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For me, anyway, Shading has been one of the hardest things to learn. While you can learn most stitches by following a diagram, shading takes thought, planning and judgement (sort of like the rest of life, isn't it?).
Most of the books I have found that teach Shading are embroidery books and they are concerned with Silk Shading. I find that every technique and approach they teach applies to Needlepoint as well.
The author, Sarah Homfray, is a Graduate apprentice. To quote from the back cover: "The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways."
Keep in mind, that in Great Britain where this series of books is published, Needlepoint is often called "Canvas Embroidery" or "Florentine Embroidery".
In looking through Silk Shading I am blown away by the amazing examples and photographs of shadings. The book is full of ideas and techniques, as well as pictures of how to effectively shade all sorts of things. From a feather to a flower to a carrot.
An excellent book but what else did I expect from the RSN series?
This book has a metal spiral binding inside a hard cover. Published by Search Press in Great Britain in 2011. It has 96 pages.
Check out the shading on the rooster on the contents page.