A-Z of Embroidery Stitches

A-Z of Embroidery Stitches : A Complete Manual for the Beginner Through to the Advanced Embroiderer

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This comprehensive guide to embroidery stitches contains all the embroiderer needs to know to work dozens of stitches, and includes full advice on everything from choosing materials, beginning and ending a thread and using hoops to working as a left-handed embroiderer and learning how to paint threads. Step-by-step photography and clear instructions make the techniques achievable for beginners as well as providing an invaluable reference guide for experienced embroiderers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 210 x 228 x 12mm | 506g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour throughout
  • 1782211616
  • 9781782211617
  • 39,548

Table of contents

4 welcome

fabric beginning and ending thread transferring designs needles

8 Algerian Eye Stitch

9 Arrowhead stitch

9 Back stitch

10 Blanket stitch

pinwheel double detached

detached twisted long and short

looped scallops

17 Braid stitch

18 Bullion knot

rose with bullion centre

Susan O'Connor rose rosebuds

rose with padded satin centre

bears bow

detached chain combination

31 Buttonhole stitch

32 Cast-on stitch


34 Chain stitch

twisted alternating

whipped interlaced

open rosette rose

40 Chinese knot

41 Colonial knot

42 Combination stitch

apple blossom

flower bud

44 Concertina rose

45 Coral stitch

46 Couching

bow Bokhara

lattice Roumanian trellis

51 Cretan stitch

52 Cross stitch

long armed

straight stitch combination

54 Crow's foot

55 Cutwork embroidery

56 Danish knot

57 Detached chain


French knot combination flower

blanket stitch combination

59 Detached wheatear stitch

60 Drizzle stitch


61 Ermine filling stitch

62 Eyelets

flowers shaped

64 Faggoting

65 Feather stitch

closed double and triple

variations single

Spanish knotted

70 Fishbone stitch


72 Fly stitch

twisted leaf

74 Folded Ribbon rose


76 Four-legged knot stitch

77 French knot

ribbon flower

79 Gathered rose

80 Ghiordes knot

81 Glove stitch

81 Grab stitch with ribbon bud

82 Granitos

82 Hem stitch

antique serpentine

85 Herringbone stitch


86 Holbein stitch

87 Laid work

88 Long and short stitch

89 Loop stitch

daisy daffodil flower

twisted plumes

93 Needleweaving

bar open base picot

closed base picot

96 Net stitch

97 Outline stitch

98 Oyster stitch

99 Palestrina stitch

100 Pin stitching

101 Pistil stitch

101 Plume stitch

102 Raised cup stitch

103 Rhodes stitch


104 threading Ribbon

104 Ribbon stitch

rose water lily

107 Running stitch


108 Satin stitch

bow with split stitch outline

padded padded berries

111 Scroll stitch

111 Seed stitch

112 Shadow work

double back stitch

closed herringbone stitch

114 Shadow trapunto

115 Sheaf filling stitch

116 Shisha stitch

118 Smocker's knot

119 Spider web rose

120 Split stitch

120 Split back stitch

121 Sprat's head

122 Star stitch

122 Stem stitch

encroaching whipped

Portuguese knotted raised

ribbon rose

127 Straight overcast stitch

128 Straight stitch

flower raised

130 Stumpwork berry

131 Tete de boeuf Stitch

131 Thorn stitch

132 Thread painting

133 Twirled ribbon rose

134 Wheatear stitch

134 Whipping stitch

135 Whipped stitch rose

136 Wool rose

138 Wound rose

139 Woven filling stitch

140 Zigzag stitch

141 Index

144 Bibliography
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Review quote

March 2015

I love the simplicity of cross stitch, you make a row of diagonal lines going one way and then you go back the other way. It's easy to get into a rhythm because it's all the same, over and over. But embroidery is a whole different ballgame, there are tons of stitches. Apparently, far more than I even realized because A-Z of Embroidery Stitches* is full of ones I've never even heard of! I had a hard time even getting a photo of the contents pages listing all the stitches, there are so many! I counted and there are 84 different stitches listed, and that doesn't even count all the variations like the 8 types of blanket stitches. I tried my hand at a couple of the stitches in the book and I found the photos all really easy to follow and the directions to be clear. Besides a handful of basic stitches, I always need to reference either YouTube videos or an online guide when doing embroidery stitches. I really appreciated the little diagram that appears on the top showing all the different steps at once. It was really helpful for me to get an idea of the progression of the stitches. In addition to all the different stitches there is also a great general overview on getting started with embroidery - transferring designs, choosing needles, finishing your embroideries... There are also tips for left handed embroiderers and a lot of great information about thread painting and working with ribbon. The cover of the book advertises it as "a complete manual for the beginner through to the advanced embroiderer" and I would definitely agree. This is a truly comprehensive stitch guide and I was really impressed with how easy to follow the photos and directions are. I was also excited to see that there are a bunch of other "A to Z" embroidery books either out or that will be released this year - whitework, needlepoint, threadpainting, ribbon embroidery, stumpwork. I'm really excited to check out some of these, especially if they are as detailed as this one! You can see this review in full here: http://hugsarefun.com/book-review-z-embroidery-stitches/ * Hugs Are Fun * March 2015

This is a timeless and useful guide to embroidery stitches. It offers step-by-step instructions to an A-Z of stitches with clear, easy to follow photos. Find out how to create the perfect bullion knot and much more with professional techniques. It includes all the stitches you need for any stitch project. The only downside is that you might have this book as it was previously published in Australia in 2000 by Country Bumpkin. * Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts * December 2014

Defined here as "a way of altering a surface with stitches," embroidery in all its richness and variety is presented in this alphabetically arranged guide to a wealth of stitches available to the needle crafter. Thread, needles, and fabric are the triumvirate of necessary materials required for all embroidery projects, and an introductory discussion of those factors is joined by commentary on transferring design onto fabric. Once these important preliminary issues are cleared, then the meat of the book is offered: the stitches themselves, from simple to complicated. The thing to realize about this book is that every stitch is afforded clear and detailed textual directions augmented by exquisitely clear photographs. * Booklist * November 2014

Embroidery is an amazing craft. It's something that is so beautiful and can be added to so many items and gifts. It can be used for everything from cards, to pictures to adding a flourish on a project. This book is ideal for anyone from a beginner to an advanced embroider. The book takes you through each stitch. Each stitch is described with instructions and full step-by-step pictures. The instructions are really easy to understand and the pictures mean you can see exactly what you should be doing to create the stitch at each stage. The pictures are clear and there are an amazing array of stitches explained. The stitches include instructions for using ribbon. The instructions are so easy to follow and in no time you are creating beautiful things. I cannot describe the amazing amount of stitches that are in this book. It's one of those books that no matter how long you have it you will always use it. This is a book that anyone wanting or already embroidering will want for their collection. It's a book that would be brilliant as a Christmas Gift or for adding that extra special something to a gift you've made. To see more reviews like this visit http://www.crochetaddictuk.com/ * Crochet Addict UK * August 2016

Embroidery stitch dictionaries are handy books to have on your shelf, even if you only dabble in hand embroidery as an occassional hobby - they are wonderful reference tools amd are great to help you expand your stitching horizons. In this book the clear step by step photography and instructions are easy to follow for beginners. Plus in addition to the stitches, there's also a general overview on getting started with embroidery - transferring designs, choosing needles, finishing your embroidereries..plus tips for left handed stitchers. * Love to Make *
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About Country Bumpkin Publications

Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines.
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