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Scandinavian Needlecraft [Paperback]

Clare Youngs
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Book Description

11 Feb 2010
Expert crafter and lover of Scandinavian design Clare Youngs presents a stunning collection of home wares, gifts, accessories, bags, clothes and more to stitch. Fans of the clean, elegant lines of traditional Scandinavian style are sure to be inspired by the 35 sewing projects in this book. Incorporating the finest elements of Scandinavian crafting traditions, inspiration is taken from a range of backgrounds including classic folk art and local needlework, as well as more contemporary sources. These delightful designs, each with clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography, will have you itching to get stitching. Working with a wide variety of fabrics, there are adorable fleece and felt baby booties finished with French knots to make, or use classic gingham or stripes to put together an apron, coat hanger cover and laundry bag. Also included in this title are ideas for projects using recycled materials, plus ways to use up the scraps in your sewing box. A range of techniques are explored as well, including applique for a cushion cover, cross-stitched bed linen, patchwork for a quilt, embroidery on Christmas decorations and more. Simplicity is always at the heart of Clare's designs, and the clear instructions and step-by-step artworks mean anyone can have a go, and will be surprised how quickly beautiful pieces can be made. There's also a how-to section that explains any stitch, knot and join you might need.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CICO Books (11 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907030220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907030222
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since childhood, Clare Youngs has loved making beautiful handcrafted objects. She studied graphic design and went on to work in packaging for a number of high street stores, including Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser. Clare has since worked in illustration and book jacket design before deciding to turn her attentions to craft full time.

Clare's other books include Book Art, My First Art Activity Book, Papercrafting in No Time, Christmas Crafting in No Time, Scandinavian Needlecraft, Find It, Make It, and The Perfect Handmade Bag, all available from CICO Books. Make Your Own Woodland Creatures is her most recent book.

For more information please see Clare's website (http://clareyoungs.co.uk/) and check our her blog (http://clareyoungs.co.uk/blog/)

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About the Author

Since childhood, Clare Youngs has loved making beautiful handcrafted objects. She studied graphic design and went on to work in packaging for a number of high-street stores, including Marks and Spencer and House of Fraser. Clare has since worked in illustration and book jacket design before deciding to turn her attentions to craft full-time. Her other books include The Perfect Handmade Bag (ISBN 978-1-906525-81-1), also available from CICO Books.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good source of inspiration 1 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I bought this after trying one of the patterns (for baby booties) that I'd found published in a magazine. There are some lovely projects in here, all good examples of the simple, pretty scandanavian style which I really like. The instructions are clear and easy to follow and the projects use a nice range of techniques (applique, cutwork, embroidery etc).

The only reason I'm giving the book four stars rather than five is that all the templates - except for the booties that inspired me to buy the book - need to be scaled up. It's particularly annoying when several of them are fairly small anyway - seriously, why should I have to blow up a template for an egg cosy? Such a shame, as I'm sure I'd have made more of these projects by now if not for this hassle.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely projects, materials can be hard to source 18 Jan 2011
By Sophie
Format:Paperback
This book contains elegant, achievable projects. I was keen to try several of them, and started with the floral scarf, which was much admired.
My criticisms are: the instructions are not always completely clear (and it can't be that complicated to describe how to make a scarf!) and some of the fabrics are difficult to source in the UK. To get hold of boiled wool in cream, you will have to boil an old jumper, and very thick cream felt is almost unobtainable unless you buy 5 metres, and it's exorbitantly priced.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff 11 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm relatively new to this type of craft work and having had a proper look through the book now I'm confident that there are projects that I can start of easily with and others I can work towards with a bit more time and effort. A nice variety of things to try.

Bit annoying having to scale up the templates for designs that are only that little bit bigger and perhaps could have been accommodated at their full size in the book. I found 1-2 of the explanations and diagrams for stitches in the back of the book impossible to understand.

But on the whole, very happy with this lovely book and can't wait to get going.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning 16 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just bought this book and adore it already. I haven't made any projects yet as I am in the process of moving to a new area, buying a house, looking for jobs - but I can see so many ideas in this book that I can't wait to make for my new home. The instructions look clear and detailed, though I haven't personally tried to follow them. I can well imagine mixing and matching the ideas, e.g. using an embroidered motif from one project to decorate a different project from the book. So many ideas, so little time!!
By the way, I've been buying from Amazon for years and have never written a review before but had to this time, that's how great this book is.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE it! 19 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Wow, a beautiful book !!
It is SO well presented... an excellent choice for anybody with an
interest in sewing, embroidery and/or Folk Design.
Simple projects but maybe not for the total begginner (?)
A knowledge of basic sewing and embroidery will help to make the most of it...
There are helpful clear instructions of all the embroidery stitches at the back and hey! like Clare Youngs says:
..."the odd wobbly line or few misplaced stitches all reinforce the charm"...
Excellent, Excellent photographs- Totally inspiring!
LOVE it! Already planning buying another copy for a friend.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Needlecraft 31 Aug 2010
By Wendy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a brilliant book, full of ideas which may easily be transferred to so many 'makes'.The stitch guide is good for beginners and everything is clearly set out. The only downside so far is that I cannot source locally the range of felt colours and thickness used in the book which is a shame because these add to the authenticity and appeal of the designs, but I will keep looking!
This is a lovely book to add to anyone's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I bought this 14 Aug 2013
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This is such a beautiful book. The patterns in it are so pretty, easy to do and look amazing. Usually you get one or two patterns and then a book reverts to patterns that are not too pleasing to the eye but this book is a delight throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring stuff 24 May 2014
By Deb P
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book. Clear instructions, beautiful pictures, great ideas.
Borrowed this from my library prior to purchase.
Well worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish
Great book, lots of nice projects to try with easy to follow instructions.
Published 6 days ago by B. Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Needlecraft
Scandinavian Needlecraft by Clare Youngs is full of lovely ideas with easy to follow instructions. Have already made one project and it looks great.
Published 2 months ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars scandanavian embroidery
the book is lovely. I would recommend it to an embroiderer it was just not exactly what I wanted. I wanted to make scandanavian items
Published 5 months ago by mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Needlecraft
Good diagrams. Interesting ideas in a well produced book.Interesting for the hand embroidereer. As its Scandinavian the designs are different
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Joy E. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Oh how I love this book!! The lovely bag on the front cover inspired me to order the book.It is so well written with clear instructions and many templates to make the projects. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Susie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely fresh ideas for embroidery.
I have enjoyed making some of these projects, lovely fresh ideas. Good for beginners to learn from, as the instructions are easy to follow. Plenty of pictures.
Published 13 months ago by Julie Cartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars needlecraft book
again another lovely book and i was able to check inside if it was what i wanted it makes all the difference thank you
Published 14 months ago by Julia
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Needlecraft.
Lovely ideas with clear and helpful instructions. The projects made you want to get your sewing machine out straight away.
Published 15 months ago by Kathleen Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavian Needlecraft
Straight forward scandinavian embroidery designs to give inspiration to embroiderers and there is lots of good ideas. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Suzanne Shave
5.0 out of 5 stars scandinavian needlecraft
well laid out, easy instructions and some fabulous things to make , would recommend to all needleworkers a real treasure trove of ideas
Published 19 months ago by jan sabin
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