1000 Mini Cross Stitch Motifs Sharon Welch
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This compact book is a fantastic source and reference book for all cross stitchers whatever their skill levels. It is brimming over with motifs for mini projects, gifts and samplers. The charted designs are grouped into popular themes offering ideas for all occasions including weddings, birthdays, Christmas and Easter. The main body of the book focuses entirely on these motifs, and stitchers can mix and match designs, choosing from a wonderful selection of charming, whimsical and appealing patterns, borders and images. Also, there is a helpful introduction, which includes advice on materials, techniques and how to start, and worked examples show some of the motifs as samplers and finished pieces. Mini motifs are quick to stitch and cross stitch is an easy to learn technique, so beginners have all they need within these pages to create something special, and more experienced stitchers will love the wonderful variety of subjects, which include flowers, animals, teatime treats, travel, little people, houses and much more.
A-Z of Smocking
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The A-Z of smocking is designed to reveal every secret and answer every question you have on this timeless art. Over a thousand step-by-step photographs bring smocking within reach of anyone who can thread a needle. This book features every smocking stitch, clearly explained for beginners, but also has inspiring examples and new or little-known techniques to appeal to experienced smockers. It shows how to work the stitches, read graphs, and select colours, fabric and threads. It teaches how to pleat and block a garment, gives advice on different techniques such as ribbon weaving, counterchange, template and freeform smocking and much more. It is bursting with hints, ideas and inspirational photographs. There is full advice on the fabric, needles and thread needed and a glossary of smocking terms. Interspersed throughout the book there are helpful hints for all the stitches and techniques, and beautiful photographs of smocked garments to inspire the reader to pick up a needle. A complete manual for the beginner through to the advanced smocker Over 1000 step by step photographs The most comprehensive smocking book available
Easy to Learn Hand Embroidery>
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Follow Chris Malone as she teaches you how easy it is to learn hand embroidery. Each project teaches you a new stitch and builds on previous stitches learned in earlier projects. Clear step-by-step instructions, drawings and photos guide you through the learning process with ease. Then, take your newly created embroidery and stitch it into a fun and useful project that you can keep or give as a gift. Tutorial Sidebars in this book include: Mitered Corner Binding Making Yo's Yo's
Embroidery For The Absolute Beginner>
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The book introduces the reader to many different stitchery techniques from simple cross stitch to intricate pulled threadwork. Some of the techniques are useful for making decorative borders, while others are good for adding spot designs, monograms and lettering, and applying beads and sequins. Readers will find out how to use these traditional techniques to create attractive home accessories and a wide range of fashionable garments. They will also be taught how the simplest of sewing machines can create embroidered pieces in a fraction of the time it takes to do it by hand.
How to Embroider
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How to Embroider If you’ve always fancied taking up embroidery but didn’t know where to start, this guide for the absolute beginner is for you. This simple-to-follow project-based book takes you through the basic techniques of this fun and creative craft. Each technique is clearly explained and accompanied by a stylish project to make, so that you can put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. You’ll learn everything you need to get started, and each project is explained with the help of clear illustrations that will guide you every step of the way. The straightforward explanations combined with desirable projects means that no matter how little embroidery experience you have to start with, you’ll soon be impressing friends and family with your new-found practical skills. Susie Johns began her publishing career as a magazine and partworks editor before becoming a freelance writer and designer. She is the author of more than 30 craft books on a range of subjects including knitting, crochet, papier mâché and embroidery. Susie has also contributed to a number of magazines and has made several television appearances demonstrating various crafts. Susie is a qualified teacher and runs workshops in drawing and painting, knitting and crochet, embroidery, and 3D design. Read her blog at: www.susieatthecircus.typepad.com
The Mr X Guide to Cross Stitch
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If you think you know what cross stitch is, look again! Jamie Chalmers, aka Mr X Stitch, shows you how to cross stitch using simple step-by-step instructions and also takes you to the frontiers of cross stitch design. The book is aimed at stitchers of all abilities, from absolute beginners looking to learn a new craft to embroiderers and cross stitchers who want to do something different in cross stitching. For many, cross stitch conjures up images of cute kittens and country cottages, but this book shows people that theres a different side to cross stitching that its an art in its own right, and will encourage them to be a little braver with their art. Jamies writing style is fun, entertaining and highly inspirational. The book aims to appeal to men as well as women, encouraging one and all to take up the ancient craft. It teaches the basics of cross stitching, including information on materials, tools, techniques and colour blending, but also puts Jamies own individual spin on it, with urban flavours and the introduction of different materials such as glow-in-the-dark threads and stitching on metal. As well as providing exciting designs to stitch, there is guidance on how to create cross stitch designs of your own, for example by using photographs and other images for reference. Jamie also showcases the work of other contemporary cross stitchers who are pushing the boundaries of their craft, and introduces more than 20 stunning cutting-edge projects to make, showing that beauty, innovation and 'craftivism' are alive and kicking in this inspirational book.