• Stumpwork Butterflies & Moths

    Jane Nicholas has selected moth and butterfly specimens for interest and colour and to use a wide assortment of materials to interpret these insects. She employs a variety of techniques to work the wings, from surface embroidery in lustrous silks for the Indian moon Moth, to hand dyed silk fabric for the purple fuchsia butterfly and even stitching clear plastic for the glasswing butterfly.

    Detailed information and instructions are provided for each of the 18 specimens and four projects are also offered. Most of these are not difficult to work: some are more challenging but all are fun.


    Part 1 Natural History of the Butterfly and Moth
    Part 2 The Butterfly as Ornament
    Illuminated Manuscripts and Books of Natural History
    The Embroidered Butterfly
    The Butterfly as a Design Source
    The Butterfly in Jewellery
    The Butterfly in China and Japan
    Part 3 The Butterfly and Moth Specimen Box
    The Butterfly Man of Kuranda
    The Entomologist
    The Specimen Box
    The Butterfly and Moth Specimen Box Project
    Part 4 Projects
    Dogwood and Green Lacewing
    Lifecycle of the Swallowtail Butterfly
    Bramble Garland and Emerald Moth
    Rose and Grape Hyacinth
    Part 5 Techniques, Equipment and Stitch Glossary
    Stitch Glossary
    Picture Credits

  • Stumpwork Dragonflies

    Stumpwork captures the textures, vivid pigments and dimensionality of the dragonfly better than other any embroidery. This beautiful book explores the anatomy of dragonflies and damselflies in natural history and needlework dating from the 16th century, then uses a variety of materials and techniques to build works of mesmerising beauty.

    Step-by-step projects include dragonflies and plants and a remarkable 'specimen' box with 9 species. Diagrams and colour photos. Stitch glossary.

  • Stumpwork Embroidery

    Stumpwork Embroidery is a bind-up of Kay and Michael Dennis’s successful titles: Stumpwork Seasons, Stumpwork Figures and Beginner’s Guide to Stumpwork.

    This comprehensive title offers clear step-by-steps and inspiring projects so that crafters of all abilities can create wonderful stumpwork and needlelace pieces with ease.

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  • Stumpwork Embroidery Designs and Projects

    Stumpwork – or raised embroidery – has a rich texture that really makes a design stand out.

    Create hangings, embroidered brooches, and images of flowers, animals, and wildlife with these 19 projects. Stitch dandelions, buttercups, and butterflies; a deer next to a pear tree; a pinwheel decorated with foxgloves on one side and a dragonfly with metallic wings on the other. Includes instructions for every stitch you need.

  • Stumpwork Medieval Flora

    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

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  • Stumpwork, Goldwork & Surface Embroidery Beetle Collection

    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.

  • Stumpwork: Essential Stitch Guides

    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
    • Materials
    • Framing Up
    • Stumpwork Design
    • Appliqué
    • Stitches: Flat Surface, Raised Surface, Needlelace, Metal Thread Work
    • Techniques: Padding, Slips, Wrapping, Found Objects
    • Figures

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  • Super+Super: Emboidery

    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

  • Teeny Tiny Menagerie

    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 Crazy Haberdasher's Inspiring Life

    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.

  • The Textile Artist: Applique Art

    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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  • Thread Painting: Bunnies in my Garden

    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.

  • Three-Dimensional Embroidery Stitches

    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.

  • Transfer & Stitch Butterflies, Bees & Bugs

    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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  • Transfer & Stitch Romantic Motifs

    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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  • Ukrainian Drawn Thread Embroidery

    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.

  • Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook

    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