, I have found the most wonderful book. The author is a friend of a friend and I was given a sneak look yesterday morning. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the book that I came home and ordered it straight away 'express delivery' - and it has arrived.
The book - published by Search Press - is The Art and Embroidery of Jan Messent.
For those who have not heard of Jan Messent, Jan has been a name in Embroidery and Textile Art since the early sixties and has written several books before this one.
This book is about Celtic, Viking and Anglo Saxon Embroidery and is full of information about the period - and more importantly for embroiderers maybe - examples of work which Jan herself has completed - both in sketch book form and in finished pieces. I have photographed one of the finished pieces above.###
Every page is a veritable feast of ideas, techniques, materials used, stitch patterns and finished pieces. In other words - every page is an inspiration to embroiderers and textile artists. I can't write any more because I want to take the book and a cup of tea out to the garden seat to sit in the sun and read it.
##After reading the foreword of the book, I see that no part of it may be reproduced for use on the internet, so I have deleted the pictures. Sorry about that - I would have thought a little sneak preview would have sold books - but I really had no alternative than to do a review without the pictures. You will have to imagine them.