Originated in the 17th century, stumpwork is a type of raised and padded embroidery that features a charming array of flowers, fruits, insects, animals, and sometimes people, all worked as delicate sculptural forms. The intricacy and detail evident in a fine piece of stumpwork is truly amazing. The sculptural quality makes this technique unique; more than just being raised off the surface in slight relief, many elements are almost fully dimensional. Fruits look ripe enough to pluck; petals and leaves seem almost to rustle in the breeze; bugs look like they've just lit on the branch. Be advised, however, that this is not a method for the timid crafter; although the book provides ample general instructions and careful analysis of individual elements before proceeding with specific projects, a good working knowledge of embroidery stitches is strongly advised. But the results are so absolutely delightful, you may want to practice honing your skills just to give this a try. --Amy Handy
Stumpwork is a style of raised and padded embroidery originating in the 17th century. This book provides complete instructions and step-by-step illustrations for a variety of stumpwork projects featuring flowers, fruits and insects, with information about the history of this embroidery technique. All the projects reflect the author's own style, whilst endeavouring to remain true to the spirit of the original 17th- century stumpwork. A list of further reading is included.