Beginner's Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery

Author(s): Patricia Bage


Patricia Bage's beautiful and inspiring book provides everything you need to know to create exquisite drawn thread embroideries. All the techniques are explained using detailed step-by-step photographs and diagrams, and the four projects at the end of the book, designed by Patricia in her own contemporary style, allow you to put all you have learnt into practice and create wonderful embroideries of your own.


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West Country Embroiderers:The author begins with a short history of this technique, it is one of the oldest forms of openwork embroidery developed to decorate linen and as a substitute for lace.The diagrams are extremely clear and easy to follow, not only for the stitches, but also showing the method of withdrawing threads to prepare for stitching, something which can be daunting for the novice. Suggestions for suitable materials are included.Instructions are given for using the stitches to make decorative pieces, based on traditional band samplers. These include other counted thread methods, and the use of beads and coloured threads, to give the work a more contemporary feel. Once again the diagrams are very clear. This book is good value and ideal for anyone wishing to try this form of embroidery.Wendy Lindesay, LiskeardStitch:Drawn thread embroidery can seem a bit daunting if you haven't tried it before, but it's such a satisfying type of embroidery and the results can be spectacular. The basic technique involves cutting and withdrawing threads to create open areas in the fabric; the open areas are then embellished in a variety of ways.Photographs show how the threads are cut and removed, there are clear step-by-step instructions for working a variety of stitches and four projects allow you to practise the techniques. The combination of traditional techniques with contemporary threads, colours and embellishments make this a delightful book.Waterstones Newsletter:The author's wonderful step-by-step diagrams, charts, photos and instructions lead you through to mastery of the art of drawn thread embroidery, without even realising you are accomplishing something that is supposed to be 'difficult'! You can learn a catalogue of beautiful stitches from basic to more advanced, regardless of whether you are new to counted thread embroidery or not. The instructions are simply told/shown and easy to follow, without being condescending. A selection of stitch sampler projects are also included. If you are a fan of Patricia Bage's embroidery patterns under the name of Patricia Ann Designs, you know what to expect and you won't be disappointed. (The book is also a whole lot more economical than buying four individual chart packs or kits!) This book successfully finds the balance between projects and reference, making a wonderful addition to any stitcher's library, beginner or not! If ever a book could persuade me to try drawn thread embroidery - this is it. Temptation indeed. I'm already searching the net for the materials. Patricia tells you all you need to know to create exquisite embroideries in this technique that has a reputation of being somewhat difficult. A good how-to-guide with all the techniques clearly explained and photographed, ways of embellishing work with embroidery stitches and great projects too. I could not ask for

Patricia Bage began to knit at the age of five, and her love of art and needlecrafts have remained with her ever since. She became interested in cross stitch in the early 1990s, and in 2000 she set up her own company, designing and selling her own embroidery designs all over the world. She has exhibited at numerous trade shows in the USA and in the UK. In 2002, Patricia did what she should have done at age 16 - enrolled on a BTEC course in Art and Design.

General Fields

  • : 9781844482429
  • : Search Press Ltd
  • : Search Press Ltd
  • : 0.249
  • : 260mm X 204mm X 5mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patricia Bage
  • : Paperback
  • : 746.44
  • : 64
  • : colour illustrations