• Shakespeare's Flowers in Stumpwork

    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.

  • Silk Ribbon Embroidery Chinese Style

    This ribbon embroidery book breaks through the traditional style of western silk ribbon embroidery by incorporating traditional Chinese elements such as simple layout with liubai (leaving blank) as well as incorporating contemporary Chinese art to create silk ribbon embroideries that are unique and ethereal.

    Readers will find dozens of basic stitching techniques with detailed steps and illustrations ranging from small scale decoration on a mirror and handheld fan to large scale stitch art. The patterns include flowers, trees, fishes, prawns, architectures and more. Among the different stitches, the prawns, peony and lotus leaf are originated by the author with years of experience.

  • Silk Shading: Essential Stitch Guides

    With clear instructions and beautiful examples of historical and contemporary pieces, Sarah shows how to create stunning embroideries using traditional techniques. Stitches include:

    • Stab Stitch
    • Split Stitch
    • Long and Short Stitch
    • Running Stitch
    • Stem Stitch
    • Eyelet Stitch
    • Adding Beads & Sequins
    • Padding
    • French Knots
    • Bullion Knots

    Chapters cover the history of silk shading, materials, design and using colour, framing up, taking your work further, further ideas for your own designs, finishing your work and troubleshooting. And there are five projects to practise your skills:

    • Blue Curves
    • Marbles
    • Poppy
    • Houses
    • Autumn Leaves

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  • Simply Redwork

    Celebrity crafter and designer Mandy Shaw shows you how to create a beautiful redwork-embroidered quilt.

    The quilt is made up of nine heart blocks each with a different motif. The hearts can be combined to create a gorgeous quilt but you can also choose from 20 simple sewn projects including a key holder, brooch and pin cushion.

    Mandy brings a fresh, new approach to redwork embroidery with her own distinctive style and eye catching motifs including polar bears and honey bees. Whether you're an experienced stitcher looking for inspiration or a novice sewer looking for new ideas, this book will suit you.

  • Simply Samplers

    A sampler is a project made from a "sampling" of different stitches or different motifs. Once the learning tool that helped generations of girls master basic needlework skills, this traditional project is still a great way to learn and practice embroidery skills-as well as a creative way to add colour to a room or a fabric item.

    • Covers samplers in several different styles: cross-stitch, counted thread, surface and freestyle embroidery
    • Creative uses for sampler art beyond the basic wall hanging: gift bags, ornaments, scarves, tote bags and more
    • Includes a how-to section with step-by-step instructions for basic embroidery stitches and sewing skills
    • 16 projects for decorative sampler designs plus creative variations

  • Smoyg: Pattern Darning from Norway

    Here is a how-to guide full of colourful images and enticing projects to help you discover the beauty of Norwegian pattern darning. Pattern darning is a simple counted embroidery technique using basic running stitch, and beginners through to experienced stitchers will find much to delight in this book.

    Smøyg is used on folk dress, which Norwegians wear for special occasions, and until now there has been no book published specifically on smøyg. This is a book that many have been waiting for!

  • Stitch & Sew

    Revive your love for hand stitching with 31 fresh embroidery designs.

    Showcase your needlework on 5 pretty, practical projects; a drawstring bag, clutch, flex case, change purse and zipper pouch. Learn beginner to advanced embroidery one stitch at a time, testing your thread choices in a lively sampler notebook on textured fabrics like chambray, yarn-dyed linen, and canvas. Each project is shown with 6 unique motifs and colour stories to inspire your own artistry.

  • Stitch Bible

    This is a comprehensive guide to embroidery, with over 200 stitches and a range of fresh and modern projects. You can learn the basic stitches and master 8 different embroidery styles, including blackwork, crewelwork, hardanger, pulled thread, goldwork and freestyle.

    Every stitch has clear step-by-step instructions and is accompanied by coloured diagrams. You can create 19 beautiful items for yourself and your home, from bags and accessories to gifts and home décor.

  • Stitch Love

    Love stitching? Love animals? Then this sweet collection of creatures big and small is perfect for you!

    Using basic embroidery stitches and simple designs stitched as outlines, it features cute critters including pets, farm animals, dinosaurs and even mythical favourites like Pegasus. There are 25 projects in all, from a hedgehog stroller quilt to a dachshund keyboard wrist rest, plus dozens of motifs.

  • Stitch, Fabric & Thread

    This creative book encourages people to experiment with stitch, fabric and thread to create their own unique textiles. It is a treasure trove of over 40 inspiring practical exercises, a rich and creative exploration of fabric and stitch, and a fascinating all-round read.

    The exercises draw inspiration from around the world: create corded works of art inspired by Milton Glaser's iconic Bob Dylan album cover; create bold embroidered African masks; layer up and cut away to create Mola appliqué; use bleach and fabric paint to create Aboriginal dreamtime lizards; create knotted works of art inspired by ancient Mayan counting systems; embroider varsity cross-stitch letters or try out decorative Japanese book binding. Alternatively, try a host of other techniques such as quilting, printing, dyeing, couching tumbled crockery, creating pleats and puckers and needlelace.

