounting their images, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781863513180
  • Publisher: Milner, Sally Publishing Pty, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: Milner Craft Series Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 483,687
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    Recreate Creepy Crawlies

    If you have either a love for bugs or just fascinated by them, you will love Jane¿s book on beetles. Jane starts off with a ¿Natural History¿ of beetles. She explains about metamorphosis and each stage of development. No, her book is not a biology text but a short introduction of the beetle. On page 14, she has a very nice picture ¿of the external anatomy of the beetle.¿ She encourages you to compare the photo with an illustration on the following page. For those of you who are not really interested in the anatomy of the small creature, this does give you a good understanding how to recreate your own beetles.

    After a short explanation of ¿The Beetle as Embellishment¿, Jane starts us off with Beaded Beetles.

    Beetle Wings as Adornment, in part 3, takes us back in history when beetle parts were used to embellish clothing. Jane includes an evening bag project which you can easily work with beetle wings.

    Finally, she takes us to creating beetles with goldwork, stumpwork surface embroidery and applique`.

    Like most good books on embroidery, techniques and equipment is explained in detail.

    I, for one, have thoroughly enjoyed this book. In searching the internet for beetles, I was able to recreate pictures and create my own work. Jane¿s ¿The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection¿ is a must have for those who enjoy tiny creepy crawlies.

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