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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; Pap/Cdr edition (13 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600597955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597954
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shaughnessy's 2005 book of the same name brought crewel embroidery into the 21st century, and this collection of modern crewelwork motifs should win over younger crafters looking to explore new techniques. The contemporary-retro aesthetic here suggests a cross between midcentury modern and Spirograph, with a touch of the natural world thrown in for variety. A guide to basic stitches and materials is provided, as are a number of easy projects featuring crewel embellishments. VERDICT Shaughnessy's sequel is as good as the original, and the included CD contains printable and resizable versions of all the motifs, which will allow stitchers to combine and remix them." -- "Library Journal"

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Katherine Shaughnessy is the author of The New Crewel and the founder of Wool & Hoop. She is on a mission to restore crewel embroidery to its traditional place as an essential needle art for all ages. Her crewel kits are available at woolandhoop.com and at more than 50 stores throughout the US, UK and Canada.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrs sarah harvey on 9 Oct 2012
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After loving the first book, I found this a bit disappointing, lots of designs were basically very similar with a colour change and a Spyrograph feel to them although I did like the spores. If I had been able to look inside before buying I don't think I would have bought it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By neverendings on 19 July 2012
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The book begins with a series of retro spirograph-style patterns which have a very different feel than the original 'New Crewel' patterns (& indeed the cover of this one) but the cover is not misrepresentative and there is a whole host of abstract seed poddish motifs and more that look like they potentially evolved from the sketch book of the first book. There just doesn't seem to be much development, and there are not as many finishing ideas as in the first book.

If you loved the original 'New Crewel' book, you will probably enjoy this collection, too. There is nothing else like it out there at the moment, so on that strength alone is worth the cover price, although for my money, the book as a whole (& of course by definition) is not quite as original as its predecessor. Overall, though, it is a very good collection of patterns and the fact that it comes with a cd-rom of the patterns helps to expand is adaptability.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Clarke on 25 Dec 2013
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I was hoping for more from this book. The majority of motifs are quite similar in shape and style to the one on the front cover, lots of circular designs with limited use.
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By Amazon Customer on 4 Nov 2014
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Certified Inspiration In Circles !! 10 Jun 2012
By MusingCrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that my crewel working days have long been over, but when I saw this book a quilt design popped into my head - and it won't go away! I have 'a thing' for circles and these are all circle designs !! Beautiful, whimsical, perfect circles. The books begins with a chapter entitles "New Crewel Basics" which I think is a perfect refresher for those who have done some crewel work before or for beginners who know nothing of the joy of gliding wool threads through linen or twill fabrics. Linen types, threads, needle choices, hoops, design tracing, knotting and supplies are covered in this chapter. Most importantly this chapter includes detailed diagrams of all of the stitches that you will use in making the designs contained in the gallery of designs that follow.

Next up is my favorite part of this truly wonderful book - the "New Crewel Design Gallery". Each design includes a border strip that has the necessary information for making the design; fabric, thread, stitches used, how to finish and any applicable notes for the pattern are included here.

A gallery of projects for the designs follows - pillows, skirts, bags, etc. Now - here's the thing - this book also contains a CD of all the motifs in the book. Can you say perfect?! Yes, I'm really happy with this fab book of inspired circular designs !
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very Inspiring! 29 May 2012
By purlandloop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved Katherine Shaughnessy's first book and The Motiff Collection goes beyond my expectations. Her explanations are clear and thoughtful and most of all, inspiring. I love that her designs and ideas are contemporary and achievable. The first book inspired me to try crewel embroidery, with great results and this second one inspires me to become even more creative. Great job!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Updating Crewel! 1 July 2012
By CuteEverything - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was aware (from my grandma) that crewel work is a type of embroidery, but I learned from New Crewel that the definition of crewel is the use of wool thread to create any embroidery stitch on linen fabric. Apparently, it originated in 17th Century England with the Jacobean look (which is currently quite popular). Then it had a huge resurgence in the 60's when it seemed everyone was making crewel owls, cute big headed children and the like. One thing I immediately noticed in New Crewel is that some of the patterns reminded me a lot of the designs I loved to make with my spirograph toy when I was a child. So, I wasn't surprised to see the author mention that she based them on exactly that.

New Crewel uses traditional tools and materials, but takes a modern spin by creating motifs that are based on nature and organic art forms. There are patterns in the back, but I've been mostly using the enclosed CD that has all the patterns on it in jpeg format, because it makes it really easy for me to resize and print the patterns. In addition to the modern crewel designs, there are also several projects in the back of the book that give ideas as to how to use them in items like clothes, baskets, pillows and more. My favorite way is to display them in an embroidery hoop that I hang on the wall. So far, I have had fun making a dahlia, twinkling stars and also a simple marigold design. I'm really glad that there has been a renewed interest in crewel, I really enjoy using these techniques New Crewel and it also brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother!
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not so much 15 Feb 2013
By W. Larson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I didn't care for this book at all. I just didn't like the examples. Circles and more circles with varying degrees of Spirograph interpretation. There are diagrams that are clear and easy enough for a beginner to muddle through. If you really like 60s inspired circles then you will be thrilled with this book.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very limited designs 21 Mar 2014
By mother22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a crewel motif that is ROUND, then this is the book for you! If not, look elsewhere. This book has lots of round designs--round flowers, round fireworks, round dots...you get the point. I like the updated look of this crewel book, but I am wanting something with more variety. I was hoping that this would give me some guidance and inspiration to do a more modern floral piece on a wall canvas like some of the amazing things I see on Pinterest, but it didn't deliver for me. Also, most of the suggested "projects" were a little weird. Like doing crewel work on window screen or doing some stitches on a felted wool pouch. A little impractical and just not my style.
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