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Jan Messent's World of Embroidery


Knitted garden bedspread and pillow made by Jan Messent.

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Jan Messent qualified as a teacher in the mid-50s and, after teaching Art, History and English, became deeply involved with embroidery as an art form. As a member of the Embroiderers' Guild, she taught embroidery design to its members, wrote and illustrated design books, and lectured worldwide. Her last embroidery book was about the Bayeux Tapestry. She became interested in the experimental use of knitting and crochet and hoped, by her books on the subject, to open up new dimensions in the creative use of yarn. Now, having retired from lecturing, Jan writes historical fiction full-time, embroidering as a side-line, reading, painting, and listening to good music.

Jan Messent - Knitting a Fantasy story #book

Author: Jan Messent
Publisher: London : B T Batsford Ltd., 1996.
Edition/Format:  Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Discusses different sources of ideas--word associations, color, symbols, music and the human form--and demonstrates how these ideas can be developed into embroidery. Looks at how techniques, fabrics, and stitches complement an embroidery design.

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