A-Z EMBROIDERY BOOKS

A-Z of Crewel Embroidery  |  A-Z of Embroidery Stitches  |  A-Z of Goldwork

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A-Z OF CREWEL EMBROIDERY

Soft back book, 124 pages, published by Search Press Classics.

This book shows how to work crewel embroidery stitches through a series of photographs. The step-by-step photographs accompanied by easy instructions guide you from the beginning to the end of the stitch so you can actually see how the stitch should be worked.

Some lovely floral designs are given as projects in the book, this is a great book to get you started on crewel embroidery.

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A-Z of Crewel Embroidery Book: $29.95 Canadian Dollars

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A-Z OF EMBROIDERY STITCHES

Soft back book, 144 pages, published by Search Press Classics.

This book is great for those starting out in embroidery and are not familiar with embroidery stitches and for those who have troubles working out how to do stitches from a drawn diagram.

The book shows how to work an embroidery stitch through a series of photographs. The step-by-step photographs accompanied by easy instructions guide you from the beginning to the end of the stitch so you can actually see how the stitch should be worked.

All basic embroidery stitches are featured in the book as well as some interesting flowers created in bullion knots and ribbon work.

The A-Z of Embroidery Stitches is designed to encourage you to try new techniques, explore new Horizons and above all to experiment in an aim to keep the art of Embroidery alive.

This book is a great accompaniment for my Modern Jacobean and Traditional Jacobean kits.

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A-Z OF GOLDWORK

Soft back book, 156 pages, published by Search Press - Classics.

An informative book on the techniques of goldwork embroidery. Each technique has step by step photos and is a great book for beginners to refer to when working embroidery kits and advanced embroiderers who would like to design their own goldwork pieces.

Techniques include:

  • Applique of goldwork.

  • Padding with felt and soft cotton.

  • Sinking and ending metal threads.

  • Double and single couching of Japanese thread and passing thread. Turning corners.  How to couch in rows and in circles using the bricking pattern or geometric patterns. Embellishments with couching. Underside couching that was used in the Opus Anglicanum period (church work embroideries).  Couching over soft cotton padding to create patterns. Couching over card to create a raised shape. Couching as a filling pattern.

  • Or Nue.

  • Sewing down Pearl Purl. Sewing down over stretched Pearl Purl using a coloured thread. Turning Pearl Purl. Wrapping Pearl Purl.

  • Sewing down Plate.

  • Cutting Purl threads. Sewing down Purl threads - chipping. Purl Chain stitch, Purl detached chain, Purl chequered filling, Lopped Purl. Sewing down Purl threads over felt and soft cotton padding. S-ing with Purl threads.

  • Spangles

  • Embroidery Stitches used with Goldwork: Back stitch, Bullion Knots, Chain stitch, Chain stitch reverse, Chain stitch heavy, French Knots, Satin stitch, Stem stitch.

  • Mounting a Goldwork embroidery onto acid free board using the lacing technique.

There are also 10 projects that can be worked from the book including the Fleur De Lys design and Plate Design that are featured on my website. This is one of the best books on the market for how to pictures of different goldwork techniques and will be of great benefit for anyone interested in Goldwork.

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A-Z of Goldwork Book: $29.95 Canadian Dollars

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A-Z OF STUMPWORK

Soft back book, 126 pages, published by Search Press Classics.

Over 400 clear step-by-step photographs and instructions presented in five easy to use sections.

20 stunning designs from around the world. Each design is beautifully presented with colour photographs, easy to follow instructions and full size patterns.

Designs in the book include red and white spotted mushrooms with beaded blackberries and detached leaves.  Strawberry plant with raised leaves and petals and beaded strawberry. Siamese Cat. Wild Rose with bumble bee. Beautiful Elizabethan Bouquet. Cottontail bunny. Berry Garland and many more interesting and appealing designs.

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A-Z OF THREAD PAINTING

Hard back book ring bound, 128 pages, published by Search Press Classics.

This book has a variety of thread painting projects ranging from beginners to advanced. Thread painting is also known as needle painting, soft shading, long and short stitch and silk shading.

Designs in the book include albatross, emu, eagle, meadow song, elephant blowing bubbles, sea shell and starfish, anemones, apples, lily, rose with rose hips, fuchsia, heartsease (pansies), briar rose, dahlia, rose with spider web, pear, lavender, tulip, wine merchants window.

The book also features my baby burrowing owl which is an beginners design, and my wolf, baby wren, spaniel and Siamese cat which are all advanced designs.

A chapter at the beginning of the book has the work in progress pictures of the long and short stitch and other stitches used on the thread painting designs. There is a chapter on working a thread painting project from beginning to end with work-in-progress photos of my baby burrowing owl.

Because of the complexity of the thread painting technique the book does not have work-in-progress photos of each of the projects featured in the book which could be a disadvantage if you are a beginner in the thread painting technique.

If you are a beginner I would suggest working my baby burrowing owl kit and have the A-Z of thread painting book for reference. The kit has detailed instructions with lots of diagrams to work the embroidery and the A-Z of Thread Painting book has step-by-step colour photos of the baby burrowing owl as a visual guide to keep you on right track.

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A-Z of Thread Painting Book: $29.95 Canadian Dollars

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BABY BURROWING OWL KIT

Baby Burrowing Owl Needle Painting Kit: $48.00 Canadian Dollars

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A-Z OF WHITEWORK

Soft back book, 159 pages, published by Search Press Classics.

This is a great stitch resource book for whitework stitches used for surface embroidery and cutwork. Lots of step by step photographs guide you through over 100 stitches.

The book covers stitches used in the following techniques: Ayrshire, Broderie Anglaise, Candlewicking, Carrickmacross, Cutwork, Hedebo, Madeira, Mountmellick, Shadow Work and Tambour Embroidery.

There are no projects in the book.

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