• Lunch-Hour Wool Minis

    So small, so sweet, so simple to complete! About all that's needed is a needle, thread, wool and a little lunch-hour time to make 14 cute and creative projects.

    Seasonal and everyday designs include framed art, a pincushion and fun pieces to stitch and attach to ordinary items to make them extraordinary. Even beginners can easily appliqué these charming decor pieces – and complete each in a few lunch hours or less!

  • Machine Embroidered Flowers, Woodlands & Landscapes

    Drawing on material from her three previous books, Alison Holt shows you how to create beautiful machine-embroidered pictures of gardens, flowers, landscapes and woodlands using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches. All the techniques are broken down into clear, step-by-step instructions, with photographs and inspirational pieces.

    Alison Holt '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.

    Covers everything, including the materials required; how to compose a picture from photographs that have inspired you; achieving perspective; light and shade; painting backgrounds; and all the basic stitch techniques you need to know. Detailed instructions explain how to create realistic flowers, trees, foliage and much more, and there are eight stunning step-by-step projects so that you can put into practice your newly acquired skills.

    This is a must-have instructional and inspirational book for anyone interested in free-motion embroidery.

  • Machine Embroidered Seascapes

    Now in paperback!

    Alison Holt shows you how to produce incredible seascapes using various combinations of just two simple machine stitches.

    This is an inspirational book for artists, embroiderers and textile artists interested in learning about free-motion machine embroidery. It features:

    • Detailed descriptions of how the author works and what inspires her
    • Practical guidance on the basic techniques, stitches, materials and equipment
    • Numerous examples of the author's exquisite work to excite and inspire you
    • Five step-by-step projects to put your skills into practice and produce beautiful machine embroidered seascapes of your own

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  • Machine Embroidered Woodlands

    Learn how to create stunning woodland pictures using various combinations of two simple machine stitches.

    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.

    The 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 instructional and inspirational manual for anyone interested in learning about free-motion embroidery.

  • Miniature Needlepainting Embroidery

    Trish Burr presents endearing little paintings with all the detail and form of a larger piece. The designs are fresh and appealing, to depict the pretty, romantic illustrations typical of the Victorian and post-Victorian eras. Features include:

    • A wide range of projects worthy of stitching
    • Instructions on everything about long and short stitch and how to adapt it to fit different situations and projects
    • Each project is accompanied by a detailed thread diagram which shows exactly which colour should be used and where
    • A 'shopping list' of all the threads needed for each project
    • Charts for equating Anchor and DMC colours

  • Modern Folk Embroidery

    Incorporate folk art into your home in a contemporary way with this collection of stunning modern embroidery designs by leading designer, Nancy Nicholson. Nancy's distinctive style, which draws on Scandinavian and Eastern European motifs, perfectly captures the folk art trend and will appeal to stitchers of all ages and abilities.

    This collection shows you how to use the designs to create beautiful and practical home decor items and accessories. The stitch techniques from Nancy's unique and comprehensive stitch library are extremely easy to follow whether you are an experienced stitcher or a newbie. There are also plenty of suggestions for creating your own designs if you are feeling inspired.

  • Modern Machine Embroidery

    If you are just getting started with your embroidery machine, this book offers the know-how you need to embroider like a pro and create endless embroidery style.

    Inside, you'll find detailed step-by-step instructions along with essential information about stabilizer, thread, fabric, hooping and more. You'll learn how to create fashionable appliqués and custom monograms, as well as amazing in-the-hoop embroidery projects that take full advantage of today's embroidery machine capabilities.

    Plus, you can get creative with a DVD of 25 must-have embroidery downloads, including three in-the-hoop projects and a complete alphabet. All this, topped off with expert advice from author Lisa Archer, makes stitching professional-quality embroidery easy.

  • Modern Sashiko

    Silke Bosbach shows you how to create 15 stunning embroidery designs which blend modern techniques with the simple and traditional Japanese method of Sashiko.

    Traditional Sashiko is a simple folk technique originally used for darning. While the conventional craft uses only a basic running stitch to create intricate patterned backgrounds, Silke Bosbach shows you how to adapt this basic style by applying modern surface finishes on numerous textiles and combining it with a variety of other techniques.

    Explore the fascinating possibilities of these embroidery techniques yourself and be inspired to create your own unique combinations of the modern and traditional!

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  • Monograms

    The allure of an elegant monogram is irresistible and has timeless appeal. Contemporary applications illustrated in this book include cushions, napkins, bridal bag, towels, blankets and sheets. Any of the projects in this book can be adapted for different uses.

