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
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
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
Inspired by the magic of beads, buttons and charms, Christen Brown shares 8 stunning beadwork projects from brooches and bracelets to wallhangings. A handy visual guide to 125 bead embroidered and bead woven stitches categorizes each stitch by style, with a second alphabetical index to keep at your fingertips.
- Embellish 8 projects from bedazzled jewellery to wall art and a sewing caddy
- Search both the complete visual guide (with stitches organized by type) and the A–Z stitch index for easy reference
- A robust project gallery will inspire crafters of all skill levels, from embroiderers and sewists to crazy quilters, mixed media artists, and jewellery makers
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
This beautiful book covers the principles of appliqué embroidery from the design stage through to padding, edgings and decorative stitches. It explains how to use a great collection of materials and threads, along with a rich array of stitches and textures to give dimension and contrast, thereby creating a unique piece of art.
With 450 colour photographs, the book draws on the author's extensive examples to illustrate various applications and designs within this specialised and delightful area of embroidery.$52.99
Big Embroidery is all about stitching beautiful designs up fast using yarn instead of embroidery thread. Nancy Nicholson has created a collection of stunning designs based on traditional crewel work, and adapted them for a modern audience using everyday yarn.
Crewel embroidery is traditionally done using 2ply wool and stitched onto linen. Nancy shows how to get beautiful results using different types of yarn and fabric, including upholstery fabrics, woollens and tweeds to create a collection of stunning quick-to-stitch projects.
Choose from home decor items such as cushions, bags, wall hangings and table runners, as well as ideas for embellishing clothing. The book shows readers how to do all the key embroidery stitches with a stitch library featuring easy-to-follow diagrams of all the basic crewel embroidery stitches in detail.$35.99
The inspiration for Sue Spargo's Bird Dance came from tiles found on a Sicilian farmhouse floor and the quilt is a tribute to the glories and history of that beautiful Mediterranean island. The quilt design features:
- General guidelines and materials list
- 30 blocks with detailed instructions, full-size templates and stitch guides
- Border and finishing instructions
The finished quilt measures 110 x 95 cm (43½ x 37½ inches).
About the Author Sue Spargo is a renowned folk quilt designer, noted for her colourful wool appliqué that is transformed by her rich and creative embellishment.$44.99
A combination of the author's previous books Traditional Blackwork and Beginners Guide to Blackwork., this compendium presenteds an approachable introduction to creating traditional blackwork embroideries using simple stitches on evenweave fabric.
Step-by-step photographs and charts illustrate how traditional motifs, patterns and borders can be combined to create stunning designs.
Contains all you need to know in order to produce beautiful embroideries, complete with instructions on creating band samplers inspired by those on which 16th-century embroiderers collected their favourite designs, including figures, flowers, plants, birds and animals.$25.99
In this guide to blackwork, graduate apprentice and tutor at the Royal School of Needlework, Becky Hogg, shows how to develop many different patterns from the basic blackwork stitches, using detailed instructions and beautiful examples of traditional and contemporary embroideries.
The extensive stitch library features over 37 patterns including methods for shading, breaking up patterns and combining techniques.
Look inside the book.$29.99
Preserve family memories with new quilts that lovingly tie together the past with the present. Learn how to comb through bits of history and reimagine them into wall art, sewing notions and more! Gorgeous embroidery adds richness to these vintage hybrids.
Full instructions for five projects, 15 stitch techniques and a gallery full of ideas will help you think outside the box and create a cherished new piece for your home.
- Raid the attic! Create five projects inspired by your treasured finds to preserve the past and make heirlooms of the future
- Sew quilts, wall art and gifts from vintage memorabilia, fabric and embroidery
- Enhance your handwork with 15 stitch patterns and exciting embellishments
Boho Embroidery includes instructions for 10 different embroidery stitches and discusses how to use colour and neutral shades effectively. The author then gives tips about where to find inspiration, and teaches how to create hoops for effective embroidery. It will visually inspire creativity with the goal of creating your own textile art that can be displayed in a hoop, or that can be applied "outside the hoop" and onto other objects.
There are 10 different projects ranging from linens to hair clips to buttons – all projects show practical ways to embellish with embroidery and appliqué. The book wraps up with the author's suggestions on how to explore your own creativity with pattern suggestions for making your own hoops or accessories.$39.99
Boho Embroidery: The Pattern Collection presents Nichole Vogelsinger's signature fabric-collage-meets-embroidery style with designs, stitches and techniques.
You will also learn how to expand your stitching palette by combining unique threads and an array of stitches with interesting fabrics and embellishments. Use sequins and beads to add texture, glimmer and glitz.
In addition to the 30-original ready-to-stitch modern motifs, the author provides step-by-step instructions for 20 embroidery stitches. And, if you're ready to step out on your own, the book also provides design prompts that will help you experiment and create your own unique embroidered fabric-collage art.$39.99
Enter a world where nature is re-created with such incredible realism, one can scarcely tell the art from the original. This is the world of Julie Kniedl and her astonishing three-dimensional embroidery.
Discover and learn this innovative, three-dimensional embroidery style and create spectacular botanical pieces, inspired by beautiful garden specimens.
