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Singer Instructions for Art Embroidery and Lace Work Paperback – December, 1989
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From Library Journal
First published in 1911 and long out of print, this book clearly demonstrates that decorative machine embroidery did not originate with the advent of the computerized zigzag sewing machine. On the contrary, every delicate piece of embroidery illustrated was done entirely on a straight-stitch treadle sewing machine. The Singer manual comprises 125 lessons, each focusing on a different technique and progressing from elementary decorative stitches to the creation of such fine lace and decorative embroidery forms as Hedebo, Valenciennes, Teneriffe, and Cluny lace, velvet applique, beadwork, and even embroidery on wood veneer. Highly recommended for specialized collections and where there is sufficient demand.
- Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
So far this book has helped me learn to do eyelet embroidery, cording, Richelieu (cutwork), Hemstitching and the satin stitching for scalloped work and doing raised embroidery. I recently finished two embroidered tea towels that I was proud to give as a gift. It is easy to learn the lessons, but it does take a LOT of practice. For example; in learning to do cording (satin stitching over filler thread) or eyelet embroidery, you keep your stitches very close together but they should not overlap one another. You move your hooped work from left to right, taking one stitch only on each side of the filler thread. It's the motion of the hoop that determines the position and length of the stitches. It takes a certain degree of control. You learn how to time the movement of the needle with the movement of the hoops. I practiced daily for several weeks and my practice work looked really sloppy. I thought about just giving up. Then suddenly one day it just seemed to kick in and my work began to look nice and very even. You'll fall into sort of a rhythm with the machine's pedal and moving your hooped fabric back and forth, it just becomes second nature. It's kind of like learning to ride a bike....just keep practicing it and you'll soon get it. It's very relaxing and so much fun! I'm now in the process of learning to do shaded embroidery - painting with thread!
There's some wonderful videos on YouTube by Marilyn Lee on thread painting and lace making using a treadle machine. There's also some great videos by Beatriz Mendoza, DIY Crafts. They are in the Portuguese language but a couple of her videos have the English text translation, Still you can learn a lot like I did just by watching them and. Her videos show how to do some of the lessons taught in this book, including Hardanger embroidery on the treadle machine!
I love this book and I'm so glad I got it...I couldn't have learned what I have so far without it. I never dreamed one could create such beautiful lace embroidery on a humble treadle machine without using attachments of any kind! I wouldn't trade my treadle now for a thousand brand new machines!
that we want to do.This Book has all of the Info that you would ever need to learn or do fancy work...super nice.....Thanks for the chance to learn
something that is almost gone from our world !