Author(s): Jessica Aldred
This is a book of bright and funky designs that shows how stitching has become seriously stylish. The unique projects bridge the gap between craft & interior design and progress in difficulty throughout. These UK authors have produced a stunning book that will appeal to both beginning and experienced stitchers. This is a book that brings embroidery bang up to date using traditional techniques alongside bold colours, graphics and striking contemporary ideas. The unique projects bridge the gap between craft and interior design, embracing the revival of the 'homemade'. Four main techniques (canvas work, applique, silk shading and goldwork) are covered, with three projects progressing in difficulty for each. All the tools, materials and stitching techniques needed are carefully explained, along with general instructions for making up cushions, bags and framing canvases. Complete beginners will be able to get started straight away, whilst more experienced stitchers will be inspired and challenged.
Jessica Aldred trained at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) and then went on to work in costume production at the Royal Opera House. Now Education Coordinator at the RSN, Jessica runs day classes, tours and exhibitions. In 2008, Jessica was the needlework consultant on the set of Bright Star. She lives in Bucks. www.jessicaaldred.co.uk. Emily Peacock specialises in needlepoint and cross stitch and she is a regular contributor to Cross Stitcher. She recently took part in the popular Channel 4 television series Kirstie's Homemade Home, aired in Spring 2010. www.emilypeacock.com. She lives in Hampton, London.