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Hand-stitched Landscapes & Flowers by Katrina Witten

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 February 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782214519
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 450
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £17.99
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Description

Hand-stitched Landscapes and Flowers is a beautiful exploration of the potential of embroidery in depicting the natural world.

Katrina Witten, who is a regular on crafts channel Hochanda, uses no more than six simple stitches for each embroidery, plus delicate embellishments and an array of techniques and fabrics to portray pastoral scenes of fields, flowers and creatures with eye-catching three-dimensional effects. 

There are ten detailed projects to try, depicting, among others, a hedgerow, a bluebell-emblazoned woodland, sunflowers, a poppy field and a summer scene of buddleia, butterflies and bees.


Table of Contents

Introduction

Materials and fabrics: Threads and yarns

Equipment: Embellishments

Inspiration: Designing an embroidery

The stitches

Techniques: Mounting fabric in a spring tension hoop

Working with organza

Applying beads

Melting out appliqué motifs

Achieving three-dimensional effects:

Trees

Rocks and pebbles

Loose grasses

Dry-stone walls

Sheep

Flower centres



The projects:

Hedgerow with Cow Parsley

Woodland with Bluebells

Cornflowers

Sunflowers

Butterfly pincushion

Poppy Field

Oriental Poppies

Flower Doodles



Moving on:

Buddleia, Bee and Butterflies

Hydrangea



Templates

Index


About Katrina Witten

Katrina Witten is the embroiderer, designer and inspiration behind Rowandean Embroidery, a small family company designing and making some of the finest hand-stitched kits on the market today. Inspired by the countryside and nature, Rowandean's designs are for all ages and abilities, and the quality of their translation into stitch is outstanding.

From an early age, Katrina has always had an interest in embroidery. She trained as a teacher and then taught textiles in Derbyshire, UK, for twelve years. Inspired by her love of stitching, she started exhibiting nationally at craft and art shows, which led to the setting-up of Rowandean Embroidery in 1989. Katrina and her husband Ted have focused on selling their kits to the craft trade, and over the twenty-eight years in which they have been in business, they have constantly adapted to new trends and grown their global presence. A large part of their success is the personal contact they enjoy with their customers, whether it be through workshops, at trade events or in publications. Rowandean Embroidery exhibits in London, Paris, Dublin, Harrogate, Edinburgh and Birmingham in the UK; Katrina has also held workshops in Japan, Canada and the US.

Katrina is a regular demonstrator on craft channel Hochanda.



Reviews

East Kent Embroiderers Guild


This long-awaited book from Katrina Witten, founder of Rowandean Embroidery, does not disappoint! Her message in this gloriously colourful volume is simply to have a go and Katrinas aim is to inspire all to have fun with fabrics and threads and create a small piece of art using a few simple stitches. After exploring materials, techniques and stitches, there is advice on how to begin a design, with templates provided where required, followed by ten easy projects to work. These delightful projects, with step-  by-step instructions are small and achievable and perfect for those new to embroidery. However, the more experienced stitcher can build on the designs, interpreting and being as creative as they wish. Highly recommended.


myshelf.com


'I love the hands on approach to embroidery in this book. There are no dreary rules here, only the freedom to express yourself in stitches (and beads). You can see why this method is known as freestyle; this author has her own approach and explains how it is done, together with advice on designing your own work. As well as the various threads and small beads she uses a lot of organza, both for backgrounds, torn up for flowers and in various other ways, all to great effect.'


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If you are looking for an introduction to creating embroidery pictures, this is a perfect place to start. With a comprehensive introduction to materials, fabrics, stitches and techniques this beautiful book will inspire you to create the most gorgeous projects, including hedgerows, fields and stunning individual flowers. 


Postcard Reviews


The first half of this beautiful book is techniques. stitch guide and everything you will need to know to create these wonderfully realistic 'pictures'.

The tuition within the pages is something that people pay good money for, so this book is well worth having if you are a fan of embroidery.

Katrina Witten has given us a masterclass in her art, and the projects that are included are absolutely stunning.

Even if you are a beginner embroiderer, you will be able to start making something that will have a professional look and a gorgeous finish. The use of organza, beads and other embellishments gives texture and form.

Appliqué and other techniques are simply demonstrated and explained, and each project has a picture tutorial to guide you. There are templates included, and what I loved about this book is the array of colour that is used to give the designs a delightful and brilliant look.

The flowers include beautiful Cornflowers, Cow Parsley, Poppies and so much more, it really is a walk through a summer field.

This is an affordable book that could be a gift for embroidery lovers, and it is one that is well worth the shelf space in your craft room.

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