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Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches [Hardcover]

Mary Thomas
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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1 May 1971
This practical dictionary of embroidery stitches, which was originally published in 1934, has now been updated and illustrated. It shows details of 400 stitches - the working method, the effective use of the stitch and the suitable threads and materials. Photographs of historic embroideries from Europe, America and the Orient illustrate how the stitches can be used.
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Product details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (1 May 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340006056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340006054
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring classic. 30 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book was first published in 1934 and was later updated by Jan Eaton to its current format. The book gives instructions for in excess of 400 embroidery stitches each stitch being named (with all alternative names listed), detailed and illustrated with coloured line drawings and coloured photographs. The stitches are listed and divided according to stitch type such as outline and border stitches, isolated and filling stitches, canvas and insertion stitches, edging stitches and pulled fabric stitches. There is also a full index of each stitch (and its alternative name) which is useful if looking for a particular stitch. The book also gives a great many hints and tips on the use of a particular stitch as well as giving helpful information on how to get started, such as which fabric to use, using hoops and frames and discussing needles and threads. This is the best reference book on embroidery stitches I have come across and I would recommend it to beginner and expert alike. Note: The book is as it is descibed i.e. a 'dictionery of embroidery stitches' and although it contains some lovely works of embroidery for illustration purposes it does not give specific instructions for projects.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 23 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Very comprehensive and well laid out. My only criticism is that some of the stiches could be better illustrated, but other than that the book is by far the best Stitch reference book I have found. Several of my friends will be receiving it for Christmas this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 5 Feb 2010
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This is the perfect book for anyone who is interested in embroidery and covers all the stitches you could ever need. The pictures are clear and well photographed and the text is very easy to follow and good for beginners and experienced stitchers. Having been a keen embroiderer for the last 40 years this book reminded me of stitches that I had forgotten and is the ideal size to keep in your sewing box.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! 3 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is, as the title of my review suggests, simply wonderful! It catalogues hundreds of stitches by category, beginning each chapter or group with the simplest stitches and gradually moving onto the most complex in that category. The working for each stitch is shown and so is a completed example. I have not tried and tested each stitch but I have found the instructions to be clear so far.

The chapters/stitch categories are as follows: outline stitches, border stitches, composite band stitches, isolated stitches, open filling stitches, solid filling stitches, detached filling stitches, straight and slanted canvas stitches, crossed canvas stitches, insertion stitches, edging stitches, cut and drawn stitches and pulled fabric stitches.

Within the book there are some (perhaps half a dozen) beautiful pictures of completed needlework in different styles, most of which incorporate a variety of stitches and I found several of these to be very inspiring. I really feel that this book provides all the information needed to dive right into embroidery and to produce high quality work. I suspect that it would also be of great use to those with much more experience due to the number of stitches shown and the clarity of their arrangement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book is ideal for both novice sewers and more accomplished ones who may need a reminder or want to try different techniques and need a library of stitches to fall back on. The instructions are clear and the drawings aid understanding of how to carry out the stitches. It is not necessary to use it just for normal embroidery purposes - I used it to help me complete a free form piece of work using different techniques and the book gave me ideas on how to use stitches "outside the box" in order to portray different things. Worth the money whether new or second-hand (which mine was but you would never be able to tell!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic! 2 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
Such a classic. How could anyone manage without it! Very useful handbook but I'm afraid that I do find some of the diagrams and explanations impossible to follow - I needed to resort to a very clear website with a video for some of the more complicated stitches! Still, how could I criticise Mary Thomas who did such a service to sewing?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rose
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What a beautiful crafted book. Well written and the illustrations are fab. Granddaughter loves it - i cant get it back from her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embroidery Stitches 6 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic book covering all embroidery stitches. With easy to follow instructions. Would reccomend this to anyone interested in learning to embroider.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a must have book for reference and instruction
Published 1 month ago by Mr Paul E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for a beginner loads of ideas to choose from. Book in very good condition and well packaged
Published 3 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Embroidery Book
For the age of the book it was in excellent condition. A friend now has this as a gift to add to her collection of embroidery books.
Published 5 months ago by Cathy Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The old ones are the best!
Bought this to do some research as it was my textbook at college 1966-1970. Still love it - all the explanations are clearly drawn. Read more
Published 5 months ago by weesas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
Clear instructions with helpful pictures. Some of the examples in the pictures are of very high standard, so not easy for a beginner to achieve, but well worth working towards!
Published 7 months ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons for posting a 5star rating
It was easy to order delivered as promised. The book is very good instructions and pictures very clear. It was recommended by a friend.
Published 7 months ago by marjory m shannon
3.0 out of 5 stars book
its almost like the one i already have why i only gave 3 stars but the book its self is very good
Published 12 months ago by sylvia wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
The colour illustrations and instructions for working the different stitches are clear and easy to follow - I have been very inspired!
Published 15 months ago by Helen Sheldrake
5.0 out of 5 stars book
Great book although a little damage on front inside page but this does not interfer with what I need it for.
Published 16 months ago by Lorraine
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