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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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
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
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
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
Patchwork isn't just for quilts! It's also perfect for making clothing, toys, housewares and more. Add embroidery to the mix and the possibilities are endless.
Aimee Ray has whipped up 21 great gift ideas that showcase both techniques. They all feature Aimee's popular signature motifs and include place mats, napkins, tablet covers, pillows, banners and even baby items.$26.99
Quilters, crafters and embroiderers of all skill levels will be thrilled with these whimsical patterns from Australian designer Gail Pan. Featuring full-sized hand-embroidery designs, Patchwork Loves Embroidery is for anyone who wants to enjoy the relaxing hobby of putting needle to thread.
- Select from 15 patchwork and hand-embroidery projects, including wall hangings, table runners, totes and fabric covers for books or folders
- Quickly learn the basics of hand embroidery: using the correct needle, choosing threads and fabrics, and transferring the designs
- Embellish projects with sweet, garden-inspired motifs ranging from charming little birds to beautiful flowers, fanciful cottages and more
Here is a positively delightful collection of 750 charming, whimsical motifs sure to inspire your embroidery stitches.
If you’re new to stitching, Pen to Thread starts with a comprehensive guide to basic techniques including step-by-step illustrations for a variety of embroidery stitches and tips for choosing colours. The motifs you’ll stitch range from everyday objects like bird cages and backpacks to sophisticated poodles, playful mermaids and punchy piñatas.
All the motifs and alphabets are included on a handy CD for easy resizing. Any motif can be made distinctly yours with Sarah’s easy-to-follow instructions.$46.99$42.99
Reprinted at last, this book is packed with ideas and techniques that will appeal not only to embroidery enthusiasts, but to all crafters. Included throughout are innovative ideas for combining ribbon embroidery and stumpwork with other crafts to create unique and special projects. The magnificent sampler includes 60 different elements: flowers and creatures from all over the world, many of them never embroidered before.
With step by step instructions are accompanied by clear photographs, this lavishly illustrated book is an ideal learning tool for beginner embroiderers, yet offers more advanced embroiderers several new and exciting techniques. No creative embroiderer will want to be without this truly beautiful book.$38.99
Whitework specialist, Yvette Stanton, features an exquisite style of needlework from Guimarães in northern Portugal in this stunning book that will inspire and delight you.
Drawn thread work and bullion embroidery combine to create a strikingly beautiful style. You will learn all you need to know to create your own masterpieces and heirlooms with the in-depth step-by-step instructions. Includes a range of projects, large and small, for beginners through to advanced stitchers.$34.99
Ready to Stitch: Borders & Motifs provides 80 designs that include flowers, butterflies, hearts and fairies in a broad range of styles. The introductory section offers:
- Notes on the materials and basic techniques used
- 10 simple embroidery stitches, all with clear, step-by-step diagrams
- Clear instructions accompany each motif, with information on the DMC thread colours and the embroidery stitches used
- A range of inspiring project ideas showing how the designs can be used
Then simply choose a design, transfer it to your chosen item using the corresponding iron-on transfer sheet and add hand stitching following the instructions provided.
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For the embroiderer who appreciates the value of beautiful stitches but also likes to break a few rules along the way, Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops is a refreshing resource for both standard and out-of-the-box techniques.
Based on the popular classes the author leads, the book teaches everything from the “proper” way to form a French knot and transfer a design to a canvas to new ways to stitch three-dimensionally, work with nontraditional threads and fabrics, draw with thread freeform, and mix and match machine- and hand-stitching.
Also featured are instructions for 20 innovative projects, including a cloth sampler designed especially for the book (and packaged in an envelope at the back).$39.99
The new edition of this best-selling book, first published in 2004, is a must have for all lovers of ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. It is suitable for first-time embroiderers as well as those who wish to brush up on certain techniques.
In addition to modified text to suit techniques and materials available on the market today, the names and colours of the threads and ribbons used in the design have been updated. Also included are lots of new photographs and a completely new layout.
The book remains unique in its combination of ribbon embroidery and stumpwork. The twelve panels are each individually explained with step-by-step photographs and instructions, including a comprehensive guide to all the needles, thread and ribbons required. There are over 30 models to learn from, making this the ideal book for anyone wishing to learn how to make many different flowers, leaves and little creatures in a gorgeous flower sampler.
A comprehensive stitch glossary with illustrations of more than 40 stitches is an excellent reference that can be used for much more than just the book sampler. The interesting techniques in this book can also be used for crazy patchwork, quilts, fibre arts, card making, making box lids and enhancing knitted and felted backgrounds or clothing and accessories.
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Ribbon embroidery is a simple, beautiful and versatile technique that dates back to the seventeenth century. This book brings it up to date with fresh instruction on floral classics, as well as stunning contemporary designs.
With over 400 colour step-by-step photographs to guide your through each stitch, Ribbonwork Embroidery demonstrates the speed and simplicity of ribbonwork, and explains how it can be combined with other techniques to add detail and depth to a piece of embroidery.
- Step-by-step photographs guide the reader through each stitch
- Detailed instructions explain how ribbonwork can be combined with a range of other techniques
- Help and advice is provided throughout on working with silk ribbons
- Projects demonstrate how to use the stitches in designs
- Ideas for creating using pieces and advice on displaying embroidery
Learn and master over 170 embroidery stitches including variations. With clear step-by-step instructions, accompanied by diagrams showing you what to do. Examples of each stitch will inspire you to use the stitches creatively and experimentally in your embroidery.
