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The Textile Artist: The Seasons in Silk Ribbon Embroidery by Tatiana Popova

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding with flaps
  • Publication: 20 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216551
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP Price: £17.99
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Silk ribbon embroidery enthusiasts all over the world have been discovering the work of renowned Ukrainian embroiderer, Tatiana Popova. Here she teaches all the essential techniques and stitches you need, including traditional ribbonwork and thread embroidery, as well as new ways of working that she has developed herself to make silk ribbon embroidery easier. 

The second part of the book is devoted to 20 stunning projects inspired by the seasons, each accompanied by numerous step-by-step photos, diagrams and instructions. These include vibrant floral arrangements as well as romantic and whimsical designs such as hearts, owls and posies, and there are ideas for seasonal gifts such as an Easter wreath, a Wedding Day heart and a Christmas star. Ten of the designs feature full-size images to scan and print on your fabric before embroidering.

Whether you are new to ribbon embroidery or an experienced embroiderer looking for inspiration and expert guidance, Tatiana's beautiful book is one you will turn to again and again.   

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Getting started 8

Stitches for silk ribbon 20

Straight stitch group 21

Ribbon stitch group 25

Daisy stitch group 29

Knots 31

Ribbon gathering 33

Traditional ribbonwork 37

Thread embroidery 35

New techniques 50


Owlets 68

Spring Owlet 70

Summer Owlet 74

Autumn Owlet 78

Winter Owlet 82

Seasonal flowers 88

Lily of the Valley 90

Your Day 94

From Olga’s Garden 102

Meadow Posy 114

Autumn Basket 120

Sunny Road 130

Christmas Rose 134

February Cup 138

Seasonal gifts 144

Easter Wreath 146

Mother’s Day 158

August Cup 164

Friendship Heart 172

Wedding Day 176

Housewarming Carp 182

Christmas Star 188

January Cup 192

Designs to transfer 196

Index 207

Flower index 208

About Tatiana Popova

Tatiana Popova is a Ukrainian embroiderer who specialises in silk ribbon work. Tatiana learnt to stitch at an early age, inspired by her mother and grandmother's embroidery, and for a time she pursued her passion for stitching by studying a huge variety of embroidery styles and techniques, both at school and in her own time. Tatiana studied Floristry Design at university, but soon after graduating she discovered the world of silk ribbon embroidery. She started her own business, Little Owl Smart Crafts Company, producing kits for silk ribbon and crewel embroidery. Tatiana participates in a number of craft shows all around the world, including the UK, USA and Japan, and annually teaches at the Bead & Button Show in the USA. 

You can find out more about Tatiana and her work on her website,


The book arrived two days ago.  I love it.  So many new things that I want to try.  Thank you so much for sharing some of your secrets with us. 

I have this book... I love it.

Dear Tatiana, Just to let you know that my book arrived today! It is absolutely lovely with so much information in it. I am looking forward to stitching some of the projects soon! Your extremely happy customer.

Just love this book. So enjoy reading and rereading it. Thank you Tatiana!

Just delightful! Of course, I was suspecting the book to be great and interesting, but never thought it would be SUCH a book!!! The quality of the printing, the amount of information and the style of its presentation, and even the size of the book all of that amazes me! Thank you very much for this wonder! Keep up the good work!

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