Beginner’s Guide to Machine Embroidered Flowers



Author: Alison Holt

Combining her love of gardens and landscapes with her skills as an artist and a machine embroiderer, Alison Holt shows you how to create exquisite flower pictures using your sewing machine.

Alison’s interpretations of what she sees in nature are so detailed that many people at first mistake her embroideries for paintings or even photographs. Alison’s technique is to use her sewing machine like a paintbrush to apply threads in a myriad of different colours on to a canvas of hand-painted silk. She uses two basic stitches – straight stitch and zigzag stitch – to make fine and broad ‘brushstrokes’, blending both to achieve stunning results.

This comprehensive and colourful book covers everything from composing a picture and setting up the machine to choosing threads and silk paints and creating different effects in stitch. Each of the three step-by-step projects allow you to put all you have learnt into practice to make a stunningly effective embroidered picture, and will inspire you to transform what you see around you into your own, unique designs.

Published: 2006