The Embroidery Stitch Companion - The Companion Series (Hardback)Coline Bavois (author)
The practical, indispensible, inspirational guide that every embroiderer needs.
Compact enough to travel alongside your needles and threads, this is also a sumptuous visual guide to needlecraft, allowing you to embroider whatever you want, wherever you want.
From making sound stitch choices to finishing your work with a flourish, the techniques within the book are those that the author uses and frequently revisits, and are simplified to ensure that the art of embroidery is within anyone's reach.
If you are a beginner, you will find all the information you need to get started, and soon gain confidence in your skills. If you are an established and confident embroiderer, the book includes plenty of tips and ideas to help you progress your work even further.
Dip in and out of the book as you wish, and follow your own creative embroidery aspirations! The book starts out by introducing all that you need to become an embroiderer, and then explains the basic techniques: preparing your fabric, threading the needle, and even displaying your work in a hoop.
Learn a selection of simple stitches, before progressing to more complex stitches that will take your embroidery skills to the next level.
Let costume designer Coline Bavois, and The Embroidery Stitch Companion, become your indispensable guides to this timeless needlecraft.
Publisher: Search Press Ltd
Weight: 288 g
Dimensions: 180 x 127 x 19 mm
I’m going to be brutally honest in saying that I have read a lot of embroidery books and I am super hard to impress in this area because there are a lot on the market. This book, however, massively exceeded my expectations and I was utterly impressed from start to finish!
It is a smaller size book which makes it the perfect accompaniment to take with you whether that be on holiday, the work commute, the sofa, by the bed, or anywhere else you’d like to stitch! Whilst it is small in stature, it definitely is not lacking!
In part 1, the embroidery essentials are covered including fabrics (and how different fabrics will react to stitches differently), threads (stranded, tapestry, wool, metallic, silk), needles, scissors, embroidery hoops, marking tools, transfer papers and more. It has top tips, illustrations, written text, and easily accessible information.
Part 2 then guides you through basic techniques such as preparing the fabric, transferring your designs, securing your fabric in the hoop, best practice for using your thread, threading your needle, securing your thread (with different options including knots, waste knots, filling methods), and finishing off your embroidery. Each subsection is clearly presented with a heading, subheading, written text and images (where needed).
It is truly wondrous reading through the book and seeing stitches that you think you know so well being used in such beautiful and creative ways.
I'm a textile artist and teach embroidery in some of my classes. I can see this book being a great recommendation for any of my students who don't have any previous experience, and for those who need a reminder.
Experienced stitchers will enjoy the look and feel of the book, but may get less from it in the longer term. As is says on the cover, the author focusses on her favourite, and most used stitches. So be aware that this is NOT a stitch dictionary for expanding your stitching repertoire if you already know the basics. It doesn't pretend to be that, and there are plenty of those about. This book fits into it's own niche perfectly. A pocket-sized embroidery primer that will travel with you while you build your skills and confidence.
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