Jo Dixey has designed this book to inspire and challenge both those new to embroidery and those with some knowledge of stitch who want to take their ideas further.
Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and techniques. As you work through the ideas, you expand your skills and gain confidence in using stitches and ideas in your own work.
The projects range from small embroidered cards to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple appliqué for a scarf to an embroidered jacket all based on the theme of people. Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book, along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques, such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3D effects.
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Combine cotton and wool thread to create embroidery motifs and projects that are beautiful, contemporary and great for beginners!
Through her unique combination of wool and cotton thread, designer Yumiko Higuchi reinvents traditional embroidery for modern makers. Simply Stitched includes 20 beautiful embroidery motifs, plus project and instructions. Use these stunning designs to create accessories, clothing and home decor.
Enjoy classic embroidery motifs that are made new with fresh colour combinations and incredibly textured detail. Embellish a child's sweater with colourful candy motifs, create a holiday stocking that's sure to become a family heirloom or stitch a simple linen tote. With Simply Stitched, youll be inspired to embroider every available surface!$29.99
Who can resist the alluring sparkle and infinite palette of beautiful beads, artfully worked to create truly spectacular results? By applying the time-honoured techniques and traditions of Japanese embroidery, beautiful beaded motifs are brought to life.
Discover a whole new world of beading through the pages of this superb book which includes detailed step-by-step diagrams, full descriptions of the techniques involved and fabulous photography. Nine stunning projects are included ranging from simple beginner designs to a sumptuous evening bag.$44.99
This handbook will be an invaluable resource for all embroiderers – the beginner looking for basic information, and the more experienced seeking confirmation and extension of their knowledge. Features include:
- Advice on equipment and materials and transferring designs
- Over 150 stitches are illustrated with full-colour step-by-step photographs
- Each step is clearly explained and variations or combinations of the stitches are shown
- Techniques and stitches for use with stranded cottons, silk ribbons, wool and beads, combined with enticing photographs of finished projects, provide endless inspiration
- Scattered throughout the book are hints and information to increase the enjoyment of embroidery
This book gathers together 10 easy yet elegant projects celebrating the life and talents of Beatrix Potter.
With 10 appliqué and 6 embroidery designs, even beginning stitchers can work with hexagons to create a beautiful embroidered quilt, stitch up a cushion based on The Tailor of Gloucester, appliqué a wool storage box and construct a beautiful wedding quilt based on one from Beatrix Potter’s home. Plus, all-of-the designs can easily be adapted – just add a dash of imagination to create bags, appliquéd pinafores or embroidered gifts.
- Stitch by hand and by machine as you create projects the whole family will love
- Learn about the life and work of Beatrix Potter with historical vignettes
- Amazing appliqué tips
Working from numerous traditional loom weaving graphs and patterns, Hazel Blomkamp has updated, modified and documented 42 techniques, providing you with the basic weaving methods needed to create stunning embroidered pieces.
Beginning with general information and tips on the weaving technique, she then dives straight into the stitches, which are broken down into detailed, helpful steps. Each weaving pattern is accompanied by a clear diagram and at least one photographed example of one of Hazel's beautiful woven pieces, giving you that extra visual reference as you work.
All the stitches have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place your magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The spine is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the books notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.
With all the stitches needed for needle weaving embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.
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This book is as much for beginners to stumpwork embroidery as it is for experienced stitchers, as it contains information on all aspects of this beautiful art form of embroidery.
While the main focus of the book is techniques found on historical pieces of stumpwork, it also encompasses modern techniques. This book takes stumpwork apart and looks at its history and each element that makes it up – from motifs such as flowers and animals to stitches and needle lace.$49.99
Acclaimed embroiderer / author Jane Nicholas (Stumpwork Dragonflies) has chosen eight flowers from Anne of Brittany's Book of Hours (early 1500s) to embroider in stumpworky.
