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Embroidery: Techniques Patterns

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
More than 100 stitches, organized by type and illustrated in close-up color photographs, plus a host of patterns and techniques, make this the ultimate luxurious reference for embroiderers. It’s comprehensive and a superb value, filled with ideas for creating a variety of looks, highlights, and ornamental elements. In detail, it covers selecting the best textiles, preparin ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Sterling (first published 2005)
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Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who wishes to learn/practice the different embroidery techniques
This book probably features all the different possible kinds of embroidery stitches that have ever existed! There are so many; from the basic backstitch and stem-stich to complicated but beautiful ones like the "woven overcast bar with spider stitch" and the "self-padded satin stitch". There are enough techniques in this book to have something to practice for a lifetime, but there all well explained, step by step and illustrated with colour photos. I am seriously thinking of buying this book bec ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Decent collection of embroidery stitches, organized by stitch "family". The instructions were easy enough to follow once I got started, but I sort of had a major gripe with the photographs. The stitches in the photos are very small, and are similar colors for thread & fabric. The labeling of A, B, C, etc for entry & exit of the needle were helpful, but I wish there were better photos of, say, stem stitch than tiny little pink stitches on pink fabric. Harumph.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
The instructions for stitches are pink on pink. Seriously? Is this so people won't photocopy pages in black and white? Or maybe on a color copier it wouldn't work well? Oh and then there's blue on blue and green thread on green (with some gold to show second steps), and gold on cream. Well if anyone has poor eyesight, this is not the book for them.

It's organized by types of stitches with projects following each one. But the instructions for the projects feel more like suggestions than anything u
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: how-to-books
I have been causually looking for a good embroidery technique book and have found it!!!! This is the best book I've seen yet- though that doesn't mean there isn't a better one- but I really liked this one. The book contains SOOOO many stitches, great photos and pretty clear instructions. The book is going back to the library, but at some point I want to try some more complicated embroidery and I now have a text to turn to. So- for all you embroidery fanatics out there- here you go- and for the r ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Contains photographic step-by-step instructions for stitches such as the stem, chain, Daisy, herringbone,and encroaching satin stitch as well as all not needed for embroidery. It has stitches I've never even heard of! This is a perfect go-to reference for any sewer.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I think I need to buy a copy of this one to keep. ;)
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty comprehensive book on Embroidery. Good instructions on types of stiches. A great reference book.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fab book with loads so stitches clearly explained. I had to return my copy to the library so I ordered it on amazon.
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