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Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork (Hardback)
  • Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork (Hardback)

Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork (Hardback)

Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 03/07/2015
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In 1598, Lady Anne Clifford wrote a letter to her father that featured a beautifully painted border. Inspired by that Shakespearian-era design, Jane Nicholas has created her own embroidery, stitched on ivory silk satin in stumpwork. It showcases 14 assorted flowers and fruits popular at the time, from the Apothecary rose, borage, heartsease, and periwinkle to redcurrants, barberries, plums, and strawberries.

Use the border to surround a mirror or enclose a special photograph, monogram, or treasured memento.

Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd
ISBN: 9781863514811
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 1168 g
Dimensions: 280 x 210 x 22 mm


October 2015
The beautifully painted border of a letter written by Lady Anne Clifford to her father in 1598; the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare inspired Jane Nicholas in the creation of her own stunning stumpwork and embroidery. The projects in this book showcase many of the flowers and fruits popular at the time, from the apothecary rose, to periwinkle and strawberries. Lavishly illustrated in colour, with detailed step-by-step instructions and quotes from the Bard himself, this stunning book will make a delightful edition to any bookshelf if anyone interested in textured and dimensional embroidery.

* Sewing World *

July 2015

The flowers featured in this book grew in Shakespeare's time. The chosen flowers are ones that most people will be familiar with. The work includes borders, samplers and single flowers. Detailed step-by-step instructions together with every possible detail, make this book a must for stumpwork enthusiasts. This is also a lovely book just to look at. There are extracts from Shakespeare's work accompanied by beautiful illustrations, for example one of Redoute's roses. There is a short historical background too.

* Karen Platt *

If you love stumpwork embroidery, if you love flowers, and if you have a bit of a penchant for historical embroidery, literature, poetry... then you'll definitely want to know about Jane Nicholas's new stumpwork book, Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork, which is due out soon, soon, soon!

I'm so excited about this book! And on so many levels.

Stumpwork. Flowers. History. Literature. Poetry. Shakespeare. I'm a sucker for all of the above.

But really, it's Jane's exquisite artistry with the needle that seals them all up into such an appealing package.

When daisies pied and violets blue

And lady-smocks all silver-white

And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue

Do paint the meadows with delight...

Shakespeare's poetry is jam-packed with references to flowers. The lines above from Love's Labours Lost are a favorite. They're so pretty, despite the rest of the song. I've always wanted to illuminate them. Paint them. Stitch them. Or do something with them.

And I'm so glad that Jane has done that with stumpwork.

(Especially because I have no idea what cuckoo-buds are. I think he made the name up - he was prone to doing things like that.)

I haven't seen the book yet - I'm waiting eagerly for it - but I promise that as soon as it's in my grimy little paws, I'll work up a detailed review for you.

Based on Jane's other books, though (I have them all), I have no doubt this book will be exquisite.

The Contents of Shakespeare's Flowers

Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork is divided into five sections. Here are the content details:

Part 1: A border of Shakespeare's flowers, apothecary rose, barberries, bellflower, borage, cornflower, gillyflower, grapevine, heartsease, knapweed, periwinkle plum, redcurrants, strawberry, and sweet briar.

Part 2: Shakespeare's Flowers: The Samplers

Sampler One: Sweet Briar, Grapevine, Heartsease and Strawberries

Sampler Two: Apothecary Rose, Borage, Cornflower and Redcurrants

Sampler Three: Gillyflower, Periwinkle, Plums and Barberries

Part 3: Elizabethan Flower Panel, bluebell, crab apple, honeysuckle, Lancaster rose, pea pod and primrose

Part 4: Garland of Spring Flowers, English daisy, Forget-me-nots, wild pansies and snowdrops

Part 5: Techniques, equipment, stitch glossary, framing up with hoops or frames, working with wire, materials and equipment

What I've found with every one of Jane's books is that they're not just embroidery books.

Ok, they are embroidery books. But they're So Much More!

They're works of art on their own. They're dream books. They're sources of inspiration. They're picture books, coffee table books, pleasure books. You can just flip them through and they make you happy!

They're also technically and precisely well written. But they're not usually heavy on detailed, instructional images, so if you're new to stumpwork all around, you might start a little lighter, with some of the recommendations below.

Recommendations for Beginners

If you are an absolute beginner to stumpwork, Shakespeare's Flowers, like several of Jane's other books, might not be the place to start.

Don't get me wrong, though. If you're already pretty familiar with surface embroidery and comfortable with stitching in general, and you're a determined beginner in stumpwork, I think you can handle Jane's books.

But if you're a beginner in embroidery in general and you've never done stumpwork, I'd recommend Stumpwork Flowers by Sachiko Morimoto for your first foray into embroidering stumpwork flowers. The projects in that book are small, simple projects that will help you achieve good results.

I'd also recommend investing in the RSN Essential Stitch Guide to Stumpwork, to use as a handy reference.

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