All images: Karin Derland (c) Jenny Unnegård.
In a new book - Freestyle Embroidery on Wool - Karin Derland teaches how to create embroidered wool appliqué designs, with experiments in working with colour, shapes and composition. Karin shares instructions and helpful tips on different threads, how to apply ribbons, mirrors and other accessories, how to look for inspiration, make colour choices, make and use cardboard templates for appliqué shapes and how to do and use stitches for best effect. Using her own detailed embroidery as examples she then shows how to go about creating your own designs using appliqué and embroidery on wool felt. The book concludes with a few step-by-step projects to build up confidence before launching into your own designs.
Karin says: “I see embroidery as a way of expressing myself, as I would with any other artistic medium. It is also a convenient means for exploring and experimenting with textile materials and techniques . . . I want to share my thoughts concerning form, inspiration, materials, techniques, and composition.”
The book contains nearly 300 colour photographs and thorough diagrams of Karin's colourful embroidery that draws on both the Swedish and Indian traditions. These can be used as a sourcebook of ideas for creating your own work. With Freestyle Embroidery on Wool you will be able to customise and create projects that reflect your own personal vision.
Karin is a self-taught embroider and has experimented and learned from her own experiences. Her studies at various art schools in drawing, painting, sculpture and graphics, as well as her work with layouts and printing has trained her eye in colour, form and composition.
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