Japanese Motifs in Stumpwork & Goldwork by Jane Nicholas


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Jane Nicholas is one of the world’s leading embroiderers, specializing in stumpwork. Her exquisite embroideries in goldwork and stumpwork are inspired by Japanese family crests, a subject that has fascinated her for many years.

In this book, Jane has selected 12 designs and interpreted them in a variety of ways using combinations of goldwork, and raised and surface stitching. The projects feature a charming array of motifs including butterflies and other insects, Japanese plants and flowers. Measuring just 10cm (4in) square, each is worked on an assortment of silk Japanese kimono fabrics, and is accompanied by detailed instructions, a stitch diagram and the outline for the design.

At the start of the book there is a fascinating history of Japanese family crests, followed by a stitch directory and a techniques section covering how to prepare your background fabric, how to transfer the design and how to work with wire. Illustrated throughout with sumptuous photography and informative diagrams, this is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration for embroiderers and lovers of Japanese culture alike.

Table of Contents

The history of Japanese family crests6
Tools and equipment12
Stitch directory 14
Techniques 22

Slate Butterfly 30
Copper Butterfly 40
Amethyst Butterfly 52
Gold Butterflies 64
Pink Plum Blossom 74
Green Japanese Ginger Plant 82
Orange Chrysanthemums 90
Cherry Blossom and Ladybird 98
Iris and Mayfly 108
Peony and Bumblebee 122
Lotus and Praying Mantis 136
Morning Glory and Grasshopper 156

Templates 170
Bibliography and further reading 182
Credits 183
Index 184

Additional information

Weight .800 kg
Dimensions 30 × 20 × 5 cm