Ms. Gouverneur is a well-known European designer who grew up in the bulb-growing region of the Netherlands. [The yellow trumper daffodil 'Burgemeester Gouverneur' was named after her grandfather.] For those who know and cherish her work this book will not be a disappointment. For those not familiar with her this will be a wonderful introduction to a superb natural history artist.
The charted designs are beautifully executed in color and keyed to both DMC and Anchor floss. They are generous in size and very easy to read. Most importantly, the associated instructions are detailed, clear and precise. There is a section devoted to a discussion of the materials used, the execution of the stitches including clear instructional diagrams, and an in-depth discussion of techniques including embellishment with beads. A well-structured chapter describing the finishing of the projects includes mounting the embroidery, making a cushion cover and edging table linens. The listing of suppliers for the materials needed to complete the embroidery covers the USA, the UK, Australia and Japan.
While this book is an exquisite collection of charts for embroiderers it is also more: it includes lovely color photographs of the bulb, flower, herb and fruit specimens that inspire her designs. The text associated with each major section (Spring flowers, herbal gardens, wild flowers, and orchard harvest) gives a brief account that includes some historical information and lore associated with each specimen. It would be a lovely addition to any coffee table collection of art books.