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Look inside RSN: Raised Embroidery
  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexibound
  • Publication: 04 May 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211891
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: RSN series
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RSN: Raised Embroidery


Techniques, projects & pure inspiration by Kelley Aldridge (Author)

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Book Description

This practical, contemporary guide to the exciting and varied world of raised embroidery is written by Kelley Aldridge, an expert teacher with the Royal School of Needlework. Part of a new series showcasing the RSN’s traditional techniques, technical excellence and contemporary flair, it contains a complete grounding in raised embroidery stitches and techniques, three beautiful projects and galleries of inspiring work.

The book features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage. It reveals the history and context of raised embroidery and showcases galleries of inspiring raised embroidery work. This is primarily a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in the techniques you need for raised embroidery: it contains a comprehensive stitch guide and leads the reader through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance. The book contains three beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice and showcase additional advanced techniques. 

About the Author

About Kelley Aldridge

Kelley graduated from the RSN in 2005, and has been growing a successful business in teaching, producing kits and working private commissions mainly in the Bristol area.  Recent restoration work has included the Redcliffe Cope for St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol and several 18th century samplers.

Kelley has been teaching the RSN's Certificate and Diploma course in Bristol since 2010, and has extended the classes to include Saturdays, which has proven popular.  She is also involved in the Future Tutor Programme, mentoring Deborah Wilding through her final year.  


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This fully illustrated book is packed full with details of the techniques that you need to create raised embroidery, which is a three-dimensional form of embroidery, Kelley gives a detailed description of what is involved, the stitches needed and the endless opportunities for creating beautiful examples.


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This guide is a great example as to why the Royal School of Needlework commands such respect. The combination of traditional techniques and contemporary designs guides beginners through the basics of 3D stitching - but even experienced embroiderers are guarenteed to learn something new and exciting, with three beautiful projects to show off your new skills!


Stumpwork, Brazilian embroidery and needlelace are all forms of raised embroidery, a 3D style which uses padding and wire as well as the stitches themselves to produce a raised effect.  Particularly popular in the 17th century it was one of the more advanced and ornate styles but the right instructions can make it accessible to modern stitchers.  

This book fortunately contains instructions, photographs and diagrams which do just that.  It forms part of the RSN series and is of the same high standard as all of their books, debunking the mystique surrounding this more challenging style and making it accessible and fun.  After a very brief look at its history there is a short section on what you need which is the usual kit for hand embroidery plus a few extras.  Here the fun part starts to emerge as you can be a magpie and collect not only lots of different threads but beads, buttons, charms and found objects like feathers, shells and scrapbooking embellishments.  Learn the stitches, discover how to prepare frames and pad your work and then tackle some projects.  Everything in this book comes with good sized clear photographs and plenty of them so you can easily get some of the trickier stitches right.  The three projects are a brooch, a phone sleeve and a biscornu pincushion, chosen surely because they have a direct link back to their 17th century equivalents.  There are also lots of photographs of items decorated with raised embroidery and although I would have preferred more projects it is interesting to see what other uses you can put the style to.  Armed with your new knowledge of raised work you can start to devise your own pieces making this a book suitable for beginners and those embroiderers who want to try something new.  One for the keeper shelf.


This book, part of a RSN series on stitching provides a contemporary twist to traditional techniques. It offers technical expertise to all abilities beginning with basic techniques. Clear photographs and step-by-step instructions easily guide you through processes. A stitch guide is also included. Three projects highlight advanced techniques including wire shapes. Discover different techniques such as ways of creating a raised surface, couching, shisha and stitches such as knots. Create interesting projects like the felt bead necklace, brooch, needle case, phone case or an amazing biscornu piece and see a gallery of inspiring finished pieces. A fascinating book that will appeal to a broad range of embroiderers.

Andrea Hood

this is a beautiful book it is very detailed right from the beginning starting with a bit of history and a lot of detail about the equipment you would need.the techniques are well explained and the photos are great giving step by step wording as well as pictures.The only down side to the book is some of the projects seemed a bit dated but overall a good book can't wait to start practising

Karen Meakin

A very good book with lots of techniques that are easy to follow with lots of photos , I'm a new comer to embroidery and the book has given me lots of inspiration to start on new projects, well worth it

Kim Daley

That's book is ace. Loved it as soon as I opened it. The how to do each project is so clear. I'm going to try the broaches as the spider looks so cool. A great book to have and I think I'm going to spend many hours creating these projects.

Lesley Alice Belton

I did wonder if this would be just another techniques book - I was happy to be proved wrong. Yes there are clear instructions with detailed photographs showing the many and varied techniques which go into making a raised embroidery but this book is so much more. The photography is superb throughout and it was a real pleasure to just go through the pictures before reading the book in more depth. The book provides inspiration not only for a beginner to start raised embroidery, but also to experienced embroiderers to push the boundaries of their work. The only negative was the binding - I really was not keen on the flexibound cover as I had to keep tucking the ends back in. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in embroidery.

Lorraine Mitchell

Beautiful book by a true professional who clearly has a passion for embroidery. Clear and precise photos and instructions on how to do stitches a stunning book highly recommended..

Maggie Bacon

Enjoyed this book , l found it helpful and it has some good projects to make but some of them were not something I would waist my time with as they were really dated an had no use that I could see

Maria Ticehurst

This book is brilliant for those new to raised embroidery, like me. The instructions with photos make it very clear how to carry out each stitch it the stages of the projects. There is a lot of inspiration in the book that is great but I felt a little frustrated that these examples did not have more detailed instructions as to how those projects were made. It does make it clear that the book does contain work just for inspiration though. Overall though it is a very good book for beginners.

Nicola Urmenyi

I wish this book had been written when I first attempted raised embroidery as the instructions are so clear & well illustrated. There is some brief information about the history of raised embroidery & how to start designing as well as three projects (brooch, phone sleeve & biscornu) all of which are broken down into easy-to-follow stages. The book is beautifully illustrated & lives up to its subtitle of 'techniques,projects & pure inspiration' & I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in embroidery.

Pam Smith

Beautifully set out and photographed with clear instructions for each project.

Lilly Roskell

I really enjoyed this book. As a newcomer to raised embroidery, it certainly has helped me to start creating some acceptable work. The layout makes it easy to find a particular piece of information and the step by step guides are very easy to follow. It takes the reader through everything, even how best to frame up. The photographs are clear and relevant to each technique, and the project section is very comprehensive. There is something for everyone here. I found the whole book both informative and inspirational.

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