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Creative Thread by Jo Dixey

  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 July 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216872
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
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  • Size: 189x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP Price: £12.99
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Description

Embroidery has been rediscovered and loved today for its beauty, its creativity and its therapeutic qualities. In this book, tap into your creative side and start your stitching journey through these 20 abstract projects by professional embroiderer Jo Dixey, inspired by the faces and forms we see around us: people. 

Jo Dixey has designed this book to inspire and challenge both those new to embroidery and those with some knowledge of stitch who want to take their ideas further. The projects range from small embroidered cards to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple appliqué for a scarf to an embroidered jacket all based on the theme of people. Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and technique, and as you work through the ideas you will expand your skills and gain confidence in using the stitches and ideas to inspire your own work.

Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book, along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques, such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3D effects. 

Whether you choose to make one-off pieces of art, embellish clothing with images and symbols unique to you, or make beautiful gifts for your friends, there is an alluring breadth of designs to both inspire and lose yourself in.

Previously published as Stitch People.


Table of Contents

Foreword 7



Introduction 8



Equipment 10



PROJECTS



BEGINNER

- Hands Off scarf fusible web appliqué, couched edge 14

- Cartwheel and Splits skirt back stitch on ready-made skirt 18

- Waiting for Life to Happen t-shirt fusible web appliqué, buttonhole stitch edge on a ready-made t-shirt 22

- Family Love childs dress simple dress making, chain stitch 26

- Shopping bag bag construction, stitched appliqué, back stitch 32

- Wireless needle case working with layers of fabric, running stitch and back stitch 36

- Street Style drawstring bag bag construction, back stitch 40

- Windows to the Soul stitched mini panel simple long and short, no shading 62

- Moving but Still metal thread picture couching with metal thread 68

- Seeding face picture transferring a design using tissue paper, seeding stitch 72

- Watch your Back jacket chain stitch, fusible web appliqué, buttonhole stitch on ready-made jacket 76



ADVANCED

- Shades of Green book cover construction of a book cover, stem stitch, long and short stitch 80

-  Talk Talk Talk phone case satin stitch, long and short stitch, simple construction 86

- Ouch pin cushion 2 colour long and short stitch, couched lettering 90

- Bus Queue stitch sampler surface stitch sampler 96



ADVANCED +

- Man in the Moon brooch Or Nue couching 104

- Stoney Faced long and short picture shaded long and short stitch 110

- Stitch gallery 116


About Jo Dixey



Reviews

East Kent Embroiderer's Guild


Jo, a RSN trained professional embroiderer, presents twenty projects to stitch based on the human form. The fresh and contemporary designs are graded, beginning simply for those new to embroidery to more challenging projects for those with sewing experience. Design templates, comprehensive information on materials and a useful stitch gallery combine to make this an inspiring book for anyone looking to add a new dimension to their skills.


Popular Patchwork


Jo Dixey train as an embroiderer at the Royal School of Needlework and has been passing on her skills through workshops over the past 20 years. She is also much admired as an avant-garde textile artist and her wall hangings in particular are simply breathtaking in thier detail. In this book, she combines her love of embroidery with her interest in people, noticing not only how they look but also how they interact and how these things are constantly evolving. The projects are categorised into beginner, intermediate and advanced so, even if you've never had a go at embroidery before you can jump right in. I particularly like how you're encouraged to decorate clothing you already have, such as jazzing up a skirt with an outline design of bodies doing cartwheels and splits using simple backstitch. Many of the projects incorporate applique giving you the chance to use up your scraps using the templates included. Quilgint featured in one of the intermediate projects in the form of a Moment of Calm cushion, which uses a single shade of fabric and thread to create an outline of a crouched figure of relief.  The effect is simple and beautiful. A multitude of techniques are covered as you progress through the projects and stitching moves on from simple outlines to intricate compositions. Jo paints with thread, her use of different stitches creating shawo and texture gives her portraits of 3D quality. If you'd like to give an extra dimension to your work, this book is certainly worth a look.


Workbox


Professional embroiderer, Jo Dixey, has designed this book to inspired and challenge both those new to embroidery, and with some knowledge of stitch who want to take their ideas further. Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and techniques. As you work through the ideas, you expand your skills and gain confidence in using stitches and ideas in your own work. The projects range from small embroidered cards, to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple applique for a scarf, to an embroidered jacket, all based on the theme of people. Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3D effects.


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Learn the art of embroidery with the guidance of RSN-trained professional, starting with simple stitched line 'drawings' and applique, before working on your wat up to large creations such as a stitch sampler and embroidered jacket. Not only will you learn new skills - you'll also be able to relax and de-stress as you stitch the quirky human designs.

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