In this unique book, master embroiderers Hazel Blomkamp and Di van Niekerk have come together with fine artist Monique Day-Wilde to create a collection of luminous designs inspired by the beauty and mysticism of mandalas.
Using Monique's original mandala designs as their templates, Hazel and Di have adorned the rounded outlines with creative surface embroidery using a wide range of stitches and techniques resulting in stunning combinations. From simple, monochromatic line patterns to colourful and flamboyant bead-and-thread fusions, the embroidered mandalas will inspire and delight everyone from beginners to the most experienced.
Throughout the book the authors share plenty of ideas and tips, and offer instruction with a fresh approach to surface embroidery. There is a complete stitch gallery with illustrations and instructions for all the stitches and techniques used including old favourites, such as simple back- and chain stitches, as well as the more intricate - needle lace, trellis couching and weaving. Beadwork is also explored to add sparkle and finishing touches, and special effects are created by incorporating the occasional bit of trapunto, ribbon embroidery and applique.
Both line and colour templates of the designs are included, with a detailed stitch diagram and list of threads and materials for every project. A selection of templates also show different embroidery treatments to illustrate how versatile the designs are.
Fall into a captivating treasure trove of whorled stitches and silk, and discover the beautiful world designed by these renowned artists of needle and brush.
Di van Niekerk is a professional fibre arts teacher and designer and has her own range of hand-painted silk and organza ribbon and printed panels for embroidery that are exported worldwide. Her bestselling books - including The Art of Felting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery, Little Flowers in Silk and Organza Ribbon, Roses in Silk and Organza Ribbon, Monograms & Words in Ribbon Embroidery and Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork - have been translated into many languages. Her mission is to teach silk ribbon embroidery, integrating it with other crafts such as card making, jewellery making, knitting, crazy quilting, fibre art and dress design to show just how easy, enjoyable and rewarding this hobby is.
Introduction 4 Materials and how to use them 6 Mandalas 12-68 - Designs vary from quietly stunning designs inspired by traditional motifs, through to stark and modern monochrome palettes and mesmerising seashore patterns Gallery of stitches 69 Templates 88