The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways. This book includes an extensive stitch guide, covering all the techniques necessary for silk shading, a design section, and a history of the Royal School itself.
Sarah Homfray came to silk shading relatively late in life, after careers led as a mechanical engineer and a croupier. After enrolling on a textile home study course and wanting to learn more, she applied for and was awarded a place on The Royal School of Needlework Apprenticeship programme. She graduated in 2006 and currently teaches there on certificated, diploma and seasonal courses. Sarah went on to gain a Certificate in Education from Greenwich University and a Diploma in Fine Art from the Cyprus College of Art. She has won a number of awards for her embroidery work.
The Royal School of Needlework 6 Introduction 8 The history of silk shading 10 Materials 12 Design and using colour 20 Framing up 32 STITCHES 38 Stab stitch 38 Split stitch 39 Long and short stitch 40 Running stitch 42 Stem stitch 43 Eyelet stitch 44 Adding beads and sequins 44 Padding 46 French knots 48 Bullion knots 49 Getting started 54 Projects to stitch 62 Taking your work further 74 Further ideas for your own designs 86 Finishing your work 90 Troubleshooting 94 Index 96