- 5 botanical specimens with insects in fabric, wire, beads, thread and Latin names below
- 3 as illuminated panels with richly coloured borders embellished with gold thread, beads
- Section on materials, methods, stitch gloss
In works of mesmerising beauty (and accurate anatomy) the author interprets the beetle in gold stumpwork, embroidery, beading, redwork, appliqué, etc. Unsurpassed research, skills and instructions are presented in a format and style which makes her work accessible to all embroiderers. Each chapter shows how to work a particular technique then several projects:
- Goldwork beetles from Art Nouveau jewellery
- Beaded beetles from mosaic buttons
- Beetle wing evening bag
- Scarab beetle brooch
- Peacock, grapevine and beetle
- Pomegranates, snail and beetle
- Embroidered initial & beetle
Thorough information on techniques and equipment (including how to mount stumpwork into paperweight, working with wire, vliesofix and leather) and using beetles as a design source. Includes photos of newly created and rare historical pieces and a stitch glossary.$39.99
With clear, step-by-step instructions and examples of both historical and contemporary pieces, graduate apprentice and tutor, Kate Sinton, shows you how to develop beautiful stumpwork embroideries using traditional stitches and techniques.
- The History of Stumpwork
- Framing Up
- Stumpwork Design
- Stitches: Flat Surface, Raised Surface, Needlelace, Metal Thread Work
- Techniques: Padding, Slips, Wrapping, Found Objects
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Featuring quirky projects and all the technical know-how you need to get started, this Super+Super guide will have you stitching away and filling your world with colour and fun. Features include:
- A full techniques section to explain the basic skills and equipment needed
- Clear and stylish step-by-step photographs
- 20 projects – mittens, pillow, denim shorts and bunting
Let your imagination run wild with this collection of nearly 400 enchanting animal embroidery motifs. Using traditional embroidery, cross-stitch, and appliqué techniques, you can create a menagerie of motifs, borders and alphabets unlike any you've seen before.
- Each stitched motif is accompanied by detailed instructions for fuss-free execution
- Includes an embroidery how-to tutorial and a photo gallery to inspire you to use these designs in innovative ways
- From animals and insects to borders and alphabet letters, you can pick, choose and even combine elements to make a one-of-a-kind embroidered motif
- These original creatures are the perfect way to add a personal touch to any item
The inspired life of a crazy embroiderer called Brian Haggard, whose artistic talent goes from mixed media to decoration, passing by embroidery and patchwork.
From the baroque style to the shabby chic style, find out his techniques and get inspired by his creations to make your own works of art!
From Quiltmania with text in both English and French.$59.99
This much anticipated guide to the work of textile artist Abigail Mill features five beautiful step-by-step projects as well as themed galleries of her contemporary, ethereal artworks.
The book touches on Abigail’s inspirations and influences and looks in detail at the elements that bring her work to life: colour, texture, pattern and free machine embroidery techniques. From fraying and layering to free machine embroidery and embellishment, this gorgeous book teaches you how to recreate her unique, contemporary style, and will inspire you to create wonderful pieces of your own.
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From the beginner to the experienced stitcher, these 12 original and beautiful designs, each with detailed stitch instructions, will capture the imagination through embroidery. Detailed patterns, diagrams and simple, unique instructions throughout.
Working any of them will help master the main techniques of Jenny McWhinney's form of thread painting. This gorgeous full colour book will delight any embroiderer who sees it and will be a 'must-have' for her many fans.$34.99
Discover how to bring your embroideries to life with Pat's original and vibrant guide to creating many different raised stitches.
Illustrated throughout with diagrams and step-by-step colour photos, the book combines technique with inspiration. French knots, tufting, stem stitch, whipped spider's web, woven picot and more are combined with painted backgrounds, couching, padded work and twisted threads to create a sequence of easy-to-follow projects.
Pat guides you through each stage, showing how to build up scenes and pictures. Using nature as her inspiration, she demonstrates the techniques involved in creating flowers, plants, woodlands and seashores.$24.99
This latest addition to the Transfer & Stitch series covers a huge range of designs of butterflies, bees and an assortment of bugs, to be embroidered onto clothing or home furnishings for a unique, quirky finish.
Designs range from traditional, life-like insects to edgy modern steampunk designs. These intricate motifs can be rendered in metallic or variegated threads to give them a colourful, insect-like sheen.
