• Crewel & Surface Embroidery

    In a fusion of crewel and surface embroidery, Trish has broken boundaries with her unique sense of colour and shading by interpreting a mix of thread painting and Australian wool embroidery.

    The 17 beginner, intermediate and advanced projects use a minimum of stitches to create exciting, easily achievable effects. Step-by-step colour photos, illustrations, directions, and row-by-row colour keys make stitching the different floral arrangements a joy.

  • Crewel Creatures

    Hazel Blomkamp introduces needleworkers to the beautiful, exotic creatures found in the African wild. Using the Jacobean embroidery style for which she is well known, and incorporating the subtle influence of the fractal designs found in zentangle art, Hazel also brings beads and other three-dimensional elements into her designs to capture the stunning and colourful art that is traditionally associated with Africa.

    Those new to Hazels work will find the essential crewel stitches, needle-lace and needle-weaving techniques needed in an easy-to-follow how-to section and stitch gallery inside the book, and all embroiderers will be impressed by the wealth of design ideas and inspiration she has to offer.

    With every project, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs are included, along with a template of the design. All the projects are stitched and embellished on natural coloured linen, making them not only perfect for framing for display but also wonderfully economical for embroiderers to work on.

  • Crewel Embroidery

    Shelagh Amor has presented a comprehensive guide to crewel embroidery. She guides the embroiderer through colour choices and design to make an exciting piece of work.

    There is something here for all crewel embroiderers, from the beginner to the advanced. The aim of this book is to give confidence to the novice embroiderer and to provide a design source for the more experienced embroiderer.

    As with all embroidery techniques, the working of crewel embroidery is meant to be an enjoyable pursuit. It is adaptable to a wide range of purposes such as fashion items, soft furnishings and wall hangings. This book demonstrates how surface stitches are used in crewel work and explains some rules which will help the embroiderer to achieve the best results.

  • Crewel Intentions

    Keeping to a theme started in Crewel Twists, Hazel Blomkamp continues the concept of using non-traditional techniques and materials in crewel or Jacobean embroidery. It showcases four large projects, each with an accompanying small project similar in technique, and shows needle workers how to be creative with threads, alternative stitches and beads.

    Traditional techniques are explained but are extended with the use of bead embroidery, needle lace techniques and stitches not normally used in crewel work. Many new needle lace and bead embroidery techniques are incorporated, and the book also explores weaving techniques used to create textures like twill and lace weaves, as well as patterns similar to tartan and houndstooth check.

    Every project is clearly explained with step-by-step instructions and lots of photographs, and the completed embroideries are once again displayed in ways that are both decorative and functional in the home. Templates of the original designs complete this magnificent source for creative embroidery.

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  • Crewelwork: Essential Stitch Guides

    In this invaluable stitch guide, Jacqui McDonald, graduate apprentice and tutor at the Royal School of Needlework shows you detailed instructions on how to work basic and more complex stitches.

    Features step-by-step photographic instructions on framing and transferring designs and an extensive stitch library that includes 37 filling, outline and surface stitches.

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  • Crimson Tweed

    Sue Spargo's Crimson Tweed is a lovely Chistmas-themed quilt that is built block by block. The quilt design features:

    • General guidelines and materials list
    • 8 blocks with detailed instructions, full-size templates and stitch guides
    • Border and finishing instructions
    • Plus four additional holiday projects: Pomegranate Table Rug, Holiday Birds, 16 Patch Frosty Flurries, Crimson Snow Crystal

    The finished quilt measures 130 x 99 cm (51 x 39 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.

  • Cuppa

    Sue Spargo presents Cuppa, featuring wonderful stitcheries and techniques including wool appliqué, layering and embroidery. The quilt design features:

    • 9 blocks with full-size templates, detailed instructions and colour photos
    • Materials list
    • Border and finishing instructions
    • Finished size 38 inches (96 cm) square

    The book also includes a bonus pattern for the Cuppa Workbox – a zippered embroidered appliqué project bag you can use to hold threads, notions and the blocks you are currently working on.

    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.

  • Customize Your Clothes

    Customise Your Clothes is a fun book featuring 20 projects for personalising your clothes with hand embroidery. Using a range of techniques, materials and designs, it guides you through which tools to use, which stitches work best with certain designs, and also teaches you how to embellish with a range of materials to add a special personal statement to your items.

    Projects such as a plant T-shirt, a slogan tote bag and a monogrammed sweater make up this collection of ideas and inspiration for personalising your wardrobe. Designs range from embroidering your pet on your T-shirt to decorating your sweater with pom poms.

  • Diana Lampe's Embroidered Pansies

    Focusing on all the skills necessary for embroidery, this guide helps artists create more than 100 pansies and heartsease flowers.

    Matching the colours of nature with the palette of cotton, silk and woollen threads, the projects produce flowers that are true to nature in both form and colour. The required stitches are kept to a minimum, so even inexperienced crafters are able to reproduce pansies for brooches, cushions, carpets and pictures.

    The guide also features detailed material and technique sections, an extensive thread conversion chart and an illustrated stitch gallery.

