The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery
About this book
Here is the classic reference for all needleworkers, the one handy volume that covers all major types of stitchery and their techniques, tools, and materials. Over 1,400 detailed illustrations showcase every basic stitch or knot and its variations, and the more than 1,000 entries include bargello, crewel, crocheting, embroidering, knitting, macramé, needlepoint, rugmaking, sewing, and tatting. Find out how to crochet fringe and hairpin lace; do beadwork, candlewicking, gros point, and other forms of embroidery; knit Fair Isle, Scandinavian, and Shetland styles; create appliqué patchwork by hand or machine; and braid, knot, and hook a range of rugs. For every mode of stitchery, there's a list of common abbreviations used in pattern instructions and a detailed summary of designs.
One Christmas, I made quilted Christmas stockings. As a sort of practice tool, for my "quilt" stitches I chose 40 or 50 of the different embroidery stitches that I found in this book. It made me far, far better at embroidery, and I created some lovely stockings that my family still uses every year, at christmas. I've gone from novice to pretty dang good, because of this wonderful book.
love this book! so much crafty goodness, its saved me so many times and answered so many questions.