Examples of medieval stumpwork—the art of embroidering using raised, 3-D embellishments—can be found in museums and galleries throughout Europe. Considered among the most intricate and lovely of embroidery styles, it requires a delicate touch. Now the secrets of stumpwork are revealed through eight beautiful floral projects, all inspired by the 16th-century illuminated Book of Hours
created by Jean Bourdichon for Anne of Brittany. The embroideries include “Corncockle and Dragonfly,” “Snowdrop and Cranefly,” and the lovely “Venus’ Looking Glass and Bumble-bee.” In addition to instructions for every technique, this fully illustrated book also provides tracing patterns and a comprehensive stitch glossary.