The New Anchor Book of Crewelwork Embroidery Stitches

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David & Charles, May 1, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 64 pages
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The Anchor Embroidery Series offers the perfect introduction to popular embroidery techniques. 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.

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Materials and Equipment
Transferring a Design
Using a Hoop or Frame
Working the Embroidery
Adapting and Creating Designs
Finishing your Embroidery
Embroidery Ideas
Crewelwork Stitch

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About the author (2005)

Phillipa Turnbull is a leading crewelwork designer who exhibits and leads workshops in the UK and US. She runs her own company The Crewel Work Company Ltd. and lives in Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria.

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