This book offers skills; techniques; 150 Practical Projects; and, everything you need to know to master a decorative craft, with 600 easy-to follow charts and step-by-step photographs. It includes over 150 beautiful projects suitable for beginners and accomplished cross stitchers. It features easy-to-follow charts with clear step-by-step instructions, shown in over 600 photographs and illustrated plans. It includes helpful advice on starting and finishing, using the charts, and the different tools and materials needed. It includes inspirational designs in a range of popular styles: Celtic, Medieval, Traditional, Folk Art and Contemporary. This is a wonderful compendium of projects and practical techniques, with encouragement to create your own designs and further improve your skills.
This comprehensive volume includes: all the information across stitcher needs, from simple patterns to advanced and complex designs; more than 150 decorative projects inspired by the historical styles of Asia, Europe, and the Americas are included; rich motifs of the Celtic and Medieval eras, simple patterns of the Shakers and ethnic designs of South America, Eastern Europe and Asia sit alongside bold contemporary motifs; and, ideas for displaying your work on cabinets, stools, fire screens, pencil boxes, book covers and clothing, as well as framed pictures, cushions, pillows and tablecloths are presented. The book is fully illustrated throughout, with all the step-by-step stages and techniques, as well as detailed charts.
Dorothy Wood is a creative designer who trained to teach dressmaking and design technology before specialising in textiles and embroidery at Goldsmith’s College, London. She has since worked in a variety of craft media as well as patchwork, quilting, applique and embroidery. In addition to writing practical books on crafts, Dorothy works as a features writer and technical consultant for a number of specialist craft and needlework magazines. Her published works include Embroidered Greetings Cards, Simple Glass Seed Beading, Cross Stitch: The Essential Practical Collection, and Victorian Needlecraft: 50 Beautiful Items to Make in Traditional Style.