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Embroidered & Embellished: 85 Stitches Using Thread, Floss, Ribbon, Beads & More * Step-by-Step Visual Guide [NOOK Book]

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This richly illustrated reference guide from embroidery expert Christen Brown covers everything you need to make beautiful magic with needle and thread. Learn to sew traditional and silk ribbon embroidery, make raised stitches, and embellish with beads, charms, buttons, and mirrors. Christen shows you how to combine and place stitches to enhance a finished piece and how to work with embroidery threads, ribbons, fabrics, laces, beads, buttons, ...
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Embroidered & Embellished: 85 Stitches Using Thread, Floss, Ribbon, Beads & More * Step-by-Step Visual Guide

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Overview

This richly illustrated reference guide from embroidery expert Christen Brown covers everything you need to make beautiful magic with needle and thread. Learn to sew traditional and silk ribbon embroidery, make raised stitches, and embellish with beads, charms, buttons, and mirrors. Christen shows you how to combine and place stitches to enhance a finished piece and how to work with embroidery threads, ribbons, fabrics, laces, beads, buttons, and other embellishments.

· Step-by-step photo instructions show exactly how to sew 85 different stitches
· Includes 8 complete embroidery projects to stitch and embellish
· The essential embroidery reference for everyone from beginners to experts
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second book by Brown (Ribbonwork Gardens) is a cornucopia of fancy stitches, which she has divided into four styles of embroidery: traditional; silk ribbon; raised and textured; and bead. Twenty or so stitches per style are carefully demonstrated in full-color photos of each step of stitching. Even experienced stitchers are likely to learn something new: for example, the Spiderweb Rose, or how to couch ribbon. Brown also provides a thorough overview of the ribbons, floss, threads, and tools likely to be needed, along with idiosyncratic advice taken from her many years of sewing. As a catalogue of possibility for stitching, this is a wonderful addition to a crafting library. The eight patterns included, and the general look of the book, however, aren’t as pleasing—the former are busy and the latter seems outdated. This book certainly provides a guide to what’s become the usual style of embellishment; but readers looking for a modern take on the craft will have to keep searching. Full-color photos. (June)
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The second book by Brown (Ribbonwork Gardens) is a cornucopia of fancy stitches, which she has divided into four styles of embroidery: traditional; silk ribbon; raised and textured; and bead. Twenty or so stitches per style are carefully demonstrated in full-color photos of each step of stitching. Even experienced stitchers are likely to learn something new. For example, the Spiderweb Rose, or how to couch ribbon. Brown also provides a thorough overview of the ribbons, floss, threads, and tools likely to be needed, along with idiosyncratic advice taken from her many years of sewing. As a catalogue of possibility for stitching, this is a wonderful addition to a crafting library.
—Publishers Weekly; May 20, 2013

This book surpassed my expectations, which rarely happens. Kudos to C&T and the author for putting together an excellent, comprehensive book on this topic. I have been doing embroidery of all kinds for several years and was delighted to see new (to me) stitches and combinations. The projects are beautiful and inspiring.
—Cindy Gorder, editor, Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects, 8/8/13

Embroidered & Embellished features over eighty stitches using thread, floss, ribbon and more, providing a strong step-by-step guide in full color and including written instructions that leave nothing to wonder. From a range of different flower designs to materials, cutting, and the specifics of locating and transferring designs, choosing stitches, and creating wall hangings and adding beads and embellishments, this is a strong recommendation for any needlework collection, offering techniques and approaches not seen under one cover. Needle workers and reference collections catering to them must have this solid pictorial reference!
The Needlecraft Shelf; 9/18/13

Embroidered & Embellished is a wonderful visual guide to 85 stitches that use thread, floss, ribbon, beads and more. Christen Brown divides the instruction into four sections: traditional embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, raised and textured embroidery, and bead embroidery. For each, she teaches you specific stitches with detailed, up-close photos, and then she includes two different projects that utilize the stitches. If you are new to embroidery, Christen offers a good discussion on the materials to use. I thought her Embroidering With Confidence chapter offered lots of good tips for the novice as well as a refresher for those who have not picked up an embroidery needle for a while.
—The Professional Quilter Magazine; 11/6/13

A fresh collection of 85 embroidery stitches, including traditional, silk ribbon, raised and textured, and bead embroidery. I found this book to be exceptionally beautiful and inspiring! Also available as an eBook.
—Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects; Winter 2013

