The Myth & Magic of Embroidery

The Myth & Magic of Embroidery

by Helen M Stevens


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*Offers fascinating insights into the use of embroidery in rituals and story-telling
*Features pictures inspired by nature including plant lore, animal magic, and sacred places
*Describes techniques such as close-up work and ethnic stitches

From ancient times, embroidery and other textile arts have been associated with myths and legends, fables and fairy tales, high drama and folklore. This book features the Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Old English embroidered pictures that were used in such sacred rituals.

Each chapter contains an adaptation of a legend with illustrations taken from the author's own workbook. The book includes detailed working methods and new design techniques, such as the transformation of traditional ethnic stitches and the translation of designs from ceramics and architecture into motifs for embroidery, enabling readers to create stunning embroidery pieces of their own.

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ISBN-13: 9780715321461
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 09/15/2005
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.48(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Myth & Magic of Embroidery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ShushilaH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of Ms. Stevens' books that provides plates of her embroideries and a narrative. I had not stopped to read her books until I got this one as a gift, I had only focused on the patterns in her Masterclass series. I was glad I read this one, and inspired to go back and read the narratives in the others. The book is framed by a story about a lady in a medieval hall who is embroidering while a bard tells tales. The text of the book ranges from anecdotes related to the subject matter in the embroidery to thoughts on doing the work itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great reading. Each of the seven chapters begins with a mythology reference to embroidery and then includes examples of the author's beautiful embroidery pieces. Detailed information is given by the author on how nature, folklore and magic influenced the development of the embroidery pieces. Basic techniques for silk embroidery are included in an appendix.