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Needlework Through the Years  

This is a guide to needlework through the years, from tapestries, needlepoint, petit-point, embroidery, to counted cross-stitch, crochet, tatting and lace-making.
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Books on Needlework

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Complete Guide to Needlework - Reader's Digest Editors; Virginia Colton (Editor)
ISBN: 0895770598
Publication Date: 1981-07-01
Some of us take pride and pleasure in our needlework skills, while others of us have been drawn to sewing crafts but haven't been confident enough to try them. Happily, this book is a gold mine of instruction and inspiration for everyone, whatever your level of skill.

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The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches - Reader's Digest Editors
ISBN: 0762104058
Publication Date: 2003-06-23
Detailed, step-by-step instructions are included in this guide, which is organized by stitch texture. 900+ vivid photos & illustrations.

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The Knitter's Book of Knowledge - Debbie Bliss
ISBN: 9781454709268
Publication Date: 2015-10-27
Debbie Bliss is one of the world's most respected knitwear designers, authors, and teachers--and The Knitter's Book of Knowledge is the distillation of her decades of experience into a single, indispensable reference. With information on everything from needles and yarns to tensioning and casting on, from basic stitches to buttonholes and beading, from cabling and entrelac to finishing embellishments, it's the ultimate guide for beginners and experienced knitters alike.

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The Stitch Bible - Kate Haxell
ISBN: 1446301664
Publication Date: 2012-08-20
Thread your needle and master the art of embroidery in this indispensable guide to the most popular stitches and essential stitching techniques. Whether you are new to sewing and stitching or you want to increase your repertoire, The Stitch Bible is the ideal reference, with 225 embroidery stitches and techniques, plus 17 gorgeous projects to practise what you have learned. This comprehensive guide includes Freestyle embroidery techniques, Hardanger embroidery stitches both in traditional white and contemporary colours, Blackwork stitches based on geometric designs, Crewelwork tapestry techniques, sparklingly elegant Goldwork, striking Pulled Thread embroidery, bold and beautiful Canvaswork and delicate Drawn Thread techniques. Features include: Beautiful inspirational photography of the projects you can make with these stitches. Step-by-step illustration for all 225 stitches, making it simple to complete each stitch perfectly. 17 contemporary projects to put your new found skills to use straight away. All the templates and charts needed to complete the projects. Comprehensive information on the materials and equipment you need. Advice on the basic techniques such as how to transfer a design onto fabric, how to use an embroidery frame, how to read an embroidery chart and how to lace and frame your embroidery. This essential bible to stitching will become a trusted resource and a firm friend on your craft bookshelf.

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Hand Embroidery Basics - Florence Schultz
ISBN: 1537307681
Publication Date: 2016-08-26
In her book, Hand Embroidery Basics; Learn How to Hand Embroidery Basic Stitches and Techniques, Florence Schultz teaches you how to embroider. This book is geared toward absolute beginners and teaches you all about embroidery floss and embroidery equipment, basic stitches and techniques, to a quick tutorial on counted cross stitch. Florence uses easy to understand instructions and step by step illustrations to teach you the basics of hand embroidery.Surface, or hand, embroidery is a time honored craft. It has its roots in the ancient world and has been used for many centuries to embellish garments, religious vestments, home d#65533;cor, and many other projects. In this book you well learn all the basic embroidery stitches.* Running Stitch* Straight Stitch* Outline or Back Stitch* Split Stitch* French Knots* Satin Stitch* Raised Satin Stitch* Long and Short Stitch* Blanket Stitch* Lazy Daisy* Chain Stitch* Threaded Running StitchEach step is clearly explained and illustrated with large clear images. Florence's style is laid back and relaxed. She shares tips to help you begin your lifelong journey with embroidery. Next she teaches you the basics of cross stitch and gives you an overview of counted cross stitch. Florence explains how to start a counted cross stitch pattern and how to find the center of your pattern and cloth. She also gives you tips on how to start and stop without the use of knots. This book is an excellent resource to learn how to hand embroidery and even experienced embroidery artists will find her style refreshing. Be sure to get your copy today. If you've always wanted to learn the art of embroidery, but thought it was too complicated, this book is for you. With easy to understand instructions you will be taking needle to fabric in no time. Get your copy today!


Needlework - Practicality and Beauty

Example of tatted lace

Needlework, such as needlepoint, petit point, tatting, crocheting, embroidery have all been used over the centuries for decorative purposes as well as practical purposes.  Lace made by tatting adorned ladies' dresses, men's shirt cuffs, pillow covers, bed linens, and table linens, and was very popular in the early 19th century.  Needle lace, made with thread, a needle and scissors, began in Armenia as early as the pre-Christian era.

Example of petit point inserted in needlepoint background


Example of crewel embroidery


More Books on Needlework

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Embroidery - Charlotte Gerlings
ISBN: 9781574215007
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
This guide to embroidery by both hand and machine offers practical advice on equipment, materials, methods, and techniques. Includes step-by-step instructions, practice projects, and an illustrated stitch directory.

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Learn to Tat - Janette Baker; Connie Ellison (Editor)
ISBN: 9781590122235
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
Learn the beautiful art of tatting with the step-by-step instructions and interactive DVD presented in this book from American School of Needlework. 48 pages

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Cross Stitch - Charlotte Gerlings
ISBN: 9781565236844
Publication Date: 2012-03-01
Presents the essentials of counted cross stitch with plenty of illustrations, plus a basic range of freestyle embroidery stitches to supplement the counted thread method. Get advice on how to read charts, and create your own.


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