Author(s): Jane Nicholas
Examples of medieval stumpwork - the art of embroidering using raised, 3D embellishments - can be found in museums and galleries throughout Europe. Considered among the most intricate and lovely of embroidery styles, it requires a delicate touch. Now, the secrets of stumpwork are revealed through eight beautiful floral projects, all inspired by the 16th-century illuminated 'Book of Hours' created by Jean Bourdichon for Anne of Brittany. The embroideries include 'Corncockle and Dragonfly', 'Snowdrop and Cranefly', and the lovely 'Venus' Looking Glass and Bumble-bee'. In addition to instructions for every technique, this fully illustrated book also provides tracing patterns and a comprehensive stitch glossary.
Illuminated manuscripts of the medieval era provide the inspiration for Jane Nicholas's glorious stumpwork. There are eight botanical specimens, which display the buds, blossoms and seed cases of the flower; the embroideries, like the illustrations that inspired them, offer wonderful surprises, and close inspection reveals an assortment of beetles and creepy-crawlies nestling in the foliage. Another three embroideries, exquisitely stitched panels, are accompanied by beautiful illustrations showing the illuminated pages that inspired them. The techniques used to create the embroideries are clearly explained and, with the necessary skills at your fingertips, the elements in the book could be combined in numerous ways to create your own designs.-Stitch