Les Designs Lastest Book - Just Stitch

By: Les Designs  11-11-2011
Keywords: stitch, Mixed Media Embroidery

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Both authors are very well travelled and they share their inspiration drawing on history, antiquity, amazing people encounters and personal experience. The theme of flora and fauna has universal appeal. In the flora arena, a simple image such as a five petal daisy is the starting point of understanding simple stitchery, textures and finally the third dimension (African daisy-Gerbera, Dog rose-Bougainvillea, Heather- Blombos).

The fauna offer a range of insects, for example, dragonflies, butterflies and grasshoppers. Many interpretations and techniques are shared in these images. The birds, particularly small owls, are striking examples of mixed media embroidery. To help the reader understand colour, there are 12 colour themes of different exciting projects. This book is filled with exciting concepts in mixed media embroidery. The many colour plates show what can be achieved, thus encouraging the reader to produce beautiful works of creative merit.


Just Stitch/Embroidered Flora and Fauna is a culmination of ten years of teaching in many countries and absorbing the storehouse of inspiration. The input and enthusiasm of embroiderers and the many different embroidery techniques that one rediscovers on this journey is portrayed in the book. The beautiful photo-montages of scenery, flora and fauna and a few embroidery examples are included to fire the imagination of the reader. It is a photographic journey of where one can find inspiration.

The theme is that of Flora and Fauna using an abundance of hand-dyed and textured fibres. This wealth of textures has been simplified by beginning with one simple stitch - couching. Embedded in the many projects in the book are glorious techniques, finally moving into the third dimension. The projects cater for different skills and levels of expertise and offer a wide spectrum of choice for all needle-crafters.

The beginning of Just Stitch/Embroidered Flora and Fauna involves basic necessities and a spectacular chapter on techniques with new dimensions and ideas. To mention but a few of these techniques; how to handle textured (creative) threads, ribbon work focusing on organza and taffeta, manipulation of wool and felt, appliqué techniques (ideal for quilters), a dash of beading, photo transfer, working with net (tulle), stumpwork (wired work) and Barbola (unwired elevated shapes). This is the "how to" section on understanding the use of mixed media embroidery . To tie up the concept of Just stitch; a photograph of an Agapanthus bloom (which inspired a painting) is illustrated in two different projects showing the diversity of choice within the techniques chapter. The project Agapanthus africanus is a textured interpretation which is ideal for a cushion or quilt block while the more complex interpretation of the Agapanthus plant, in the third dimension, is perfect for a framed picture.

Twelve colours are represented and each colour break offers the reader two projects within the spectrum - one simple and another more adventurous. Scattered between the colours are spreads of inspiration within the individual colour range. To give an example of the projects; in the colour red Just Stitch offers step by step techniques on how to create a totally three dimensional Gerbera (fairly adventurous) or a silk appliqué, finely embroidered dragonfly (quick and easy).

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Keywords: Mixed Media Embroidery, stitch,

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There are 15 colours with seven textures in a bag; yarn, bouclé, chenille, round corded rayon, knitted flat rayon and 2 crazy wools for that extra dimension. Simply lay the textured thread down and secure the tail with a couple of holding stitches in a single strand of matching floss or fine yarn. If you have an abundance of traditional threads add to your collection by ordering from Les Designs.


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Contrast colours can be used and many different holding stitches are suitable, including cross stitch, herringbone, straight stitch, fly stitch and detached chain. Pull the thread through to the front of the work at A, make a small stitch over the laid thread at B and pull through to the back. Re-insert the needle at the starting point, bring it out again a short distance away and take it over the loop of the thread.