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  • Spiral-bound: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Spi edition (17 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844485862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844485864
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stumpwork conjures up images of intricately decorated boxes in stately homes, showing figures in 17th century costumes surrounded by fantastic beasts and plants. It is one of the more advanced types of needlework and gets less coverage than many of the simpler styles. If you love it and would like to enjoy it in your own home then this book will give you a start with this fascinating hobby. This is another good basic book from the Royal School of Needlework, and like the others obligingly opens out flat and stays flat, which is so useful for a practical book. In common as well with the other books in this series I was impressed by the way this one shows examples of both 17th century and modern pieces, and has instructions too on both styles. There is a good list of what you need to do stumpwork (nothing too unusual) and a guide to using a slate frame and transferring designs. The stitches are shown using photographic stages, and are clear and easy to understand. Some are common to many types of needlework but others (mostly the raised stitches) are strictly for stumpwork and require a good introduction. This includes a section on working with metal threads, plate and padding which is remarkably concise. Add to that the excellent chapters on making slips and creating figures and you have something rather special. I've got more than one book on this subject on my shelves, but this is definitely the best one for a beginner. This is not a book of projects, but a primer that lets you get under the skin of what is usually shown as a tricky subject and denudes it of its mystery. If you want to really learn how to do stumpwork and have enough knowledge to design your own projects then I would recommend this book very highly.-Myshelf.com The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected. It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forwards in new and innovative ways. This series has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN and provides definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques. Kate brings together all the major techniques and stitches associated with stumpwork embroidery to produce a stunning book. For expert advice and innovation, her book is second to none.-Machine Knitting Monthly If you've always wanted to try stumpwork but were a bit daunted by the intricacies of the technique - fear no more! Also known as raised embroidery, the 'raising' methods are clearly described and each one is illustrated with step-by-step photographs. Padding methods include stitched padding, felt padding, covered Vilene and string padding. Simple slips, which are separate pieces of embroidery worked off the frame and then applied to the main embroidery, can be worked on fabric or canvas (or fine evenweave linen); for a more dimensional effect, needlelace slips can be applied over padding, while wired slips are often used to make petals and leaves. Stumpwork is a very traditional technique, but there's a real contemporary feel to the lovely designs in this book, and the chapter on using found objects such as beads, buttons, bits of feather and even a snailshell, is a real joy.-Stitch RSN Silk Shading and RSN Stumpwork: Get the benefit of the expertise of the Royal School of Needlework at home with these two new Essential Stitch Guides. The Royal School of Needlework is world-renowned for its teaching of traditional forms of embroidery. 'Stumpwork' by Kate Sinton and 'Silk Shading' by Sarah Homfray explain the techniques step-by-step. The two guides introduce the history, materials and the stitches of each form of embroidery and are extensively illustrated with colour photography. Both authors are Graduate Apprentices of the RSN and explain the techniques and skills they learnt there. The guides are in a compact, ring-bound format so that they can be close at hand when you are making your first stitches. Both titles are excellent resources for stitchers for tuition and reference at home.-New Stitches

About the Author

After graduating from the Royal School of Needlework in 2002, Kate worked as a freelance embroiderer and artist. As well as continuing to teach a variety of classes at the RSN she set up drop-in summer embroidery classes at the Bermondsey Museum of Fashion and Textiles and worked with visiting textile lecturers at the British Museum. In 2006, Kate was appointed to manage a project that would produce over 200 new vestments for St Paul's Cathedral. These were first exhibited in 2008 at St Martin's College of Art and Design. During that time Kate continued to teach and produce artwork, and was part of a three-person show in Shepherd's Market in Central London. Since 2008, Kate has lived in Wiltshire with her husband Jamie and son Thomas.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Spiral-bound
This book contains all you need to know about stumpwork including a brief history, the materials, framing, techniques, design, applique and stitches. The latter are shown in great detail with step by step photographs and clear instructions. This makes them easy to use in your own designs. The techniques are shown in detail. Photographs of beautiful finished work are inspirational. This is a terrific book for anyone interested in stumpwork and forms part of a series of Royal School of Needlework books. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2011
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This book is part of the excellent reference series of Essential Stitch Guides from the Royal School of Needlework, which I have to say are a brilliant reference series. Firstly, for those of you wondering what stumpwork is (I wasn't sure myself to be honest) it is the name given to techniques used to give embroidery a 3d effect.

The book starts by telling you the history of stumpwork, followed by details of materials & equipment you will need. The majority of the rest of the book consists of a useful stitch guide with clear photographs and a few projects/examples incorporating the stitches so you can practice them and understand where and when to use them.

The latter section of the book covers a variety of techniques, including a chapter on stumpwork figures. The book is easy to follow and will illustrated, a great guide for anyone looking to learn the basics of stumpwork.

This review originally appeared on The Sewing Directory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Jackson on 13 Feb. 2013
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Seventeenth century embroidery has always fascinated me. Having seen examples of stump work in National Trust houses and museums I have always wanted to try it but never had time! The book is beautifully illustrated with modern examples of the art as well as museum pieces. The text is simple but some of the stitch methods were a little difficult to follow. Well worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Linda Mapp on 24 April 2013
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A lovely book to demonstrate the methods for this very beautiful form of embroidery. Very inspiring with clear instructions. .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola pitter on 16 Aug. 2013
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Easy to follow and full of ideas.Useful for a beginner and the experienced embroiderer.Well worth buying and worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frances Cruden on 20 Jun. 2013
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A very useful book, I love the format of these books nice to use and because of the ring spine they stay open.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patsu on 19 May 2013
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I have loved this book, it takes you from the basics to a good standard of knowledge and everything is clearly described.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gts mummy on 8 May 2013
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All I need is time to have a go, Great ideas and clear picture, cant wait to give it a go
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