Space-dyed threads offer exciting design possibilities with their beautiful, subtle colour changes. This lavishly illustrated book contains a selection of stunning projects and ten traditional embroidery techniques, including goldwork, stumpwork, ribbon embroidery and Canvas work. Also includes templates and diagrams for each project and a comprehensive stitch gallery.
Embroidery has been part of mankind in some form or other almost since recorded history and remains ever popular. New ways are always found to enhance age-old techniques, and the use of space-dyed threads is one of these. For this book the author chose those embroidery styles that work particularly well with these exquisite threads. The original designs and projects have been tailor-made to showcase both the threads and the embroidery styles, from the opulence of goldwork to the simplicity of ribbon embroidery.
An introductory section on the specific uses of space-dyed threads and techniques is followed by chapters dedicated to embroidery styles including:
Blackwork; Casalguidi; Canvas work; Crazy patchwork; Freestyle; Goldwork; Stumpwork; Ribbon embroidery; Jacobean embroidery; Hardanger.
Lavishly illustrated with full-page pictures of every completed project, the chapters also include several alternatives and additional stitched pieces to inspire the reader to create original works. Clear, detailed step by step instructions and photographs complete a book that will have universal appeal among embroiderers of all ages and skill levels.
There are templates, graphs and diagrams for every graded design, as well as a fully illustrated stitch gallery.
Via Laurie has been involved in the embroidery world for the past 15 years and has taught cross stitch, ribbon embroidery, canvas work, goldwork and crewel embroidery. Specializing in various forms of embroidery, she is currently busy with a Master Craftsman Course in canvas work through the American Embroiderers' Guild. She started the Helderberg Embroiderers' Guild seven years ago and chaired it for five years. She is current chair of the Cape Embroiderers' Guild and regularly gives talks on canvas work, goldwork, crewel work and 17th century samplers at several guilds in the Cape Province. Via runs her own business hand-dyeing embroidery thread under the label Chameleon Threads, distributing to shops all over South Africa as well as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, France and the UK. This is her fourth book.