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Beginner's Guide to Ottoman Embroidery

Joyce I. Ross

 

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Ottoman Embroidery was born of the desire of privileged Turkish women to beautify the palaces of Bursa and Istanbul. Initially, simple silk stitchery on narrow cotton fabric copied the much-admired patterns on Italian brocades. But increasing contact with Europe encouraged more complex designs and the bold primary colours were muted to glowing pastels that complemented the sumptuous metallic threads.

 

Through a detailed study of the stitches on traditional Ottoman embroideries from around the world, Joyce I Ross has developed 10 easy to follow, step-by-step projects that recreate the look and feel of another era.

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