Twelve stunning projects are included, using simple stitches and a handful of techniques to create elegant and realistic interpretations of natural subjects. Each piece is captured with stunning photography and detailed instructions are provided for every step.$49.99
Boutis, also known as Provençal quilting, is a specific sewing technique dating back to the 17th-19th centuries, developed mainly in and around Marseilles. Used initially to embellish corsets, baby apparel and bedspreads, Boutis work developed into more elaborate and ornate attire, such as wedding dresses and swaddling clothes, as well as trousseaux and other luxury goods. Patterns are revealed via narrow tunnels that are stuffed with yarn, creating raised areas giving off both shadow and light.
In this book, Kumiko Nakayama has carefully hand-drawn all of her diagrams and patterns so as to ensure the finesse that this long-lost art represents. The 21 projects of varying difficulties are explained in detail and accompanied with elegant photos – a wedding skirt, lamp shade, purses, baby bib and bonnet, silk cuffs and collar, tablecloth – there is a project for everyone!
For those who are curious about learning this gorgeous art, a project specifically geared to beginners is thoughtfully outlined to ensure success. Also included are three diagrams to make tunnels of different widths, depending upon the project you choose to make.
From Quiltmania with text in English and French. Includes full size pattern pull-outs.$69.99
Rachel Doyle presents an expert guide to canvaswork, and includes complete information on the major stitches while offering stunning new design ideas. Here you will find:
- Diagonal stitches, horizontal and vertical stitches, raised, textured and filling stitches
- Decorative effects are explored
- A fantastic source book and an invaluable reference for canvaswork stitches
Look inside the book.$29.99
Fat, striped, cheshire or grumpy, this books offers more than 300 embroidery stitch patters for cat lovers.
Each set of patterns offers a range of ideas in different styles, shapes and genres from simple to more complex. The original designs and clear instructions make this a purrfect book for embroidery beginners or those looking for fun and simple patterns.$24.99
Gail Pan's sweet and sentimental embroideries take on a delightful new twist! Small patchwork quilts include spaces to spotlight interchangeable embroidery panels, making it easy to replace one pretty piece for another to reflect the time of year.
Four types of projects inspired by seasons, holidays, celebrations and the comforts of home mean there's always a beautiful stitchery to display. In addition to small quilts and framed art, Gail includes seven embroidered banners for all kinds of occasions that will make even ordinary days special.
Free sample Try the Celebration Banners project from the book.$34.99
The Sampler Series is a wool appliqué, layering and embroidery series designed for the creative mind. This pattern includes instructions for assembly, finishing and suggested stitches for three appliqués to get the creative juices flowing. Includes a high quality tracing template.
The author's Creative Stitching 2nd Edition is recommended for detailed stitchery instructions.$29.99
An edited bindup of the two popular books from Gina Marion (Creative Hardanger, Decorative Designs in Hardanger) this one volume contains what you need (and need to know) to get started.
- Tips on how to create your own designs
- Stitches, techniques and colour photos of the 50+ superb projects: Christmas decorations, a beautiful shawl, pincushions, cushions, tray cloth, coasters, doilies, cards, samplers, Christening gown, wedding cushion, floral vest – many use coloured fabric / threads; some bead / metallic thread embellishments
- User-friendly, illustrated instruction will suit any embroiderer interested in this style
There is no name more closely linked to ornate and fanciful fabric designs than Tula Pink. Sewists and quilters have long delighted in using her fabric to create whimsical sewn creations. Now hand embroiderers, too, can join the fun and stitch her signature designs with needle and tread!
In Coloring with Thread, you'll find 17 of Tula's animal and floral designs from her best-selling fabric collections rendered and primed for hand embroidery. Step-by-step stitch instructions for over 20 embroidery stitches are included to help you bring adorable bunnies, octopi and elephants to life right in your hands. Each motif features a colour guide and thread colour suggestions selected by Tula herself to insure a gorgeous finished design. Plus, you'll find every motif on CD-ROM, where they are ready to size and print for your individual project needs.
Whether you follow her colour guides or make each design your own, you'll love coloring with thread and stitching the whimsical world of Tula Pink!$37.99
The author provides a greater awareness of how colour affects our embroidery and what brings it to life.
Each aspect is clearly illustrated by example and includes tools for selecting colours, choosing shades that enhance, why some shades blend 'better' than others and the importance of contrast with light and shadow.
There are projects to represent each colour group including stunning roses, camellias, fruit and bee-eater birds.
The highlight includes chapters on colour combinations and complementary colours. These include more than 200 stitched examples with DMC thread keys, plus colour schemes.$49.99
Now in one volume – two popular books: Stumpwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects and Stumpwork Embroidery: Collection of Fruits, Flowers and Insects for Contemporary Raised Embroidery.
The materials, equipment, techniques, stitches, directions and projects are in an easy-to-follow format, illustrated with diagrams, colour plates. Projects with templates for needlework kit, jewellery, pictures. . . A must-have for all embroiderers.$49.99
Recycle everyday items to create artful hand and machine embroidered textile pieces - bags, bowls, vessels, hangings, etc. Packed with ideas for using diverse salvaged material: paper, fabric, fibres, plastic, wood, metal, dried flowers, broken jewellery, souvenirs . . .
Simple instructions guide you through a variety of ideas, and each technique is illustrated with inspiring works from the world's leading contemporary embroiderers.$32.99
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
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.
Previously published as Stitch People.$36.99