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The Three-Dimensional Embroidery of Julie Kniedl
BY Inspirations Studio

Inspirations (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
28 January 2019/ ISBN 9780648287346
How-To Books / Needlework

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


This beautiful book is a celebration of the work of the late Julie Kniedl, whose remarkably life-like 3D embroideries are both displayed and offered as projects. These impressive pieces are ideal for any embroiderer who relishes a challenge and the chance to make something rather different.

A cauliflower, figs, bunch of cherries, pear and lemon…not the contents of a greengrocer’s shop but some of the projects in here that look good enough to eat. If flowers are more your thing you can choose from camellias, eglantine, banksias, wattle and succulents. This is another gorgeous, coffee table worthy book from Australian publishers Inspirations Studios and fingers itch to get stitching just gazing at all those glorious photographs. Beginner embroiderers are not the target audience here, but those stitchers who have amassed experience in various techniques and want to try something fairly advanced that will look impressive and professional. All the instructions, staged photographs and diagrams you need are present however, along with several large photographs of each item in various poses. Each project starts with a short description of the fruit or flower and a list of supplies, threads, needles, stitches used and fabric type and size. The instructions take you from transferring the designs (all in a pullout sheet at the back), any foundation work such as making up in felt and stuffing through to the embroidery and assembly. At the front is a short guide to what you need and how it is used; you will need felt for the fruits, stuffing, wire to outline petals and make stalks but nothing too outré or expensive. If it all seems a bit daunting but you still want to have a go, all the projects are available as kits. With instructions as clear as these and all those staged pictures it all seems very doable, and I do hope one day there may be another book filled with this talented embroiderer’s wonderful works. Highly recommended for both content and user-friendly projects.

If you cannot find a good range of embroidery materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Cascade House wool yarns available from
Au Ver A Soie silk threads available from
Kits and more available from Inspirations Studios shipped worldwide

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019