Australian textile artist Meredith Woolnough creates replicas of nature using a delicate system of tiny stitches. Her artwork is breathtaking, and now for the first time Woolnough offers crafters and fibre artists a lesson in how to use the “organic embroidery” technique.
Look behind the scenes of her art process, from the initial fieldwork sketching and research that inspires her designs, to the production of her ethereal embroidered sculptures. She guides you through 12 creativity-prompting activities to help you begin your own mastery of this method.
As you learn to find your desired shape or pattern in nature, from sources like leaves, shells or coral, you will then use your sewing machine to turn it into openwork art. Her instructions offer simple but highly versatile techniques, and allow you space for your own creative approach. The book includes dozens of inspirational photos of Woolnough’s own art pieces.$42.99
Communicate your ideas using line, shape, colour and texture with this reference and how-to exploration in one. Including the role of machine stitching, this design resource, learning tool, and inspirational reference helps practitioners at all levels take a lyrical, but logical journey of skill building to begin to stitch intentionally and express your creative vision.
- Draw and paint with your thread: explore lines, gestures and colour to make stitches speak
- Dozens of projects and hundreds of photos inspire all levels, from beginner to accomplished embroidery artist
- Helps you find a personal voice in your embroidery through individual style plus good composition
Creative Stitching is based on the author’s experience teaching thousands of students in many diverse cultures. It is designed to help you learn quickly and easily so that you can apply these wonderful stitches to your current embellishment projects.
- Pick a stitch that creates the effect you want by choosing from the categories at the front of the book
- Learn each stich quickly from the clear illustrations
- Add to your understanding with the help of the concise, written instructions
The new edition features:
- Over 20 new stitches
- A new chapter on Stitch Variations
- New highly detailed illusteations & photographs
- An updated section on Needles & Threads
From the world-renowned Royal School of Needlework, this beautiful book is a rich source of embroidery techniques, stitches and projects, covering eight key subjects in detail: crewelwork, bead embroidery, stumpwork, canvaswork, goldwork, whitework, blackwork and silk shading.
Containing all the trusted, bestselling content from the RSN Essential Stitch Guide series, plus a new section on mounting your finished work, this fantastic book is a must-have for all embroiderers. Fully redesigned and integrated, the original eight titles have been given a new lease of life in this larger format.
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Take a walk through the stunning stitched world of renowned embroiderer Chloe Giordano, and discover not only her unique way of working with sewing thread but also a sublime collection of her exquisite textile art, inspired by her love of the natural world.
Taking one project from conception through to completion, see how Chloe plans her designs, chooses colours, selects threads, blends colours and finally stitches her designs in order to create her beautifully detailed embroideries. Packed with Chloe's guidance on every aspect of the process, including hooping and framing, this book will inspire you to create stunning thread paintings of your own.
In the second part of the book, wend your way through a beautiful gallery of Chloe's work showcasing her popular, intricate embroideries that celebrate wildlife both big and small from foxes, fawns through to hares, rabbits, mice and more. All are accompanied by the back story and inspiration behind the piece, offering a fascinating and exclusive look into Chloe's creative process.
For needle-painting that will astound you with its lifelike, delicate beauty pick up this book and get lost in the magical woodland art of Chloe Giordano.$59.99
Corinne Lapierre creates a charming range of 20 exquisite folk embroidered felt birds, including a swan, a hen, a goose, a partridge, an owl, a dove, a peacock and a flamingo. Beautifully made in lovely, soft colours, the birds are filled with toy stuffing and embellished with folk-style surface embroidery in different-coloured threads. The stitches include chain, feather, fly running, blanket, French knots and satin stitch. There are also bead and sequin embellishments on some birds.
The book includes pretty hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations and there are same-size templates at the back of the book for all the designs. The birds all have optional ribbon hangers for display.$26.99
One part project book and one part resource guide, Stitched Blooms is the go-to collection of floral embroidery motifs for today's stitchers and crafters.
Its 300 designs run the gamut from classic flowers to folk-art leaves and borders, and the accompanying CD offers yet more possibilities! Use them on the 20 featured projects, including a blouse, Swedish stuffed horse toy, cute girl's skirt and more.
Beginners and experienced embroiderers alike will appreciate the basics section, as well as in-depth instructions for each stitch, and the useful motif reference.$24.99
Tilly Rose encourages you to seek out your precious stash of pre-loved items and transform them into beautiful and practical textile artworks that celebrate the lives of your loved ones and preserve your memories for generations to come.
She shows you how to make 15 gorgeous projects, including cloth journals, lavender hearts, framed collages, wall hangings and miniature quilts. All of the designs have a story to tell and are made using a plethora of vintage fabrics, threads, lace, ribbon, buttons, beads, photographs and other found items. If you dont have a collection of suitable materials at home, you can have fun sourcing them from online marketplaces, thrift/charity stores and flea markets, and try mixing them with modern fabrics and embellishments for a more contemporary look.
The projects incorporate a range of exciting techniques, all explained through clear instructions and step-by-step photographs, including layering and collage, hand embroidery, transferring your own designs to cloth, stamping, appliqué, embellishing, patchwork, free motion embroidery and photo transfer.
This book will take you on a truly inspirational journey, encouraging you to be creative, to source and re-use materials of special significance, and to incorporate them into textile artworks that become treasured keepsakes.
