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The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected all over the world. It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back many hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forward in new and innovative ways. This series of Essential Stitch Guides has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN with the aim of providing a set of definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques. All of the authors were chosen by the RSN and all are graduate apprentices of the Royal School. Whitework begins with the history of this wide-ranging type of embroidery, then explains the materials needed and the issues of designing and ordering your work for stitching in white on white fabric. The Stitches section covers pulled thread, core surface, decorative and drawn thread stitches, as well as eyelets and cutwork. Two beautiful whitework pieces are then analysed to show how all the stitches and techniques were used, and a traditional piece is reworked with a contemporary twist. Finally the further techniques of using layers, net darning and trailing are shown. Step by step photography, full instructions and diagrams make this a clear and user-friendly guide to whitework, and Lizzy's skills and talent make it an inspirational book.show more

Product details

  • Spiral bound | 96 pages
  • 160.02 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 381.02g
  • Search Press Ltd
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 135 colour
  • 1844487008
  • 9781844487004
  • 26,591

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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.-Fabricationsshow more

About Lizzy Lansberry

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.show more

Table of contents

The Royal School of Needlework 6 Introduction 8 The history of whitework 10 Materials & equipment 12 Design 20 The order of work 24 Framing up 26 Transferring a design 30 Getting started 32 STITCHES 34 Pulled thread stitches 34 Core surface stitches 49 Decorative stitches 58 Eyelets 64 Drawn thread stitches 66 Cutwork 78 Taking care of your embroidery 81 USING THE STITCHES 82 Butterfly 82 Angelfish 84 MOVING ON 86 Reworking a traditional design 86 Further techniques 90 Japanese garden 94 Index 96show more