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The New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches: Techniques and Designs (The New Anchor Embroidery Series) Paperback – 1 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715319299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715319291
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jill Cater Nixon is a talented blackwork and cross stitch designer, who has designed for Coats Crafts UK and Kreinik. She has contributed regularly to the needlecraft press and produces kit designs for Choices. Jill lives in Milton Keynes.


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I had never done Blackwork before.I bought a Blackwork kit and couldn't make head nor tail of where to start.I bought this book and since I have managed to do many blackwork pictures. It explains how to start the patterns and acheive lovely pieces of work.I still wouldn't be with out this book.I also went on to design my own work with the help of this book.I have recommended this book to many of my friends.
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Blackwork was absolutely new for me until I I bought this book.I do like Jacobean and Goldwork but I wanted to learn something new.My choice was to find new techniques that I could combine with Goldwork or use just simple design separately. The New Anchor Book of Blackwork covered everything that I needed.First of all it is simle explanation about very basic techniques and easy to follow instructions.Materials and Equipment chapter gives full description about fabrics,threads,needles and some useful extras that could be very useful for beginners or experienced embroiderers. With 48 fillings and 4 borders you can easyly design your own project.The New Anchor Book of Blackwork Embroidery Stitches: Techniques and Designs (The New Anchor Embroidery Series)
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I had to return this book as someone bought me one as a surprise gift. It's an excellent introduction to blackwork. It is perfectly pitched as a starting point. It gives achievable projects so I wasn't put off. I love cross stitch but blackwork, although having cross sitches, is completely different. For example you do the outline first then use a variety of sitches to fill in. It's worth noting this book is just a starting point, it doesn't claim anything else, but it has inspired me.
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I received this book today & am delighted with it. Good instructions, diagrams & patterns to work. I will get good use from this book as patterns are pretty & like a previous reviewer I will be able to adapt and make lovely items. The other reviewer was unhappy with type and paper but my copy is fine.

The front of the book gives a short history of blackwork and then goes on to give advice on items needed & some tips on doing the designs & also diagrams of how to start a project. Next come the patterns which are shown completed at the top of the page & underneath is the plan of the design.

At the end of the book there are designs for borders you can do so all in all a good book as far as I am concerned. I think it is good value for money as many books are twice the price.

I have borrowed 2 books from my library on blackwork & neither was suitable but this Anchor book is exactly what I wanted. I did look at the inside section available before I ordered so had a good idea what the book entailed. If I had have been able to borrow this book from my library in the first instance, I would have immediately bought my own as did one of your other reviewers. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in blackwork that is why I have given it 5 stars. A winner in my opinion.
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I originally borrowed this book from our local library and used it to create the blackwork chessboard, which is gorgeous.

The instructions are very clear and most enjoyable. This book is excellent for those new to blackwork and includes 48 suggested 'fillings' as well as a few borders. There are little samples to create too. Like I mentioned, the chessboard is gorgeous and fun to make.

My 'issue' with this copy from Amazon is the shoddy quality of the product. It's not much thicker than a magazine cover and the paper quality throughout is poor. Very disappointing as this copy is actually for a birthday present. I am contacting the publishers to give my comments about this, although it appears to have been printed by Amazon. I wouldn't mind but I paid only slightly less than the cover price. Not good Amazon, tut tut
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As usual Anchor have produced An easy to understand book.
Each type of stitch is explained well with great pictures so its easy to learn . Some lovely small projects to start learning black work as well.
Definitely would recommend to anyone who wants to learn black work stitches.
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Excellent book for the beginner, the instruction were clear and well illustrated. I started the chess board to practice the stitches, it was a quick way to finish a first project.
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I like this book. Never done black work always favoured cross stitch. But after seeing this book I'm already trying to do it. I'm pleased with it and sure I will do more.
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