Cross Stitch: A beginner's step-by-step guide to techniques and motifs

Overview

Presents the essentials of counted cross stitch with plenty of illustrations, plus a basic range of freestyle embroidery stitches to supplement the counted thread method. Get advice on how to read charts, and create your own.
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Overview

Presents the essentials of counted cross stitch with plenty of illustrations, plus a basic range of freestyle embroidery stitches to supplement the counted thread method. Get advice on how to read charts, and create your own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565236844
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 586,852
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlotte Gerlings is an expert in several art mediums, including needlecraft and fabric arts. She graduated in Publishing from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) and since then has worked as a book designer, writer and editor. She lives in South West London and is currently studying at Wimbledon School of Art for her MA in Fine Art. She is the author of several books, including Sewing, Patchwork, Cross Stitch, Knitting & Crochet, and 100 Great Artists.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: Equipment and Materials
Needles and fabrics

Equipment

Working with hoops and frames

Needles

Threads

Fabrics and thread counts

Calculating quantities

Cross stitch charts and how to read them

Charting your own design

Blank cross stitch grids

Readymades

Part 2: Cross Stitch Methods and Techniques

Thread organizer

Preparing fabric

Preparing threads

Starting and fastening off

Basic stitches

The history of samplers

Backstitch alphabet

Popular sampler motifs

Assisi work

Heraldic beasts and mythical creatures

Assisi-style alphabet

Cross stitch variations

Sans serif alphabet plus numerals

Serif alphabet plus numerals

Knot stitches

Part 3: Stitchables

Templates

Greetings cards

Decorative bands

Working with plastic canvas

Miniature designs

Borders and corners

Part 4: Basic Embroidery Stitches
Basic embroidery stitches
Script alphabet

Washing, mounting and aftercare
Terms and abbreviations

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