More than 200 decorative and practical stitches-fully illustrated and clearly explained. Stitchcraft in Color: Stitch Sampler is a practical and inspirational guide to choosing and working a comprehensive range of stitches. Packed with color photographs of finished stitches and work in progress, it is an invaluable source of reference for embroidery, canvas work, dressmaking, and other needlecrafts. For quick and easy reference, stitches are grouped under the headings of outline and border, filling, openwork, and needlepoint stitches. Every stitch is accompanied by step-by-step instructions, and every stage of the working is illustrated with clear, annotated photographs. A time-saving information box shows the finished stitch close-up and includes advice on how to use it and which threads and background fabrics are the most suitable. Stitches are graded according to the level of skill required. Stitch Sampler features a unique photographic gallery, showing finished samples of each stitch for comparison and selection. The book also includes a practical section that demonstrates how to prepare threads and fabrics and how to select materials. Both an instructional manual for beginners and a source book for the more accomplished stitchers, Stitch Sampler is the essential guide to modern needlework.
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Pulled Fabric Stitches
Drawn Thread and Insertion Stitches
Stitches CUTWORK AND EDGING STITCHES
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back stitch backgrounds Method Band blanket stitch block blunt needle borders Method Bring the needle buttonhole stitch chain stitch Chevron couching stitch cross stitch Decorative diagonal rows diagonal stitches diamond drawn thread edge embroidery stitches embroidery thread fill the required filling Method four threads frame Gobelin horizontal rows horizontal stitches Insert the needle interlacing knot laid threads large areas Method long stitch Materials Any fabric Materials Evenweave fabric Materials Single canvas needlepoint outlines Pass the needle Powdered filling previous stitch Pull the needle Repeat steps required area right to left rows to fill running stitch satin stitch second row second stitch short stitch slanting stitches Slide the needle square stem stitch steps to continue stitch Level Easy stitch Level Intermediate stitch see p.20 stitch variation stitches Materials Single Take the needle Technique Variation tent stitch thick thread three threads top left twisted upright stitches vertical Woven zigzag