Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery: Vintage Portraits, Florals & Birds

Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery contains 18 miniature embroidery projects. The designs are fresh and appealing and based on the pretty, romantic illustrations typical of the Victorian and post-Victorian eras. This book reflects what Trish has learnt about needle painting embroidery over the years and within it she shares her more recent ideas on every aspect of long and short stitch and how to adapt it to fit different situations and projects.

Each project is accompanied by a detailed thread diagram which shows exactly which colour should be used and where. The small size of the designs allows for great flexibility in their final use, such as group framing, making up into cushions, book covers, quilt squares, needle cases, box lids, tote bags, pockets on clothing and so on. A ‘shopping list’ of all the threads needed for each project appears as a thread chart with each project. Charts for equating Anchor and DMC colours appear near the end of the book, and Anchor and DMC thread suppliers are listed under Suppliers at the end.

The book is aimed at all embroiderers, however a little previous experience is recommended before embarking on these projects. If you are a complete beginner Trish suggests practising on scrap fabric, then stitch the starter projects to gain confidence before moving onto the main projects.

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Long and Short Stitch Embroidery: A Collection of Flowers

Trish Burr has selected beautiful flowers and interpreted them in her own unique style to present a stunning collection of embroideries using long and short stitch. Meticulous in detail, these flowers are brought to life by the use of carefully selected threads and an intuitive use of simple stitches. Be inspired by masterful use of colour, depth, light and texture in this popular instructional guide and exquisite artistic stimulus.

With clear step-by-step instructions and full size templates, this beautiful book will be a must-have for any embroiderer’s library.

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Little Book of Wool and Silk Embroidery

Another fabulous book in Jenny’s popular collection, this sweet little guide book takes readers on a creative journey to create their very own divine pieces and designs. Using a combination of materials simultaneously, Jenny’s charming works feature the contrasting compliments of shimmering silk fabrics and textured felt wool. Each design uses a variation of a single stitch and can be easily adapted to achieve different effects at one’s own desire.

With clear instructions and photographs, this book will enchant and inspire the creative heart in its readers.

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Little Book of Wildflowers in Silk Ribbon

This charming little guide to silk ribbon embroidery is an essential on the shelf of every keen craftsperson. Including a range of beautiful floral designs, this instructional book is exciting and inspiring while providing clear steps and photographs. The flowers selected for inclusion are all Australian Wildflowers. However, they illustrate the many shapes and forms found in all flowers, thus enabling us to embroider any flowers simply by changing colour palette. Suitable for both beginners and experiences embroiderers, Jenny’s thoughtful and delightful book will capture the creative heart of its readers.

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Little Book of Parterre & Knot Gardens in French Knots

Another fabulous title in Christine’s collection, this book delves into the beautiful and accessible art of French knots in embroidery. Featuring 10 delightful and alluring parterre and knot garden designs, the aesthetic of the French knot technique reflects the formality of the traditional gardens of the 17th century. Christine provides easy-to-follow instructions that will help crafters of any experience level to create their own unique pieces.

Create marvellous handmade embroidery pieces for yourself and others to last a lifetime.

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Little Book of Floral Designs for Silk Ribbon

Be enchanted by Helen Dafters stunning book that captures the beauty and grace of some of our most loved flowers including Cyclamen, Agapanthus, Lily of the Valley and Violas among many others. Whether you are new to silk embroidery, or want to expand your repertoire, you will enjoy every stitch in this little book, which includes 21 magnificent projects. Embellish garments and home decor or create trinkets and wall art with the popular floral designs in Helen’s step-by-step instructional guide.

This book is essential for a crafter’s bookshelf to enhance their work with charming floral embellishments.

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Lagartera Embroidery and Stitches from Spain

The almost forgotten technique of Lagartera Embroidery, reintroduced by the Embroiderers Guild of South Australia. This style of embroidery originates from the Spanish village of the same name and is traditionally worked on even-weave linen in satin stitch and double running stitch.