    You will learn, in step-by-step photographs, how to produce the various forms of stitching, what materials to use and where to place a monogram. A range of alphabets from cross stitch to padded satin stitch are also supplied. This is a comprehensive guide that will appeal to both the beginner and experienced embroiderer.

  • Mountmellick Embroidery

    This full colour, step-by-step guide includes over 600 clear diagrams and photographs of the basics and beyond of this historic embroidery technique.

    Discover how to create the stitches, how to knit the characteristic fringes for the edge of your Mountmellick embroidery and pick up hints and tips you would normally learn in a class. Complete with 17 projects for your new skills!

  • Needle Lace Techniques for Hand Embroidery

    Hazel Blomkamp has compiled over 40 key needle lace embroidery techniques in one handy and portable stitch book. She has devised a book which thoroughly outlines and breaks down the basic needle lace techniques you need to create beautiful embroidered pieces.

    Each of the 40+ stitches is explained with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions. All have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place a 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 book 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 lace hand embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.

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  • Needle Painting Embroidery

    This combines in book form fifteen embroidery projects from the numerous kits that Trish Burr has been providing by mail order for some years – a variety of embroideries featuring traditional flowers and two small, colourful and delightful South African birds, the little bee-eater and the racquet-tailed roller. Features include:

    • Three levels, from complete beginner through to more intermediate and experienced
    • Each level is carefully designed to take you onto the next stage
    • Introduction to long and short stitch and variations – basic, curved, different shapes and feathers
    • Thread listings
    • Step-by-step photographs
    • Clear illustrations
    • And More!

  • New Crewel: The Motif Collection
    Katherine Shaughnessy continues her original, modern approach to needlework – and takes crewel embroidery to a higher level.

    For this stunning collection of motifs, all in circular patterns, she has whipped up a fresh menu of creative ideas, including 30 new designs, five new stitches and ten inspirational projects. She includes photographs and colour diagrams of each motif, along with how-to illustrations, with the projects showcasing the designs.

    The bonus CD allows you to download and size the motifs to your liking.
  • Patchwork Emboidery

    Patchwork isn't just for quilts! It's also perfect for making clothing, toys, housewares and more. Add embroidery to the mix and the possibilities are endless.

    Aimee Ray has whipped up 21 great gift ideas that showcase both techniques. They all feature Aimee's popular signature motifs and include place mats, napkins, tablet covers, pillows, banners and even baby items.

  • Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    Quilters, crafters and embroiderers of all skill levels will be thrilled with these whimsical patterns from Australian designer Gail Pan. Featuring full-sized hand-embroidery designs, Patchwork Loves Embroidery is for anyone who wants to enjoy the relaxing hobby of putting needle to thread.

    • Select from 15 patchwork and hand-embroidery projects, including wall hangings, table runners, totes and fabric covers for books or folders
    • Quickly learn the basics of hand embroidery: using the correct needle, choosing threads and fabrics, and transferring the designs
    • Embellish projects with sweet, garden-inspired motifs ranging from charming little birds to beautiful flowers, fanciful cottages and more

  • Pen to Thread

    Here is a positively delightful collection of 750 charming, whimsical motifs sure to inspire your embroidery stitches.

    If you’re new to stitching, Pen to Thread starts with a comprehensive guide to basic techniques including step-by-step illustrations for a variety of embroidery stitches and tips for choosing colours. The motifs you’ll stitch range from everyday objects like bird cages and backpacks to sophisticated poodles, playful mermaids and punchy piñatas.

    All the motifs and alphabets are included on a handy CD for easy resizing. Any motif can be made distinctly yours with Sarah’s easy-to-follow instructions.

  • Portuguese Whitework

    Whitework specialist, Yvette Stanton, features an exquisite style of needlework from Guimarães in northern Portugal in this stunning book that will inspire and delight you.

    Drawn thread work and bullion embroidery combine to create a strikingly beautiful style. You will learn all you need to know to create your own masterpieces and heirlooms with the in-depth step-by-step instructions. Includes a range of projects, large and small, for beginners through to advanced stitchers.

  • Punchneedle Creations

    Punchneedle embroidery is able to create the most textural of all embroideries, using a vast array of threads and ribbons to add life, colour and richness to the work.

    Step-by-step instruction, diagrams and colour photos for basic techniques, exciting new ones, and patterns for 20+ original projects: floral cards, brooches, and pictures, teddy bear sweater, etc. For anyone who loves embroidery.