You will discover how easy it is to learn and master new stitches, how to work surface stitches, needlepoints and counted thread stitches and how they should look so you can make yours look the same.$34.99
Embrace the beauty of hand stitching with whimsical, age-worn designs. From wall quilts to table toppers and primitive dolls to pincushions, you'll sew 12 handcrafted projects with eccentric flair and distinct character – ideal for both beginners and more experienced sewists. Your stitches are meant to tell a story, so put perfection to the side as you create memories with felted wool, distressed cottons and embroidery thread.
- Sew 12 eclectic designs using felted wool appliqué and hand embroidery
- Embrace perfectly imperfect construction that truly embodies the primitive look
- Savour slow sewing while making handmade gifts for those you love
From the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), this contemporary guide to the art of appliqué is written by Kate Cross, one of their trained experts and teachers. It is designed to showcase the traditional techniques, technical excellence and contemporary flair of the RSN, and provide practical guidance and inspiration.
As well as featuring a rich selection of inspiring appliqué pieces, this is primarily a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in all essential appliqué techniques including:
- A comprehensive stitch guide and leads the reader through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance
- Details on how to knot thread and start stitching correctly, how to create a design, transfer it onto fabric, frame up a slate frame, build up, cut away, apply a variety of edges and apply fabric, as well as basic ribbonwork, goldwork, shadow work and silk shading
- Two beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice
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This practical, contemporary guide to the exciting and varied world of raised embroidery is written by Kelley Aldridge, an expert teacher with the Royal School of Needlework.
The book features an introduction to the RSN and its prestigious heritage. It reveals the history and context of raised embroidery and showcases galleries of inspiring raised embroidery work. This is primarily a practical, instructional guide that offers a complete grounding in the techniques you need for raised embroidery: it contains a comprehensive stitch guide and leads the reader through each technique using clear step-by-step photography and easy-to-follow expert guidance.
The book contains three beautiful projects that put these techniques into practice and showcase additional advanced techniques.
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Sardinian Knotted Embroidery features the beautiful knotted embroidery of Teulada, Sardinia.
This terrific manual takes you through the history and particulars and guides you every step of the way through the projects which range from beginner to expert skill levels. Features include:
- Tips and tricks that let you know what to look out for and helping you through common mistakes
- Finishing instructions for all the projects both small and large including advice on materials, care, stretching and washing
- Stitch diagrams are clear and concise with separate step-by-step instructions for left-handed stitchers
Fans of the clean, elegant lines of traditional Scandinavian style are sure to be inspired by the 35 sewing projects in this book, which fuse classic Scandi motifs including hearts, flowers and birds with contemporary techniques and materials.
The projects work with a wide variety of fabrics and as you progress through them you will learn a wide range of sewing techniques, including appliqué, cut work, patchwork, decorative machine stitching, shadow work and ribbon work. Simplicity is always at the heart of the designs, and the clear instructions and step-by-step art-works mean anyone can have a go. You will be surprised how quickly beautiful pieces can be made.$29.99
This delicate 18th century German whitework embroidery incorporates surface stitches, pulled fabric, drawn thread, needlelace and needleweaving, and was traditionally embroidered on blouses, shirts, stockings, bed linen and towels.
- Based on the "tree of life", classic design elements include hearts, tulips, the sun, pine cones, fruit, flowers, leaves, tendrils and the dove
- Step drawings and directions teach the techniques in designs for all skill levels, with templates – heirloom cloth, scissors tag, towel, sampler, tea cosy, pincushion, needlecase, napkin, table centre, etc
- Colour photos show clearly the intricate beauty of each work
- Bonus designs included
This collection of sweet, colourful embroidery projects puts a fresh spin on the trend of folk-art crafts.
The kit comes with iron-on transfers for every project, making complex line work accessible to all without the need for freehand drawing talent. Both beginners and long-time crafters will appreciate the patterns and the materials. With ten skeins of embroidery floss, a natural-bamboo hoop, and a packet of needles, you will be able to embroider any number of items.
The book showcases examples for several applications, including tea towels, T-shirts, tablecloths and tote bags.$24.99
In 1598, Lady Anne Clifford wrote a letter to her father that featured a beautifully painted border. Inspired by that Shakespearian-era design, Jane Nicholas has created her own embroidery, stitched on ivory silk satin in stumpwork. It showcases 14 assorted flowers and fruits popular at the time, from the Apothecary rose, borage, heartsease and periwinkle to redcurrants, barberries, plums and strawberries.
The book is lavishly illustrated in colour, with detailed step-by-step instructions making it a prized addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in textured and dimensional embroidery.$49.99
Designed for the beginning to intermediate embroiderer, this workshop-in-a-book presents the basic concepts of this gentle art, and puts them to immediate use in creating a lidded box, striking evening bag, garden-themed journal cover and more. Learn to select fabrics and transfer patterns, and the best ways to use common stitches.
Save hours of frustration with the help of a complete section on project problem-solving. Increasing or decreasing scale is covered, as is color and perspective, and there are great tips for deciding when to use a jump stitch or a camouflage stitch, and ideas for embellishing other crafts with silk ribbon.
Additional information is provided for selecting background treatments and fabrics that can add interest to any project.$24.99$12.99