Both traditional designs and contemporary developments of these designs have been included, together with exquisite historical embroideries demonstrating the Lagartera technique. Those who have conquered most embroidery techniques will welcome this introduction to the delights of Lagartera, while the novice embroiderer will find small projects on which to test their newly discovered skills.

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Heirlooms of Tomorrow in Wool Embroidery

Why buy expensive embroidered heirlooms when its so simple to make them yourself?

All the projects are elaborately explained and illustrated. Joan gives full details so even the beginner embroiderer can undertake these projects. Included are notes on tracing and transferring designs, needles required and threads to ‘draw’ out the pattern.

Drawings and instructions cover every stitch used in the book, and there is a detailed flower guide with step by step notes on creating wonderful flowers in wool and other threads – roses, gum blossoms, lavender, flannel flowers, buds and leaves, as well as instructions on folding the ever popular silk ribbon roses.

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Goldwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects

Goldwork Embroidery by Mary Brown is the most comprehensive book on this ancient form of embroidery. The history of goldwork in Britain and Europe is illuminated with images in glorious full-colour of gold embroidered costumes and textiles held in museums and private collections, many never previously published or seen by the public. This book includes fifteen original projects that either reference historical examples or exhibit contemporary techniques for this form of embroidery.

A beautiful book that covers every aspect of goldwork embroidery.

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Floral Interpretations for Silk Ribbon

Floral Interpretations for Silk Ribbon is beautifully presented. Helen has created a visually attractive book with the use of stunning photography and very pretty watercolours of many varieties of flowers.

A guide to creating beautiful silk embroidered flowers from nature, this book includes beautiful photographs, watercolours and illustrations of flowers. Helen has interpreted these images by creating complete projects of the flowers in silk ribbon in cottage and country garden settings.

Included is a basic guide to fabrics, needles, pattern transfer, silk ribbons, starting/finishing, painted backgrounds and stitching techniques with diagrams. Projects include a variety of flowers, including roses, irises, everlasting/shasta daisies, asters, cornflowers, lavender, buddlia, gardenia, cherry blossom, violets, pansies, hyacinths, foxglove, as well as a small collection of native flowers. Not only are there projects for individual flowers, there are also complete landscape style embroidered projects showing the flowers in company with one another and in natural or garden settings.

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Embroidery: Traditional Techniques & Contemporary Applications for Hand and Machine Embroidery

Needlecrafts are currently enjoying a healthy revival as a whole new generation of crafters pick up their needles and get involved. With a plethora of social groups, blogs, and websites such as Etsy and Design Sponge now targeted specifically at a younger, hipper demographic, embroidery has cast off its image as an old fashioned hobby to become more popular than ever before.

Embroidery taps into this growing trend, encompassing both handwork and machine embroidery styles in an authoritative ‘category killer’ approach, combined with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic that is guaranteed to appeal to this burgeoning new generation of crafters. With its combination of step-by-step tutorials, practitioner profiles, and inspirational galleries full of bang up-to-date modern pieces, Embroidery introduces an authoritative new style of reference that is guaranteed to appeal to a new generation of embroidery enthusiasts, sewers, and needlecrafters of all levels. In contrast to other, largely project-orientated titles, Embroidery places the emphasis on the techniques themselves, and also offers a more comprehensive breadth of embroidery styles, providing an insight into a wide variety of innovative and exciting contemporary applications.

Covering everything from smocking and stumpwork to beading and blackwork, the book explores an extensive variety of handwork techniques, as well as looking at machine embroidery styles. Specially commissioned illustrations accompany detailed step-by-step tutorials, while interviews with contemporary practitioners provide an understanding of the range of different working methods, materials, and developing techniques.

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Embroidery Illusions

Gary Clarke has mastered organza work with fabulous style and ease. This title features 20 projects and additional designs for the reader to work. The subjects vary from fish, flowers, landscapes, nursery rhymes, fruit, lilies, birds, houses, Little Bo Peep and much more. Gary has covered general organza instructions, framing, mounting, threads, fabric, and needle stitches.