There are over fifty designs to choose from, starting from tiny ladybirds up to larger-scale grasshoppers, and each one comes with an iron-on transfer that can be applied directly to fabric.
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This collection of 64 beautiful romantic motifs (hearts, flowers, swallows, wedding rings and butterflies in a range of sizes and styles) and accompanying transfers provide a source of design ideas for anyone who enjoys stitching.
Each design is shown as a sampler and clear instructions accompany each motif, with information given on the DMC thread colours and the embroidery stitches used. Those who prefer to create their own look can do so by simply adapting the colours and stitches.
The book then showcases 12 beautiful projects embroidered with designs from the samplers intended to inspire. Whether you are looking for a small, dainty motif to decorate a child's dress or sunhat, or a large, bold design to add impact to a pillow or tea towel, there will be a design in this book that matches your chosen item to give it a touch of contemporary homemade style.
The transfers can be cut out and ironed up to ten times each and the book contains a handy pocket at the back for storing cut-out designs.
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Leading Australian embroidery designer and needlework teacher Yvette Stanton guides your steps from novice to advanced merezhka stitchery – an historic, counted thread, embroidery technique from Poltava (Ukraine).
The 300+ colour diagrams and photos (and antique clothing) illustrate the two main techniques and seven projects (bag, doily). Includes troubleshooting tips and hints.$26.99
Lavish colour photos and step-by-step text teach everything you need to know to get the most from sashiko, from selecting fabrics and threads to marking and stitching the patterns.
The 10 project chapters show how to master over 100 stunning decorative patterns using quick and easy techniques as you create long samplers, greetings cards, table mats, cushions, tote bags, kinchaku bags and a table runner. Additional features include:
- Sashiko history
- Library of moyozashi and hitomezashi patterns and motifs
- Gallery of sashiko masterpieces
Use vintage embroidery to add a nostalgic touch to anything you sew.
Inside this book you'll discover a treasure chest of authentic embroidery patterns from the classic magazines and needlework catalogues of days gone by. From birds and bunnies to flowers and fruit, hundreds of retro-cool designs are accompanied by gorgeous colour photographs, stitching advice and four step-by-step projects.
You're sure to find the perfect inspiration here for creating either a thoughtful gift or a new family heirloom.$32.99
The flexibility of Whitework with Colour has opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities. There are no limits to the subjects one can stitch, and you will find nestled among the pages a wide variety of projects which will entice you to get stitching.
Trish Burr believes colour is the key to any successful piece of embroidery so has used quite unusual colour combinations and stitched some of the projects in more than one colourway to show how different the same design can look when stitched in other shades. The embroidery is innovative, great fun and seriously addictive.
There are 17 projects in the book, ranging from complete beginner to more advanced. No special skills are required but a little practice will go a long way in helping you to master the technique.$49.99
Lizzie Lansberry provides a wonderful introduction to whitework combining the traditions with new ideas and contemporary design.
Whiteworkk begins with the history of this wide-ranging type of embroidery, then explains the materials needed and the issues of designing and ordering your work for stitching in white on white fabric. The Stitches section covers pulled thread, core surface, decorative and drawn thread stitches, as well as eyelets and cutwork. Two beautiful whitework pieces are then analysed to show how all the stitches and techniques were used, and a traditional piece is reworked with a contemporary twist. Finally the further techniques of using layers, net darning and trailing are shown.
- Step by step photography, full instructions and diagrams make this a clear and user-friendly guide
- Compact, spiral-bound, easy-to-use lay-flat format
- Inspirational finished works, traditional and contemporary, to show how the stitches can be used
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Japanese designer Yumiko Higuchi presents embroidery motifs to be stitched in just one or two colours – creating patterns and designs that are more evocotive for their form than for a play of colours.
Moving away from traditional embroidery motifs, the designs here are an elegant hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian style: the motifs and patterns are spare and graphic, yet softened with organic shapes and imagery drawn from nature. The result is embroidery that evokes a personal feel and conjures a sense of nostalgia and longing.
The work here feels very approachable and appropriate for beginner stitchers. Each embroidery design is paired with a simple project, such as ribbons, pillows and pouches.$37.99