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Beginner's Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers by Alison Holt. Combining her love of gardens and flowers with her skills as an artist and a machine embroiderer, Alison Holt shows you how to create exquisite flower pictures using your sewing machine. Alison's interpretations of what she sees in nature are so detailed that many people at first mistake her embroideries for paintings or even photographs. Alison's technique is to use her sewing machine like a paintbrush to apply threads in a myriad of different colors on to a canvas of hand-painted silk.

This comprehensive and colorful book covers everything from composing a picture and setting up the machine to choosing threads and silk paints and creating different effects in stitch. Each of the three step-by-step projects allow you to put all you have learned into practice to make a stunningly effective embroidered picture, and will inspire you to transform what you see around you into your own, unique designs.


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Beginner's Guite to Machine Embroidered Flowers

Beginner's Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers

Author: Alison Holt
Pages: 80
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Publisher: Search Press
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4G4E0135
Weight: 0.9 lb

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In this beautifully illustrated book, Alison Holt uses hand-painted silk backgrounds and only two different stitches to create a stunning range of machine embroidered flowers and gardens. The detailed step-by-step illustrations make this book suitable for all abilities.


Author Alison HoltAbout the Author

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.


Rosebay Willowherb and The Coast Road Bluebell Wood

Alliums and TulipsBluebells at a distance

Instructional worksheet page Instructional worksheet page

Chelsea Garden Datura Lilies Delphiniums

Table of Contents

Introduction6Grouping flowers and foliage by technique36
Materials and equipment8Thinking in stitch46
Distance and detail24Alliuma and Tulips66
Getting started26How to present your finished embroidery78
Silk painting28Index80
Starting to stitch32  

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