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Provisional Chapter 1: Embroidery in Monochrome: Blackwork and Whitework 16th century blackwork motifs 20th century blackwork with metal thread cushion cover in brown thread Chikan embroidery from India Whitework sachet Machine-made monogram panel Mountmellick embroidery from Ireland Embroidery on evenweave backgrounds 17th century bead work panels Beaded evening bag, knitted Two small beaded bags, miser's purse Berlin Work tea cosy Pattern darning on net, daffodils Two small petit point bags 17th century canvas work fragment The fichu Pattern darning, cornucopia Samplers and Samples Sampler with boxers Lettering sampler RSN motif sampler Book of samples Nancy Kimmins roses sampler, RSN Mary Clarke crewel work tree of life Needle Laces 17th century coif panel The pea pod panel 17th century white work sampler Oyas from Greece White work needle lace cuff Set of little mats, reticella centres Applied Materials Ribbon work, Queen Mary's foot cover Fine ribbon work bag Felt work tea cosy Sunflower from the 1960's Felt work cornflower Purple flower from the 1960's Neale panel Shisha mirrors from India Violet Geary panel 18th century slips Embroidery with unusual materials Embroidery with Fish Scales Embroidery with Straw Embroidery on Tree Bark with Moose Hair Embroidery on Leather The 3 dimensional Bowl of Flowers Embroidery with Vegetable Bags Embroidery with Aerophane Copper Rose by Joan Hardingham The Use of Metal Thread Or Nue panel Idol's dress, Spain 2 x sleeve bands, China Stomacher Costume fragments from India Flower from Portugal Pink cover from India Queen Mary's Dress Panel Stitches and More Stitches Chenille Thread Embroidery Kay Dennis Clematis, 3 dimensional embroidery Shadow work mats French Knots Panel Perkin Knots from China Berlin Work, Plush Stitch Rococco Stitch Silk and Wool Silk Embroidery from Japan Blue silk Embroidery from China Winsome Douglass Hanging Wool Pocket from Norway Beryl Dean Delphiniums Silk Apron from China Chinai Work, Chinese Immigrant work from India 17th century cushion cover, green silk Made by Machine Sunflowers by Joy Clucas Tea Cosy by Dorothy Benson White Tulips by Audrey Walker Dog Roses by Richard Box Handkerchief from Switzerland Tambour Embroidery from India Regular Designs 19th Century red flowers, Turkey Rachel Evans mats Joan Drew handkerchief sachet 12 x motifs panel, Greece Stole from India Yellow thread cloth from India Eveline Quainton's cushion cover M. Harris table cloth Irregular Designs 18th century pocket Buttercups panel Framed Elsie Grimes Tea Cosy Floral Panel from a Transfer Design Floral bag, black drawstring Cheltenham Ladies College School work panel Flowers from Greece

About the Author

Annette Collinge has had a lifelong interest in embroidery. She is a life member of The Embroiderers' Guild, has been a Branch Chairman, Regional Chairman and Trustee of the Guild, and she is currently the Collection Manager. She is a mixed media textile artist and is a member of the exhibiting group, Studio 21, a group of textile artists who bring together a creative and innovative mix of media and stitched textiles. Annette lives in Surrey, United Kingdom.


Embroidered Treasures: Flowers is a fantastic book! It's inspirational. It's informative. It's beautiful! For most of us who will never see a collection of embroideries like these up close and personal, this lovely book is the best way to experience them and learn about them. We can take what we learn and apply it to our own needlework pursuits. Or we can just enjoy the beauty of the pieces and appreciate the history behind them. It's a great book for your reference library... and even for your coffee table! * Mary Corbet, * The Embroiderer's Guild was founded in 1906 by a group of sixteen women who wanted to break away from patterns and kits. Their collection of donated items totals over 6000 and contains many valuable and unique samples of the finest embroidery. This book focuses on floral themes and shows what can be achieved with needle and thread.This is not a book of projects but a book of pictures, suitably large format and hardback. Embroiderers of all levels can gaze at the heights to which their craft can rise to, and anybody who hasn't taken up this craft can see what all the fuss is about. After a brief introduction to the collection the book is divided into twelve themed sections. These include monochromatic work, metal thread, machine, needlelace, samplers and unusual materials. Each section introduces the theme briefly and then showcases a selection of pieces complete with short descriptions, details of size, date and place it was made and technique. There are samples from as early as the 16th century and cover most types of embroidery including some no longer (or rarely) done. A collar adorned with flowers made from fish scales, Berlin work from the mid 19th century, part of a kimono, evocative samplers stitched by children, a box made from tree bark adorned with embroidery, Victorian beadwork evening bags and an early piece of 16th century blackwork are a few examples. Anybody interested in recycling will love the flowers made from plastic net bags (the sort fruit is sold in), and a machine embroidery picture using tiny scraps of fabric. This is a beautiful book to display on your coffee table and dip into when you want some inspiration. * Dr Annette Collinge * This is a very special book, full of the most beautiful examples of embroidery work through the ages. You will be amazed by the exquisite detail and skill shown in the examples. This most beautiful book and the stunning photographs will be a source of inspiration for generations to come. Highly Recommended! * Hot Brands Cool Places * I'm sure that most people have heard of the Embroiderers' Guild Collection which grew from donations from Guild members, including some from eminent sources - even Queen Mary gave hangings and costumes. The Guild later embarked upon a programme of purchasing carefully selected embroideries and the Permanent Collection now contains over 6,000 pieces. It is currently held by Buckinghamshire County Museum. The book looks at floral inspiration for (mostly traditional) embroideries and the chapters are, in general, based on techniques with such titles as `Embroidery on Evenweave', `Needlelace' etc. There is a wonderful section on unusual materials which shows work stitched on leather and tree bark as well as some incorporating fish scales and straw. Machine embroidery is included and ranges from wonderful pieces made by trail-blazer Joy Clucas in the 1960s to Richard Box's innovative work in the 1980s. I'd have like to see a bigger selection here as I know that the Guild has some great machine embroidered artworks. However, it may be that they didn't fit the theme. In most cases, each item is shown as an entire piece as well as a detail. There is also an excellent index, so useful for students researching a particular technique. * Workshop on the Web *

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