This design sourcebook for contemporary samplers contains motifs and patterns based on reworked traditional and specially created designs for subjects including animals, birds, buildings, trees, flowers and border patterns. Patterns are included in graph form, and stitched examples are shown in accompanying photographs. A number of the motifs are described in step-by-step format and information about stitching techniques and threads is provided. The book is carefully tailored to be suitable for a variety of skill levels, and includes affordable domestic options as well as more ambitious and specialist techniques and materials for those with the resources, such as schools and established textile artists.
Caroline Vincent is an embroidery designer maker who has specialised in creative contemporary pictorial samplers for over 20 years. She teaches at West Dean College, runs courses for the Women's Institute and is a member of the Embroiderer's Guild. She is the author of Creative Sampler Embroidery.
Introduction Getting started - Health and safety - Tools and materials Basic stitches Colours and threads Trees Buildings Figures Animals and birds Flower patterns Borders Conclusion Glossary Suppliers Useful websites Places to see samplers Index