Materials and fabrics: Threads and yarns
Inspiration: Designing an embroidery
Techniques: Mounting fabric in a spring tension hoop
Working with organza
Melting out applique motifs
Achieving three-dimensional effects:
Rocks and pebbles
Hedgerow with Cow Parsley
Woodland with Bluebells
Buddleia, Bee and Butterflies
Create beautiful landscapes and flowers using hand-stitching and layered organza.
Katrina Witten is the embroiderer, designer and inspiration behind Rowandean Embroidery, a small family company designing and making some of the finest hand-stitched kits on the market today. Inspired by the countryside and nature, Rowandean's designs are for all ages and abilities, and the quality of their translation into stitch is outstanding. Rowandean Embroidery exhibits in London, Paris, Dublin, Harrogate, Edinburgh and Birmingham in the UK; Katrina has also held workshops in Japan, Canada and the US.
This book was made for me. I love it. There are 10 detailed projects that include some beautiful flowers and wildlife. The results are stunning with all the embellishments you can use as well. The explanations are simple and easy to understand and you only use 6 simple stitches. The illustrations are plentiful and give you the inspiration you need as you have a perfect idea of what the finished result will look like. I have nearly finished my first project and intend to complete them all. A great book for anyone who loves hand stitching.-- Andrea Tinkler
I love the simplicity and uniqueness of the simple handstitched embroidery technique shown in the book. It's easy to follow and the results are amazing. A sure shot book for collection by those keen on handstitched embroidery.-- Harneet Farmahan
This book was bigger than i had thought and it covers everything you will need to know to recreate the beautiful projects. It starts by explaining the different fabrics, threads and yarns, useful equipment, etc. then carries on to give detailed instructions on the stitches you will need to use. Each project is fully explained and easy to follow and I cant wait to work my way through them. Five stars.-- Jayne Hinks
I've done a little basic embroidery and cross stitch and am looking for something a little more taxing. I am so pleased to have found Katrina Witten's book. Her philosophy of only using a few of the basic embroidery stitches, with photographic directions to each, to such great effect is less daunting than other books that include more. She introduces us to incorporating texture, making 3-D art and includes all the templates needed as well as teaching us how to make our own embroidery projects. This is a beautiful book in its own right. Photography and projects are stunning. I am not disappointed.-- Louise Blackah
The book is perfect for beginners, great clear images and step-by-step instructions makes it really easy to follow. Lots of reference at the beginning showing different methods. I cant wait to make my first hand-stitched landscape.-- Debbie Prince
This book would suit any level of embroiderer wishing to delve into a riot of colour and add some mixed media to their projects together with taking a more simple approach with the use of only six stitches!-- Teresa Phillips * SEW Region Magazine (June 2019) *
Exploring the natural world through stitch is something that many of us do, so I am sure this book will prove popular. It embraces a variety of subjects from flowers to butterflies. A good variety of techniques and stitches are used throughout the 10 embroidery projects included. This is a book full of inspiration and ideas for embroiderers new and old. Learn to use different fabrics and threads. Find equipment, materials and embellishments to enhance projects. There is a short section on design and composition. The stitch section is very good and amply illustrated. The techniques section includes working with organza and three-dimensional effects. The projects included are Hedgerow, Woodland, Cornflowers, Sunflowers, Butterfly, Poppy Field, Poppies, Flower, Buddleja and Hydrangea. Templates and outlines are included at the back of the book. However, if you study the techniques, stitch and equipment sections, you will be able to use them to create many other projects. A lovely introduction to capturing nature in stitch.-- Karen Platt * www.karenplatt.co.uk *
This beautiful illustrated guide shows readers how to create landscapes and flowers using hand-stitching and layered organza. TV crafter and designer Katrina Witten uses a range of simple stitches for each project, together with delicate embellishments and a selection of techniques to portray pleasing pastoral scenes.* Craft Focus April/May 2019 *
This long-awaited book from Katrina Witten, founder of Rowandean Embroidery, does not disappoint! Her message in this gloriously colourful volume is simply to 'have a go' and Katrina's aim is to inspire all to have fun with fabrics and threads and create a small piece of art using a few simple stitches. After exploring materials, techniques and stitches, there is advice on how to begin a design, with templates provided where required, followed by ten easy projects to work. These delightful projects, with step- by-step instructions are small and achievable and perfect for those new to embroidery. However, the more experienced stitcher can build on the designs, interpreting and being as creative as they wish. Highly recommended.* East Kent Embroiderers' Guild *
The first half of this beautiful book is techniques. stitch guide and everything you will need to know to create these wonderfully realistic 'pictures'.
The tuition within the pages is something that people pay good money for, so this book is well worth having if you are a fan of embroidery.
Katrina Witten has given us a masterclass in her art, and the projects that are included are absolutely stunning.
Even if you are a beginner embroiderer, you will be able to start making something that will have a professional look and a gorgeous finish. The use of organza, beads and other embellishments gives texture and form.
Applique and other techniques are simply demonstrated and explained, and each project has a picture tutorial to guide you. There are templates included, and what I loved about this book is the array of colour that is used to give the designs a delightful and brilliant look.
The flowers include beautiful Cornflowers, Cow Parsley, Poppies and so much more, it really is a walk through a summer field.
This is an affordable book that could be a gift for embroidery lovers, and it is one that is well worth the shelf space in your craft room.-- Tracy Shephard * Postcard Reviews *
If you are looking for an introduction to creating embroidery pictures, this is a perfect place to start. With a comprehensive introduction to materials, fabrics, stitches and techniques this beautiful book will inspire you to create the most gorgeous projects, including hedgerows, fields and stunning individual flowers.* Hot Brands Cool Places *
'I love the hands on approach to embroidery in this book. There are no dreary rules here, only the freedom to express yourself in stitches (and beads). You can see why this method is known as freestyle; this author has her own approach and explains how it is done, together with advice on designing your own work. As well as the various threads and small beads she uses a lot of organza, both for backgrounds, torn up for flowers and in various other ways, all to great effect.'-- Rachel Hyde * myshelf.com *