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Crewel Intentions: Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery [Paperback]

Hazel Blomkamp
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19 Jun 2014
Keeping to a theme started in Crewel Twists, this book continues the concept of using non-traditional techniques and materials in crewel or Jacobean embroidery. It showcases four large projects, each with an accompanying small project similar in technique, and shows needle workers how to be creative with threads, alternative stitches and beads. Traditional techniques are explained but are extended with the use of bead embroidery, needle lace techniques, and stitches not normally used in crewel work. Many new needle lace and bead embroidery techniques are incorporated, and the book also explores weaving techniques used to create textures like twill and lace weaves, as well as patterns similar to tartan and houndstooth check. Every project is clearly explained with step-by-step instructions and lots of photographs, and the completed embroideries are once again displayed in ways that are both decorative and functional in the home. Templates of the original designs complete this magnificent source for creative embroidery.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (19 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782211063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782211068
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.3 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hazel Blomkamp has done it again! If you fell in love with Crewel Twists, Hazel's first book published in 2012, you're going to love her new book, Crewel Intentions, too! In Crewel Twists, Hazel introduced us to her unique and colorful approach to surface embroidery. Incorporating beads, a huge variety of stitches and filling techniques and various types of threads, her embroidery designs are Jacobean flavored with a decidedly signature look to them. She carries this forward in Crewel Intentions by combining the same approaches found in Crewel Twists, with a few new twists! Hazel's designs have a contemporary Jacobean flair. They're colorful and textured and they incorporate all kinds of stitches. These are the types of embroidery projects you just can't get bored with while stitching, because there's so much fun stuff going on in them, some of which can be totally surprising. And yet, they come together in a beautiful, cohesive whole. Hazel's tips are good, matter-of-fact, full of common sense, and sometimes, downright humorous. After the tips and materials, you'll find the stitch gallery. The stitch gallery offers clear stitch diagrams for all the embroidery stitches employed in the projects that follow. And here's the part that takes the stitch gallery from expected to unexpected. There's a fantastic selection on needle weaving. She offers innumerable weaving patterns to create, with needle and thread, a whole slew of different woven fillings that mimic fabric. There are striped fillings, checked fillings, twill fillings, several plaid fillings, and plenty of in-between patterns, too. All in all, another terrific embroidery treat, this book! And definitely a must-have for your embroidery library. Even if you don't work the projects, there's a ton of good information and some really interesting techniques that you can incorporate into your own embroidery.-needlenthread.com What intent! Another masterstroke from the talented hands of Hazel Blomkamp, following on from her success with Crewel Twist. Lovely fresh ideas and designs for Jacobean crewel embroidery. This contemporary take on crewel work borrows from other embroidery styles too. Clear instructions and photos. It includes everything you need ot know to get started and a good stitch directory. Thee are seven projects. A wonderful book that I am happy to recommend to all stitchers.-Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Crewelwork with this inspirational new book from Hazel Blomkamp. Traditional Jacobean motifs are given a modern twist with contemporary colourways and a touch of sparkle with crystals and beads. Conveniently, all of the designs are worked with stranded cotton and not crewel wool which gives a finer and more delicate effect. The seven projects are presented as step by step guide with each component of the design approached in manageable chunks. All the stitches and types of fabric are introduced with plenty of information and in an engaging style. The techniques include needleweaving and needle lace which all add an extra level of detail to the designs. Lovers of Crewelwork will snap this up for its designs and refreshing approach while beginners will be inspired to try this rewarding, non-counted technique.- New Stitches The joy of working with a Jacobean shape is a blank canvas waiting to be filled and this book brings it into the modern day. All designs are embroidered on cotton, linen, taffeta and silk using only cotton, rayon and metallic threads, breads and crystals. There is an extensive stitch gallery with very clear illustrations including needle weaving and needle lace techniques, also a very comprehensive section on useful tips, materials, tools and a buyer's guide. All patterns are printed at the rear of the book. There are seven sumptuous Jacobean panels to choose from, one transformed into a rectangular clock face and another mounted in a musical box. This book is wonderful to follow-up to Hazel's earlier book 'Crewel Twists'. - Quilting For You Anyone who loves hand embroidery will adore this new book which presents a collection of seven satisfying projects using crewel work. All fabrics and threads required for each project are listed in detail and are accompanied by full, highly detailed instructions. Although the designs do need to be photocopied to size, these are projects to be enjoyed over a period of time, producing exquisite pieces of work worthy of heirloom status. - East Kent Embroiderers Guild

About the Author

Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood. When her children were babies she developed a passion for embroidery to break the tedium of life with toddlers, using it as her evening reward for having got though the day with her sanity intact. her children are now young adults and she still embroiders in front of the television every night. She has been designing for the past 18 years. Peferring to design projects which appear to be traditional, she pushes the boundaries by introducing other forms of needlecraft into traditional techniques, exploring further in everything that she does. Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home. She teaches at her home studio, in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, and travels throughout South Africa and to Australia teaching embroidery and fine beadwork. She is a regular contributor to South African and Australian embroidery magazines and is a columnist for south African Stitches Magazine.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Hazel has written another fantastic book - the designs are bright, colourful and using techniques from her first book but also new techniques including needle weaving which create beautiful textures using easily sourced threads such as stranded cotton, rayon and metallic threads with embellishments using beads and crystals. As with Crewel Twists, each technique is well described and illustrated. Beads and crystals are now on order for the Late Harvest project and eagerly awaiting their delivery. Enlarging charts proved tricky but measuring with a tape measure and a few tries later I soon got it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 26 Jun 2014
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
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What intent! Another masterstroke from the talented hands of Hazel Blomkamp, following on from her success with Crewel Twist. Lovely fresh ideas and designs for Jacobean crewel embroidery. This contemporary take on crewel work borrows from other embroidery styles too. Clear instructions and photos. It includes everything you need ot know to get started and a good stitch directory. Thee are seven projects. A wonderful book that I am happy to recommend to all stitchers. This book was originally published in South Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!!! 19 Jun 2014
By Marion
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I did not think that Hazel Blomkamp could ever better her ''Crewel Twists'' but I was very wrong. This projects in this book are just so beautiful. It makes me want to rush out and buy more fabric and threads and get started.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what was advertised 28 Jun 2014
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This book was advertised as 'showcases four large projects, each with a an accompanying small project, similar in design'. It does nothing of the kind, there being only seven small projects. I ordered this book specifically because I wanted large projects. It's very disappointing.
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I love it ,but this type of embroidery is not for beginners,although her system of splitting the designs up is very good,and the illustrations are VERY good and the whole thing spurs one on ,even if its only with good intentions to try harder..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force! 8 Aug 2014
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Hazel has taken crewel work to new hights with this beautifully written & illustrated book. Now there is no excuse for novices to not try this technique - it is like having your own, full time tutor to hand, at any time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book 4 July 2014
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Absolutely love this book. Already have a project ready to go, just waiting for some materials to arrive. Well written, easy to follow and beautiful projects.
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