• Creative Recycling in Embroidery

    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.

  • 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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  • Crewel Twists

    Hazel Blomkamp uses a wide selection of materials to update techniques and inspire embroiderers to explore whilst working loosely within the confines of crewel work styles. She shows how to be creative with fabric, threads, beads and alternative stitches, borrowing techniques from other forms of needlework while still producing a product that is typical of the crewel or Jacobean style of embroidery.

    • A fresh take on Jacobean embroidery
    • Materials and techniques to inspire
    • Beautiful, decorative embroidery projects for your home

    The original designs include:

    • Projects including beads and metal threads to add sparkle and texture to your work
    • Monochrome embroidery making use of a variety of threads and beads, all within the same colour range
    • Techniques employed in needle-made laces with designs defined by means of texture
    • More traditional embroidery including shading and satin stitch and the many variations of trellis couching to provide texture and interest

  • 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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  • 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: Embroidery & Beyond

    Aimee Ray brings her irresistible art to a variety of embroidery techniques in a timeless resource for anyone with a needle and thread.

    Appealing to stitchers of all levels, the beautiful decorative stitches and techniques here include stumpwork, appliqué, shisha, cutwork and sashiko. They're all presented in Ray's fresh, accessible and whimsical style, with more than 20 fun projects and extra motifs so readers can personalise their creations.

  • Doodle Stitching: The Holiday Motif Collection

    Aimee Ray popular presents a festive collection of motifs with Christmas ideas, from Santa's sleigh to the Nutcracker ballet, but also with designs for New Year's, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween, Hanukkah and more.

    With more than 20 projects and 300+ new motifs, this is the ultimate year-round stitching resource.

    The CD offers all the motifs digitally so you can enlarge, edit or combine them as you see fit.

  • Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection

    Mix and match embroidery designs to personalize everyday objects with playful and whimsical touches. The motifs are presented in colour in the book for easy reference and in simple black lines on enclosed CD (allowing you to enlarge and edit, or combine them as you like).

    Create the 17 projects with the motifs as shown or give your creativity free reign. Projects include wearables and accessories, Home décor, gifts and keepsakes. 16 categories Alphabet, Baby, Celebrations, Fruits & Veggies, Farm animals + more!

  • Doodle Stitching: Transfer Pack

    Embroiderers love Aimee Ray's Doodling collections, and this one-stop resource contains 300+ of her most popular motifs, including nearly 30 entirely new designs.

    Just tear out the perforated pages, iron the reusable patterns onto fabric, grab a needle and thread and start stitching animals, flowers, letters, balloons, embellishments and more. There's no tracing or photocopying required and a handy, sealable envelope stores the motifs for future applications.

    It's quick, easy and fun to do.

  • 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.

  • 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 Art of Chloe Giordano

    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.

  • Embroidered Country Gardens

    Be inspired to embroider all the elements of an idyllic English country garden. Suitable for beginners as well as accomplished embroiderers, Lorna Bateman’s beautiful book includes 12 practical projects for you to make and adorn with exquisite floral motifs.

    Lorna walks you through a variety of stitches including raised and textured stitches, teaching you to embroider individual flowers with them and how to incorporate these into an original garden motif. For the nature enthusiast, there is plenty to get excited about: an A–Z of English garden flowers and how to stitch them; a section on stitching common garden insects; and how to embroider iconic garden imagery such as birdbaths and garden ornaments.

    Roses are the archetypal cottage flower and Lorna describes how to incorporate a climbing rose, rose spray and standard rose in your designs.

    Embroidered Country Gardens is peppered throughout with seeds of wisdom: invaluable hints and tips from the author to help you develop your own skills and unique style. As well as step-by-step instructions, there are also detailed photographs, outline template drawings and a fully illustrated A–Z of stitches.

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