The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers  by Trish Burr


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11 inspiring projects with reusable iron-on transfers by Trish Burr

This sumptuous and inspiring book, complete with reusable iron-on transfers, is written by needlework expert Trish Burr and created in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is the ultimate guide to embroidering flowers.

All the reusable iron-on transfers needed are kept safely together with the book in an attractive hardback folder. So you can slide out the book, and keep the hard cover pristine!  Or use the hard cover’s band to hold your book open. Each of the iron-on transfers are printed in the finest of lines, and the publishers tell us they are re-usable.

We were blown away when we received this book. It is just so beautifully presented. The photos are simply jaw-dropping in their beauty. Many of the flowers have double-page pictures.

Trish Burr’s excellent instructions and her attention to detail is second to none. You will not be disappointed.

Focusing mainly on long-and-short stitch and Trish’s delicate, considered use of silk shading, the book contains all the clearly-illustrated stitches needed, and gives thorough advice on preparation and choosing fabrics and threads including a handy thread conversion chart.

The embroideries are reworkings of botanical artworks from Kew’s Art Collection. There is one ‘starter’ project to encourage readers to try out the techniques, one large sampler containing 18 small elements that can be worked individually or as a group, and nine further projects  including a striking spider chrysanthemum, an elegant waterlily and an opulent magnolia. All the projects are shown step-by-step, with an order of work diagram given where appropriate.

The enclosed reusable iron-on transfer papers offer embroiderers a fast and accurate method of transferring the designs – the transfers simply need ironing on to fabric so that the reader can start embroidering straight away. The templates are also included at full size at the back of the book.

This stunning yet practical book is a must-have for anyone interested in capturing flowers in thread.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Kew 6
Introduction 8
What is needle painting? 10
Tools and materials 10
Preparation 16
Stitch instructions 20
Securing your thread
Long-and-short stitch
Split stitch
Satin stitch
French knots
Bullion stitch
Practise the stitches
Outlines 30
Raised embroidery 32
Anatomy of a flower 34
Useful advice before you start 35
Simple projects 36
Japanese anemone 38
Flower sampler 44
Clematis 94
Camellia 100
Intermediate projects 106
Rhododendron 108
Waterlily 116
Iris 122
Spider chrysanthemum 128
Advanced projects 134
Rose 136
Magnolia 144
Poppy 154
Thread substitutes 163
The templates 164
Using the iron-on transfers 176

Edition: BB Hardback Hardback folder with paperback book iron-on transfer papers

Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 30 × 22 × 5 cm