Rebecca Ringquist's Embroidery Workshops
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For the embroiderer who appreciates the value of beautiful stitches but also likes to break a few rules along the way, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops is a refreshing new resource for both standard and out-of-the-box techniques.
Based on the popular classes Ringquist leads across the country, the book teaches everything from the “proper” way to form a French knot and transfer a design to a canvas to new ways to stitch three-dimensionally, work with nontraditional threads and fabrics, draw with thread freeform, and mix and match machine- and hand-stitching. Also featured are instructions for 20 innovative projects, including a cloth sampler designed especially for the book (and packaged in an envelope at the back), table linens, wall art, and clothing embellishments.
Rebecca Ringquist is a Porltand, Oregon based visual artist. Approaching the technique of embroidery as a way of drawing, Ringquist's stitched works explore issues of identity through thinly veiled metaphors utilizing old fashioned imagery and double entendres. The colorful, abstract and often autobiographical works are both sculptural and painterly. She learned how to embroider in college in a feminist art history class, and has been inspired by the history of American needlework ever since.