How does color affect embroidery? How can it bring needlework to life? Crafters will uncover the possibilities in this unique, in-depth exploration of color in embroidery. From color selection and blending to choosing complimentary colors and creative contrasting and shading, it highlights a variety of techniques for surface and counted thread embroidery projects. More than 200 stitched examples with DMC thread keys, plus color schemes and projects such as roses, fruits, and birds will inspire stitchers.
Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, any stitching project, no matter how simple, can be enhanced by a well-chosen colour palette, however, many people are nervous or even scared of colour. Textile designer Karen Barbe regularly teaches embroidery workshops and knows first-hand the fears and frustrations of beginners - as well as accomplished crafters - when starting a new project. Karen makes choosing and creating colour palettes a fun and enjoyable part of the design process. Colour Confident Stitching is divided into three parts: Understanding Colour; Feeling Colour and Stitching with Colour. The first two sections guide the reader through colour theory as well as choosing and using colour more instinctively. Stitching with Colour includes five stiching projects that will encourage the reader to explore colour and build confidence through exercise and experiment. Inspirational photographs are accompanied by stitching illustrations and step-by-step photographs for the colour choosing process as well as stitching projects.
Whitework with Colour
Author: Trish Burr
Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing
As a self-taught embroiderer, Burr understands the need for clarity. The embroideries are divided into three levels, each designed to take you onto the next stage of needle painting. The projects feature traditional flowers, and two small, colorful and delightful South African birds.
In this stunning, color-illustrated collection of floral embroideries, the author of Redouté’s Finest Flowers in Embroidery introduces needleworkers to her unique long- and short-stitch "needlepainting” style of portraying flowers like a botanical painter. Five starter projects show novices how to create the illusion of brushwork in thread and use basic techniques, from preparing fabric and transferring designs to blocking and mounting. Sixteen easily achieved but challenging larger projects enable beginners and experts to bring to life meticulously detailed sunflowers, magnolias, bearded irises, an Icelandic poppy, roses, and more. With diagrams, full-size templates, and stitch directions included, this is a must-have for any embroiderer’s library.
Trish has always been fascinated by miniature art and for years has had a yen to try and embroider smaller pieces, there is something so endearing about little paintings with all the detail and form of a larger piece, not to mention the fact that they are much quicker to stitch! When Trish sat down to consider ideas for this book, she wanted not only something that provided a good choice, with lots of projects, but also to ensure that each project was worthy of stitching. The designs needed to be fresh and appealing, to depict the pretty, romantic illustrations typical of the Victorian and post-Victorian eras. Teaching embroidery has helped Trish to understand the need for clarity in both the technique and project instructions, so instructions on everything about long and short stitch and how to adapt it to fit different situations and projects have been provided. Each project is accompanied by a detailed thread diagram which shows exactly which colour should be used and where. The small size of the designs allows for great flexibility in their final use - such as group framing, making up into cushions, book covers, quilt squares, needle cases, box lids, tote bags, pockets on clothing and so on. Following the portraits, birds and flowers, a section with much smaller Victorian pansies and buds, again with thread diagrams has been added.
Trish has broken boundaries with her unique sense of colour and shading by interpreting a mix of thread painting and Australian wool embroidery in a fusion of crewel and surface embroidery. The aim of the book is to provide clear illustrations, good explanations and achievable projects using the minimum of stitches to create exciting effects. The skilful blending of wool, silk and cotton guides the beginner and inspires the experienced stitcher to create this unique style of embroidery. Numerous step-by-step photographs, illustrations and row by row colour keys make following the projects an effortless task and a joy to stitch.
Painting with a Needle
Author: Young Yang Chung
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Reveals not only the author's secrets of craft and artistry, but also the colourful and vital history behind the ancient art of silk embroidery in Korea, China, and Japan. She guides readers through the fundamentals of her craft, showing readers how to paint with a needle as artisans in East Asia have for millennia.
Author: Jan Messent
Publisher: Search PressLtd
"With a different and delightfully practical approach to a traditional and time-honored subject, Jan Messent shows you how to create portraits in stitch. There are simple instructions for shaping and padding different-angled heads, creating faces, adding features and stitching the hair and garments, as well as explorations of the most suitable fabrics, stitches, threads and embellishments to use. Within this book you will discover a host of personalities, including a mysterious white Edwardian lady, the formidable Bess of Hardwicke and a 'book-box' that opens to reveal exquisite renditions of Cinderella and Prince Charming. All of Jan's portraits are filled with character and charm, and have a timeless appeal that will enthral and excite textile artists and embroiderers alike"--Dust jacket cover.
Bestselling author Judith Baker Montano is back with a new comprehensive stitch guide that will take you beyond traditional embroidery. She’ll show you how to create stunning landscapes and seascapes by applying fine art principles to your fabrics, threads, and fibers. Learn how to use these materials with other embellishments to convey lifelike trees, flowers, ocean corals, and more with 60 stitches and 67 stitch combinations. Learn artistic embroidery techniques for building layers, creating dimension and perspective, and blending shapes—translate your favorite snapshot of any landscape or seascape into fiber art!
Author: Hazel Everett
Publisher: Search PressLtd
Provides instructions on the techniques and core stitches of embroidering with gold and metal thread, along with information on such topics as selecting thread, buying equipment, designing a motif, and framing finished work.
Author: Aimee Ray
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
A guide to embroidering hand drawn designs onto clothing, accessories and home accents. Also, shows how to transfer your own doodles onto fabric.
Author: Jenny McWhinney
Publisher: Author House
Every enticing page displays beautiful and contemporary home accents, stylish wearables, modern keepsakes to treasure, unique wrappings, and much more. Ribbon basics introduce the different types, and provide tips on cutting, handling, securing, and storing. Then start weaving together a Zesty Mosaic Tray (made with cherished scraps too pretty to toss away); a simple-to-weave, super-hot Sun, Sand, and Sea Tote; a glittery 24-Karat Bow for a special gift; Silky Lingerie Bag; Pin Pillow; plus exquisite edgings and borders for linens and clothes. A Selection of the Crafter’s Choice Book Club.
The Hand-Stitched Surface
Author: Lynn Krawczyk
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
"The Hand-Stitched Surface offers inspiring techniques and beautiful projects for creating richly layered mixed-media surfaces on paper and fabric to encourage stitchers to slow down and savor their handiwork"--
Crewelwork is one of the oldest embroidery techniques; associated with the 17th century and often known as Jacobean embroidery, it is as popular today as it has ever been. Historically worked in soft wools on twilled linens, today's embroiderer is discovering just how successfully the techniques can be applied to stranded cotton threads and a wider variety of fabrics. Crewelwork embroidery is distinguished by its textured, almost three-dimensional stitches. This book outlines in step-by-step detail the working of 48 of the most versatile stitches, listed alphabetically for easy reference. Sixteen new embroidery designs show the stitches worked in context and trace-off patterns are included. The featured embroideries include traditional Jacobean motifs, contemporary flowers, and whimsical celebration designs. There are also ideas for using the embroidered designs on several small projects.