8/8/13 - Cindy Gorder
This book surpassed my expectations, which rarely happens. Kudos to C&T and the author for putting together an excellent, comprehensive book on this topic. I have been doing embroidery of all kinds for several years and was delighted to see new (to me) stitches and combinations. The projects are beautiful and inspiring.
9/18/13 The Needlecraft Shelf
Embroidered & Embellished features over eighty stitches using thread, floss, ribbon and more, providing a strong step-by-step guide in full color and including written instructions that leave nothing to wonder. From a range of different flower designs to materials, cutting, and the specifics of locating and transferring designs, choosing stitches, and creating wall hangings and adding beads and embellishments, this is a strong recommendation for any needlework collection, offering techniques and approaches not seen under one cover. Needle workers and reference collections catering to them must have this solid pictorial reference!
11/6/13 The Professional Quilter Magazine
Embroidered & Embellished is a wonderful visual guide to 85 stitches that use thread, floss, ribbon, beads and more. Christen Brown divides the instruction into four sections: traditional embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, raised and textured embroidery, and bead embroidery. For each, she teaches you specific stitches with detailed, up-close photos, and then she includes two different projects that utilize the stitches. If you are new to embroidery, Christen offers a good discussion on the materials to use. I thought her Embroidering With Confidence chapter offered lots of good tips for the novice as well as a refresher for those who have not picked up an embroidery needle for a while.
Winter 2013 Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects
A fresh collection of 85 embroidery stitches, including traditional, silk ribbon, raised and textured, and bead embroidery. I found this book to be exceptionally beautiful and inspiring! Also available as an eBook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607056645
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 279,362
  • File size: 28 MB
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Meet the Author

Christen Brown has been creating with fiber and fabric since childhood. She studied fashion design in college and has been creating wearable art since 1986. Her ribbon work has been featured worldwide in galleries, fashion shows, and magazines such as Martha Stewart Weddings. Christen lives in San Diego, CA.christenbrown.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    I purchased this as a gift to myself.Primarily as a recourse for

    I purchased this as a gift to myself.Primarily as a recourse for victorian sewing, my new venture. This is an outstanding book. The colour photos take you thru all areas of embroidery.From equipment thru stitches & completed projects.Including the 4 different types of embroidery, some which were unfamiliar. The tools needed to complete each project ,complete with little tips. very easy to read.A good purchase for beginners or experienced sewers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to do any kind of embroidery. I purchased it because I do bead embroidery and I feel it had a lot of helpful stitches. Easy to understand.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Recommended for all hand embroidery addicts!

    This is a very informative book covering embroidery with thread and beads. Good explanations with drawings and beutiful examples and projects. Christen has done a very good job covering the basics and then some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    After seeing the tangletons pictured on the preview page 3, I ju

    After seeing the tangletons pictured on the preview page 3, I just knew I had to have the book. I anxiously awaited its delivery so I could learn the technique. Can you imagine my dismay to find that the construction of the tangletons was not even covered in the book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    This book is everything you'd expect of one written by Christen

    This book is everything you'd expect of one written by Christen Brown: a little bit of history, a thorough explanation of supplies, precise step-by-step instructions, detailed photographs that accompany the instructions, and beautiful work to inspire your muse.

    In Embroidered And Embellished, Christen explores embroidery from four perspective; traditional embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, raised & textured embroidery, and bead embroidery. Each of those specialties has its own chapter, plus the book contains additional chapters devoted to embroidery thread and ribbons, beads and embellishments, and fabric, laces and trims. Christen also takes the time to explain the idiosyncrasies of the various types of threads and ribbons so that you can learn to embroider with confidence, making this book a valuable resource for both the beginner and experienced embroiderer.

    Each of the four sections includes two projects, each of which include a materials list, cutting guide, the patterns, and a stich guide. Also included is an extensive gallery section with plenty of eye candy.

    If you've been searching for a "how to" embroidery guide, this is your book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Embroidered and Embellished covers four forms of embroidery, tra

    Embroidered and Embellished covers four forms of embroidery, traditional, silk ribbon, raised and textured, and bead embroidery. Each of these chapters covers about 20 stitches, that are then used in two projects. The first is a simple project, which is great for a beginner student, the second is a bit more involved and certainly would attract a more advanced student. The gallery section is full of ideas for all levels of experience. If you love embroidery then this book is certainly one that should be included in your library.

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