Postard Reviews – Feb 2020
This magical collection takes as its central theme a magnificent embroidery depicting the Tree of Happiness. Each part of the embroidery is then explored in detail through stitch diagrams, explanations of the threads used, and alternative ways of working. There are seven wonderful designs in total, each dedicated to one of Tatiana’s favourite fairy tales, and all illustrated with gorgeous photographs and informative diagrams. The designs are inspired by the fairy tales we all love and each design is accompanied with the story which brings each piece to life.
Tatiana Popova is a major craftswoman in her art, and what she does is beautiful. She not only demonstrates the techniques of crewel, she simplifies and breakdown each design into small achievable parts.
Diagrams, stitches and an array of colourful glossy photographs showcase the threadwork, many of them have a 3D effect so it is easy to see each stage. These stages are divided into ‘ zones’ which make it simple to understand.