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Firefly's Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft: Patchwork, Embroidery, Quilting, Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Applique Plus Dozens of Projects with How-to Instructions
     

Firefly's Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft: Patchwork, Embroidery, Quilting, Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Applique Plus Dozens of Projects with How-to Instructions

by Louise Dixon (Editor), Sasha Kagan, Cheryl Owen, Caroline Smith
 

The ultimate reference for today's generation of novice and experienced needlecrafters.

Firefly's Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft is a complete resource for needlecrafters at all skill levels. It provides step-by-step instructions for learning how to knit, crochet, quilt, appliqué and embroider by machine or by hand.

Overview

The ultimate reference for today's generation of novice and experienced needlecrafters.

Firefly's Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft is a complete resource for needlecrafters at all skill levels. It provides step-by-step instructions for learning how to knit, crochet, quilt, appliqué and embroider by machine or by hand. Over 50 creative projects that put these skills to use show needlecrafters how to make clothing, decorative items and household accessories.

Thorough instructions and illustrations give comprehensive how-to explanations of basic and advanced techniques. Extensive stitch glossaries show the possibilities and an enticing selection of contemporary patterns put them to use. Thousands of full-color photographs show every step and every stitch clearly. Specialized techniques are explained and illustrated in detail. These include:

  • More than 60 cable knit patterns
  • Hand dying yarns
  • Multi-color motifs and chevrons
  • Shell, clusters, lace, mesh and filet crochet patterns
  • Special effects in whitework, blackwork, crewelwork and cutwork
  • Drawn and pulled threadwork
  • Couching, laidwork, trapunto, corded and contour quilting
  • Seminole and log cabin patchwork
  • Lace and insertion appliqué
  • Creating machine lace fabrics
  • Using furnishing fabrics
  • Enlarging, reducing and scaling patterns
  • Designing for a machine.

Firefly's Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft is a complete all-in-one reference. Its abundant color photographs, straightforward instruction and creative projects will appeal to novice and experienced needlecrafters alike.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual 2012
Firefly's Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecrafts is a wealth of information for the person interested in needlework. The work is a how-to reference that does not bog down but gives just enough information to tantalize the needleworker, whether novice or experienced.... The instructions and techniques give all the information you need to start and finish these projects and to use this reference as a stepping-stone to new skills and new interests.... The ultimate straightforward crafting reference...will appeal to all skill levels and most public libraries.
Booklist - Brad Hooper
(starred review) Big is not always beautiful, but in the case of this stunning compendium, big is exactly beautiful. Every needle-wielder, whether novice or experienced, stands to learn—and learn in a greatly enjoyable and remarkably clear way—something new about any or all of the companion crafts that fall under the traditional heading of needlecraft. All the techniques and patterns that are featured in the text—shown in exquisitely colorful and clear photographs—are underscored with the sentiment that ages-old crafts can still result in contemporary-looking projects.... It would make little sense for any active crafts collection to not include this wondrous book.
Library Journal
Craft encyclopedias, where basic information about multiple crafts is provided in a single guide, seem to be big business, to judge from how many are being published these days. This one includes basics-and-beyond information about knitting, crochet, quilting (including patchwork and appliqué), embroidery, and sewing. The full-color illustrations are helpful, especially for more complex techniques, and the coverage has slightly more depth than in similar books. A variety of simple projects are also provided, but, oddly, they aren't at the end of each craft's section, but at the end of the book, so they're easy to miss. VERDICT This is a nice all-in-one guide, handy if shelf space (or money) is limited.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554079254
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Sasha Kagan is a renowned British knit and crochet designer. Her books include Knitwear and Crochet Inspiration.

Susie Johns teaches craft workshops in knitting, crochet, embroidery and other textile crafts. She is a contributor to craft magazines and is the author of many books.

Cheryl Owen is an experienced crafter, dressmaker, fashion designer and embroiderer. She is the author of many books and has contributed to numerous magazines.

Caroline Smith is the author of So Easy...Home Sewing.

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