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"Utterly amazing! The embroidery work of Chloe Giordano is delicate, tiny, beautiful, realistic, adorable, detailed, perfect there are so many adjectives you could use to describe her work!" - Mary Corbet, Needle 'n Thread
Take a walk through the stunning stitched world of renowned embroiderer Chloe Giordano, and discover not only her unique way of working with sewing thread but also a sublime collection of her exquisite textile art, inspired by her love of the natural world.
Taking one project from conception through to completion, see how Chloe plans her designs, chooses colours, selects threads, blends colours and finally stitches her designs in order to create her beautifully detailed embroideries. Packed with Chloe's guidance on every aspect of the process, including hooping and framing, this book will inspire you to create stunning thread paintings of your own.
In the second part of the book, wend your way through a beautiful gallery of Chloe's work showcasing her popular, intricate embroideries that celebrate wildlife both big and small from foxes, fawns through to hares, rabbits, mice and more. All are accompanied by the back story and inspiration behind the piece, offering a fascinating and exclusive look into Chloe's creative process.
For needle-painting that will astound you with its lifelike, delicate beauty pick up this book and get lost in the magical woodland art of Chloe Giordano.
Equipment & materialsn 8
Composing an image 14
Thinking about colour 18
Preparing the hoop 26
Transferring the design 28
Starting to work 30
- Creating a design: Fawn’ 32
Finishing embroidery 40
- Hares 44
- Foxes 68
- Fawns 90
- Rabbits 112
- Deeper into the Forest 140
Chloe began to sew in the last year of her Illustration degree at the University of the West of England, and since graduating in 2011 she has continued to experiment with freehand embroidery, using sewing thread and hand-dyed fabrics. Her clients include Vintage Books and Penguin, for whom she has designed the book cover for The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick. Chloe is regarded as one of the world’s top embroiderers and has been featured on numerous textile art websites, including Textile Artist, This Is Collossal, as well as Mary Corbet’s Needle n Thread and Bored Panda. Based in York, UK, she sells her original pieces, prints and greetings cards on Etsy and through her website www.chloegiordano.com.
The hardback version of this book is exquisite, beautiful quality paper and photographs. Inspirational content showing how the artist achieves intricate detail in her nature embroideries. Helpful information about her work practices and lots of beautiful photographs of drawings and embroideries both during the process and finished. A delight to look at and contemplate how to improve your own projects.
The image on the cover of this book makes it very attractive to pick up and browse but don't be mistaken this is only the beginning. This is not a typical "how to" project book it feels much more like looking at someone's personal project book from initial sketches that you are shown developing into the most stunning pieces of embroidered art and throughout there are personal notes sharing the author's thoughts. The author explains her background and choices of subject, medium and methods used, all little nuggets of information which will keep me returning to read. There are beautiful photographs throughout showing multiple pieces of work at various stages of the process. The photographs also include images showing the sketching and drawing process that has been used to develop ideas.
The embroideries are in five categories (Hares, Foxes, Fawns, Rabbits and Deeper into the Forest); for the first four categories the author describes how she developed on each of these subjects to create variations on a theme. The latter section gives a quick glimpse at a wider range of subjects.
Whether you want to learn from this artist or are simply content to be in awe of her beautiful work this book has something to offer.
This book details the thought processes behind creating these magical pieces of art from the start, from sketching out the subject matter to choosing colours and preparing the fabric.
Large, colour photos clearly show the various embroideries, sketches and the different stages which went into completing the finished creation.
For those who are experienced in embroidery this book provides plenty of inspiration to stray away from mass produced patterns and create a work of art that is truly unique.
This book is incredibly beautiful. Such detailed exquisite works of art which are explored in detail. She describes how each is made with sketches then transfer and how she stitches them with her chosen colours of thread. Very inspirational and a wonderful read.
