Discover the beautiful Japanese pattern darning technique kogin and how it can be used to create stunning stitched and quilted projects. Kogin is a variation of the popular Japanese embroidery technique sashiko and is rapidly becoming as popular as its 'big sister'.
Japanese embroidery expert, Susan Briscoe, has compiled a collection of over 60 pattern charts – kogin is a counted embroidery technique – and 12 accompanying projects to create The Ultimate Kogin Collection, following on from her classic title The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook. The projects range from small and very accessible items such as simple greetings cards and coasters to larger projects including wall hangings and table runners.$39.99
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
This “dog fanciful” collection of stitch motifs celebrates all things canine. With this lovely embroidery guide, you can create all manner of pups, including:
- The sweet Labrador retriever, fluffy poodle, noble German shepherd and many others
- Dogs doing what they do best – classic poses, postures and tricks like 'roll over,' 'give me your paw' and the ever-popular 'rub my tummy'.
- Pooches disguised as people – the farmer, the artist, the businessman
- Mutts in different styles and shapes, including borders, frames and alphabets
- Guidance on how to customize a motif to fit your favourite Fido
- Plus a gallery of project ideas for showcasing your stitches
Welcome to the artful world of Japanese master embroiderer Reiko Mori, a place where embroidery embodies charm, grace and true elegance. Choose from more than 40 picturesque motifs, many grouped into enchanting vignettes to mix and match; then use the motifs in 11 projects, including totes, fabric-covered boxes and more.
Learn 16 embroidery stitches to create designs for holidays (a wreath and tiny ornaments), seasons (chubby bees buzzing around dimensional daisies) and everyday occasions (an antique sewing machine and scissors). Themed chapters include flower, marine and Christmas collections, as well as an assortment ofthe author's signature black-on-linen designs.$44.99
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
This classic reference book has achieved near-legendary status since it was first published in 1934, owing to its clear instructions and huge library of stitches.
The book includes full illustrated instructions for over 400 embroidery stitches, ranging from simple border and outline stitches, to filling stitches, canvas stitches and pulled fabric stitches. Scattered throughout are dozens of inspirational embroideries to show the stitches in action.
Ideal for both those starting out with needlework and those more accomplished embroiderers who need inspiration for different stitches and techniques, this new, redesigned edition includes the internationally-renowned embroiderer Jan Eaton's revisions to the original text, and includes a preface by famed embroiderer Mary Corbet.
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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
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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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.$37.99
Working through a full growing season, from spring to autumn, the 63 flower varieties presented here offer a full garden of cherished blooms.
From pansies and lilies-of-the-valley to poppies, zinnias, and campanulas, the flowers presented here feature buds, blooms and roots in stunning detail and charming color combinations. As an avid gardener and seasoned embroiderer, Kazuko Aoki presents a beautiful blending of her twin passions through designs that are clearly rendered with an appreciation for intricacies and a delight in the subject.
With artistic photographs, clear step-by-step instructions and detailed diagrams, Embroidered Garden Flowers is a treasure trove that can be enjoyed by novice and experienced sewers alike.$34.99
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.$49.99
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.$22.99
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.$49.99
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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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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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
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.$39.99
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
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
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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Loaded with step-by-step instructions for twelve stitch techniques, Embroidery Designs: Boho-Chic includes three sheets of iron-on transfers for twelve boho-chic designs, two stitching needles, a six-inch embroidery hoop, two pieces of white fabric and ten skeins of six-stranded embroidery floss.
From raspberry borders to trendy folk birds, this colourful kit features boho-chic designs guaranteed to add flair to shirts, dresses, bags, throw pillows, wall hangings, anything and everything that could use some extra flair! With instructions for twelve different stitch techniques, the design possibilities are endless for seasoned stitchers and beginners alike.$27.99
In Embroidery Designs: Classic Creations you'll find everything you need to get started on your own gorgeous, hand-stitched artwork. Twelve original designs blend classic style and undeniable cuteness with an elegant, modern sensibility.
This beautiful, fully stocked kit includes twelve patterns, two needles, three iron-on transfer sheets, two pieces of white fabric, ten skeins of colourful embroidery thread, and a six-inch embroidery hoop. An illustrated book guides you with step-by-step directions and full-colour photographs for each design, as well as helpful pointers and instructions for the basic stitches.
Projects include a fox, a bird, a potted plant, an apple, a raccoon and more – perfect for adding personality to everything from tea towels and tote bags to onesies, napkins and pillowcases. Or hang finished pieces in the hoop for striking standalone artwork.$27.99
Make your mark and embellish your world by stitching your own elegant, one-of-a-kind, monograms. With Embroidery Designs: Modern Monograms, it's easy to customise classically beautiful patterns, then add initials and monogram designs to tea towels, handkerchiefs, wedding favours, new baby gifts, and much more.
This comprehensive kit comes with everything you need to start creating gorgeous, personalised items. Along with 12 patterns and a selection of lettering styles (primary and secondary), the kit also includes two needles, three iron-on transfer sheets, two pieces of fabric, ten skeins of embroidery floss and a six-inch bamboo embroidery hoop. The fully illustrated guidebook offers an overview of basic embroidery stitches as well as stitch-by-stitch directions and colour photographs for each pattern.
Whether you're adding flair to everyday items or creating handmade gifts, it's never been easier to create stylish hand-stitched artwork at home.$27.99
The book introduces the reader to many different stitchery techniques from simple cross stitch to intricate pulled threadwork. Some of the techniques are useful for making decorative borders, while others are good for adding spot designs, monograms and lettering, and applying beads and sequins.
Readers will find out how to use these traditional techniques to create attractive home accessories and a wide range of fashionable garments. They will also be taught how the simplest of sewing machines can create embroidered pieces in a fraction of the time it takes to do it by hand.
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Embroidery from the Heart is a stunning collection of pieces from some of Australia's best-known embroiderers, all created around the theme of the heart.
The tragic and untimely death of a young woman from heart disease inspired this touching memorial to her life, a creative exploration of the importance of the heart in all our lives. Embroidery from the Heart is a tribute in embroidery – to one heart from many.$14.99$4.99
Trends in embroidery styles come and go, but the basic stitches and techniques remain the same.
In this directory, you will have a collection of over 200 stitches at your fingertips from basic chain worked into fabric through to Florentine work on a canvas. Each one is explained with written step-by-step instructions and how-to techniques to get you started, and is accompanied by clear artwork and a photo of the finished stitch.
Follow the diagrams and instructions in this beautifully illustrated and jam-packed book to discover the wonderful variety of effects that can be created with just a needle and thread, and discover or rediscover the sensuous, tactile, wearable art of embroidery.
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