The Kew Book of Nature Samplers (Library Edition): 10 Embroidery Projects with Reusable Iron-On Transfers

Search Pr. Jul. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781800920309. $40. CRAFTS
The world-renowned Kew Gardens in London specializes in scientific research in plants and biodiversity. Fiber artist Burr (The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers) is known for developing the needle-painting technique that’s also known as thread painting, silk shading, or long-and-short stitch. This book takes animals and plants that one can find in the Kew Gardens and meticulously renders them into exquisite needle paintings. There are nine full projects and one starter activity, perfect for fiber art enthusiasts. From beginners to more advanced needlework artists, readers can do each project as is or select individual elements to create their own projects. There is a brief discussion of the pros and cons of various materials to use in the projects. The author herself utilizes common, readily available materials. The well-illustrated technique instructions are also brief. For good measure, the folder edition of the book includes iron-on transfer templates.
VERDICT This book is exquisite eye candy for fiber artists of all levels. Libraries with craft book collections can’t go wrong with this purchase.
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