This book is quite simply one of the most stunning books I've ever seen. I come from a family of sewers and have always loved embroidery so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of this book, especially after seeing the beautiful cover. It turns out that's just the tip of the iceberg and the contents of the book is beyond what I expected. The first third of the book concerns various tips and tricks for how to do Chloe's style of embroidery and needle-painting, and there are a lot of really useful nuggets of information here about where and how to begin, basics of how to blend colours, how to keep your work neat and how to finish and display your piece. The last two thirds of the book are filled with heaps of high-resolution photos of Chloe's pieces from beginning to end so that you can see each creature being built up. There is annotation throughout from Chloe about her process, what she's learnt, how she's changed her style and various notes about each piece. It gives real insight into her thought processes and her craft. As someone who's never tried needle-painting and is very eager to start, I found this book really inspiring and I'm absolutely itching to give it a go. Although there are loads of process images, the colours aren't specifically detailed and the animal shapes and shading patterns aren't provided so you can't create your own version of any of Chloe's work. This isn't a problem and it wasn't in the description of the book or anything like that, it was just something I personally hoped for because this style of embroidery is so beautiful but as a beginner, it feels very overwhelming to know where to even start and although I'm very inspired and eager, so I will be seeking out other books and tutorials. For those who are more experienced, I'm sure this book would be ideal because it'll help you troubleshoot any issues you're having as well as improving your techniques and almost certainly teaching you things you didn't know or hadn't thought of yet. The images throughout are really high quality, very detailed and vibrant colour and you feel really immersed in Chloe's world from the first page. It honestly is one of the most beautiful books I've ever seen and if I manage to create one piece that's even half as good as any of those shown in this book then I'll be delighted and I know the tips and tricks I've read about here will really help me achieve that.
With beautiful photography and plenty of illustrations this book is lovely to look at and makes a great 'coffee table' book but it is also a useful 'how-to' with information on preparing fabric and transferring designs. It then starts to get a little more personal as they artist explains her thoughts and processes and we see the pictures come to life. There are no patterns to follow and I imagine it would be difficult to work to this level, especially as she stitches with sewing thread which would require good eyesight and/or magnification.
I think this would appeal not only to those with an interest in textile arts but to lovers of British wildlife as it features, hares, rabbits, fawns & many other forest creatures.
For every embroidery enthusiast, this book will be inspiring and encouraging. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen.
The designs are gorgeous, life like and incredibly intricate. Although not a book of patterns, it is one that will motivate any embroiderer to achieve a simple but stunning piece of art.
I did learn why I never get a perfectly professional finish with my own embroidery and discovered it is because of the thread I use.
Chloe Giordano gives us all the know how we need to get that perfect image.
The tiny forest animals are delightful and I loved the idea of creating the same creature but in different positions, that gives movement and motion.
The designs are wonderfully photographed and the glossy pages bring vibrancy to each piece.
An exquisite book of gentle embroidery. Follow Chloe into her woodland wonderland of flora and fauna. Encounter rabbits, foxes, hares, a wolf cub, a fawn or dormouse all lovingly embroidered. See how the author works and how her embroidery has progressed into delicate backgrounds that complement the subject. She uses sketching and painting to create the designs, blending thread colours for each piece. Good details are given on the working methods. However, there are no guides to threads used or what to buy. This is the artist talking you through her work. Each embroidery is produced in a hoop. There are many samples of work and detailed step by step photographs to guide you. An inspiring look at the artist's work for any lover of animals and embroidered art.
Chloe Giordano is an embroiderer known for her exquisitely detailed realistic wildlife embroideries. She describes her technique as needle-painting, bridging the gap between embroidery and painting. This book, as well as showcasing many of her beautiful designs, tells you how she made them.
The introductory section of the book focuses on how she comes up with her designs, giving you ideas for creating your own. She also talks about the equipment and materials she uses. Then she shares her techniques so you can replicate the immense detail found in her embroideries.
The majority of the book focuses on many of her individual embroideries, taking you through her processes step by step from initial sketches to finished embroidery. This means throughout the book you will find tips for creating and stitching up your own designs. The book is full of stunning photography that really shows off the detail in her creations.
Without doubt this is one of the highest quality needlework publications weve ever seen.
Ive been waiting for this for a while!
I want to show you a new embroidery book that will be on the market very soon. I think I can safely say its going to be Huge not size-wise, but popularity wise.
This is not your typical embroidery book. But oh! How I love it! It is everything I hoped it would be, all bundled up between two hard covers....
I think one of the main take-aways from Chloes story is that you dont have to follow rigid rules laid down by other people when it comes to embroidery. Do what you want to do, achieve what you want to achieve. Take your vision for your embroidery, try, practice, try again see what happens!
If youre keen on realistic needlepainting of animals, the book is must-have in that regard. But for those who love embroidery, who love art and illustration, or who just enjoy a good burst of inspiration now and then whether or not you want to stitch in this particular style the book is a delight and worth having on hand! I am certain it is going to be wildly popular if you want it before it sells out of the first print run, Id get it pre-ordered now!
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