The Kew Book Of Embroidered Flowers

The story behind the book

In May 2017 I was offered a commission by Search Press in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to create a book on their botanical art in embroidery. I was in heaven! Not only was the subject matter dear to my heart but I felt very honoured to be associated with this time, honoured institution.

The botanical paintings

Initially I was given access to over 200,000 botanical paintings, by famous explorers and artists such as Sir Joseph Banks, and Sir William Hooker, some of which are over 160 years old. It was a mammoth task to sift through these paintings and compile a selection of paintings to use for reproduction in embroidery. I created Pinterest boards to save my favourites, and by a process of elimination, whittled it down, so I could compile a collection for use in the book.

The photography & Manuscript

The stitching, instructions, diagrams and manuscript took over 2 years to create – it was a labour of love and I gave it my all. My daughter Stacey was engaged by Search Press to do the photography which was done in my garden, it was so meaningful to have her involved and I have her to thank for all the gorgeous photographs of my work.

Visit to Kew

In 2019 I was able to visit with Search Press and Kew Gardens where I got to meet the lovely people behind the scenes, and see the extensive Kew library in the flesh. The whole experience seemed quite surreal to me and I had to keep pinching myself!

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Published by Search Press Limited

About the book

Written by needlework expert Trish Burr and created in association with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this package contains the sumptuous book and transfers of projects from the book together in a beautiful hardcover binder.

The embroideries are reworkings of botanical artworks from Kew's Art Collection. There is one 'starter' project to encourage readers to try out the techniques, one large sampler containing eighteen small elements that can be worked individually or as a group, and nine further projects, including a striking spider chrysanthemum, an elegant waterlily and an opulent magnolia. All the projects are shown step by step, with an order of work diagram given where appropriate. The templates are included at full size at the back of the book.

The Folio edition includes iron on transfers.


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From Botanical Painting To Embroidery

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Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 – 1770 –

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Embroidery

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Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817 – 1911)

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Embroidery

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Iron On Transfers

How to get the best results from your transfers:

Ensure your iron is set to the hottest dry setting. Iron the fabric to remove creases

Hold iron on fabric for a few seconds to pre-heat area

Place transfer paper face down on to fabric. Ensure it is centered on fabric.

Place hot iron on top of transfer paper and hold in place for about a minute. Ensure that the iron is not scorching your fabric.

Lift paper, outline will be transferred on to fabric.

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The numbering system may differ in certain countries. If you cannot find 4102, 4104 or 4096 you can substitute with Creme, Brut and Blanc.

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