Book Review – Artful Embroidery on Canvas

Mr X Stitch Book Review

Artful Embroidery of Canvas by Irene Schlesinger 

C&T Publishing

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We are told…. Transform ordinary artist canvas into an embroidered masterpiece! With easy-to-learn stitches, your embroidery needle becomes a paintbrush. Get your feet wet with small art pieces and step-by-step techniques for stitching on stretched canvas. Gather supplies to add appliqué, acrylic paint, fibres, beads, and even mirrors to your mixed-media pieces! Get tips on how to finish and display canvas embroidery art, with an extensive project gallery for inspiration. It’s like art quilting for needlework lovers! So be prepared to get arty people!

About the author

Irene Schlesinger learned to stitch from her grandmother. Her schooling and admiration of folk, surrealist, and expressionist artists inspired her use of vibrant colours, patterns, and textures in embroidered canvases and mixed-medium panels. She lives in San Francisco. For more information visit her website.   

Who is it aimed at?

Those who are interested in Mixed Media as well as Artful Embroidery.  The book has projects which include painting on fabric as well as stitching.


The book is divided into two halves really.  the first gives us all we need to be inspired and led along to gather confidence to begin a literal piece of art.  the second half deals us projects to try with the inspiration we have taken on baord…
artful embroidery
For being quite a thin publication, there is plenty of quality inside.
There’s a really good section which goes through the materials needed to carry out the techniques and projects.  It details the fabrics needed for artful embroidery and also the mediums we might have less experience of, for example gel mediums and acrylic mediums…we will leave the book to explain it to you….
Materials required and how to use them.


Great shots throughout, including the artists work and her students’ work too…
Skulls anyone?
Some pages are just illustrations, so we see the stitches really well.

What makes this book special?

We loved the way this artist encourages us to exhibit ourselves – even teaching us how to frame work!
All the stitches we need are explained in a step-by-step manner.

Anything wrong with the book?

If you don’t like the idea of extending your textiles work into Mixed Media, then maybe this isn’t for you.


Artful Embroidery of Canvas by Irene Schlesinger  C&T Publishing