Learn how to create beautiful woodland pictures using various combinations of two simple machine stitches. Techniques and instructions are broken down into clear, colour step-by-step instructions, with many helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results. The raised effects of the embroidery produce a beautiful three-dimensional look and her clever use of perspective is effective and easily achieved. This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic trees, foliage, flowers, woodland paths and much more. The book concludes with four stunning projects based on the four seasons, and throughout there are many examples of Alison's original and delightful work.This is an interesting and must-have instructional and inspirational manual for anyone interested in learning about free-motion embroidery.
Alison Holt studied Fine Art, Textiles and Embroidery at Goldsmiths College, London where she experimented with many textile techniques before choosing machine embroidery as a medium. She started to explore her love of gardens and the countryside through embroidery, finding it the perfect vehicle to express the various textures and forms she finds so fascinating. She now teaches machine embroidery, silk painting and surface decoration and runs courses at her studio. She also works to commission, and exhibits her embroideries in Britain and America. Her work is sold to private collectors all over the world. Here are two videos featuring Alison Holt and the techniques she uses. You will find lots more on You Tube.
Introduction Materials and equipment Inspiration Composition Colour Starting to stitch Creating a woodland in stitch Creating the background Springtime Sunlit Path Leaf Fall Winter Snow Index