Decorative Victorian Needlework: Over 25 Charted Designs (Hardback)Elizabeth Bradley (author)
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From pin cushions to chair covers and carpets, this beautifully photographed book contains over 25 designs for both experienced and novice needleworkers.
Taking inspiration from the Victorian period, Elizabeth Bradley combines animals, birds, flowers and fruit into exotic and colourful images. With the aid of handpainted charts, clear and detailed instructions indicatingyarn colours and quantities, and practical information on stitching and making-up techniques, each design is easy to complete.
Many designs and uses and presented: cushions featuring subtly shaded, mossy rosebud wreaths, a dark-eyed spaniel, or rich autumn leaves. There is a cord and tassel design for making borders, abstract patterns patchwork cushions and a variety of pictures and rugs. The photographs show many ways of using the designs for decoration or present-giving, and a special feature of this book is the collection of repeating patterns which can be used to cover objects of any shape or size.
Decorative Victorian Needlework offers a wealth of colourful and stylish needlework ideas that will be fun to work and of great decorative value in the home.
Publisher: Elizabeth Bradley Press
Number of pages: 166
Dimensions: 293 x 1 mm
If your coffee table is already groaning with the weight of Needlework Antique Flowers (also reviewed on this site) I hope that it can bear the weight of another impressive tome. If you are a tapestry fan it would be a pity to miss out on this sumptuous treat, so maybe you need a stronger table?
Kicking off this collection of period pieces is an introduction to the Victorian world of Berlin woolwork, tapestry and the type of designs that were popular. I had never seen any of these patterns only read about them, so a whole page of originals was very interesting to see. The information about what subjects were popular and why continues throughout the book, and reading it gave me a fascinating glimpse into the Victorian mind. From depictions of sporting and exotic animals to pets and floral studies, abstract repeats and borders the book is beautifully illustrated with large, easy to follow charts in color and lots of photos showing the finished items in suitable settings. The projects cover usual items such as cushions, curtain tiebacks and wallhangings to more unusual things like slippers (with foxes heads on) to carpets if you are feeling ambitious. Anybody living in an old house will find plenty to occupy their stitching time in here - another lovely and very useful book from Elizabeth Bradley.* Myshelf.com *
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