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Crewel Embroidery: With Texture and Thread Variations Paperback – January 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold; 2nd printing, 1995 edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671609939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671609931
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,519,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By 49759 on July 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Both traditional and modern styles are presented in this absorbing introduction to the warm colors and intricate designs of crewel embroidery. Written by an experienced teacher for both the novice and the experienced needleworker, this well-organized and thorough volume demonstrates how to approach the basics of tools, fabrics, and stitches, and how to plan and execute original designs.
In a direct and straightforward manner, the author defines essential embroidery terms and the use of different needles and types of fabrics. A wide selection of stitches and their variations--looped, flat, knotted, couching, filler and weaving--are demonstrated, offering a wide range of textural effects. After carefully describing and illustrating each crewel stitch, the author shows the reader how to use the stitches in one or more of the illustrated samplers.
The book then progresses to more involved designs and how to develop them. Detailed guidelines for adapting and transferring designs and for composing original patterns make it easy to become an accomplished embroiderer. Hundreds of illustrations show items suitable for crewelwork--a vanity bench, a chair, the yoke of a dress, a purse, and many others--as well as complete designs for a cornucopia, a pheasant, flowers, animals, and an enchanting forest scene. Each pattern is accompanied by detailed, step-by-step instructions.
An informative section on color explains the terms and principles of harmony, contrast, and balance and shows how to apply these principles in embroidery. Washing, blocking and finishing are discussed and a helpful index of stitches is appended, making 'Crewel Embroidery' the definitive reference for novice and professional alike.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Warriner on June 23, 2013
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This books incorporates most of the crewel design stitches in the designs and the designs are full size. The only drawback was that the picture on the front of the book is not represented in the book. I would have enjoyed stitching it out, but I will have to make my own pattern. Otherwise, this is a very informative book.
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By Doris Smith on March 29, 2014
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I was given this book back in l979 when it first was published. It was a gift to keep me occupied on a long sailing trip. It was wonderful. I have had a couple other crewel books that were good but I must say this has given me the best insight and instruction. Had lost the book a few years ago and was ecstatic to be able to get my hands on another copy.
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Format: Hardcover
The only reason this book didn't get 5 stars is that I would have liked to have seen more colored pages. The designs are inspiring and fantastic. Colors and stitches used are given. There is also a section in the back that gives design elements, if you want to design your own, Instructions for all stitches are given,
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