An obsession…

Since I have been to the beaded embroidery workshops in Lunéville (France), I continued to practice this activity to progress but also to add this new art to my designs.
In love with the roaring 20’s and Victorian fashion, it’s not surprising that I have been hooked…

So that I bought other books about embroidery in general, beaded embroidery, but also about gold embroidery which attracts me for a moment, other books about ribbon embroidery I tested with Patou et des Poussières last year, and a new appeal, needle painting which is very spectacular. I won’t spread too much for the moment and will concentrate on beaded and haute couture embroidery but it not to say I will expand my knowledge later with these various techniques.

Embroidery work – Yusai Fukuyama

Let’s start with an old book that I bought before going to Lunéville. I bought it to learn how to handle the crochet before going there, but I have been afraid to do wrong and to take bad habits, so that I let it apart.
And you will ask why a Japanese writes a book about this technique, won’t you? This type of embroidery finds its origins in the East, here is it.
If you want to learn alone, it’s well explained with numerous photos (in black and white) with clear patterns. You can make easy patterns with the chain stitch and with beads and paillettes. On the other hand, it’s in English
There are more modern books for this which I told you about in this article.
The limitation? It’s hard to find because it’s not printed anymore.

Broderie de perles – Shelley Cox, RSN (Royal School of Neddlework, London (also in English “Bead Embroidery”)

I particularly chosen this book because it’s edited in collaboration with the RSN, one of the more prestigious excellence art embroidery school. With the cover, I thought that this book would precisely be very artistic.
We discover historic and contemporaneous pieces permitting to find inspiration and the author also shows us traditional beaded embroideries. She talks about the questions of equipment, of the choice of fabrics, existing beads, various threads that can be used, embellishments (beads, paillettes, sequins).
This book is purely dedicated to traditional needle embroidery and present various artistic stitches, with border and fringes stitches which is very interesting.


Embroidery in 260 stitches –  Marabout – Jennifer Campbell & Ann-Marie Bakewell

As I am a beginner in embroidery, this was a book that I needed to discover the possibilities offered with needle stitches. 260 stiches? Yes? Embroidery is a never-ending art!
There is an explanatory text about how to make each stitch as well as a drawing.

Here is the table of contents :
Basic notions of embroidery: threads, needles, tambours and frames, how to reproduce a pattern, basic techniques.
Embroidery on fabric : techniques and stitches for free embroidery and counted threads; 2/3 of the book, which are part beads and paillettes sewn with a needle which has been very useful on one of my latest embroidery.
Smocks :  how to make smocks and flounces effects
Tapestry : main techniques, common stitches and embroider made by counting the threads of the canvas.
Finish : taking care of the embroidery, cleaning, storing, advices to keep it a long time.

L’atelier du brodeur, dans les ateliers du luxe – Guénolée Milleret – Editions Eyrolles (The atelier of the embroiderer, in the luxury workshops)

For the embroidery lovers! It’s a great book telling us about the origins of embroidery and its place in the houses of kings and rich people as an introduction. It proceeds with an immersion into a French emblematic art embroiderer, Lesage House, by presenting its place as an archivist of patrimony, the various jobs inside the workshop and the various steps taking action in art embroidery and high fashion, the training field, the techniques, the collaborations between embroiderer and fashion designer.
And proceeds with other embroiderers such as :
Pascal Jaouen,
Breton embroiderer designer stylist, who revives Breton costume who created a school learning various embroidery techniques, such as Glazig. He wishes to keep alive a patrimonial savoir-faire and give it a new life.
Shikka Malik,
Indian Zardosi master embroiderer, in love with fabrics, multi-talented designer, attached to her tradition who develops designs adorned with Indian embroideries, bringing them a heavy added value. She is also a consultant for French brands who desire to relocate their production or open stores in India.
Interview with the students of the school Dupperé training for the art and textiles DMA (Art Master Diploma): embroidery, tapestry, weaving, hook, beading and using paillettes.

I will write 3 other articles about the famous books about gold embroidery, needle embroidery and ribbon embroidery in the near future. Stay tuned!

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