Embroider Everything Workshop: The Beginner's Guide to Embroidery, Cross-Stitch, Needlepoint, Beadwork, Applique, and More

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A spirited guide packed with everything you need to know to embroider like a pro and transform any plain piece of fabric or fabric surface into a work of art. Combining attitude and instruction, projects and inspiration—plus iron-on transfer pattern sheets and a die-cut practice stitch card— Embroider Everything Workshop is a complete how-to. It covers all the major embroidery stitching techniques: freehand embroidery, appliqué, smocking, needlepoint, beadwork, cross-stitch and blackwork. Then come the projects: ...

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Overview

A spirited guide packed with everything you need to know to embroider like a pro and transform any plain piece of fabric or fabric surface into a work of art. Combining attitude and instruction, projects and inspiration—plus iron-on transfer pattern sheets and a die-cut practice stitch card— Embroider Everything Workshop is a complete how-to. It covers all the major embroidery stitching techniques: freehand embroidery, appliqué, smocking, needlepoint, beadwork, cross-stitch and blackwork. Then come the projects: 40 hip, clever, stylish, and useful patterns that give readers a real taste of embroidery’s possibilities.

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Rupp (Sew Everything Workshop) presents a beginners’ guide to embroidery that replaces granny and aunty, or mom and dad. Usually one relative can teach one or two forms of embroidery glory, but this spiral-bound book, which includes a “practice stitch card” and iron-on transfers, proves its middle name by teaching everything. The first half, “The Basics,” covers equipment, from a gallery of needles to a discussion of weaves; preparation, including proper lighting; stitching—freehand, needlepoint, monograms, etc.; and transferring designs onto fabric with pencils, heat, carbon paper, painting, etc. Jim Franco’s photos and Sybille Schenker’s illustrations beautifully augment the text. Tucked beside text are tips, such as using lip balm to re-marry separated threads, and history (Coats and Clark’s “ONT” means “our new thread”). Rupp’s enthusiastic, colloquial writing style unfortunately includes limp puns and cutesy titles (“The Scoop on Hoops”). The second half presents Rupp’s original projects, ranging in degrees of difficulty from a simple cat toy to a tricky family-tree album cover. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761157007
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/24/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 306,190
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Rupp founded and runs Make Workshop in New York City, the hip craft school that teaches everything from how to use a sewing machine to spinning your own yarn. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    Very nice.

    This is a very nice book, whether you are a beginner or more advanced. patterns alone are worth it. She has nice ideas to build upon.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    Fun for Beginners

    If you add basic embroidery, sashiko, beading, needlepoint and smocking with ties, belts, tennis shoes, photo albums and portraits you receive the contents of Diana’s book, “Embroidery Everything Workshop.” The content of her book doesn’t stop there. Take a look into the 251 pages, you will also find an array of creative projects suitable for everyone from young to young at heart.

    As you open the book, you will notice an envelope with a tag stating, “Open here for 48 original iron-on transfer patterns.” Inside the packet, you will find line drawings for her many projects she has incorporated in the book. A giraffe, squirrel, family tree, butterfly, bear, frog and rabbit are just some of the examples you can embroider.

    Diana’s book starts out with definitions for embroidery, crewel, sashiko, applique`, crazy quilting, smocking, needlepoint along with other needlework techniques. She then goes into general instructions on stitching materials such as fabric, needlepoint canvas and stabilizers. Other stitching needs such as threads, rotary cutter, markers, needles and other stitching essentials are explained.

    The section “Start Stitching” will teach you how to create different embroidery, needlepoint and smocking stitches. I really enjoyed her “Practice Stitch Card” which you will find in between parts 1 and 2. This handy card can be removed from the book. After you poke holes in the card, you will learn how to create running, back, stem, detached chain, cross and French knot stitches. The card is made of heavy material which can be used over and over again. The card will make teaching young beginners a breeze.

    Part 2 will take you into the projects. Here, you will find detailed instructions for an array of projects such as stitching a man’s tie and vest, necklace, folk art skirt, needlepoint belt, booties and mouse toy. A baby book with colors, squirrel, rabbit, fox and frog project looks fun to make as much as it will be to give to a special mother-to-be.

    Diana teaches how to monogram hankies, signs and tea towels. Again, each would be a creative gift for a friend or loved one.
    If you are interested in a simple stitching book which teaches the basics, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    good information & pictures

    good book, lots of info for a beginner like me.

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