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The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi
  • Publication: 01 December 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216025
  • Stock: 50+
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  • Size: 178x235 mm
  • Illustrations: 1000
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP Price: £14.99
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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.

Table of Contents


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

About Betty Barnden

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.

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