I have downloaded many of your newsletters for my embroidery catalog. Additionally, there are a number of traditional patterns included. When you reach the end of this book, you'll have learned about twenty different embroidered pieces for daily use and display purposes. It helps to settle the silk threads and fabric and makes the embroidery shine even more. It describes partly things I also do when I'm Fill Stitching or stitching furry and other animals but in a much more formal way and very, very specific. In Chinese Embroidery, you'll discover everything from the history of the art to the different schools during different ages and their styles to knowledge about selection, collection and preservation of embroidered articles. Learn about the history and culture surrounding Chinese embroidery and learn to embroider yourself with this easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated guide.
Chinese Embroidery contains over 200 full-color photos of works and step-by-step guides-all of which help to explain and analyze over twenty kinds of needlework and teach comprehensive application of these basic skills. I have been waiting for time to do justice to it in a review. Have a good day, keep the great newsletters my way, Pat Hi Mary, Your video on the Chinese Knot is awesome. This should get the creases out for your piece. Then, as all good embroidery books do, the instructional part of the book begins with a discussion of materials.
It begins with the history and the evolution fo the art starting around 3,000 years ago through the different ruling dynasties. . In Chinese Embroidery, you'll discover everything from the history of the art to the different schools in different ages and their styles to knowledge about selection, collection and preservation of embroidered articles. Materials used are partly regular things like crewel or sharp needles, but also things that I'm guessing most of you don't have at home and neither have I! It does showcase lovely embroidery, there is some valuable information in it, worth digging out, and the stitch photos are extremely clear and helpful. This is useful and inspiring — and makes me wish that I had even half of her technical skill.
The illustrating photographs in this chapter are really useful and include coverage of making some very specialised threads horse-tail- hair and peacock, for example. In the world of hand embroidery, there is quite a variety of isolated knot stitches. This is one stitch I was finding difficult to nail. I've come to visit, having seen you over at my blog. It is easy to identify the similarities and differences in the way theses are worked and applied in Embroideries other than Chinese. I'm really pleased with it and can't wait till I have time to start a new project. As the bookshops where I live don't really stock art and craft books and I can't buy an instructional book without looking inside, I had to wait till I went to London to find this.
For me, mastering the art of creating a stitching thread from flat silk fibers is a real challenge, so if this book gives good directions, it would be worth the price. Also taken into account are the contributions of the ethnic minorities of China. To me, these were the least interesting parts of the book, although the projects are reasonably clear. Ensure that it aligned and stretched evenly. It will save you from grief and frustration! These are fairly simple and small, but would be a good start to exploring Chinese embroidery. There is, of course, a section on tools, including needle requirements.
The second thing to note is that the translation into English is far from easy reading. I can only think of pros — no cons. It's full of beautiful photos and clear instructions. Moreover, she has succeeded in practicing and summing up complicated techniques of repairing and duplicating those embroidered pieces as cultural relics in different styles. The projects provide the next two sections of the book and are mostly quite simple: such everyday things as bags, mats and dress trimmings, mainly in folk-style embroidery. It has moved me from a belief that Chinese Embroidery is lovely and beyond me, to a feeling that I could try some stitches through tiny projects that might give me confidence to try some larger, but still smallish projects and maybe then, one of the projects outlined in Chapter Five: Artistic Embroidery Projects. The 44 page fourth chapter outlines 19 projects for household projects.
Bigger photos would have also helped here. At a full-fledged workstation, the various colors of silk are usually draped and knotted over several bars near the embroiderer, so that she can easily select her colors as she stitches. I could see myself working some of them - and having that feeling is really important when faced with a new and unfamiliar embroidery tradition. Each project has an introduction where the symbolism of the flowers or animals is explained and a stitch and colour guide. It is difficult to explain the level of detail achieved but it was clearly master level I reluctantly sold it a few years ago as we had big life changes that needed funding but can you imagine my surprise when it reached Â£1,500 at the auction? Stimulate your imagination and creativity as you experience the joy of embroidery with Chinese Embroidery. The Chinese have been embroidering with silk at a high degree of skill for thousands of years, so it is no wonder that they have perfected the art of needle painting. Steam from the back of the work- any creases or folds should disappear.
Thanks, Cheers, Kath Is taming the Chinese filaments like working with the Japanese flat silk? Embroidery in China is a true art form, one that has been practiced for over 2,000 years. Learn about the history and culture surrounding Chinese embroidery and learn to embroider yourself with this easy-to-follow and beautifully illustrated guide. Looks pretty simple once you remember which way to twist your finger and when the needle goes in or out of the thread loop. Learn about the pattern-oriented art and traditional culture of China at the same time as you master the embroidery craftsmanship unique to China. In Chinese Embroidery, you'll discover everything from the history of the art to the different schools in different ages and their styles to knowledge about selection, collection and preservation of embroidered articles.