Drawing on work previously published in the Search Press 'Beginner's Guide' series of needlecraft books, this definitive guide to stitching provides a must-have reference for anyone interested in stitching and embroidery. Aimed at both absolute beginners as well as those wishing to explore new areas or to develop their existing skills, this book provides a complete, step-by-step guide to traditional stitching techniques, including drawn thread work, hardanger, goldwork, stumpwork, silk shading crewel work, mountmellick and blackwork. Each section is written by an expert in that particular field, and leads the reader carefully through the history of the technique; the materials and equipment required; and the most popular stitches used. Each section includes hands-on projects, and are beautifully illustrated with examples of the author's work as well as step-by-step photographs and diagrams of the methods used. This timely book is the perfect choice for anyone whose interest in stitching has been re-awakened by the current trends in home sewing, and who wishes to make beautiful, hand-embroidered items for their home.
Patricia Bage is a professional crafter and the owner of Patricia-Ann Designs; her patterns are available worldwide. Pat Trott is a professional embroiderer whose work has been featured in "Needlework Magazine" and "New Stitches Magazine." Clare Hanham is the owner of Vine Embroidery and runs embroidery classes in her studio and for other embroidery shops and guilds. Ruth Chamberlin studied at the School of Embroidery, London, and has embroidered vestments for the Archbishop of Cantebury. Jill Carter runs her own successful embroidery school and is a regular contributor to major exhibitions and needlecraft magazines. Lesley Wilkins is a blackwork expert whose designs have appeared in "Needlecraft""Magazine" and "Needlework""Magazine." Kay Dennis has written articles for a leading needlecraft magazine and has lectured and demonstrated widely. Jane Rainbow is a professional embroiderer who has produced her own crewel embroidery video and runs workshops for students.