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Just Stitch by Lesley Turpin-Delport & Nikki Delport-Wepener

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 August 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216810
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
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  • Size: 194x265 mm
  • Illustrations: 280
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP Price: £14.99


Stitch exquisite embroidery projects with original fauna and flora designs in a variety of threads to create a 3D effect.

The book is filled with novel concepts in mixed-media embroidery and offers many interpretations and techniques, with striking examples of textured finishes. Lavishly illustrated with beautiful, commissioned photographs, it offers 12 colour themes to help embroiderers understand and play colour, along with inspiring projects to encourage them to produce their own creative work. Also included are an extensive stitch glossary and templates for the designs.

Previously published as Embroidered Flora & Fauna.

Table of Contents


The sewing baskets

New dimensions - exciting techniques

Projects and inspiration

Stitch glossary


About Lesley Turpin-Delport

Lesley Turpin-Delport has a Fine Arts degree and post graduate teaching diploma and has been an enthusiastic teacher, lecturer and author in art and needlecraft since the early 1970s. She has taught needlecraft in many countries including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA. In addition to many exhibitions in Johannesburg, her work has also been on display in Japan, Maastricht and Olympia in London. Her daughter, Nicola Delport-Wepener, has recently joined forces with her and they offer classes and lectures internationally. Lesley currently lives in the Southern Cape in South Africa.

About Nikki Delport-Wepener


Machine Knitting Monthly

April 09

A lovely book filled with three-dimensional textured embroidery...Offering a fantastic array of flowers and insects, this book is packed with mixed media technqiues such as ribbon work, appliqué, fabric manipulation, beading and stitching. Projects range from a quick and easy dragonfly and a nesting bird to exotic passion flowers and three dimensional fruit. Includes stitch diagrams and templates. Forgetting the contents and title, it's the first book we've seen in a long time that will teach and inspire you to combine colours for stunning effects.


Issue 57

Lesley and Nikki offer a wonderful range of three-dimensional textured embroidery projects featuring plants, animals and insects. Techniques include ribbon work, appliqué, fabric manipulation, beading and stitching. The projects range from a quick and easy dragonfly or butterfly to exotic three-dimensional fruit and flowers. The smaller designs are ideal for adding to a quilting project or for embellishing bathroom, dining room or bedroom linen. Step-by-step instructions guide you through each project and are accompanied by helpful stitch diagrams and templates. This is the ideal time for using up some of those hand-dyed fabrics and textured fibres you've got in your stash and you can of course adapt the designs to suit your own tastes and level of ability.

A fabulous book with wonderful photography and even if embroidery is not perhaps your thing it will be once you open up the pages believe me!

Workshop On The Web

Dec 08

This book is dedicated 'To all who enjoy the inspiration of antiquity and the Pleasure of Stitching', which gives you a clue to its target audience. But this book should not be discounted by those who prefer a modern approach to textiles. You wouldn't buy this book unless you did have some interest in hand embroidery, but if you are interested in creating 3D flowers or insects to incorporate into your work, then there is a wealth of instruction in doing this. Divided into chapters of colour inspiration and projects, there is a variety of projects to tackle and there is also a useful introductory section which gives advice on using textured threads, creating simple photo transfers and using wire, ribbon and beading. Some of the projects produce amazing results, especially the 3D gerbera flower and beaded dragonfly on tulle, which would make a great embellishment on a hand-made bag. After thinking that this book would have nothing to offer me, I was pleasantly surprised to find that several pages have been bookmarked and I am procrastinating about handing it over to my Mum, who is next in line for a look.

Samantha Packer

Nov 08

Here is a book with real "wow" factor, undoubtedly my favorite craft title of 2008 unless something pretty amazing comes along between now and the end of the year. If you think that embroidery is a bit prissy and traditional for you, yet you yearn to get really creative with fibers and a needle then you need this book, you really do. Not just the usual threads either, but anything you can couch down or stitch with from fluffy wools to metallic threads, bouclé yarns to fine silks. This is surely embroidery with the lid off.

Grab some cloth - anything will do, and some yarns and get inspired by nature. Take some photos, and you are ready to go. This is all about applying yarn to a surface and making at least part of it three-dimensional in a variety of ways. It is not aimed at beginners - much of it looks rather advanced - but this is perhaps looking at the book from the wrong end. As long as you know some embroidery stitches and have an encyclopaedia with some more in to hand (you won't learn many in here) then you can happily discard many rules and have a lot of fun. I particularly love the way the book is divided into colors, and each section begins with a double page of inspiring photos of all sorts of things that color. As for what you need it depends on what you want to make, so settle down for a roller coaster ride of not only freestyle embroidery but appliqué, beadwork, ribbon embroidery, stumpwork and more. Very highly recommended.


Oct/Nov 08

From simple stitchery to mixed media embroidery, this delightful book is crammed with ideas and projects that will get you stitching. The techniques section includes instructions for working with textured threads, ribbon work and creating 'elevated' shapes using wired and unwired methods. Divided into colour-themed chapters, each offering two projects within the spectrum, there are in-depth descriptions for certain projects and techniques, while other images allow you to interpret them in your own way. There are lots of traditional techniques, but they are often combined in fresh and inspiring ways.

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