Encyclopedia of Classic & Vintage Stitches
Including detailed depictions of and explanations for 245 stitches, with instructions on tools and materials and 24 projects to complete – from a skill-displaying sampler to a glittery evening bag – this is a valuable resource for stitchwork practitioners. Although some techniques are suitable for beginners and others require a degree of knowledge and experience, this comprehensive reference book can provide inspiration for all.
How to Embroider
Techniques and Projects for the Complete Beginner
Explaining one stitch at a time, with clear step-by-step instructions, this manual introduces nine different stitches and provides a project for each one, from a traditional Bangladeshi running stitch cushion cover to a needle case decorated with button-hole stitch cutwork. With information on materials and tools, and templates provided, this is an ideal starting point for anyone new to embroidery.
Written by an embroiderer and textile artist, this well-produced book includes ideas for creating everything from necklaces, bracelets and earrings to collars and purses. As well as traditional fabrics such as silk, lace, tulle and leather, the pieces use recycled plastic and items such as kebab skewers and garden mesh. The author outlines more than 30 techniques, while the 10 step-by-step projects are carefully described and photographed, and range in difficulty.
Mabel Lucie Attwell
In Cross Stitch
The career of Mabel Lucie Attwell (1879–1964) spanned more than 60 years, and she became a household name as a result of her illustrations of chubby toddlers appearing on postcards, tableware and calendars. This workbook shows how to create 24 of her designs in cross stitch, on pieces ranging from vests and bootees to a towel, bookmark, door plate and cushion. All skill levels are catered for and the patterns are fully detailed.
A Foundation Course
This comprehensive introduction to miniature embroidery explains the materials and equipment needed, and how to read embroidery charts. Diagrams show how the different stitches are formed, and instructions are given for a range of 1/12 scale projects, from monochrome backstitched pictures and cushions to a multicoloured cot cover using the more complex Rhodes stitch.
Liberty Cross Stitch
24 Designs to Sew
This illustrated book features 24 projects, including a purse, a cushion cover and a drawstring bag, that combine machine stitching with cross stitch. The embroidery designs are floral, to complement the classic Liberty prints of the suggested fabric, and are created by following colour charts. Step-by-step instructions explain how to sew the items, using the enclosed templates, and how to complete them with the hand-stitched fabric.