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Whitework (RSN Essential Stitch Guides) Hardcover – 11 Aug 2012

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd; Spi edition (11 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844487008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844487004
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The step by step stitch guide is very good with clear photos and instructions. There are plenty of examples of work to spur you on once you have learned the stitches and techniques." --www.YarnsAndFabrics.co.uk Experience top-class tuition straight from the Royal School of Needlework with this new addition to the Essential Stitch Guides range. Lizzy Lansberry reveals the wonders of Whitework for you to learn at home. The book takes you through the fundamentals of the technique such as pulled thread stitches, surface stitches, decorative stitches, drawn thread stitches and the all-important cutwork. The spiral-bound book also features extensive information about the history of Whitework, the materials used, framing up work and transferring the design.-New Stitches This book shows excellent examples of the use of a traditional stitch and then how to develop it into contemporary stitching. The author uses the very traditional and delicate stitching of traditional whitework to explain methods such as darning, long and short stitch and cut work to great effect to create beautiful lacy fabrics. The examples are inspiring and look both beautiful and fragile. There are very comprehensive diagrams and photographs illustrating the actual methods so that an aspiring stitcher could follow the stitching techniques of their choice. She includes a section on the history of whitework, materials and equipment and design. After sections on stitches, she concludes with a chapter on reworking a traditional design and further techniques. A very useful handbook.-Megonline.co.uk RSN Whitework and RSN Goldwork: Both these books, although covering traditional needle work techniques, cover quite different approaches, with whitework looking very pure and pared down and the goldwork appearing very sumptuous and colourful. Whitework is introduced from its historical roots, but the feeling throughout the book is that, while retaining some of this history in the stitching and processes of working, the movement is into the contemporary period. Many designs have a modern feel to them, and there is some reworking of traditional pieces into up to date designs. The work in Goldwork is much denser, with more variety in the stitches and embellishments. The work looks more traditional, but there are a few pictures towards the end, where techniques are combined and more contemporary pieces showcased. Both books contain a huge selection of stitches and techniques, with an Order of Work given in both for a successful outcome. They are both well illustrated with clear instructions, and would act as both a good introduction and way of moving forward for anyone working in either discipline.-Workshop On The Web This is another of the Essential Stitch Guides produced in collaboration with The Royal School of Needlework who teach hand embroidery to the highest standards while developing new and innovative techniques. The history of Whitework is diverse and complex because there are so many cultures and techniques involved and, in its many forms, it may be seen in historical textiles all over the world. Whitework is pulled thread work using counted stitches to pull apart the threads of the background fabric thus creating lace-like patterns. The book has clear instructions and beautiful examples of historical and contemporary pieces and Lizzy Lansberry shows from design through to stitch how to create stunning embroideries using traditional techniques.-Fabrications

About the Author

Lizzy Lansberry graduated from the Royal School of Needlework's three-year apprenticeship in 2009. Prior to her specialist training in hand embroidery she developed art and design skills at college and spent her gap year expanding her knowledge of textiles, especially costume construction. During her time at the RSN it became clear that her passion was for fine, detailed embroidery and whitework in particular. She also loves to create beautifully hand embroidered heirloom pieces such as jewellery, and to restore antique textiles. Lizzy now works from her studio in Surrey developing her range of kits and products, as well as taking on conservation and restoration commissions. She also teaches hand embroidery to groups and individuals all over the UK, including for the Royal School of Needlework.


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One of the better books in the series. Comprehensive instructions on various whitework techniques with good illustrations. I think this book would be a good aide memoire to anyone who has attended a whitework class and has seen the stitches demonstrated at first hand but still a useful book for anyone who has not. You do not get such a good idea of the size of the stitches from a book but nevertheless for anyone serious about whitework, this is certainly the book for you.
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This is the best whitework 'tutorial' book that I have come across.Being spiral bound it lays flat for easy reference during the course of work. Lizzie Lansberry gives very clear instructions on a host of whitework techniques even going into details about the order in which work should be completed , an invaluable inclusion. She deals with pulled thread stitches showing how the fabric should be prepared, surface stitches, eyelets, drawn thread work and the stitches to decorate the drawn thread border and cutwork.She concludes with a section on how to incorporate the various techniques in designs using her own as examples. She even includes a section on how to clean and store the finished work. The book contains wonderfully clear instructions on the various stitches and techniques with step by step photographs and diagrams.
I have other books on Whitework but this is by far and away the best of them. I refer to it over and over again.
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Bought as a gift and the recipient says it's excellent. Well laid out with clear text and diagrams on the various techniques. Well up to the usual RSN standard and you can be sure that what you are shown is technically correct and gives you an excellent foundation from which to work from.
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Congratulations to Lizzy Lansberry on producing this small but packed book on the delicate
craft of Whitework. Full of information, set out clearly and concisely, it is an ideal companion as a reference book and source of inspiration.
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It's a lovely book with quite enlighting explanations and beautiful, clear examples. I admire the possibilities that a simple needle a white thread and a piece of white fabric can give to your creativity and imagination. That's what I thought about while folding the pages of this book.
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An interesting, comprehensive book on the subject with clear illustrations. The preparation required before commencing embroidery was particularly well demonstrated
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A good, straight forward, basic book on the subject, beautifully illustrated with clear text and simple explanations. A good guide for the beginner.
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A beautiful book, with clear explanations.
Added bonus it is spiral bound.
Will be used frequently for reference and guide.
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