Hazel Everett is an exceptionally skilled goldwork embroiderer, and in this beautiful book she passes on her knowledge and expertise in a way that is both practical and visually stunning. Drawing on traditional methods, she creates works that are brilliantly executed, in a style that is both modern and unique. Here, Hazel provides expert guidance and advice on an extensive range of goldwork embroidery techniques. Her detailed descriptions and step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams and embroidered samples, all carefully and exquisitely worked by the author herself. Throughout the book there are numerous examples of the author's own work, providing inspiration for embroiderers who wish to extend their skills in this fascinating area. The book ends with ten fabulous projects, including richly worked samplers, Christmas tree decorations and needle books, all using the full range of techniques, threads and other materials that the reader has learnt about in the previous sections of the book. This is an invaluable reference for those already familiar with the art of goldwork embroidery, as well as an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to embark upon it.
A unique source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in goldwork embroidery. All of the major techniques and materials associated with goldwork embroidery are explained through clear, step-by-step instructions, worked samples and diagrams, and there are ten fabulous projects to put into practice all the reader has learnt, allowing them to produce beautiful embroideries of their own. Numerous exquisitely worked pieces provide inspiration and ideas.
Hazel Everett first became interested in embroidery whilst still at school, and her teacher suggested she might pursue a career in embroidery. Hazel went on to be an Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), and although she enjoyed learning about many different types of embroidery, she became most fascinated by goldwork. As an Apprentice she had the honour of embroidering a commission for the RSN workroom - a new pulpit fall in real, 18-carat Japanese gold thread. As her career developed, fate played a part and she was offered a number of commissions involving goldwork, including a mitre for Cardinal Hume. Hazel went on to teach Goldwork Embroidery all over the UK and worked on numerous commissions, including ecclesiastical work, embroidering items for leading fashion designers and assisting with the reconstruction of the Coronation Robe of King George VI that was exhibited at Kensington Palace, London. In 2011, Hazel wrote her first book, Goldwork: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration, published by Search Press, which became one of the foremost guides to goldwork published in the English language. Sadly, Hazel died in late 2018.
Introduction 6 History 8 Equipment 10 Needles 12 Frames 14 Fabrics 20 Transferring a design 22 Designing a motif 24 Order of work 26 Padding 30 Metal threads 35 TECHNIQUES 40 Pearl purl 42 Purls 47 Shading with chippings 50 Stem stitch formation 52 Purl loops 54 Embellishing beads and stones with purls 56 Graded cutwork 58 Geometric cutwork 60 Plunging threads 62 Couched threads 63 Or Nue 66 Twists 68 Handmade twists 70 Broad, 11's and whipped plate 72 Crimped plate 74 Milliary 76 Kid 78 Spangles 80 Elizabethan twist 82 Flatworm 83 Embroidery stitches 84 Applique 87 PROJECTS 88 Flowers 88 Bugs 94 Fritillary 104 Butterfly 106 Cornucopia 110 Hanging decorations 116 Needlebooks 126 Dragon 134 Seahorse 138 Glossary 142 Index 143