Embroidered Garden Flowers

Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread

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Pub Date 05 Dec 2017 | Archive Date 05 Dec 2017


A whimsical field guide to embroidered flowers.
Working through a full growing season, from spring to autumn, the sixty-three flower varieties presented here offer a full garden of cherished blooms. From pansies and lilies-of-the-valley to poppies, zinnias, and campanulas, the flowers presented here feature buds, blooms, and roots in stunning detail and charming color combinations. As an avid gardener and seasoned embroiderer, Kazuko Aoki presents a beautiful blending of her twin passions through designs that are clearly rendered with an appreciation for intricacies and a delight in the subject. 

With artistic photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, Embroidered Garden Flowers is a treasure trove that can be enjoyed by novice and experienced sewers alike.
A whimsical field guide to embroidered flowers.
Working through a full growing season, from spring to autumn, the sixty-three flower varieties presented here offer a full garden of cherished...

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ISBN 9781611804546
PRICE $21.95 (USD)

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Un rigoglioso giardino primaverile boccia da queste pagine, grazie agli schemi chiari e raffinati dell'autrice, che ricrea con precisione lenticolare la delicata flora, spontanea e non, che arricchisce il fazzoletto di erba di un cottage inglese

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Gorgeous, inspirational book filled with beautiful project ideas.

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Beautifully illustrated, with clear diagrams and instructions. A lovely addition to any embroiderer library.

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I Haven't managed to open this file yet, I will persevere, and hope to be able to give feedback later.

I have now managed to open the file here is my updated review;
This beautiful book is a gem for anyone interested in embroidery. Not only instructional it also has some botanical photographs and information, plus the embroidery patterns.

I think you need to be a fairly proficient embroiderer, this book is not really for the beginner, but is certainly aspirational for anyone. I would really like to try some of the designs, and I particularly like the fact that there are some little insects to embroider too.

There are also some natural source material photographs too which are also lovely, placed on black backgrounds, the colours really stand out and you could use those to try your own sketches.

The book is laid out with the finished embroideries first followed by patterns at the end, the advice on the making of your work, including some useful notes and a section on stitches used, including thread colours used are detailed for you in the middle between the two.

Definitely an inspiring book to have in your collection.

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I'm self taught when it comes to embroidery and I love it.

This is a great book for more advanced embroiders. The designs are gorgeous and the instructions are very detailed. It even includes a guide on how to do the stitches used in this book and the types of fabric/thread the author recommends to use.

The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because the finished images came before the instructions. It would have been better, in my opinion, to have included the instructions with each finished image. Also, there were no project ideas included in this book, which I would have liked.

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A gorgeous book of embroidery with incredible detail that mirrors the kinds of botanical illustrations you might find in a text book or field guide. From bulbs to roots to the actual blooms, no detail is overlooked, and the finished products are stunning. Instructions are similarly thorough, laying out the kinds of stitches to be used and the order in which to complete each design, with tips for getting the best and smoothest results. A very fine book for advanced embroiderers; I only deducted a star because I would have liked to have seen some project ideas for inspiration.

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Lovely photos of embroidered flowers please the eye and give one inspiration to attempt to duplicate the works.

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Brilliant reference book for the gardener, botanist and artist.
Each flower delicately embroidered, every page a piece of art in its own right. I imagine each page would make an ecpxcellent print, or postcard.
Very pretty. Frustrating reading electronically. Because I was unable to see the image in their full beauty. Although an electronic copy could be ideal for reference.

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A lovely collection of embroidery patterns for garden flowers. I have been particularly wanting flower motifs to sew onto an army jacket and these are perfect. Small and delicate and detailed, from a careful observer of the natural world. Recommend!

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Lovely pictures of both real flowers and the embroidered versions with details to follow later in the book on how to go about embroidering them. The author breaks the techniques down and includes the best stitches to use for achieving certain affects, what areas to start with first when embroidering, and even discusses needle size relative to floss/thread thickness. I have been embroidering for a long time but am mostly self taught so, although I am not a beginner, I really picked up a lot of tips from this book. I also just really enjoyed the lovely photographs of different embroidered flowers.

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This is a beautiful book that can be used again and again. The illustrations are excellent and the instructions are very clear. A lovely book to keep on your bookshelf and refer to again and again.

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The embroidery in this book is stunning. Kazuko Aoki has included innumerable little details to inspire and delight. I'd recommend this book to beginners and masters alike. There's an excellent section that covers the basics of embroidery for the beginner (I found a couple great tips in there for the not-so-beginner as well) And there are so many lovely patterns that will keep even the most experienced crafter busy. The wild strawberries are my personal favourite!

Beautifully curated and photographed it's a must see for any crafter. I expect to see these motifs floating around social media in no time!

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This is a lovely needlecraft book with advice on how to draw flowers with colored threads, in embroidery. It is loaded with full color pictures that show what can be accomplished with a few well-chosen stitches.

Hints are given about how to keep the shapes and colors in the artist's eye so that the image can be closely depicted in the stitches. About halfway through the book, instructions are given for how to embroider the beautiful flowers. Materials, stitches, everything you need is covered. Even the color numbers for DMC embroidery silks is included.

Detailed instructions are laid out for the specific flower designs in the pictures, but the reader is encouraged to use the same methods for embroidering flower designs from their own gardens or a field guide. There isn't a lot of text, but the little there is explains everything you need to know!

Overall an excellent tutorial on making these lovely designs.

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This book is intended for crafters who already have experience with embroidery. The skills of the author are amazing, and luckily the instructions on how to create the flowers yourself are clear.

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Lovely embroidery patterns to mix and match. Looking forward to trying some out.

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This is a lovely book for the embroiderer in you! It has full color photos of the embroidered flowers as well as careful and specific instructions on materials and stitches. I love the effort to be botanically accurate. I have a piece I am making where the owner requested floral embellishments. This book is the perfect guide to creating beautiful yet realistic floral embroidery.

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Beautiful book. Great photos and detailed information about the basics of embroidery. So many flowers with excellent detail. I like the way that the patterns are given, with a picture of the flower and the type of stitch near each area. The thing I would change is to have the picture of the embroidered flower next to the pattern so that you don’t have to flip back and forth.

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An absolutely gorgeous guide for embroidering flowers! I wish I could embroider this well - I'd embroider every stitch of clothing I own with flowers. Embroidering can be soothing, but whenever I try it, my stitches never turn out so even and consistent as Kazuko Aoki's have. Highly recommend to anyone interested in embroidery.

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I absolutely LOVED this book! I have just recently started embroidering and this was a perfect book. It is informative and inspiring, which as someone who is learning the craft, it is really beneficial. The cover is also just stunningly simply and pretty. I have a friend who is an avid cross stitch and embroidery fanatic, and I will be encouraging her to check this book out!

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