Cicely Mary Barker's beloved Flower Fairies (TM) are an enduring vision of elegance and beauty. Her exquisitely delicate and intricate colour illustrations have captivated children and adults alike for more than 85 years. Now, for the first time, five of her beautiful fairies are introduced not only to ribbon embroidery and stumpwork fans, but to all needlecrafters who enjoy creative three-dimensional embroidery. With numerous new ideas and techniques, this book has been designed to appeal to both beginners and advanced embroiderers. Easy-to-follow, close-up photography and step-by-step instructions will show you how to:
* Embroider the exquisite flowers and leaves in silk and organza ribbon
* Make the delicate stumpwork wings in organza and silky threads
* Use organza and silk ribbon to make applique leaves and petals
* Make charming stumpwork insects
* Dress the fairies in layers of organza and embroider their hair
* Embroider the fairies' clothing in long and short stitch - the easy way
* Create three-dimensional designs using colour, texture and shapes.
The five Flower Fairies (TM) taught in this book are the Periwinkle Fairy, Black Medick Fairies, White Clover Fairy, Stork's Bill Fairy and the Red Clover Fairy.
An artistically inclined mother and a keen interest in all things beautiful got Di off to an early start as an embroiderer. Her love for this discipline soon became her livelihood and starting an embroidery business was just another natural progression for this talented crafter. She opened her first shop in the Natal Midlands and when the family decided to uproot and move to Johannesburg, along went the business. After four years of running one of Johannesburg's most successful embroidery shops, the family's urge to settle in Cape Town became too strong to ignore. Di now lives in the Mother City where she runs two successful embroidery shops. The end product of her latest interest, hand painting her own range of silk and organza ribbons for embroidery, is marketed to retail outlets worldwide.
Copyright notice 6 Introduction 8 Before you start 10 Stitch gallery 20 Prints of artwork 27 The Periwinkle Fairy 32 The Red Clover Fairy 60 The Black Medick Fairies 84 The Stork's-Bill Fairy 108 The White Clover Fairy 132