The Complete Idiot's Guide to Needlework

Front Cover
Penguin, Nov 9, 2000 - Crafts & Hobbies - 235 pages

This guide is for anyone who is interested in learning or re-learning the art of embroidery or needlepoint.

Containing a history of needlecrafts, as well as an updated look at its uses for your home and wardrobe, it explains how to deal with such concepts as color, balance, scale, and texture, and how to incorporate your own personal syle. Everything you need to know about the art of embroidery, including needle and thread types, materials, stitch types, frames, techniques, enlarging or reducing designs, monogramming, and project ideas, is in this book.


What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Part 1Welcome to Needlecrafts
Chapter 1 An Ancient Craft with Modern Appeal
Chapter 2 WellDesigned Needle Art
Part 2Embroidery Basics
Chapter 3 Tools of the Trade
Chapter 4 Technique Chic
Chapter 12 Needlepoint Tips and Tricks
Chapter 13 Just Point and Stitch
Chapter 14 Bargello Design
Part 5Advanced Needlepoint
Chapter 15 Designing Your Own Needlepoint
Chapter 16 Adding Your Own Flair
Chapter 17 Finishing Your Needlepoint
Chapter 18 An Easy Needlepoint Project from Start to Finish

Chapter 5 In Stitches
The Art of Monogramming
Part 3Advanced Embroidery
Chapter 7 Combining Stitches and Special Effects
Chapter 8 Designing Your Own Embroidery
Chapter 9 The Embroiderers Finishing Touch
Chapter 10 An Easy Embroidery Project from Start to Finish
Part 4Needlepoint Basics
Chapter 11 Needlepoint Tools of the Trade
Part 6Getting Crafty
Chapter 19 Beyond Needle and Thread
Chapter 20 More Than a Hobby
Appendix A Resources for Novice Needleworkers
A Local and Global Source Guide
Appendix C Glossary

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2000)

Mary Ann Young is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Decorating Your Home and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Needlework. She has contributed to Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and Country Living magazines. Mary Ann and her husband are founders of Camden Harbor Company, a design/build firm in Rockport, Maine, where they live with their two children.

Bibliographic information