This much anticipated guide to the work of textile artist Abigail Mill features five beautiful step-by-step projects as well as themed galleries of her contemporary, ethereal artworks. The book touches on Abigail's inspirations and influences and looks in detail at the elements that bring her work to life: colour, texture, pattern and free machine embroidery techniques. From fraying and layering to free machine embroidery and embellishment, this gorgeous book teaches the reader how to recreate Abigail's unique, contemporary style, and will inspire them to create wonderful pieces of their own.
Abigail Mill studied Embroidered Textiles at Cumbria College of Art and Design and graduated in 1990. After graduating, she set up her business with the help of The Prince's Trust and has been working ever since. Over the years she has developed her own unique style and technique of free machine embroidery, and has been featured in several craft books and magazines. She has also taught in art schools and worked on private commissions, including artwork for the Buxton ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. As well as selling her pictures at art and craft fairs across the UK, Abigail runs a publishing business, printing greetings cards from her original artwork, which she sells through gift shops and galleries in the UK, France, America and Japan. She sells to major clients such as John Lewis and has been selected by the Crafts Council to exhibit regularly in New York and San Francisco. Abigail lives in Bristol, UK. www.abigailmill.co.uk
Introduction 6 Materials and equipment 8 Inspiration 16 Colour 20 Texture and pattern 24 Techniques 28 Shop fronts 50 Teatime treats 64 Country garden 78 Animals 92 Seaside 106 Templates 122 Index 128