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The Complete Practical Encyclopedia of Needlecrafts: A Complete Practical and Inspirational Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Handiwork Techniques with 200 Craft Projects [Hardcover]

Dorothy Wood , Lucinda Ganderton
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21 Dec 2006
This is an indispensable practical guide to all the different needlecrafts. It shows how to quickly and easily master the traditional skills and techniques of quilting, applique, cross-stitch and needlepoint. It contains inspiring projects to practise the techniques, with over 1500 step-by-step photographs. This practical guide brings together in one volume the very best of traditional and contemporary needlework. It encompasses a full range of techniques, including embroidery, needlework, quilting, patchwork, applique, tapestry, knitting and crochet. Each section of the book provides a full introduction to the craft it describes, making this an invaluable companion for new and experienced needlecrafters alike. Over 200 easy-to-follow projects cover a wonderful range of decorative and useful items, from cross-stitch samplers, embroidered curtains and applique cushion covers to quilted throws and knitted scarves. Inspirational examples are featured throughout, to illustrate a particular stitch or technique and to show the flexibility and diversity offered by the craft.

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (21 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754816893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754816898
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 17.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorothy Wood is a creative embroiderer who trained to teach dressmaking and design technology before specialising in textiles and embroidery at Goldsmith's College, London. She has since worked in a variety of craft media as well as patchwork, quilting, applique and embroidery. As well as writing practical books on crafts, Dorothy works as a features writer and technical consultant for a number of specialist craft and needlework magazines Lucinda Ganderton was born and lives in London, where she studied fine-art textiles and embroidery at Goldsmiths College. She is experienced in a wide range of crafts and is the author of several books, which cover a variety of techniques and themes, from applique and soft furnishings to embroidery stitches. Her work features regularly in magazines and on websites and she has also appeared on television and video. Lucinda Ganderton is highly sought after as a designer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for inspiration and projects 6 Oct 2010
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I actually had borrowed this from the library but on my fourth loan I decided it had to be worth buying! There are so many interesting projects that it is hard to see where to start. I admit I haven't yet made anything from it but it is on my bedside table so I love to dip in and make a list of what I would like to do when I get the time!
I am a cross-stitcher, I'd love to branch out into other crafts and this gives the incentive to take that wish further. The layout, photography and instructions are clear enough for me, so that means it would suit from beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars needlecrafts 21 May 2013
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Great book - it covers most crafts. It is the kind of book that you will refer to often. Will keep it handy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun book 15 Jan 2013
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This book has a lot of fun and do-able craft projects - for kids to adults of all ages to complete.Instructions are clear and patterns are given.
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