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Royal School of Needlework: Embroidery Techniques Hardcover – April 1, 2000


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About the Author

Sally Saunders is an embroiderer with a longstanding association with the Royal School of needlework. An experienced tutor, she teaches the RSN apprentices and also runs classes for Embroiderers' Guild groups.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574882694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574882698
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,569,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is beautifully laid out and the project/exercises are easy to follow.
Megan R McConnell
This shows how the various techniques are done and shows one particular design done in all the different ways.
Golden Threads
Even advanced stitchers will get itchy fingers and will want to try all the techniques shown.
Lois FitzPatrick

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149 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lohse-Lange on May 17, 2000
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Having recently taken a workshop in Or Nué from the Principal of the RSN (who has penned the foreward to this book), I eagerly anticipated the release of this book. Established in 1872, RSN is the needlework school that has made the coronation robes for British Royalty, repaired and conserved historical textiles, and whose mission is to teach others to carry on the beautiful skills of needlework.
Exquisite close-up details of historical needlework and the teaching examples could only be improved by holding them in your hand. Chapters cover silk shading, crewel work, blackwork, and goldwork, and include examples of stumpwork and felt padding instructions. Stitch-by-stitch techniques are fully illustrated in photographs with detail like looking through your magnifying lamp. Needle artists of all skill levels who would like to design their own are shown how sketches in black pencil or colored pencil can be interpreted in stitches, especially effective in the blackwork shading sections.
Renaissance era historical re-enactors should make this a must-buy. From Elizabethan and Jacobean to Art Nouveau and contemporary, follow their patterns and charts or create your own. This book is worth owning if only as a "coffee table art book". If you have been jaded by poor quality craft kits, bored by cross stitch, and snooze through embroidery guild meetings, Royal School of Needlework's Embroider Techniques will tantalize your eyes and have your fingers itching for those needles.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lois FitzPatrick on September 22, 2001
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This book should be in every needleworker's library! It uses a unique method to teach all types of embroidery. By taking a picture of an Iris flower and showing, in gorgeous color, the same flower using each technique, it allows the reader to compare and evaluate the different types of embroidery. Even advanced stitchers will get itchy fingers and will want to try all the techniques shown. I have an extensive needlework library and this is truly a great book!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Megan R McConnell on December 22, 2000
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I have coveted this book for some time and have now got a copy of it!
I must admit that I am absolutely awe-inspired by it - and it has re-awakened an impulse to go beyond my skills. It also inspires envy in me for those lucky enough to be apprenticed at the School.
The book is beautifully laid out and the project/exercises are easy to follow.
With the projects, the tips and the detail included, this book is a must for all embroiderers.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Golden Threads on October 15, 2003
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This is a wonderful book. I can't believe how much technique they packed into so few pages. This is not a '70's artsycrafty "You Too Can Do This Useless Little Project" book. This shows how the various techniques are done and shows one particular design done in all the different ways. You really get an idea of the contrast of the different effects. Then the creative part is up to you. You find a design you like or design something of your very own and then pick the technique you want to use to show it off to best advantage. Creative beginners can use this book. There are no yarn pictures of Sun Bonnet Sue in this book, it is beautiful embroidery and how to do it, then it let's you be creative!!!
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