The Encyclopedia of Stitches

The Encyclopedia of Stitches

Book - 2006
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A hardworking reference as well as a project book of over 20 designs, this is an essential guide for all embroiderers at whatever level. Divided into five sections according to the type of embroidery, each group of stitches is displayed in a stunning project, ranging in size from a sampler to a pin cushion. Full instructions for making each of the stitches are given as well as a chart for the project, so that by working through the designs, stitches are practised and a beautiful piece of work results. Close-up photographs are accompanied by clear diagrams and concise explanations of how to work the stitches. For each type of embroidery full details are also given on suitable fabrics, types of threads and needles, how to prepare the fabric and the best uses for the embroidery. This book is a fabulous sourcebook of stitches and will lead stitchers of all levels of ability to build up a portfolio of stunning work as a display of their skills
Publisher: London : New Holland, 2006.
ISBN: 9781845372033
1845372034
Branch Call Number: 746.4404 ENCYCLOP
Characteristics: 175 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hemingway, Karen

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chriscoleman
Dec 06, 2016

I have about 12 embroidery books but I'm always looking for new ones. This book suffers from several flaws. ALL of the photos are tiny thumbnails and the stitches are shown in one-step. I know few people who can learn a new stitch in one photo. Although the title says "encyclopedia of stitches" it is nowhere near complete and has relatively few stitches included. Most of the book is actually projects that are all floral. They are booooring and very old-fashioned.

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JessRB
Jul 30, 2014

This book has brief introductions to lots of different kinds of needlework (cross stitch, blackwork, buck weaving, free embroidery, beadwork, shisha work, crewel, silk ribbon embroidery, stumpwork, shadow work, insertion stitching, net embroidery, metallic thread work, cut work, drawn thread work, pulled fabric work, hardanger, needle weaving, needle lace, smocking, needlepoint and bargello). The plus side is that you will find lots of different forms of needlework in this book that you won't find elsewhere. The downside is that there isn't a lot of information given about each type and the instructions are a bit sparse.

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