New year, new skills – we all have the best intentions, yet will be succeed to learn something new this year? Maybe we need a push…if so, then maybe this book will help!
The Royal School of Needlework RSN Applique (published by Search Press) is just one of a collection of books, each one covering a valuable skill. We may feature more of these publications in the future, but for now, we will review this particular one…..
The publishers promise that: ‘This is a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in all essential appliqué techniques’.
‘This is a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in all essential appliqué techniques: it contains a comprehensive stitch guide and will lead you through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance. It shows you how to knot thread and start stitching correctly, how to create a design, transfer it onto fabric, frame up a slate frame, build up, cut away, apply a variety of edges and apply fabric, as well as basic ribbonwork, goldwork, shadow work and silk shading. The book contains two beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice. The book also features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage, as well as revealing the history and context of appliqué and showcasing galleries of inspiring appliqué work from around the world’
Lets have a look shall we?
Who is it aimed at?
Those with a prior knowledge of embroidery, looking to refresh their skills or learn something new.
About the artist
Kate Cross, the author of this instructional book actually teaches for The Royal School of Needlework. Thus she has the ability to discuss current techniques and ways of working, as well as expressing how valuable certain traditional skills are. The publishers of RSN Applique tell us: ‘Kate has worked on some prestigious projects, including working as part of the RSN team on the Duchess of Cambridge’s Wedding dress. Her company, Bespoke Embroidery, a customer-focused business, allows her to continue what she does best: creating and teaching technical hand embroidery. This is her first book. Kate lives in Godalming, Surrey, UK.’
Lets have a deeper look…
Are you new to embroidery? Maybe new to this particular technique? Then you might wonder what you will need to get to begin learning this method via RSN Applique…
To really achieve the best results with this way of working, there are some hints, tips and instructional step by steps well worth following. The writer here details them visually, so that there is no confusion…
As mentioned above, step by step illustrations really help the reader to understand the method, as shown again via this image….
What makes it special?
Imagine that a The Royal School of Needlework as an organisation will only convey the traditional, the historical? Well you may be surprised! Indulge in this….
A mash up of small step by step images, married with large full page ones really helps this RSN Applique book to be clear and educational:
There are also some awesome cakes to look out for – we wont spoil the surprise though – you will need to look inside yourself!
What is wrong with the book?
Nothing, its a great tool for those who want to learn, teach or refresh the skill of Applique.
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'