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Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniques [Paperback]

Sally Saunders , Anne Butcher , Debra Barrett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Book Description

5 April 2003
The distinguished reputation and specialist knowledge of the Royal School of Needlework are combined in this colourful and inspirational introduction to the most popular hand embroidery techniques. A detailed introductory section provides all the practical information needed for setting up and finishing pieces of embroidery, selecting your design, fabric and treads and preparing and framing up for working. The next four chapters examine the popular techniques of silk shading, gold work, crewelwork and black work, all introduced with a historical overview and a comprehensive stitch glossary. Each stitch technique features four exquisitely worked embroidery projects with step-by-step instructions and photographs explaining their development and stitching. The 16 projects include a Jacobean leaf sampler in crewel work, an Iris in blackwork, a tree bark design in silk shading and a sampler in goldwork. 'Royal School of Needlework: Embroidery Techniques' is an essential guide to stitching for embroiderers - it is a valuable source of reference and a beautiful book for the needlecrafter's library.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd; New Ed edition (5 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713488174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713488173
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lessons from the experts... 12 July 2009
By Sallie
Some outstanding technique instructions on Crewel, Blackwork, Goldwork/Metal thread and Silk Shading. Not the book for those looking for basic overall embroidery "how to". Very well illustrated.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I enjoy this book enormously and find it very helpful. There are 4 sections: Silk shading, crewel work, blackwork and goldwork, each with about 5 projects you can work. There is also an interesting introduction to each style with information about the history of the technique and comprehensive stitch instructions are given at the back of the book. There is also a little background information about the RSN itself and a general guide to equipment and design transfer.
I've given it 4 rather than 5 stars as not many of the projects appeal to my more traditional tastes, but there is a good cross section of both modern/abstract and traditional designs. Also, I think that goldwork would cost a small fortune! Some of the designs use an enormous variety of threads, so be prepared to either expand your stash considerably, or adapt freely.
Also, the book is not *really* suitable for beginners though as, although there are 'Beginners Exercises', they are still rather large projects and don't produce anything you can do something with. For instance, a small, simple flower that could be put into a small frame or card would have been a better beginners exercise in silk shading than the usual 'tile' design.
On the whole though, well worth adding to your collection and good value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars royal school of needlework 7 Sep 2010
By eileen
A book that will satisfy the novice and the experienced embroiderer. Detailed work covers shading,crewel work incl jacobean,blackwork and goldwork. For beginners there are 4 projects covering the different stitches and materials, for the experienced, there are projects that you will be eager to do. Plenty of illustrations, easy to follow and understand. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting and informative book 20 April 2011
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This is a very beautiful book. It has some lovely illustrations, but as a novice was rather too advanced for me as I am not into Goldwork or great family heirlooms. I think this book would be appreciated by an advanced embroidery person. Clare - Coleraine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful reference book 12 Mar 2010
This is a serious reference book from the royal school of needlework. They teach you the very basics and then go into the beautiful pictures further on. The four topics they discuss are silk painting, crewel work, blackwork and goldwork. The stitch reference at the back of the book is,nt very good but most embroiderers will have there own stitch books.
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By Gill
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The book is very interesting and arrived in good condition and I am more than pleased with it and would recommend it.
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