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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 21 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781617458842
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x279 mm
  • Illustrations: 128
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: £22.99
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Artful Embroidery on Canvas


Get Creative with Thread, Fabric, Paper, Acrylic Mediums & More by Irene Schlesinger (Author)

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Book Description

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!

About the Author

About Irene Schlesinger
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 www.ireneschlesingerartwork.com



Stretched, mounted canvas is for artists to paint pictures on, right? Well, yes but you can also use it like an embroidery hoop and make pictures in another way. The subtitle says it all: get creative with thread, fabric, paper, acrylic mediums and more.

Im not an artist who paints pictures so tend to give canvases a miss, but they do have a lot in common with fabric in hoops so maybe they can be used in the same way? Apparently, they can, and this innovative book shows you how. It jumps right in with several stitches to practice before you put needle to canvas and sets the tone of the book, a hands-on approach which is all about having fun and using mixed media. Learn three very simple stitches plus how to sew on shisha glass and sequins. Find out what you need (basically canvases and the right needles plus whatever else you want to use).  The book looks at some of these media and how they can be used, from different acrylic mediums and gels to fabrics, papers, and some additional items such as the Indian shisha glass and Mexican Milagros and Hojalatas.

There is quite a Mexican vibe to this book with a calavera project later and lots of bright, vibrant colour. This section also has some useful information about colour and composition before you make a start on the first of three projects. These are quite simple but can be adapted to suit your skill level and what you have to hand. Start off with a simple heart motif and see where it can take you with a gallery of ideas. The other two are the calavera and a butterfly and all have enough good-sized photographs with captions to show you how to make a basic version. I like the idea of printing off two of the templates at the back and using one as a pattern and the other for notes and ideas.

If you want to know how to hang up your finished work, there is even a chapter dealing with this using basic items. Finally, there is a gallery to inspire you, plus several templates of different sizes or aspects for the projects such as large and small hearts and butterflies plus three skulls to embellish your final pieces.

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