Author(s): Betty Barnden
A new and up-to-date edition of the immensely successful stitch bible, by bestselling needlework designer and author Betty Barnden. Trends in embroidery styles come and go, but the basic stitches and techniques remain the same. In this essential directory, hand sewers will have a collection of over 200 stitches at their fingertips - from basic chain worked into fabric through to Florentine work on a canvas. Each one is explained with written step-by-step instructions and how-to techniques to get you started, and are accompanied by clear artwork and a photo of the finished stitch. Follow the diagrams and instructions in this beautifully illustrated and jam-packed book to discover the wonderful variety of effects that can be created with just a needle and thread, and discover - or rediscover - the sensuous, tactile, wearable art of embroidery.
Betty Barnden is a freelance needlecraft designer who studied furniture design at the Royal College of Art (where she made her first tubular knitted chairs). Betty has designed knitting patterns for companies such as Sirdar, Patons, Jaeger and King Cole. Her knitwear, embroidery and crochet designs have appeared in many magazines over the years, and she has also designed embroidery projects and kits. Betty regularly contributes to Sewing World magazine.
Introduction Stitch selector Embroidery essentials The stitch collection Stitches for fabric Line stitches Chain stitches Blanket stitches Crossed stitches Feather stitches Satin stitches Couching stitches Laid filling stitches Detached stitches Raised stitches Woven stitches Insertion stitches Smoking stitches Drawn thread stitches Pulled stitches Stitches for trimmings Stitches for canvas Diagonal stitches Straight stitches Crossing stitches Composite stitches Loop and pile stitches Working practice Counted thread techniques Freestyle embroidery techniques Canvaswork techniques Finishing touches Glossary, index and credits