Book Review: The Embroidered Garden
The Embroidered Garden by Lois Vickers is a lovely book with some beautiful pieces of embroidery based on flowers and gardens. It features some complicated, time-consuming designs and quite a few simple, quicker-to-make ideas, with lovely, inspiring illustrations and photographs of both gardens and embroidery work.
I especially like the feather cushion but doubt if I would attempt it myself. I intend trying to make a Nosegay Brooch, made from a brass curtain ring covered in thread and in the centre is a little posy of flowers made in French knots.
Although I have done a little embroidery, the instructions appear complicated in most projects but it does give step-by-step instructions. However, I think a bit of basic knowledge of embroidery stitches would be required before attempting some of the projects in the book.
Some lovely inspiring projects to try if you have the time and inclination. Just looking through the book and thinking “maybe one day I’ll try that” was a pleasure.
Sheila Aslan is a shift host at Significant Seams. In addition to her interest in embroidery, Sheila is also a textile artist.
The Stitch and Craft library at Significant Seams is an ever-growing specialist subscription library housed in our headquarters. If you are interested in becoming a member, please stop by 131 Wood Street.
Many of the titles in the Stitch and Craft library, including The Embroidered Garden, are out of print and not widely available except to library members.