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.
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
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
Inspired by her love of wildflowers, Kazuko Aoki has created a collection of more than 20 projects and over 70 individual cross-stitch motifs. Designs are included for all your floral favourites, such as viola, pansies, poppies and roses. These motifs are used to create traditional samplers, as well as bags, pincushions, pillows, coasters, aprons and tea towels. Instructions are presented in counted cross-stitch charts, plus step-by-step diagrams for constructing projects.