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The Complete Book of Sewing Techniques: A Practical Guide to Sewing, Patchwork and Embroidery Techniques with Over 1000 Step-by-step Photographs, Artworks and Inspirational Plans [Paperback]

Dorothy Wood
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16 Dec 2005
This is the complete guide to sewing, patchwork and embroidery. Whether you are cutting out a pattern, turning hems or deciding which type of zipper or seam to use, comcise instructions guide you through each stage, one step at a time.


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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books (16 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754815595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754815594
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,461 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 specializing 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. Dorothy works as a features writer and technical consultant for a number of craft and needlework magazines.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really does cover everything 18 July 2011
By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE
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This is an amazing little book that covers most aspects of sewing, patchwork and embroidery with clear well written text, step by step colour photographs and some simple projects.

The book is in three sections starting with Sewing which gives an excellent grounding in the sometimes baffling world of the huge range of options available. It introduces the reader to the basics of equipment (both hand and machine), fabrics and dressmaking techniques.

Then it moves on to the more specialised areas of patchwork and embroidery.

Patchwork covers specialist equipment, terminology, templates, hand and machine piecing, a variety of blocks and the various forms of applique, quilt assembly and the various forms of quilting and has projects with templates included at the end of the book.

Embroidery covers specialist equipment, preparing fabric, a wide variety of stitches for various uses (illustrated with clear photographs, excellent stitching diagrams and easy to follow text giving a bit of information about each stitch and tips), shisha, ribbon embroidery, counted thread work, assisi, blackwork, drawn-thread work, needlelace, goldwork, beadwork abnd machine embroidery.

Given that most techniques are covered with a two page spread the book is in many ways just an introduction but the information is clear and excellent.
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I borrowed this book and found it so good that I had to get a copy of my own. Great for learners or avid sewers who like having a lots of craft books as reference. I'm a self taught sewer so I do collect a lot of books but this is one of the better ones.
Clear laid out sections and advice,
Clear and easy to follow instructions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Book of Sewing Techniques 21 Aug 2013
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As promised this book contains almost everything you need to know about sewing (mainly hand sewing) but lots of information with regard to machine sewing too. A great book to lift and browse and possibly the reader absorbs more information that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, had to get a copy of my ... 14 Aug 2014
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Excellent book, had to get a copy of my own, borrowed my sisters, so many techniques and explanations clear and easy to follow
From darts and pleats, curtains to tassels a good book to have in your collection if you enjoy sewing and patchwork
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