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The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery Paperback – November 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (November 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157990680X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906801
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One look at these pages and you know that this isn't your grandmother's crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread. And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch-just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and a dozen lovely projects. “ --BurdaStyle.com
 

Customer Reviews

The written instructions are very clear.
cward
It's full of fabulously funky projects, great color suggestions, and very simple instructions and patterns.
Kathryn
I was a bit afraid of crewel work until I read this book; it's easy & fun.
Ellen Glenn

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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Sharilyn Miller on November 3, 2005
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Crewelwork embroidery dates back to the 17th century, but in this updated text it enters the new millennium with style. Author Katherine Shaughnessy shares not only her expertise with the craft - which she has been practicing since age 5 - but also her fresh and innovative designs and approaches to traditional embroidery.

You'll find chapters on the history of embroidery, an in-depth discussion of tools and materials, a gallery of 16 stitches, and 30 original designs that came directly from the artist's sketchbook. I love her modern motifs: falling snow, ruby shoots, snowshoes, moon rock, hip squares, puzzle piece, little crown, and more.

New stitches lead to new projects: greeting cards, journal covers, framed art, fabric ornaments, pillow covers, embroidered jeans, and much more.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Heidi-Daryl Waterston on January 9, 2006
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Wow!!! The word "Exquisite" just barely describe just how beautiful this book is and inspiring! It walked crewel out of the past and into the 21st Century - Thank you!

The stitches are well described and shown. The patterns are innovative and jump started even my beginner's mind to creat a brand new pattern.

If there is anything wrong with this book it simply isn't big enough and leaves you hungry for more. I ended up buying 5 more books on the topic!

Have Fun!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jackson on November 9, 2005
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I was so excited to see this book from Wool & Hoop's Katherine Shaughnessy. Crewel work has always seemed a little intimidating to me, it looks difficult at first glance. But the illustrations and super-close-up photos in this text demystify the process and make me feel like I could take it on with confidence. This is a gorgeous book full of imaginative designs from an authoritative source!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Fisk on January 3, 2006
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this book is just beautiful, and that's not the best part. her illustrations on how to make the stitches and directions are so incredibly clear. i have too many craft books at home that while have great ideas (and pretty pictures), they have terrible instructions. the new crewel is certainly not one of them. i went out and purchased crewel wool just a day after getting the book for christmas! i can't wait to get started!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cward on March 6, 2011
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This is wonderful book! It is clearly written and very well formatted with crisp bright photos. It is important to remember the designs are clearly modern, some akin to mid-century modern and some to danish or Scandinavian in style, so if this is not your design aesthetic, you may not be as inspired as I was; however, it is inspirational regardless your design style.

The book is uniquely formatted into four sections with a brief interesting history as follows: I must interject that the title "New" throughout the "table of contents" appears to be not new techniques per se but part of the book's title being utilized throughout the book.

Section 1...
"The New Crewel Basics"
Materials and tools pages 14-18
New crewel techniques pages 19-21
New crewel stitches pages 22-31

There are 16 stitches clearly illustrated in large rendered sketches using a,b,c,d (etc.) steps. Each stitch has accompanying written instructions with an accompanying color photo of a "finished" stitch. The author also includes some written text on variations of some stitches. The stitches are rather basic... chain stitch, french knots, blanket stitch, satin, etc. This is a good beginners primer.

Section 2...
"The New Crewel Gallery" pages 32-62
There are 30 designs (motifs) each with a name like "falling snow", "fishing net" and so on. In this section a full page is dedicated to each design with a very large clear photo example in the center of the page. On each page is a side bar with text that explains fabric that was used, type and color of thread, stitches used and finishing followed by either a tip or fact or reminder.

Section 3...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Glenn on March 4, 2008
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I loved this book with its quirky designs. I was a bit afraid of crewel work until I read this book; it's easy & fun. All projects are very "do-able" and a lot of them can be done quickly with a minimum of fuss; ideal for a weekend & great for gifts. You don't need to have an extensive stash of threads to do these projects (although what embroiderer doesn't!!)which makes them affordable. Katherine has terrific suggestions for some of the designs & the book has funny anecdotes & tips & hints spread out through its beautifully illustrated pages. I can see this book becoming a firm favorite of mine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on September 5, 2007
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This is absolutely my favorite crewel book! Katherine Shaugnessy has taken crewel to a new level that works with the modern as well as the traditional home decor. Her instructions and diagrams are designed for the novice as well as the experienced embroiderer. She has so many new and different ideas and ways to use embroidery you won't know where to begin. Her fantastic use of color is the key to this super book and I can't wait to get started! This is definately a must have for anyone who loves embroidery as I do.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CLG on March 18, 2008
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In my youth, I used enjoy doing embroidery projects, but grew bored with the typical imagery associated with the techniques involved (pillowcases and linen dishtowels - ugh). So I put it away until recently when I saw the renewed interest probably due to artists like Ms. Shaughnessy. This book encouraged me to create my own images using various types of thread (discussed in the materials and tools section). The stitches used and developed by the author, who focused on crewel when she was younger, is artistically stimulating. The author's amazing work is creative and so often draws your eye across the work as one would do with a classic painting in a museum. In addition, her discussion on the history of crewel (too brief IMHO) evokes the thread artistry tradition from the past to the "new" work of today. This book provides an excellent way to bring the passion back to thread art (crewel, embroidery).
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