The instructions for each design include watercolour paintings, and line drawings. Each design has been worked in a different style, yet all could be worked in any one style, such as traditional satin stitch, couching, beading, cross stitch, stumpwork, applique and many more.

Gary has presented a beautiful colour book that will both thrill and inspire all embroiderers. This breath taking title has a little something for everyone.

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Embroidery from the Heart

The tragic and untimely death of a young woman from heart disease has inspired this touching memorial to her life, a creative exploration of the importance of the heart in all our lives. Embroidery from the Heart is a stunning collection of pieces from some of Australia’s best-known embroiderers, all created around the theme of the heart. Many of them have experienced first-hand the loss of a family member or close friend from heart disease, and see their contribution as a way of helping the Heart Foundation in its efforts to prevent heart disease and stroke.

A proportion of the proceeds from this book will go to the Heart Foundation to support education and research into the prevention and treatment of heart disease. Embroidery from the Heart is a tribute in embroidery – to one heart from many.

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Embroidery for all Seasons

Exquisite embroidered garden flower designs showing the four seasons, all brought vividly to life with stitches and colours that truly reflect the flowers being worked. Includes complete flower samplers and a lovely selection of projects showing the embroidered flowers used in a variety of combinations and styles.

This is a beautiful book combining the very popular first two books from Diana Lampe, Embroidered Garden Flowers and More Embroidered Garden Flowers, and includes the new Kardinal Rose Garden.

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Embroidery Basics: All You Need to Know to Start Stitching

This essential guide to embroidery teaches everything you need to know in order to produce wonderfully decorative needlework. Starting with the knowledge of which threads and fabrics to work with, then mastering different stitches and more complicated techniques, you’ll discover the satisfaction of creating your own uniquely embellished accessories, garments and items for the home.

Includes 12 inspired projects for practising skills and a range of beautiful designs the beginning embroiderer will find easy to work with.

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Embroidered Silk Ribbon Treasures

A bind-up of the two popular books by Helen Dafter, Embroidered Treasures for Silk Ribbon Books 1 and 2, this book combines all the wonderful projects in one volume. Now 20 projects are together, with full instructions, templates and colour images.

A great book for anyone interested in silk ribbon embroidery.

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Embroidered Landscapes: Hand Embroidery, Layering & Surface Stitching

This book is about the processes and techniques of designing, stitching and completing realistic interpretations of Landscapes. The processes described in this book will enable any embroiderer from any country in the world to adapt and produce hand-embroidered landscapes portraying their own regions.

The techniques are the combination and adaption of different art genre, textiles, traditional stitch’s and hand embroidery techniques. It is the result of over 25 years of experiment, refinement and tutoring by author, Judy Wilford.

The book is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1 covers the materials and equipment needed to design and embroider a landscape: a simple landscape is adapted, designed, drawn up and used throughout demonstrating the layering techniques used for the background. Surface stitchery completes the foreground and covers the stitches used and adapted for the work required to produce surface elements such as grass, tress and flora that combine to make up the landscape. Part 1 contains the Project ‘Of the Tablelands’, this project can result in 2 completed works, – one depicting grasses as the main foreground feature and the other depicting the verge side flora of the region.

Part 2 contains projects based on different landforms. The coastlines, the Escarpments, The Plains and The Deserts, each further develop and extend techniques. They describe the landscape types and elements and the use of fabric and stitch to achieve specific effects. These effects could be sand patterns on beaches, the water ways of lakes and dams, vertical tree trunks and their textures, the wide expanse of deserts flowering or the crops and grasses of the plains and the closed secret canopies of the forests. As in Part 1, each of the landforms will have stitch samplers of specific elements and the flora of the region giving a total of 8 projects.

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Embroidered Dolls Collection

The half doll pincushions in this collection are exquisite in design and style. The dolls are a combination of silk skirts with wool embroidered top skirts to the most wonderful bridal gown of silk, heavily embroidered with silk ribbon and stranded threads. You will love this book from start to finish and ponder over which doll you should embroider first or just embroider the lot for a perfect collection.

