Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches

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This classic book has been the go-to embroidery reference work since it was first published in 1934, owing to its clear instructions and huge library of stitches.

It includes full illustrated instructions for over 400 embroidery stitches, ranging from simple border and outline stitches, to filling stitches, canvas stitches and pulled fabric stitches. Scattered throughout are dozens of inspirational embroideries to show the stitches in use.

This detailed guide is ideal for those starting out with needlework as well as more accomplished embroiderers looking for inspiration for different stitches and techniques. This new, redesigned edition includes the internationally renowned embroiderer Jan Eaton's revisions to the original text, and includes a preface by famed embroiderer Mary Corbet.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 204 x 260 x 11mm | 800g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 800 Illustrations, color
  • 178221643X
  • 9781782216438
  • 2,334

Table of contents

Introduction 6

Outline Stitches 10

Border Stitches 24

Composite Band Stitches 52

Isolated Stitches 66

Open Filling Stitches 80

Solid Filling Stitches 96

Detached Filling Stitches 108

Straight and Slanted Canvas Stitches 118

Crossed Canvas Stitches 132

Composite Canvas Stitches 150

Insertion Stitches 164

Edging Stitches 170

Cut and Drawn Stitches 178

Pulled Fabric Stitches 186

Index 208
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Review quote

Review of previous edition (1934)

A perpetual joy to possess, to study, and to treasure. * Woman's Magazine * Review of previous edition (1934)

The very best book on embroidery stitches I have ever seen. -- Jennifer * Daily Mirror * A must have for all new embroiderers. * SEW Region Magazine (December 2019) * This is a must have book whether you are new to embroidery or an experienced embroidery.

It has dedicated chapters on types of Stitches: filling Stitches, pulled thread Stitches etc. Many stitches will be familiar to an embroiderer but alongside that this book is filled with little known Stitches with excellent illustrations and instructions opening up new possibilities for creativity.

Beside each stitch is the type of thread and fabric to use for the best results and in some cases offer alternative suggestions. Simple easy to follow diagrams for each stitch. Images are clear and a good size.

Alternative names for Stitches are also included. This is much more than a stitch dictionary it is also full of interesting snippets about the Stitches. Beautiful practical and a joy to read. * Embroiderers Guild *
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About Jan Eaton

Mary Thomas, author of the original edition of this book, was born in Wantage, Berkshire. She was educated in music and art, and in her twenties went to America to work as a fashion artist for the New York Pictorial Review. At the outbreak of the First World War she returned to Europe, and went to France as an army nurse. After the war, she worked as fashion editor of the Gentlewoman, and in 1930 became editor of the Needlewoman. She took up freelance writing in 1935.

Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, published in 1934, was the first of her highly successful books, and it was followed in 1936 by Mary Thomas's Embroidery Book. Although embroidery was, of course, her first subject, she also developed an interest in knitting. In 1936, she began work on an exhaustive compendium of knitting history and technique, which was published in 1938 and 1943 in two volumes.

Both her embroidery and her knitting books have remained in print for nearly half a century, and are regarded as standard reference works for the techniques of these crafts.

Jan Eaton is known internationally for her speciality in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines. Jan has written more than 10 needlecraft books and lives in Hove, East Sussex.
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