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Another amazing, not to mention beautiful, book by Di, her books and her skills continue to amaze me.
The flower Fairies in this book are based on the beloved Flower Fairies book by Cicely Mary Baker. To quote (and paraphrase) from the back cover:
"For the first time, five of Cicely Mary Baker's beautiful fairies are translated in to exquisite Ribbon and Stumpwork Embroideries. With numerous new ideas and techniques, this book will appeal to both beginners and advanced stitchers. Easy to follow step-by-step instructions."
Flower Fairies will show you how to:
embroider the flowers & leaves in silk & organza ribbon
use organza & silky threads to make the fairies' delicate Stumpwork wings
make appliqu? leaves & petals using organza & silk ribbon
create stump work insects
dress the fairies in layers or organza and stitch their hair
make the fairies' clothing using Long & Short Stitch
create three-dimensional designs using color, texture & shape.
All the instructions and techniques in this book are easily done as Needlepoint as well as Embroidery.
In paging through the book I am impressed by the wealth of details, so many pictures showing exactly what, where & how.
The book begins with a Before You Start section, General Hints & Tips and a Stitch Gallery.
Di van Nierkerk's books are always first class instruction to make the unusual easily & well. Always amazing books.
This is a matte cover paperbound book first published by Search Press in Great Britain in 2009. This edition is the 2010 re-print. It has 152 pages.