Collecting insects, and displaying them, has long been the delight of natural history enthusiasts. In the 19th century, collecting butterflies and moths as serried rows in specimen boxes, or as decorative patterns in framed pictures, was a popular pursuit. Faithful to the tradition of these collectors, the Moth and Butterfly Specimen Box in this book is the third in Jane's series of stumpwork insect boxes, preceded by those in Stumpwork Dragonflies (2000), and The Stumpwork, Goldwork and Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection (2004). Lavishly illustrated in colour, with detailed step-by-step instructions accompanied by explanatory diagrams, this book will be a valued addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in textured and dimensional embroidery.Reseña del editor:
This specimen box contains eighteen specimens - ten moths and eight butterflies- from the order Lepidoptera. Jane's aim was to produce a specimen box of 'Jewels", with complete disregard for size and proportion: to selected moth and butterfly specimens for interest and colour-not the most familiar and to use a wide assortment of materials to interpret these insects. This brief provided Jane with the opportunity to employ a variety of techniques to work the detached wings, from surface embroidery in lustrous silks for the Indian Moon Moth, to hand dyed silk fabric for the purple fucshia butterfly and even to try stitching clear plastic for the Glasswing Butterfly.
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