• Punchneedle Embroidery: Dancing Needles

    This book seeks to encourage new and more experienced embroiderers to enjoy the dimensional, colourful and exciting pieces that can be created by embroidering with punchneedles.

    Comprehensive chapters walk you through every aspect of the craft from preparation, techniques and stitches to materials, equipment and threads and ribbons. Step-by-step directions and colour photos for 10 diverse projects:

    • Cottage gardens
    • Miniature rugs
    • Candlewick & looped ribbon flower cushions

  • Ready to Stitch: Borders & Motifs

    Ready to Stitch: Borders & Motifs provides 80 designs that include flowers, butterflies, hearts and fairies in a broad range of styles. The introductory section offers:

    • Notes on the materials and basic techniques used
    • 10 simple embroidery stitches, all with clear, step-by-step diagrams
    • Clear instructions accompany each motif, with information on the DMC thread colours and the embroidery stitches used
    • A range of inspiring project ideas showing how the designs can be used

    Then simply choose a design, transfer it to your chosen item using the corresponding iron-on transfer sheet and add hand stitching following the instructions provided.

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  • Ready to Stitch: Flowers

    Ready to Stitch: Flowers provides 74 floral designs that include tulips, daisies, roses, daffodils, pansies and roses in a broad range of styles for embellishing, upcycling and revamping clothes, accessories and fabric items around the home. The introductory section offers:

    • Notes on the materials and basic techniques used
    • 10 simple embroidery stitches, all with clear, step-by-step diagrams
    • Clear instructions accompany each motif, with information on the DMC thread colours and the embroidery stitches used
    • A range of inspiring project ideas showing how the designs can be used

    Then simply choose a design, transfer it to your chosen item using the corresponding iron-on transfer sheet and add hand stitching following the instructions provided.

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  • Rebecca Ringquist's Embroidery Workshops

    For the embroiderer who appreciates the value of beautiful stitches but also likes to break a few rules along the way, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops is a refreshing resource for both standard and out-of-the-box techniques.

    Based on the popular classes the author leads, the book teaches everything from the “proper” way to form a French knot and transfer a design to a canvas to new ways to stitch three-dimensionally, work with nontraditional threads and fabrics, draw with thread freeform, and mix and match machine- and hand-stitching.

    Also featured are instructions for 20 innovative projects, including a cloth sampler designed especially for the book (and packaged in an envelope at the back).

  • Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork

    The new edition of this best-selling book, first published in 2004, is a must have for all lovers of ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. It is suitable for first-time embroiderers as well as those who wish to brush up on certain techniques.

    In addition to modified text to suit techniques and materials available on the market today, the names and colours of the threads and ribbons used in the design have been updated. Also included are lots of new photographs and a completely new layout.

    The book remains unique in its combination of ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. The twelve panels are each individually explained with step-by-step photographs and instructions, including a comprehensive guide to all the needles, thread and ribbons required. There are over 30 models to learn from, making this the ideal book for anyone wishing to learn how to make many different flowers, leaves and little creatures in a gorgeous flower sampler.

    A comprehensive stitch glossary with illustrations of more than 40 stitches is an excellent reference that can be used for much more than just the book sampler. The interesting techniques in this book can also be used for crazy patchwork, quilts, fibre arts, card making, making box lids and enhancing knitted and felted backgrounds or clothing and accessories.

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  • Ribbonwork Embroidery

    Ribbon embroidery is a simple, beautiful and versatile technique that dates back to the seventeenth century. This book brings it up to date with fresh instruction on floral classics, as well as stunning contemporary designs.

    With over 400 colour step-by-step photographs to guide your through each stitch, Ribbonwork Embroidery demonstrates the speed and simplicity of ribbonwork, and explains how it can be combined with other techniques to add detail and depth to a piece of embroidery.

    • Step-by-step photographs guide the reader through each stitch
    • Detailed instructions explain how ribbonwork can be combined with a range of other techniques
    • Help and advice is provided throughout on working with silk ribbons
    • Projects demonstrate how to use the stitches in designs
    • Ideas for creating using pieces and advice on displaying embroidery

  • Ribbonwork Gardens

    Stitch a stunning fabric landscape filled with beautiful ribbon blooms like sweet cottage daffodils, bold and bright dahlias or perfect little sweet peas.

    Suitable for every skill level, this indispensable guide shows you all the flower-making basics with plenty of how-to photos. Add lovingly handmade details to everything you sew – quilts, craft projects and even fashion accessories.

    • Learn to make 122 exquisite floral elements with ribbon, using just 7 basic knots and stitches
    • A complete compendium with ribbon styles, selection and care, cutting charts and troubleshooting tips
    • Say it with flowers – the gallery section is bursting with ideas for using the vignettes you design

  • Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion

    Learn and master over 170 embroidery stitches including variations. With clear step-by-step instructions, accompanied by diagrams showing you what to do. Examples of each stitch will inspire you to use the stitches creatively and experimentally in your embroidery.

    You will discover how easy it is to learn and master new stitches, how to work surface stitches, needlepoints and counted thread stitches and how they should look so you can make yours look the same.

    See also The Left Handed Embroider's Companion.

  • Robin Vizzone's Peculiar Primitives: A Collection of Eclectic Pr

    Embrace the beauty of hand stitching with whimsical, age-worn designs. From wall quilts to table toppers and primitive dolls to pincushions, you'll sew 12 handcrafted projects with eccentric flair and distinct character – ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewists. Your stitches are meant to tell a story, so put perfection to the side as you create memories with felted wool, distressed cottons and embroidery thread.

