Helen, together with Vivebooks, has created a great range of YOUTUBE videos demonstrating various of her fascinating, unique techniques. Don't forget, if these inspire you to have a try yourself, you can buy a selection of beautiful designs, and an E-book with even more video, from Vivebooks direct.
Surface couching is one of the most ancient embroidery stitches and was used over a thousand years ago in Angle Saxon times. Here, Helen demonstrates how you can incorporate it into your contemporary work.
To create this beautiful "chequerboard" effect, which can be used in many different ways in your contemporary work, the technique of needleweaving - an ancient skill - is given the "Helen M. Stevens" treatment!