13 dolls with easy-to-follow instructions, and clear, detailed illustrations for each, as well as extra notes on special techniques. Wonderful styled photographs bring the dolls to life, as well as close up photographs to show the exquisite embroidery. The designs in this book are for beginners, as well as advanced embroiderers alike.

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Crewel Embroidery: A Practical Guide

As with all embroidery techniques, the working of crewel embroidery is meant to be an enjoyable pursuit. It is adaptable to a wide range of purposes such as fashion items, soft furnishings and wall hangings. This book demonstrates how surface stitches are used in crewel work and explains some rules which will help the embroiderer to achieve the best results.

Using traditional style designs, Shelagh Amor has presented a comprehensive guide to Crewel Embroidery. She guides the embroiderer through colour choices and design to make an exciting piece of work. There is something here for all Crewel Embroiderers, from the beginner to the advanced.

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Crewel & Surface Embroidery: Inspirational Floral Designs

In a fusion of crewel and surface embroidery, Trish Burr has broken boundaries with her unique sense of colour and shading by interpreting a mix of thread painting and Australian wool embroidery. With clear illustrations and step-by-step instructions, the 17 achievable projects use the minimum of stitches to create exciting effects. The skillful blending of wool, silk and cotton guides the beginner and inspires the experienced stitcher to create this unique style of embroidery. The numerous step-by-step photographs, illustrations and row-by-row colour keys make following the projects an effortless task and a joy to stitch.

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The Complete Book of Stumpwork Embroidery

Following the enourmous success of her recent stumpwork embroidery titles, this book brings together in one volume the first two titles from Jane Nicholas. Comprehensive and well combined to make one impressive book, The Complete Book of Stumpwork Embroidery combines the techniques, stitches, instructions and projects of the popular Stumpwork Embroidery: A Collection of Fruits, Flowers and Insects for Contemporary Raised Embroidery and Stumpwork Embroidery: Designs and Projects.

Included are all the colour images and illustrations as well as an updated foreword and index. At 400 pages, this is a must-have for all embroiderers.

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Colour Confidence in Embroidery

Based on her own experience with long and short stitch shading, gained through trial and error over the years, Trish Burr provides a greater awareness of how colour affects our embroidery, and what brings it to life.

Each aspect is clearly illustrated by example and includes tools for selecting colours, choosing shades that enhance our embroidery, why some shades blend better than others, and the importance of contrast with light and shadow. There are projects to represent each colour group including stunning roses, camellias, fruit and the much sought-after bee-eater birds, but the highlights of the book for any stitcher have to be the chapters on colour combinations and complementary colours. These include more than 200 stitched examples with DMC thread keys, plus schemes to help choose colours for your own projects.

Colour Confidence in Embroidery is the first of its kind on this subject and a valuable resource for any embroiderer. Although based on long and short stitch shading the principles could be applied to any surface or counted thread embroidery.

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Classic Hardanger

An edited bindup of the two popular books from Gina Marion, Creative Hardanger and Decorative Designs in Hardanger.

Gathered in this volume are all the hardanger stitches, techniques, tips and tricks you will ever need to know. There are 50 stunning projects, ranging from bookmarks, hand towels, cushions and pincushions as well as a shawl, a flower vest, a christening gown and much more. Along with classic white designs, some projects feature coloured fabrics and threads as well as being embellished with beads and metallic threads. With everything from basic stitches to intricate tassels and Maltese crosses, Classic Hardanger is a comprehensive guide to hardanger.

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150 Beaded Borders and Motifs

Bead embroidery is an easy way to add glamour to clothing and accessories. This inspirational book is packed with over 150 couture designs for borders, backgrounds, motifs, edgings, and fringes, using simple techniques and inexpensive materials. Each motif features a beautiful photographed swatch, a clear diagram showing type and placement of stitches and beads, and a recipe of tools and materials. Key skills are fully explained, from transferring designs to methods for beaded appliqué and direct application, and a handy stitch palette provides step-by-step instructions for all the embroidery stitches you will need.

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