• 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: 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.

  • Early 20th Century Embroidery Techniques

    The author has delved into the archives to research the varied and unusual techniques and tools that hand embroiderers used in the period 1900–1939.

    A unique and fascinating feature is the concentration on the embroiderers and their involvement in the teaching, promotion, writing and practice of stitching in this period by experts such as Ann Macbeth, Margaret Swanson, Rebecca Crompton, Joan Drew ...

    The techniques explored include:

    • The new Punto Tagliato
    • Needleweaving
    • Needle lace fillings
    • Wessex stitchery
    • Lettering
    • Modern appliqué
    • Cutwork
    • Drawn fabric work
    • Crewel work

  • 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 Garden

    Kazuko Aoki has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread. By offering 40 motifs, Aoki invites us to explore her gardens through embroidery. The motifs explore the roses and wildflowers that appear season to season, as well as the bees and butterflies that enjoy their nectar.

    The designs here are exquisite, detailed and artfully rendered. Beyond the motifs themselves, Aoki also presents projects that feature the embroidery: brooches, notebook covers, pin cushions and pouches. For those new to embroidery, detailed how-to illustrations are included.

  • Embroidered Landscapes

    This book is about the processes and techniques of designing, stitching and completing realistic interpretations of landscapes. The processes described will enable any embroiderer from any country in the world to adapt and produce hand-embroidered landscapes portraying their own regions.

    The techniques are the combination and adaption of different art genre, textiles, traditional stitch’s and hand embroidery techniques. It is the result of over 25 years of experiment, refinement and tutoring by author, Judy Wilford.

    The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 covers the materials and equipment needed to design and embroider a landscape. Part 2 contains projects based on different landforms: the coastlines, escarpments, plains and deserts each further develop and extend techniques using fabric and stitch to achieve specific effects.

  • Embroidered Mandalas

    These embroidery-ready transfers make it super-simple to stitch beautiful, meditative mandalas for any craft. Just iron the transfers on and go!

    Use the transfers to create embroidery-hoop pieces, or embellish favourite bags, shirts or pillows. Once the pattern is transferred, just take your needle and floss and stitch along the lines to colour the designs any way you'd like. The process is easy and relaxing, and the results are gorgeous.

    The book includes 25 iron-on mandalas and 16 pages of basic embroidery instruction for crafters of all levels.

  • Embroidered Portraits

    With a different and delightfully practical approach to a traditional, time-honoured subject, Jan shows how to create a wonderful selection of portraits, all in realistic style and created using raised embroidery, appliqué and decorative hand stitches.

    You learn how to personalise and embellish portraits with fabric, felt, lace, beads, braids and cords, and there is plenty of inspirational advice plus many new ideas. Whether you are new to stitching or an experienced embroiderer, you will find much here to enthral and excite you in this very special book.

    Packed full of exquisitely worked pieces, all giving a contemporary twist to this traditional subject, and with expert guidance on the materials and methods used.

  • Embroidered Treasures: Birds

    Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration to embroiderers and this fantastic book showcases the Embroiderers' Guild's huge collection of embroidered birds through the ages. From the subtle shades seen in crewelwork and the Buratto lace of Europe to the glittering silk, metal and beetle wing designs of China, Japan and India, the author presents a beautiful array of stitchwork that truly is a feast for the eyes.

    Featuring full-colour photographs and extended captions, items are shown also in full along with detailed images to show off the stunning stitched birds at their best. These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as badges, postcards, aprons, wall hangings, dresses, cushion covers and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century.

    Collected from many different countries, this exquisite book is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public.

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  • Embroidered Treasures: Flowers

    The Embroiderers' Guild was founded in 1906 and has in its collection embroideries from all over the world. These wonderful works, which somehow survived through the ages, could be said to be one of the most important group of embroideries assembled in one place.

    Nature has always been a huge source of inspiration to embroiderers and this fantastic book showcases the Guild's huge collection of embroidered flowers through the ages. Featuring full-colour photographs, items are shown in full and also with detail images to show off the flowers at their best.

    These wonderful embroidered treasures are as varied as wall hangings, children's dresses, bridal bags and samplers, some of which date back to the 17th century. The images are shown with extended captions. Collected from many different countries, this is an opportunity to see fabulous works that are very rarely seen in public.

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  • Embroiderer's Handbook

    This handbook will be an invaluable resource for all embroiderers – the beginner looking for basic information, and the more experienced seeking confirmation and extension of their knowledge. Features include:

    • Advice on equipment and materials and transferring designs
    • Over 150 stitches are illustrated with full-colour step-by-step photographs
    • Each step is clearly explained and variations or combinations of the stitches are shown
    • Techniques and stitches for use with stranded cottons, silk ribbons, wool and beads, combined with enticing photographs of finished projects, provide endless inspiration
    • Scattered throughout the book are hints and information to increase the enjoyment of embroidery

  • Embroiderer's Little Book of Hints & Tips

    This book is for everyone who loves to stitch – with sections on everything from setting up a workbasket through to framing your finished embroidery. It has special sections with hints for Goldwork and Stumpwork embroidery as well as general stitch hints and fudges, hints for photography and going to classes.

    At the suggestion of some students, it has some blank pages throughout so that you can add the tips that you pick up along the way and at the back are needle identification pages with actual size photos of needles for comparison.

  • Embroidery

    Covering everything from smocking and stumpwork to beading and blackwork, Embroidery explores an extensive variety of handwork techniques.

    • A contemporary reappraisal that brings this traditional skill bang up-to-date, it is ideal for beginners
    • Packed with specially commissioned illustrations to accompany detailed step-by-step tutorials
    • Profiles of contemporary practitioners give an insight into their working methods
    • Covers a wide range of techniques for both hand and machine embroidery, including digital machine embroidery

  • Embroidery Book

    Enjoy the tranquility of slow stitching for luxurious seams and lavish embellishments. This step-by-step visual guide to embroidery stitches, motifs and extras uses simple colour theory for spectacular results! Robust colour charts take the guesswork out of choosing thread, buttons and trims. Stitch classic seam treatments and stunning stand-alone designs as you go beyond the basics to learn what embroidery can do for you.

    • 149 decorative stitches, motifs and more!
    • Choose from 8 colour schemes with fabric and thread suggestions for artful embroidery
    • Practice traditional or contemporary crazy quilting with thread, silk ribbon, beads and trims by creating your own stitch journal

  • Embroidery Designs for Fashion and Furnishing

    This striking publication presents highlights from the V&A's outstanding collection of embroidery designs for fashion, accessories and home furnishings.

    A practical, inspirational resource for textile historians, designers and embroiderers, Embroidery Designs contains patterns for gowns, jackets, bags, collars, children's clothing and soft furnishings, as well as poignant designs for embroideries on the themes of love and intimacy.

    The book is international in scope, and includes examples from the Italian Renaissance, twentieth-century Russia and Morris & Co as well as a pattern for Queen Mary's closet.

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