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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi-binding with flaps
  • Publication: 20 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216551
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: The Textile Artist
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The Textile Artist: The Seasons in Silk Ribbon Embroidery


20 beautiful designs, techniques and inspiration by Tatiana Popova (Author)

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Book Description

Silk ribbon embroidery enthusiasts all over the world have been discovering the work of renowned Ukrainian embroiderer, Tatiana Popova. Here she teaches all the essential techniques and stitches you need, including traditional ribbonwork and thread embroidery, as well as new ways of working that she has developed herself to make silk ribbon embroidery easier. 

The second part of the book is devoted to 20 stunning projects inspired by the seasons, each accompanied by numerous step-by-step photos, diagrams and instructions. These include vibrant floral arrangements as well as romantic and whimsical designs such as hearts, owls and posies, and there are ideas for seasonal gifts such as an Easter wreath, a Wedding Day heart and a Christmas star. Ten of the designs feature full-size images to scan and print on your fabric before embroidering.

Whether you are new to ribbon embroidery or an experienced embroiderer looking for inspiration and expert guidance, Tatiana's beautiful book is one you will turn to again and again.   

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Getting started 8
Stitches for silk ribbon 20
Straight stitch group 21
Ribbon stitch group 25
Daisy stitch group 29
Knots 31
Ribbon gathering 33
Traditional ribbonwork 37
Thread embroidery 35
New techniques 50
Owlets 68
Spring Owlet 70
Summer Owlet 74
Autumn Owlet 78
Winter Owlet 82
Seasonal flowers 88
Lily of the Valley 90
Your Day 94
From Olga’s Garden 102
Meadow Posy 114
Autumn Basket 120
Sunny Road 130
Christmas Rose 134
February Cup 138
Seasonal gifts 144
Easter Wreath 146
Mother’s Day 158
August Cup 164
Friendship Heart 172
Wedding Day 176
Housewarming Carp 182
Christmas Star 188
January Cup 192
Designs to transfer 196
Index 207
Flower index 208

About the Author

About Tatiana Popova

Tatiana Popova is a Ukrainian embroiderer. She learnt to stitch at an early age, inspired by her mother and grandmother's embroidery, and for a time she pursued her passion for stitching by studying a huge variety of embroidery styles and techniques, both at school and in her own time. Tatiana studied Floristry Design at university, but soon after graduating she discovered the world of embroidery. She started her own business, Little Owl Smart Crafts Company, producing kits for silk ribbon and crewel embroidery. Tatiana participates in a number of craft shows all around the world, including the UK, USA and Japan, and annually teaches at the Bead & Button Show in the USA. 

You can find out more about Tatiana and her work on her website, www.owl-crafts.com.


Customer review

A beautiful book showing step-by-step creation of flowers in ribbon silk and embroidery stitches. Detailed descriptions and photographs. This book makes me want to find some ribbon and have a go at this art medium. Whether you like painting (the ribbon), drawing and creating designs (to be worked), embroidery, flowers or colour combinations, this book will be a feast for you. So much information written in an easy to read format makes this beautiful craft look easy. A beautifully presented book. 

Customer review

I knew this book would be good but when it arrived my jaw literally dropped. An absolutely delightful book that would be worth having even if all you ever did was look at the beautiful photographs. But this is so much more than just being wonderful to look at, it is packed full of instructions to make the most exquisite ribbon embroidered pictures. Even before the main projects there are over 50 pages of techniques, and theyre genuinely packed full of instructions without preamble and have lots of step by step photographs. The projects themselves are amazing and filled with intricate details that seem scary at first but the instructions take you right through them and the flowers look almost real, especially the fabulous roses. This superb book is a complete joy to own. 

Customer review

Ive always wanted to try ribbon embroidery, the examples I saw on the internet were always so professional looking. When I got this book I thought the same, I didnt think I could come up with anything that looked as good as the pictures even though Ive been doing all kinds of crafts most of my life. I started by reading the Get started section, where else? I had already chosen a design, I wanted to complete the summer owl. I loved it, I became fully engrossed and followed the instructions to the letter. The final result was amazing, just like the picture. Im now looking for my next project and am about to dive into a basket of flowers, ribbon of course. This is a lovely book and is full of beautiful designs. Now that Ive started Im planning all my birthday and Christmas presents courtesy of Tatiana Popova. 

Customer review

This book arrived today and it is delightful. Beautiful ideas, good explanations and gorgeous pictures. 

Customer review

This book takes the reader through every aspect of ribbon embroidery including thread embroidery to complement the ribbons. It explains how to use colour, how to dye the silk ribbons and how to form every stitch imaginable to produce beautiful creations. The second half of the book uses the learnt techniques to produce lovely pictures of owls, flowers, and wreaths for all seasons. Just flicking through the book is a pleasure as the photographs are beautiful. The instruction are written in a way for the very beginner to understand in a step by step way. It is everything and more than I expected in a book about ribbon embroidery. 

The Stitcher's Journal 2019 - Issue 2 (April-June)

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SEW Region Magazine (June 2019)

If you only have one book on ribbon embroidery, this is the one to have.

East Kent Embroiderers Guild

This latest title in The Textile Artist series, highlights the delightful work of Ukrainian embroiderer Tatiana Popova. Introductory chapters cover materials, stitch techniques and applications followed by twenty beautiful projects inspired by nature with detailed step-by-step instructions and stunning colour photographs. Ten of these designs feature full-size images to scan and print onto fabric before embroidering. This is a must-have book for all embroiderers those new to the craft and the more experienced, cannot fail to be inspired and excited by this gorgeous book.


If you are an embroiderer looking for a challenge and want to create some stunningly beautiful works of art using silk ribbon, this is definitely the book for you. Many of these flowers look real, created from ribbons that have been hand coloured and stitched on in a number of innovative ways, including new stitches created by the author. This is one book that really has the wow factor in spades.

Another lovely book for the keeper shelf, and my favourite book of 2019 so far.

Customer review

The book arrived two days ago.  I love it.  So many new things that I want to try.  Thank you so much for sharing some of your secrets with us. 

Customer review

I have this book... I love it.

Customer review

Dear Tatiana, Just to let you know that my book arrived today! It is absolutely lovely with so much information in it. I am looking forward to stitching some of the projects soon! Your extremely happy customer.

Just love this book. So enjoy reading and rereading it. Thank you Tatiana!

Customer review

Just delightful! Of course, I was suspecting the book to be great and interesting, but never thought it would be SUCH a book!!! The quality of the printing, the amount of information and the style of its presentation, and even the size of the book all of that amazes me! Thank you very much for this wonder! Keep up the good work!

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