A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas

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A Rainbow of Stitches is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one go-to reference. Begin by choosing a motif from this extensive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses. The "Get Stitching" section gives you the basics you need to get started, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs. Each of the ...
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Overview

A Rainbow of Stitches is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one go-to reference. Begin by choosing a motif from this extensive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses. The "Get Stitching" section gives you the basics you need to get started, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs. Each of the following sections, which are arranged by color–fresh greens, pretty pinks, timeless blues, rich reds, and elegant white and taupe–presents ideas for embroidering motifs in single colors, showing how much can be achieved with just one color of embroidery floss on a plain background. Includes more than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823014781
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 690,675
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

AGNÉS DELAGE-CALVET, ANNE SOHIER-FOURNEL, MURIEL BRUNET, and FRANÇOISE RITZ are lifelong needlearts enthusiasts and experienced teachers of embroidery and other fiber crafts.

FRÉDÉRIC LUCANO is a professional photographer specializing in fashion and home décor.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Beautiful presentation; great designs.

    Too many embroidery books feature designs that are so "sweet" they make your teeth hurt. But most of this book's designs are quite elegant, and even the ones that are more precious aren't so cute that they make you feel a little ill.

    I like the organization by color, but the colors offered are only suggestions: you could easily work a design in blue that was listed as "green," and vice versa. Similarly, although all the designs are monochromatic in the tradition of blackwork, redwork, etc., there are a fair number of designs that could be done in more than one color to good effect.

    The book has dozens of photographed project ideas, but does not offer detailed instructions for making them. It's meant to be more a source of inspiration than an instruction manual. If you want step-by-step instructions for making particular items, this is not the book for you. But if you're looking for something to help spur creative thinking and enjoy seeing sophisticated designs beautifully photographed, I highly recommend this one.

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