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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi
  • Publication: 17 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217916
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 650
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP Price: $49.99
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Machine Embroidered Art


Painting the Natural World with Needle & Thread by Alison Holt

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Book Description

A showcase for textile artist Alison Holt’s exquisite machine embroideries, this book will teach you to 'paint' your surroundings using just two simple stitches.

This is a must-have instructional and inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery.

Drawing on new material, as well as that previously published as The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers, The Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidered Landscapes, Machine Embroidered Seascapes and Machine Embroidered Woodlands, this book provides a showcase of Alison Holt’s exquisite machine embroideries.

Learn how to create beautiful machine-embroidered pictures of all aspects of the landscape, from formal gardens and flowers to romantic seascapes, landscapes and woodlands using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. Information on silk painting and colour mixing is also included.

All the techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions, with numerous helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results.

This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; achieving perspective; light and shade; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. There are stunning step-by-step projects so that the reader can put into practise his or her newly-acquired skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials & equipment 10
Planning an embroidery 16
Light 34
Colour 42
Creating backgrounds 52
Starting to stitch 64
Flowers and foliage 72
Seascapes 112
Trees and woodlands 170
Index 226

About the Author

About Alison Holt

Alison Holt studied Fine Art, Textiles and Embroidery at Goldsmiths College, London where she experimented with many textile techniques before choosing machine embroidery as a medium. She started to explore her love of gardens and the countryside through embroidery, finding it the perfect vehicle to express the various textures and forms she finds so fascinating. She now teaches machine embroidery, silk painting and surface decoration and runs courses at her studio. She also works to commission, and exhibits her embroideries in Britain and America. Her work is sold to private collectors all over the world. Alison lives in Oswestry, UK.



With two simple stitches, a straight stitch and a zig zag, the author Alison Holt demonstrates her talents beautifully.

This book is just amazing and very pleasing to the eye. As a creative person, but not a good one I might add, I envy her talent.

The projects in this book can not only be sewn, but also painted, so depending on your own preference, you can have a go at creating and even designing something with a stunning effect. You can also add organza, beads and ribbon to give definition to your chosen piece.

The landscapes and seascapes are full of life, the colours vibrant and the subject is beautiful.

The 10 projects are accompanied with instructions, techniques and ideas how to create the perfect picture.

Of course for most of us this will take some practice, but I love this book, and even if I can achieve just one beautiful flower or a frothy wave then I would be happy.

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