Jan Messent shows how to use knitting, crochet and embroidery in surprising and original ways. Taking inspiration from nature, she creates garments of breathtaking beauty, superb wall hangings, picture designs, three-dimensional animals, knitted patchwork and landscapes, cushions, lampshades and more.
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.