    Packed with stitch galleries and bursting with slow sewing ideas, the book also contains 'behind the stitches' features: illuminating insights into sewing movements such as Boro textiles, Gee's Bend quilting and Dorset buttons.

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  • Stitched Blooms

    One part project book and one part resource guide, Stitched Blooms is the go-to collection of floral embroidery motifs for today's stitchers and crafters.

    Its 300 designs run the gamut from classic flowers to folk-art leaves and borders, and the accompanying CD offers yet more possibilities! Use them on the 20 featured projects, including a blouse, Swedish stuffed horse toy, cute girl's skirt and more.

    Beginners and experienced embroiderers alike will appreciate the basics section, as well as in-depth instructions for each stitch, and the useful motif reference.

  • Stitched Textiles: Flowers

    Very much aimed at the contemporary textile artist, this beautiful book is designed to inspire and encourage new ideas and experimentation for any textile artist interested in exploring flowers and their design possibilities.

    Fresh and innovative in its approach, it covers the design process itself, from inspiration to final design, and provides information on the materials used and step-by-step demonstrations of a whole range of techniques including dyeing, monoprinting, block printing, appliqué, foiling, photo-transfer printing, piecing and stitching.

    Five step-by-step projects build on the skills learnt and include wall hangings, a pretty needlecase, a pincushion and a cushion cover.

  • Stitched Textiles: Landscapes

    Kathleen Matthews shares her unique method of creating beautiful landscapes using quilting, dyeing and stitching techniques. She shows what materials are needed, and takes us through her design process. Features include:

    • An excellent section on using simple dyeing methods to create unique fabrics that are ideal for landscapes
    • Plenty of information on creating landscape elements such as water, skies, trees, hills and mountains, fields, flowers and buildings and more, and on depicting the four seasons
    • 5 gorgeous step-by-step projects showing an Autumn Woodland, Flowers in a Landscape, a Mountain Scene, a Sunset on Water and a Lavender Field
    • A gallery of beautiful landscapes to inform and inspire textile artists

  • Stitches from the Garden

    Indulge in the sentimental pleasures of stitcheries with wistful vintage artistry. Inspired by nature and stitched with the gentle romance of days gone by, noted artist Kathy Schmitz creates designs that use simple embroidery to create thoughtful keepsakes.

    • Select from a variety of elegant embroidery projects, including a pillow, pincushion, wall decoration, tote bag and more
    • Find success with each design – clear illustrations demonstrate how to master every featured embroidery stitch
    • Revel in Kathy Schmitz's original artwork, gracefully presented throughout the book

  • Stitches from the Harvest

    Dig into 15 all-new embroidery projects inspired by the warm colours and welcoming textures of autumn. Stitch whimsical birds and a bevy of fall fruit and leaves to bedeck elegant little projects, including a pillow, tote bag, table runner, needle book, pincushion and more.

    Clear instructions, helpful tips, and beautiful original artwork make Stitches from the Harvest a source of inspiration you'll turn to again and again.

  • Stitches from the Yuletide

    Celebrate the charms of the season with exquisite embroidery from best-selling author Kathy Schmitz! You'll find spectacularly embroidered scenes inspired by classic motifs, as well as delightful hand-drawn sketches and beautiful watercolor paintings in page after page of elegant designs.

    Create a pillow, tea towels, wall art, ornaments and more, all perfect for decorating and gift giving. Embroider motifs ranging from jolly snowmen to frolicking reindeer. Kathy's signature birds and bunnies also make a special appearance – they'll inspire you to start some of the season's best stitching.

  • Stitching with Beatrix Potter

    This book gathers together 10 easy yet elegant projects celebrating the life and talents of Beatrix Potter.

    With 10 appliqué and 6 embroidery designs, even beginning stitchers can work with hexagons to create a beautiful embroidered quilt, stitch up a cushion based on The Tailor of Gloucester, appliqué a wool storage box and construct a beautiful wedding quilt based on one from Beatrix Potter’s home. Plus, all-of-the designs can easily be adapted – just add a dash of imagination to create bags, appliquéd pinafores or embroidered gifts.

    • Stitch by hand and by machine as you create projects the whole family will love
    • Learn about the life and work of Beatrix Potter with historical vignettes
    • Amazing appliqué tips

  • Stumpwork & Goldwork Embroidery Inspired by Turkish, Syrian & Pe
    The research and embroidery involved in creating the designs for this book has been a joy for Jane Nicholas. She has revelled in the opportunity to indulge a passion of hers since childhood – combining jewel-like colours, gold metallic threads and glittering beads.

    Sixteen projects are presented in this book, varying both in size and complexity. Each has been inspired by an example of Islamic art – pottery, textiles, manuscripts or jewellery – from Turkey, Syria, Persia, Arabia or India.