Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration

Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration

by Hazel Everett


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Hazel Everett is an exceptionally skilled goldwork embroiderer, and in this beautiful book she passes on her knowledge and expertise in a way that is both practical and visually stunning. Drawing on traditional methods, she creates works that are brilliantly executed, in a style that is both modern and unique. Here, Hazel provides expert guidance and advice on an extensive range of goldwork embroidery techniques. Her detailed descriptions and step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams and embroidered samples, all carefully and exquisitely worked by the author herself. Throughout the book there are numerous examples of the author's own work, providing inspiration for embroiderers who wish to extend their skills in this fascinating area. The book ends with ten fabulous projects, including richly worked samplers, Christmas tree decorations and needle books, all using the full range of techniques, threads and other materials that the reader has learnt about in the previous sections of the book. This is an invaluable reference for those already familiar with the art of goldwork embroidery, as well as an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to embark upon it.

A unique source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in goldwork embroidery. All of the major techniques and materials associated with goldwork embroidery are explained through clear, step-by-step instructions, worked samples and diagrams, and there are ten fabulous projects to put into practice all the reader has learnt, allowing them to produce beautiful embroideries of their own. Numerous exquisitely worked pieces provide inspiration and ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844486267
Publisher: Search Press
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 575,194
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Hazel Everett first became interested in embroidery whilst still at school, and her teacher suggested she might pursue a career in embroidery. Hazel went on to be an Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), and although she enjoyed learning about many different types of embroidery, she became most fascinated by goldwork. As an Apprentice she had the honour of embroidering a commission for the RSN workroom a new pulpit fall in real, 18-carat Japanese gold thread. As her career developed, fate played a part and she was offered a number of commissions involving goldwork, including a mitre for Cardinal Hume. Since then Hazel has taught Goldwork Embroidery all over the UK and has worked on numerous commissions, including ecclesiastical work, embroidering items for leading fashion designers and assisting with the reconstruction of the Coronation Robe of King George VI that was exhibited at Kensington Palace, London. Hazels work has been exhibited throughout the UK, and she now lives and works in Surrey.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
History 8
Equipment 10
Needles 12
Frames 14
Fabrics 20
Transferring a design 22
Designing a motif 24
Order of work 26
Padding 30
Metal threads 35
Pearl purl 42
Purls 47
Shading with chippings 50
Stem stitch formation 52
Purl loops 54
Embellishing beads and stones with purls 56
Graded cutwork 58
Geometric cutwork 60
Plunging threads 62
Couched threads 63
Or Nué 66
Twists 68
Handmade twists 70
Broad, 11s and whipped plate 72
Crimped plate 74
Milliary 76
Kid 78
Spangles 80
Elizabethan twist 82
Flatworm 83
Embroidery stitches 84
Appliqué 87
Flowers 88
Bugs 94
Fritillary 104
Butterfly 106
Cornucopia 110
Hanging decorations 116
Needlebooks 126
Dragon 134
Seahorse 138
Glossary 142
Index 143

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