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Silk Ribbon Flowers


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First and foremost, Ann Cox is a silk ribbon embroidery designer who runs her own company selling silk ribbons and kits. She teaches at colleges of further education, takes classes in her own studio and gives talks to clubs and guilds. She is also a professional cake decorator, a very keen gardener and is interested in many other crafts, especially those relating to flowers. Ann lives with her husband, Ashley, in a small viallage near Southampton in Hampshire. Ann has her own website:


March 2015

This book is another great offering from the Search Press '20 to Make series', which again delivers exactly what it promises in this generously priced book. Written by renowned needlework author Anne Cox, it is easy to follow with lovely, full-colour photographs and clear step-by-step instructions. With 20 pretty designs Anne gives a new twist to a traditional technique, with ideas on how they can be used to embellish clothes, accessories and cushions. This small book will open up the world of ribbon embroidery to a new generation of embroiderers.

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Transform silk ribbon into beautiful flowers to enhance clothes, accessories, quilts and corsages. Although the author's previous books are better for the total tyro, you don't need to know a lot to tackle these projects. At the front of the book are two pages showing you how to do the few stitches you need, and these include staged photographs for foolproof stitching. The rest of the book is filled with twenty flowers, each one consisting of a full page photograph (often giving an idea for use) plus materials and written instructions. There are often close-ups or helpful diagrams showing something tricky, and a template if necessary. Choose from temperate garden favorites such as a classic rose, fuchsias, red poppy, cornflower, pansy, sunflower and Christmas poinsettia, to name a few. At the back is a useful page of tips. This is a very user-friendly book that is sure to get many more people converted to embroidering with ribbon, and is a particularly impressive entry in the Twenty To Make series

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Using silk ribbon with simple embroidery stitches, experienced designer and embroiderer Ann, demonstrates how to make twenty beautiful blooms. From a delicate rose sampler in pastel pinks to a zingy dahlia on a denim jacket, Ann's instructions ensure successful and recognisable flowers can be produced by all. Outstanding value for money.

-- East Kent Embroiderers Guild

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