  • Diary in Stitches

    Artist Minki Kim turns her own daily sketchbook challenge into 65 stitchable drawings to mix and match. Embroider and appliqué the whimsical, easy-going way with 6 useful projects to make and share, like a simple zipper pouch for the teacher, a cozy pillow for a handsome chair or a wall-hanging for your family room. Minki’s uplifting designs, plus an extra gallery of small project ideas from coasters to wall art will appeal to anyone who wants to add personality to their home and personal accessories.

    • Illustrate daily life in fabric and thread with sketches from the author's sketchbook
    • Stitch 65 creative motifs and 6 projects – a sewing machine cover, mini quilt, bookmarks, and more
    • Embroider and appliqué little gifts for the ones you love in Minki Kim's irresistible signature style

  • Doodle Stitching

    Add a creative look to garments, accessories and home accents with just a few simple stitches and some easy techniques.

    Begin by learning several styles for outlining, filling, decorating and appliqué. Find out about floss, fancy threads, fabrics and needles. Get the scoop on hoops and the lowdown on transferring your very own designs onto every type of fabric.

    • Fresh ideas
    • Witty patterns
    • Clever colour illustrations
    • 30 Fresh, stylish projects – Asian-inspired lampshades embellished with flying fish; Canvas sneakers decorated with pink and white swirls; A pretty pillow adorned with a sleeping bunny

  • Drawn Fabric Embroidery

    In drawn-fabric embroidery (also often known as "pulled work"), the threads of a fabric are pulled apart or drawn together by stitchery so that the holes left form attractive patterns. Because it is sturdy enough to withstand daily use and frequent laundering, it is a particularly practical type of embroidery – usable in table linen, bed linen and lampshades.

    In this clear, comprehensive overview, the author offers meticulously detailed directions for working stitches, borders, outlines and fillings, including suggestions for combining and adapting them and for their use. Over 100 large, easy-to-follow diagrams and photographs make it easy to follow the step-by-step instructions.

  • Early-Style Hardanger

    Early-style Hardanger is not often seen outside of Norway, but is quite distinct from contemporary Hardanger. This historical style of embroidery has traditionally been used on the women’s clothing in the Hardangerfjord region, and was designed to emulate needle-made lace of the 1600s and 1700s.

    Yvette Stanton travelled to Norway to research this book, studying historical examples of Hardanger at the Norsk Folkemuseum and the Hardanger Folkemuseum. In Bergen, she joined in the celebration of Syttende Mai (17 May) or Norwegian Constitution Day. On this occasion, many Norwegians dress in bunad, or folk costume, to enjoy the festivities. Because of this, Yvette also saw many examples of early-style Hardanger in current use on traditional-style clothing.

    Early-Style Hardanger inspires you to create traditional-style Norwegian whitework embroidery, and demonstrates how to do it in bite-size portions, thereby allowing you to feel the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment of making your own beautiful embroideries. The book features:

    • Introductory information with comparisons between contemporary and early-style Hardanger, photographs of historical example
    • Clear diagrams and / or photographs to help you see exactly how to work the stitch or technique, plus concise written instructions explain each step
    • Instructions for both left- and right-handed embroiderers
    • 10 beautiful projects including from small (bookmark, square mat, pin tins) through to larger (lampshade, embroidered shirt, traditional apron)
    • 160 full colour pages and three pattern sheets

    Whether you're an absolute beginner or are wanting more of a challenge, there is something here for you.

  • Earth n' Twig

    Sue Spargo's Earth n' Twig was inspired by a joyous spring in Barcelona with flowers blooming in profusion. The quilt design features:

    • General guidelines and materials list
    • 8 blocks with detailed instructions, full-size templates and stitch guides
    • Border and finishing instructions

    The finished quilt measures 127 x 119 cm (50 x 47 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.

  • Edgy Embroidery

    Renee Rominger has created 25 edgy designs that go above and beyond traditional flowers. Instead of "Home Sweet Home/' readers can embroider "Smash the Patriarchy" or add a flower crown to a cow skull. Additional irreverent designs include Can U Not?, Anatomical Heart, Haunted House on a Hill and Crystal Ball.

    Embroiderers and those who are looking for a new, relaxing hobby will not want to miss out on these beautiful, innovative and unconventional designs.

  • Elegant Hardanger Embroidery

    With projects ranging from beginner, intermediate and advanced, this guide will take you step by step from novice to advanced stitcher, with helpful diagrams and hints and tips at every stage.

    Discover how to create the stitches and techniques of Hardanger embroidery, how to fix mistakes and then work your way through 15 projects.

  • Embroidered Boxes

    This beautiful book brings the traditional craft of box making right up to date with the latest construction techniques and modern designs.

    It starts with projects suitable for beginners, and then introduces further techniques so readers can design and construct their own boxes. There are ten step-by step guides on how to construct different styles and shapes of boxes, and how to insert more complex decorative and functional elements.

    With over 650 colour photographs as well as stunning examples of embroidery techniques and designs, it is sure to delight and inspire every embroiderer and craft enthusiast. Features include:

    • Help and advice on materials, construction methods and techniques
    • 10 step-by-step guides with photographs on how to construct different styles and shapes of boxes, and how to insert more complex decorative and functional elements
    • Instructions for creating the embroideries from the boxes with photographs, and help on how to mount the sections
    • Advice on how to design and construct your own boxes, as well as how to adapt the boxes for your own use