At last I am able to share with you some details about the new book Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery: Vintage Portraits, Florals & Birds, published by Milner Craft, Australia. Despite the setbacks and delays the book has finally been published and I am waiting expectantly for my advanced copy to arrive in the post! Today I had confirmation from the publishers that it will be released in Australia/New Zealand in December, UK In January and USA/Canada in February. It is now available for pre-order at most good online bookshops including:
I will of course have copies for sale in the ETSY shop as soon as they are available – hopefully end of January/February 2015. I will advise by blog as soon as they arrive from overseas. You can read a synopsis of the book at any of the links above but there is nothing like a picture to show you what it is really all about, so here goes.
The book is a complete instruction on needle painting embroidery in miniature, based on Vintage designs – the same as normal needle painting but it shows you how to adjust your stitches to fit a smaller shape, and the use of colour to achieve the most realistic effect. There is some background information on miniature art and of course the usual chapters on Materials, Preparation, Techniques & tips on how to get around those challenging areas in your embroidery. At the back of the book I have included complete Anchor & DMC substitute charts to make life easier for you. The publishers have succeeded in recreating the feel of the Victorian Era by inserting gorgeous little lacy borders, trims and Vintage images on each page and I just love this!
Included in the book are a total of 20 projects, two starter projects, 15 main projects and 3 mini projects. The main projects are divided into 3 sections, Birds, Flowers & Portraits – hopefully something for everyone? You can see a sampling of them below.
Each project is accompanied by a stitch diagram, thread list and of course detailed step by step instructions to guide you through each stage of the stitching. They cater for all levels from beginner to advanced and the best thing about them is that they don’t take long to complete so you never have a chance to get bored!
In my previous post I mentioned that we would be having a 24 hour sale on Digital Downloads on the 15th December but I forgot that our family arrives for Christmas, and I will be away at a beach house over that period so unfortunately I will have to delay this till the following week. The shop will close next week on the 10th December but the digital store will remain open throughout the Festive season. I will pop back before Christmas to wish you all the best but in the meantime wherever you are, be it winter, spring, summer or autumn have a wonderful week and many happy stitching hours. Trish