This work helps readers learn how to create beautiful woodland pictures using various combinations of two simple machine stitches. Techniques and instructions are broken down into clear, colour step-by-step instructions, with many helpful photographs and a great range of inspirational pieces. Alison 'paints' her threads on to hand-coloured backgrounds, blending her stitches and achieving stunning results. The raised effects of the embroidery produce a beautiful three-dimensional look and her clever use of perspective is effective and easily achieved. This book covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; painting backgrounds; and, all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic trees, foliage, flowers, woodland paths and much more.This book concludes with four stunning projects based on the four seasons, and throughout there are many examples of Alison's original and delightful work. This is an interesting and must-have instructional and inspirational manual for anyone interested in learning about free-motion embroidery.