• Modern Folk Embroidery

    Incorporate folk art into your home in a contemporary way with this collection of stunning modern embroidery designs by leading designer, Nancy Nicholson. Nancy's distinctive style, which draws on Scandinavian and Eastern European motifs, perfectly captures the folk art trend and will appeal to stitchers of all ages and abilities.

    This collection shows you how to use the designs to create beautiful and practical home decor items and accessories. The stitch techniques from Nancy's unique and comprehensive stitch library are extremely easy to follow whether you are an experienced stitcher or a newbie. There are also plenty of suggestions for creating your own designs if you are feeling inspired.

  • Modern Machine Embroidery

    If you are just getting started with your embroidery machine, this book offers the know-how you need to embroider like a pro and create endless embroidery style.

    Inside, you'll find detailed step-by-step instructions along with essential information about stabilizer, thread, fabric, hooping and more. You'll learn how to create fashionable appliqués and custom monograms, as well as amazing in-the-hoop embroidery projects that take full advantage of today's embroidery machine capabilities.

    Plus, you can get creative with a DVD of 25 must-have embroidery downloads, including three in-the-hoop projects and a complete alphabet. All this, topped off with expert advice from author Lisa Archer, makes stitching professional-quality embroidery easy.

  • Modern Sashiko

    Silke Bosbach shows you how to create 15 stunning embroidery designs which blend modern techniques with the simple and traditional Japanese method of Sashiko.

    Traditional Sashiko is a simple folk technique originally used for darning. While the conventional craft uses only a basic running stitch to create intricate patterned backgrounds, Silke Bosbach shows you how to adapt this basic style by applying modern surface finishes on numerous textiles and combining it with a variety of other techniques.

    Explore the fascinating possibilities of these embroidery techniques yourself and be inspired to create your own unique combinations of the modern and traditional!

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  • Monograms

    The allure of an elegant monogram is irresistible and has timeless appeal. Contemporary applications illustrated in this book include cushions, napkins, bridal bag, towels, blankets and sheets. Any of the projects in this book can be adapted for different uses.

    You will learn, in step-by-step photographs, how to produce the various forms of stitching, what materials to use and where to place a monogram. A range of alphabets from cross stitch to padded satin stitch are also supplied. This is a comprehensive guide that will appeal to both the beginner and experienced embroiderer.

  • Monograms & Words in Ribbon Embroidery

    Welcome to the wonderful world of stitched calligraphy.

    Each letter is beautifully reproduced in watercolour, with clear instructions for transferring the designs on to fabric. The step-by-step demonstrations show you the basic techniques, accompanied by easy-to-follow diagrams and close-up photography of the embroideries.

    The book is highly versatile and can be used with many languages so there is no limit to the letters, words and projects that can be made. There are numerous gorgeous designs, including embroidered cards, plaques, boxes, journals, baby clothes and more, giving you a limitless scope for personalizing special gifts for babies, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and more. Packed with useful tips and ideas, this is book is the perfect companion for ribbon embroiderers of all abilities.

    Previously published as Embroidered Alphabets.

  • More Beautiful Embroidered Blankets

    More Beautiful Embroidered Blankets is back in print to showcase 9 stunning blankets featuring timeless designs for every occasion. Each blanket is exquisitely photographed and superbly presented with detailed instructions, full-size patterns and also step-by-step photographs.

    From simple appliqué and surface embroidery to thread painting and stumpwork, these magnificent throws feature designs from spectacular flowers and fruits to gorgeous nursery blankets. This collection of the world’s most beautiful embroidery is not to be missed.

  • Mountmellick Embroidery

    This full colour, step-by-step guide includes over 600 clear diagrams and photographs of the basics and beyond of this historic embroidery technique.

    Discover how to create the stitches, how to knit the characteristic fringes for the edge of your Mountmellick embroidery and pick up hints and tips you would normally learn in a class. Complete with 17 projects for your new skills!

  • Needle Lace Techniques for Hand Embroidery

    Hazel Blomkamp has compiled over 40 key needle lace embroidery techniques in one handy and portable stitch book. She has devised a book which thoroughly outlines and breaks down the basic needle lace techniques you need to create beautiful embroidered pieces.

    Each of the 40+ stitches is explained with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions. All have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place a magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The book is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the books notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.

    With all the stitches needed for needle lace hand embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.

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  • Needle Painting Embroidery

    This combines in book form fifteen embroidery projects from the numerous kits that Trish Burr has been providing by mail order for some years – a variety of embroideries featuring traditional flowers and two small, colourful and delightful South African birds, the little bee-eater and the racquet-tailed roller. Features include:

    • Three levels, from complete beginner through to more intermediate and experienced
    • Each level is carefully designed to take you onto the next stage
    • Introduction to long and short stitch and variations – basic, curved, different shapes and feathers
    • Thread listings
    • Step-by-step photographs
    • Clear illustrations
    • And More!

  • Needle Weaving Techniques for Hand Embroidery

    Working from numerous traditional loom weaving graphs and patterns, Hazel Blomkamp has updated, modified and documented 42 techniques, providing you with the basic weaving methods needed to create stunning embroidered pieces.

    Beginning with general information and tips on the weaving technique, she then dives straight into the stitches, which are broken down into detailed, helpful steps. Each weaving pattern is accompanied by a clear diagram and at least one photographed example of one of Hazel's beautiful woven pieces, giving you that extra visual reference as you work.

    All the stitches have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place your magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The spine is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the books notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.

    With all the stitches needed for needle weaving embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.

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  • Needlecraft Style Directory

    Written for both beginning and experienced needlecraft enthusiasts, this reference volume shows how to make virtually every basic stitch and describes each stitch's common uses.

    The first part describes the many different needlecraft styles – crewel, quilting, needlepoint and dozens more. The second part is a stitch directory, presenting easy-to-follow diagrams that show how each stitch is accomplished. The book's chapters cover:

    • Fabric Embellishment – surface embroidery, beadwork, needlepoint and more
    • Fabric Construction – patchwork, quilting, various styles of appliqué and more
    • Fabric Manipulation – smocking, hemstitching, cutwork and more
    • Part Two chapters – illustrate more than 20 stiches (including surface embroidery stitches, cross stitches, knotted stitches, straight stitches, pulled and drawn threadwork stitches, needlepoint stitches, looped stitches)

  • New Canvaswork

    A colourful, inspiring guide to new trends in canvaswork that is both a practical techniques' resource and a showcase for some of today's best work.

    Carter suggests new twists on classic canvaswork that will add sparkle and individuality to your work: how to use new background fabrics, texture, ribbon, painted fusible webbing, paper, freestyle canvaswork, machine stitching, drawn / pulled thread.

  • Patchwork Emboidery

    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.

  • Patchwork Loves Embroidery

    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

  • Pen to Thread

    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.

  • Perfect World in Ribbon Embroidery & Stumpwork

    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.

  • Portuguese Whitework

    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.

  • Ready to Stitch: Borders & Motifs

    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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  • Rebecca Ringquist's Embroidery Workshops

    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).