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Embroidery by Sophie Long

With a plethora of social groups, blogs, and websites now targeted specifically at a younger, hipper demographic, embroidery has cast off its image as an old-fashioned hobby and is now more popular than ever before. Embroidery taps into this growing trend, encompassing both handwork and machine embroidery styles in an authoritative approach combined with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic that is guaranteed to appeal to this new generation of crafters.

Covering everything from smocking and stumpwork to beading and blackwork, Embroidery explores an extensive variety of handwork techniques, as well as looking at machine embroidery styles, including digital machine embroidery. The book also looks at a comprehensive breadth of embroidery styles, providing an insight into a wide range of innovative contemporary applications. Specially commissioned illustrations accompany detailed step-by-step tutorials, while interviews with contemporary practitioners provide an understanding of the range of different working methods, materials, and developing techniques.

  • A contemporary reappraisal that brings this traditional skill bang up-to-date
  • Profiles of contemporary practitioners give an insight into their working methods
  • Packed with illustrated step-by-step tutorials, covering a wide range of techniques for both hand and machine embroidery—including digital machine embroidery

About the Author

Sophie Long was one of the few chosen embroiderers who had the honor of working on the much-publicized wedding dress of Kate Middleton, for her marriage to Prince William. Since graduating with a distinction from the Royal School of Needlework, Sophie has also worked as a freelance hand embroiderer, carrying out commissions and teaching in a number of locations.

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