Book review - The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano
Chloe Giordano is an embroiderer known for her exquisitely detailed realistic wildlife embroideries. She describes her technique as needle-painting, bridging the gap between embroidery and painting. This book, as well as showcasing many of her beautiful designs, tells you how she made them.
The introductory section of the book focuses on how she comes up with her designs, giving you ideas for creating your own. She also talks about the equipment and materials she uses. Then she shares her techniques so you can replicate the immense detail found in her embroideries.
The majority of the book focuses on many of her individual embroideries, taking you through her processes step by step – from initial sketches to finished embroidery. This means throughout the book you will find tips for creating and stitching up your own designs. The book is full of stunning photography that really shows off the detail in her creations.
It is not however, one of those books which gives you step by step projects – with templates etc for you to replicate at home. I would say it’s more a source of inspiration, and gives you the tools and techniques to go away and create your own embroideries. I would describe it as part coffee table book, part technique book.