Sarah is thrilled to have contributed to the new book from the V&A, released 5th October 2017!
'Embroidery: A Maker's Guide' (Victoria and Albert Museum)
Publisher: Thames Hudson
Embroidery: A Maker’s Guide contains 15 beautiful step-by-step projects for crafters at all levels. Each one takes its cue from a different historical tradition – from English goldwork to Indian beetle-wing embellishment, from Japanese kogin to Irish whitework. Projects include a bargello purse; blackwork moth and dragonfly motifs on napkins; a William Morris artichoke motif on a small cushion; Chinese-inspired motifs for adorning a denim jacket; Mountmellick whitework on a decorative necklace-collar; Indian shisha mirrorwork on a clutch bag; and machine-embroidered lilies on lingerie. Designed by teachers and practitioners at the leading edge of today’s craft revival, the projects are both functional and fashionable, and include tips on how to take next steps towards developing your own designs.
This modern maker’s guide will inspire all readers with the confidence to express their creativity through the age-old craft of decorative stitching.
Table of Contents
1. Counted Thread Embroidery: Kogin; Berlin woolwork; Bargello; Blackwork; Phulkari
2. Freestyle Embroidery: Crewelwork; Chinese silk; Goldwork; Art needlework
3. Whitework: Broderie Anglaise; Mountmellick • 4. Embellishments: Shisha; Beetle wing;
Ainu appliqué • 5. Contemporary Embroidery: Drawing with thread
Join me at the Victoria and Albert museum for a class in one of these projects! For more info visit the classes page here
"RSN Essential Stitch Guide to Silk Shading"
Publisher: Search Press
Now available in English, Russian and French!
'Other silk shading books on the market are good for specific projects that the authors have designed but if you would like to create your own, or change an existing design to reflect your own taste, I highly recommend Sarah Homfray’s book' - Sarah Halsey, President of the Bay Area Samplers Guild
Learn the beautiful art of silk shading with Sarah's book!
What's it about? This book takes you through the whole technique of silk shading as it is taught by the Royal School of Needlework, and is a great accompaniment to the Certificate and Diploma course.
What's inside? An introduction and history to the technique; materials and equipment; a section about design and colour; inspiration; composition; transferring the design; frames; stitches to enhance your silk shading; getting started (learn the technique with a simple silk shading exercise); more complex shapes; how to tackle curves; how to create different textures; taking your silk shading further (design, threads, fabrics, backgrounds); how to finish your silk shading and a troubleshooting section.
Read the full review of this book by the President of the Bay Area Samplers Guild here