Trees as a Theme • Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

In this book we learn how to look at Trees as a wonderful source of inspiration for design. We record what we see — such as textures, colors, patterns and shapes, and interpret these into creating our own unique designs.



Trees as a Theme by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

trees as a theme • jan beaney & jean littlejohn

Trees have long held a fascination and at full awe inspiring height can dominate the landscape and overshadow all living things. It is not surprising that in many ancient cultures they were endowed with spiritual significance.

We all think that we really observe things but so often it can be superficial.

It is said that ‘it is easy to look but not so easy to see’.

Traditions concerning the tree of life abound throughout the world in a wide range of cultures and the diverse imagery is a wonderful source of pattern and design for artists.

Trees can offer an amazing assortment of features that could be adapted to form imaginative, attractive designs suitable for a range of items.

trees as a theme • jan beaney & jean littlejohn
trees as a theme • jan beaney & jean littlejohn

Fruits, flowers, seeds and leaves offer a broad range of colour schemes which could inform a number of stitched pieces.

BOOK 7 by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Trees as a Theme is based on inspirational ideas that can be found using trees as a source of design. It tells how to look and record what you see, such as textures, colours, patterns and shapes, and interpret these into creating your own unique design. These can be used in all aspects of embroidery including quilting, freestyle and decoration for cushions and panels, etc.

28 pages full colour illustrations
Double Trouble Enterprises ©2001
Digital Edition 
ISBN No 0-9531750-6-5

Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn • About the Authors

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Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are internationally acclaimed textiles artists, authors and educators. For more than forty years the duo know as “Double Trouble Enterprises” has been challenging traditional notions of embroidery and stitch by working with soluble fabrics, mixed media, bonding, printing, embellishing and collage and extensive use of color development and journaling to great success. Founding members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, featured instructors at Callaway Gardens School of Needle ArtsCity & Guilds (London), Fellows of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (UK)  and Presidents emeritus of the Embroiderers’ Guild (UK), Jan and Jean continue their work in inspiring stitch artists of all ages with print books, digital books, and a wide range of DVDs and streaming workshops.

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