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

A-Z of Stumpwork  |  A-Z of Whitework

The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion  |  The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion

RSN Essential Stitch Guides - Blackwork  |  RSN Essential Stitch Guides - Crewelwork

RSN Essential Stitch Guides - Whitework  |  100 Embroidery Stitches Book by Coats

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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 Embroidery Stitches Book: $29.95 Canadian Dollars

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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: $39.95 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 StumpworkBook: $29.95 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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A-Z of Whitework Book: $29.95 Canadian Dollars

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THE LEFT-HANDED EMBROIDERER'S COMPANION

Soft back book, 160 pages, by Yvette Stanton, published by Vetty Creations

This is a must have book for left-handed embroiderers.

This is a must have stitch-guide book for left-handed embroiderers. The book has beautiful clear colour diagrams of over 170 different hand embroidery stitches for the left-hander.

Work traditional surface embroidery stitches, needle point and counted thread stitches in a step-by-step format. Discover how to learn and master new stitches when the instructions are written specifically for the left handed stitcher.

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The Left-Handed Embroiderers Companion: $35.95 Canadian Dollars

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THE RIGHT HANDED EMBROIDERER'S COMPANION BOOK

Paper back book, 160 pages, written by Yvette Stanton, Published by Vetty Creations.

This is one of the best stitch guide books available for traditional hand embroidery stitches.

The book has over 170 embroidery stitches accompanied by diagrams showing you what do do in a step-by-step format. The diagrams are very clear computer generated in colour with accompanying photographs of the finished stitch.

I highly recommend this book and if you are left handed then The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion is the must have book.

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

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The Right-Handed Embroiderers Companion: $35.95 Canadian Dollars

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I provide blackwork supplies on the following page of my website: Blackwork Supplies

ROYAL SCHOOL OF NEEDLEWORK ESSENTIAL STITCH GUIDES: BLACKWORK

Hard back, ring bound book, 96 pages, written by Becky Hogg and published by Search Press.

Becky Hogg, graduate of the Royal School of Needlework shows how to develop many different patterns from basic blackwork stitches, using detailed instructions and beautiful examples of traditional and contemporary embroideries.

The book covers framing up, design, transferring the design, back stitch and double running stitch, outline stitches. There are examples of blackwork patterns in chart form and photos of the worked pattern. Shading using different thickness of the thread and changing the pattern.

This is a good stitch guide and pattern book for blackwork.

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RSN Essential Stitch Guides Book - Blackwork: $24.95 Canadian Dollars

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I can provide the traditional Jacobean Line Twill Fabric used for crewel embroidery: Jacobean Linen Twill

ROYAL SCHOOL OF NEEDLEWORK ESSENTIAL STITCH GUIDES: CREWELWORK

Hard back, ring bound book, 96 pages, written by Jacqui McDonald and published by Search Press.

Jacqui McDonald, graduate of the Royal School of Needlework shows how to work basic and more complex stitches using detailed instructions and showcases beautiful examples of traditional and contemporary embroideries.

The book covers framing up, design, transferring the design and lots of work-in-progress photo pictures of working crewel embroidery stitches.

This is a great stitch guide book.

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ROYAL SCHOOL OF NEEDLEWORK ESSENTIAL STITCH GUIDES: WHITEWORK

Hard back, ring bound book, 96 pages, written by Lizzy Lansberry and published by Search Press.

Lizzy Lansberry, graduate of the Royal School of Needlework shows you how to develop stunning embroideries using traditional techniques.

The book covers a short history, framing up, design, transferring the design, and step by step photographs on how to work stitches in pulled thread work, satin stitch, trailing, long and short stitch, decorative stitches, eyelets, drawn thread and cutwork.

This is a great stitch guide book.

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RSN Essential Stitch Guides Book - Whitework: $24.95 Canadian Dollars

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100 EMBROIDERY STITCHES BOOK BY COATS

A handy pocket book of 100 of the most popular and traditional hand embroidery stitches.

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100 Embroidery Stitches Book by Coats: $3.95 Canadian Dollars

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