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.
19th Century Embroidery Techniques
While 19th-century ladies might pass their time stitching complex needlework patterns in Berlin Wool Work, or copying William Morris designs, working-class women produced items of ‘white work’ to supplement their income. From a patchwork tea cosy and a young boy’s dress to a history lesson stitched into a sampler, this publication presents a richly diverse range of embroidery samples – also incorporating diagrams of stitches – from the extensive collection of Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, of Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire.
Scandinavian Stitch Craft
Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery
Inspired by traditional Swedish textiles, this photographic guide provides ideas for customizing items from T-shirts and baby clothes to cushions and lingerie. Useful advice in a section at the back includes an embroidery lesson illustrating basic stitches as well as templates for all the designs and a packet of tracing paper. Readers can adjust pattern sizes, if necessary, before transferring them onto their own projects.
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 thanks to 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 the art of miniature embroidery includes advice on materials and equipment, and explains how to read embroidery charts and how to create a wide variety of stitches. The projects include bell-pulls, stools, cushions and pictures, while step-by-step illustrations and close-up photographs make everything crystal-clear.
Liberty Cross Stitch
24 Designs to Sew
This book combines cross-stitch design with classic Liberty prints to create 24 hand-stitched items. There are accessories such as a bag, bow and purse; items for the home such as a photo frame, cushion and pot holder; and others suitable for a baby such as a quilt, slippers and soft brick. The designs are contemporary, and the step-by-step instructions and patterns are easy to follow.