»The Art of Embroidery« by Françoise Tellier-Loumagne

The Art of EmbroideryA book recommendation

Françoise Tellier-Loumagne’s »The Art of Embroidery« led me to the idea of drawing inspiration from nature. I got hold of this photo book (well actually of the german version of this book) some day at the public library and since that time I try to capture the poetry of plants, organic surfaces and random compositions through my camera lens.

That is exactly what the french textile artist does. She takes pictures of plants, trees, stones and landscapes and uses these close-up images as a model for her fiber artworks. This is awesome. You can follow her studying the feeding marks on leaves in order to learn how to break up surfaces to finally do cut-outs on woolen material or to use elastic thread in your bobbin to achieve bulging outwardly, in order to recreate the structure of wild cabbage. Both simple and challenging embroidery techniques are used. However the book shows only few long shots of the artworks. The point is not to present various projects, what counts is the detail, the teeny-weeny image detail.

This book provides stimulation rather than an instructions manual. Even though Françoise Tellier-Loumagne describes basic embroidery techniques and in parts even explains the process, I guess beginners, who want to learn how to embroider, won’t take much pleasure in it. It’s more a declaration of love to fiber craft (and to macro photography). For inspiration, for catching fire and for advanced embroiderers.

  • English
    Françoise Tellier-Loumagne
    Inspirational Stitches, Textures, and Surfaces
    Thames & Hudson, 2007
    ISBN 978-0-500286395
  • French
    Françoise Tellier-Loumagne
    d’après nature
    Aubanel (Minerva, F-Paris), 2005
    ISBN: 978-2-700603668
  • German
    Françoise Tellier-Loumagne
    Inspirationen aus der Natur
    Haupt Verlag, 2006
    ISBN: 978-3-258-07081-0

Note: English is my second language. Please excuse possible mistakes. I appreciate corrections. I really do!