    • Sew 12 eclectic designs using felted wool appliqué and hand embroidery
    • Embrace perfectly imperfect construction that truly embodies the primitive look
    • Savour slow sewing while making handmade gifts for those you love

  • RSN: Applique

    From the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), this contemporary guide to the art of appliqué is written by Kate Cross, one of their trained experts and teachers. It is designed to showcase the traditional techniques, technical excellence and contemporary flair of the RSN, and provide practical guidance and inspiration.

    As well as featuring a rich selection of inspiring appliqué pieces, this is primarily a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in all essential appliqué techniques including:

    • A comprehensive stitch guide and leads the reader through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance
    • Details on how to knot thread and start stitching correctly, how to create a design, transfer it onto fabric, frame up a slate frame, build up, cut away, apply a variety of edges and apply fabric, as well as basic ribbonwork, goldwork, shadow work and silk shading
    • Two beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice

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  • Rugs & Fantasies

    Share Blandine Delépine’s passion for punch needle embroidery and rug hooking. Her book includes:

    • Basic instructions and tools for punch needle
    • Basic instructions and tools for rug hooking
    • Tips on finishing your work
    • 19 projects – bags, cushions, cases, pictures and more!
    • Full-sized templates

    From Quiltmania with excellent drawings and full colour photos and text in both English and French.

  • Sardinian Knotted Embroidery

    Sardinian Knotted Embroidery features the beautiful knotted embroidery of Teulada, Sardinia.

    This terrific manual takes you through the history and particulars and guides you every step of the way through the projects which range from beginner to expert skill levels. Features include:

    • Tips and tricks that let you know what to look out for and helping you through common mistakes
    • Finishing instructions for all the projects both small and large including advice on materials, care, stretching and washing
    • Stitch diagrams are clear and concise with separate step-by-step instructions for left-handed stitchers

  • Secret Garden Embroidery

    This whimsical collection of botanical-inspired needlework projects will take you from budding novice to confident stitcher as you explore a variety of simple counted embroidery techniques.

    • Bursting with colour and filled with designs to suit a range of abilities
    • Projects are design-led, practical and colourful, and many can be completed within a weekend
    • The style is light and folksy, and florals play a large part, but are beautiful and modern rather than flouncy

  • Sew & Stitch Embroidery

    Transform simple sewing projects into adorable embroidered toys, accessories and home decor items – all in lovely, quirky Penguin & Fish style!

    With the author's simple sewing and stitching techniques – and your needle, hoop and floss – you'll have all the tools you need to create more than 20 delightful sewing projects. Plus there is an iron-on transfer sheet with more than 20 unique designs!

  • Sew Cute Embroidery Kit

    This collection of sweet, colourful embroidery projects puts a fresh spin on the trend of folk-art crafts.

    The kit comes with iron-on transfers for every project, making complex line work accessible to all without the need for freehand drawing talent. Both beginners and long-time crafters will appreciate the patterns and the materials. With ten skeins of embroidery floss, a natural-bamboo hoop, and a packet of needles, you will be able to embroider any number of items.

    The book showcases examples for several applications, including tea towels, T-shirts, tablecloths and tote bags.

  • Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork

    In 1598, Lady Anne Clifford wrote a letter to her father that featured a beautifully painted border. Inspired by that Shakespearian-era design, Jane Nicholas has created her own embroidery, stitched on ivory silk satin in stumpwork. It showcases 14 assorted flowers and fruits popular at the time, from the Apothecary rose, borage, heartsease and periwinkle to redcurrants, barberries, plums and strawberries.

    The book is lavishly illustrated in colour, with detailed step-by-step instructions making it a prized addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in textured and dimensional embroidery.

  • Silk Ribbon Embroidery Chinese Style

    This ribbon embroidery book breaks through the traditional style of western silk ribbon embroidery by incorporating traditional Chinese elements such as simple layout with liubai (leaving blank) as well as incorporating contemporary Chinese art to create silk ribbon embroideries that are unique and ethereal.

    Readers will find dozens of basic stitching techniques with detailed steps and illustrations ranging from small scale decoration on a mirror and handheld fan to large scale stitch art. The patterns include flowers, trees, fishes, prawns, architectures and more. Among the different stitches, the prawns, peony and lotus leaf are originated by the author with years of experience.

  • Silk Shading: Essential Stitch Guides

    With clear instructions and beautiful examples of historical and contemporary pieces, Sarah shows how to create stunning embroideries using traditional techniques. Stitches include:

    • Stab Stitch
    • Split Stitch
    • Long and Short Stitch
    • Running Stitch
    • Stem Stitch
    • Eyelet Stitch
    • Adding Beads & Sequins
    • Padding
    • French Knots
    • Bullion Knots

    Chapters cover the history of silk shading, materials, design and using colour, framing up, taking your work further, further ideas for your own designs, finishing your work and troubleshooting. And there are five projects to practise your skills:

    • Blue Curves
    • Marbles
    • Poppy
    • Houses
    • Autumn Leaves

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  • Simply Samplers

    A sampler is a project made from a "sampling" of different stitches or different motifs. Once the learning tool that helped generations of girls master basic needlework skills, this traditional project is still a great way to learn and practice embroidery skills-as well as a creative way to add colour to a room or a fabric item.

    • Covers samplers in several different styles: cross-stitch, counted thread, surface and freestyle embroidery
    • Creative uses for sampler art beyond the basic wall hanging: gift bags, ornaments, scarves, tote bags and more
    • Includes a how-to section with step-by-step instructions for basic embroidery stitches and sewing skills
    • 16 projects for decorative sampler designs plus creative variations