Made in France: Blackwork is truly a beautiful book, I bought it for the shop on the strength of the previous titles in this series Made in France and Made in France: Linen and Thread. We had to wait a couple of months, I am not disappointed. If ever there was a book that made needlework sexy, this is it. This is beautiful. Clear, crisp images in black and white. Coco Chanel would swoon! Where do I start?
Of course there are the homewares projects, embellishment of towels for every room of the house, an apron that is not twee, it is smart and crisp and elegant. An afghan and a sampler have given me some fantastic ideas for a class next year. Even your “too cool” teenager will be impressed with the personalisation of the canvas satchel for school stuff or a computer bag.
As for garments and embellishment, I have never been one for embroidered shirts but examples here are stylish. I really love the flower motif on the pants waist band. I now understand why it took off in Tudor England after the arrival of Katherine of Aragon. Made in France: Blackwork also has an incredible reference catalogue of motifs to create interest, variety and shading in your work.
Oh yes, … this is a very sexy book indeed!
27th June 2017, unfortunately we are no longer able to get hold of this fabulous title. If all of your usual searches are not working try a “Google Alert”. Just type <<google alert>> into your browser and follow the prompts and let the Google crawl spiders do the hard for you. You will receive quite a bit of rubbish and irrelevant stuff but this will still be the most efficient way of tracking it down. Good luck.
Needlecraft stuff we talk about
- Black Parrot Art Room
- CustomFit by Amy Herzog Designs
- Debi Birkin Designs
- Jane Nicholas
- Liverpool Picture Framing
- Mimosa Embroidery
- Regal Craft Cards
- The Stitchery
- Thread Colour Converter