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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback with flaps
  • Publication: 30 November 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216414
  • Carton Qty: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $29.95

Goldwork and Silk Shading Inspired by Nature


by Hazel Everett

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Book Description

An inspiring, practical guide to goldwork and silk shading, packed with 6 samplers and 28 stunning projects.

This inspiring, practical guide to goldwork and silk shading is packed with both traditional and innovative techniques, 6 samplers and 28 stunning projects. Learn how to create exquisite works using either goldwork or silk shading, and then learn how to combine the two disciplines for visually stunning results.

Learn to select the threads, materials and equipment required; plan out the order of your work; transfer your design to fabric; frame up your fabric; and discover inspiring stitch techniques to achieve the results you want.

Using nature as inspiration, develop a glittering range of exquisitely worked flowers, plants, trees, bats and dragonflies, with each piece accompanied by detailed instructions and essential top tips. The book features original designs throughout, and you will be encouraged to extend your skills to create your own beautiful embroideries, helped by exercises, projects, diagrams and stunning photographs.

This book is an invaluable practical starting point for anyone wishing to learn about the art of goldwork and silk shading, and an excellent reference for all those already familiar with these popular techniques.

Table of Contents

Dressing a square frame 
Hoops and ring frames 
Working with hoops and ring frames 
Transferring a design 
Mounting your work 

Goldwork embroidery 
Rules for goldwork 
Order of work 
PROJECT: Wild Rose 
Metal threads 
Basic goldwork techniques 
Purl chippings 
Shading with chippings 
Graded cutwork 
Stem stitch formation 
Purl loops 
Fuzzy effect 
Couched threads 
Plunging threads 
Pearl purl 
Elizabethan twist 
Broad, 11’s and whipped plate 
Three-dimensional goldwork 
Project: Christmas Rose 
Project: Goldwork Violet 

Silk shading 
Rules for silk shading 
Order of work 
Project: Silk-shaded Wild Rose 
Silk shading threads 
Silk shading techniques 
Split stitch 
Silk shading 
Adding a three-dimensional element 
Project: Three-dimensional Christmas Rose 
Project: Silk-shaded violet 

Goldwork and silk shading combined 
Rules for combining goldwork and silk shading 
Order of work 
Project: Comined wild rose 
Complimentary embroidery stitches 
Adding a three-dimensional element 
Project: Three-dimensional Christmas rose 
Project: Combined violet 

Project: Flowers sampler 
Taking a simple flower further in metal threads 
Taking a simple flower further in stranded cotton 
Project: Gold and silk work Iris 

Project: Trees sampler 
Small trees 
Goldwork bark 
Project: goldwork winter tree 
Silk-shaded bark 
Project: Silk-shaded winter tree 
Project: Bonsai tree 

Leaves, seeds and berries 
Project: Leaves sampler 
Project: One leaf, many ways 
Project: Berry and seed sampler 
Project: Acorns 

Fronds and fungi 
Project: Fronds sampler 
Project: Fronds 
Project: Fungi sampler 
Project: Fun fungi 

Butterflies, bats and beasts 
Project: Three Butterflies 
Project: 3D Goldwork and silkwork butterfly 
Project: Three Bats 
Project: Bat 
Project: Three Dragonflies 
Project: Large Dragonfly 
Project: Bats 

Project: Clematis Early Semi-Double Dr Ruppel 
Project: Sumer Wildlife Garden 
Project: Autumn 
Project: Robin 

About the Author

About Hazel Everett

Hazel Everett first became interested in embroidery whilst still at school, and her teacher suggested she might pursue a career in embroidery. Hazel went on to be an Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), and although she enjoyed learning about many different types of embroidery, she became most fascinated by goldwork. As an Apprentice she had the honour of embroidering a commission for the RSN workroom a new pulpit fall in real, 18-carat Japanese gold thread. As her career developed, fate played a part and she was offered a number of commissions involving goldwork, including a mitre for Cardinal Hume. Hazel went on to teach Goldwork Embroidery all over the UK and worked on numerous commissions, including ecclesiastical work, embroidering items for leading fashion designers and assisting with the reconstruction of the Coronation Robe of King George VI that was exhibited at Kensington Palace, London. In 2011, Hazel wrote her first book, Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration, published by Search Press, which became one of the foremost guides to goldwork published in the English language. Sadly, Hazel died in late 2018.

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