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Showcase seasonal delights in quick-to-sew projects featuring sprinkles of embroidery, patchwork and appliqué. Whimsical motifs capture everyday pleasures, from springtime flowers and buzzing bees to plump pumpkins and frosty snowmen. Charming touches such as prairie points, wool appliqué and big-stitch quilting give each project its pop.
Create mix-and-match pillows, framed embroideries and needle books, or make a four-season quilt, table topper or wall hanging that can be enjoyed year-round. Perfect for decorating and gift giving!$34.99
Very much aimed at the contemporary textile artist, this beautiful book is designed to inspire and encourage new ideas and experimentation for any textile artist interested in exploring flowers and their design possibilities.
Fresh and innovative in its approach, it covers the design process itself, from inspiration to final design, and provides information on the materials used and step-by-step demonstrations of a whole range of techniques including dyeing, monoprinting, block printing, appliqué, foiling, photo-transfer printing, piecing and stitching.
Five step-by-step projects build on the skills learnt and include wall hangings, a pretty needlecase, a pincushion and a cushion cover.$42.99
Kathleen Matthews shares her unique method of creating beautiful landscapes using quilting, dyeing and stitching techniques. She shows what materials are needed, and takes us through her design process. Features include:
- An excellent section on using simple dyeing methods to create unique fabrics that are ideal for landscapes
- Plenty of information on creating landscape elements such as water, skies, trees, hills and mountains, fields, flowers and buildings and more, and on depicting the four seasons
- 5 gorgeous step-by-step projects showing an Autumn Woodland, Flowers in a Landscape, a Mountain Scene, a Sunset on Water and a Lavender Field
- A gallery of beautiful landscapes to inform and inspire textile artists
Amanda Hislop’s Seascapes is a wonderful reference tool for all textile artists, whatever their skills level. Amanda puts particular emphasis on taking your work from initial inspiration through to the design stage. Her advice and guidance is all clearly explained through practical exercises and inspirational examples that then lead to projects which build upon and consolidate the lessons learned.
Exploration both of technique and design is at the heart of this book. Amanda reveals the skills and processes she uses to make her incredible textile seascapes. Featuring original projects, practical and enjoyable design exercises, and extensive sections on composition and mark-making, this instructional guide is brimming over with fabulous ideas for a stunning selection of fabric and stitch scenes.
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Indulge in the sentimental pleasures of stitcheries with wistful vintage artistry. Inspired by nature and stitched with the gentle romance of days gone by, noted artist Kathy Schmitz creates designs that use simple embroidery to create thoughtful keepsakes.
- Select from a variety of elegant embroidery projects, including a pillow, pincushion, wall decoration, tote bag and more
- Find success with each design – clear illustrations demonstrate how to master every featured embroidery stitch
- Revel in Kathy Schmitz's original artwork, gracefully presented throughout the book
Dig into 15 all-new embroidery projects inspired by the warm colours and welcoming textures of autumn. Stitch whimsical birds and a bevy of fall fruit and leaves to bedeck elegant little projects, including a pillow, tote bag, table runner, needle book, pincushion and more.
Clear instructions, helpful tips, and beautiful original artwork make Stitches from the Harvest a source of inspiration you'll turn to again and again.$34.99
Celebrate the charms of the season with exquisite embroidery from best-selling author Kathy Schmitz! You'll find spectacularly embroidered scenes inspired by classic motifs, as well as delightful hand-drawn sketches and beautiful watercolour paintings in page after page of elegant designs.
Create a pillow, tea towels, wall art, ornaments and more, all perfect for decorating and gift giving. Embroider motifs ranging from jolly snowmen to frolicking reindeer. Kathy's signature birds and bunnies also make a special appearance – they'll inspire you to start some of the season's best stitching.$39.99
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
About the Author Michele Hill began her quilting journey in 1986 and has been addicted ever since. Appliqué is her passion – especially designing appliqué quilts inspired by William Morris. She has been teaching appliqué and design for 20 years. Michele lives in Adelaide.$34.99
The research and embroidery involved in creating the designs for this book has been a joy for Jane Nicholas. She has revelled in the opportunity to indulge a passion of hers since childhood – combining jewel-like colours, gold metallic threads and glittering beads.
Sixteen projects are presented in this book, varying both in size and complexity. Each has been inspired by an example of Islamic art – pottery, textiles, manuscripts or jewellery – from Turkey, Syria, Persia, Arabia or India.$39.99
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
- Part 1 Natural History of the Butterfly and Moth
- 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
- The Embroidered Butterfly
- 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
- The Entomologist
- Part 4 Projects
- Dogwood and Green Lacewing
- Lifecycle of the Swallowtail Butterfly
- Bramble Garland and Emerald Moth
- Rose and Grape Hyacinth
- Lifecycle of the Swallowtail Butterfly
- Part 5 Techniques, Equipment and Stitch Glossary
- Stitch Glossary
- Picture Credits
- Picture Credits
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.$39.99
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 – 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.$39.99
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
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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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You don’t have to be a master embroiderer to create beautiful crazy-quilt seams! With 480 seam designs to inspire your creativity, you’ll learn to stitch with uniform spacing for a professional appearance. Line everything up perfectly with five pages of full-size stitch templates and dozens of step-by-step illustrations.
Then dress up embroidery thread with sparkly beads, buttons, sequins, and silk ribbon embellishments for endless creative combinations!
- Go stitch crazy with unique crazy-quilt seams to embroider and embellish
- Layer base seams with embroidery, silk ribbon, beads, and baubles for an extra punch
- Trace five pages of full-size templates to stitch perfectly spaced crazy-quilt seams