Author(s): Hazel Blomkamp
Hazel Blomkamp has compiled over 40 key needle lace embroidery techniques in one handy and portable stitch book.
Working from the Encyclopedia of Needlework published in the late 19th century by the famous T.H. de Dillmont, and based on several stitches Dillmont used, Hazel has devised a book which thoroughly outlines and breaks down the basic needle lace techniques you need to create beautiful embroidered pieces.
Each of the 40+ stitches is explained with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions. All have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place a magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The book is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the book's notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.
With all the stitches needed for needle lace hand embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.
Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood. When her children were babies she developed a passion for embroidery, using it as her evening reward after a tiring day with her little ones. Although her children are now adults she still embroiders in front of the television every night, with a team of Boxer dogs lying at her feet.
Hazel has been designing patterns for the past 25 years, and often pushes boundaries with her designs by combining other forms of needlecraft with traditional techniques. Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home and travels throughout the world teaching embroidery. She is a regular contributor to embroidery magazines, both home and abroad, and has written five books.
Hazel lives in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
For more information on Hazel's work, and for a link to her blog, visit her website: www.hazelblomkamp.com
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