Jan Messent opens up endless creative possibilities on a garden theme for knitters who wish to explore and experiment. There are hundreds of projects which are both functional and decorative such as bedspreads, wall hangings and pillows. There are also full instructions for delightful three-dimensional gardens: a Victorian kitchen garden, a friary garden and a row of cottage gardens complete with wildlife, flowers, shrubs and trees.
Jan Messent qualified as a teacher in the mid-50s and, after teaching Art, History and English, became deeply involved with embroidery as an art form. As a member of the Embroiderers' Guild, she taught embroidery design to its members, wrote and illustrated design books, and lectured worldwide. Her last embroidery book was about the Bayeux Tapestry. She became interested in the experimental use of knitting and crochet and hoped, by her books on the subject, to open up new dimensions in the creative use of yarn. Now, having retired from lecturing, Jan writes historical fiction full-time, embroidering as a side-line, reading, painting, and listening to good music.