The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery

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One look at these pages and you know that this isn't your grandmother's crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread. And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch--just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by ...
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Overview

One look at these pages and you know that this isn't your grandmother's crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread. And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch--just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and a dozen lovely projects. Make a card or keepsake scrapbook embellished with stitched motifs, colorful totes, table runners, and an elegant tryptich.
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“One look at these pages and you know that this isn't your grandmother's crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread. And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch-just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and a dozen lovely projects. “ --BurdaStyle.com
 
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Artist Shaughnessy believes that crewelwork, a style of embroidery that uses worsted yarn, has lost its popularity in recent years because it hasn't been updated to suit modern color and design tastes. The new crewel, as envisioned by Shaughnessy, emphasizes color and simple lines and has a cleaner, crisper look. Her book includes instructions for 16 basic crewelwork stitches, 30 practice designs, and a dozen projects that should get beginners well on their way to mastering the craft. Recommended for large public library collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579906801
  • Publisher: Lark Books NC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 273,206

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

    Good book to have!

    I like this book a lot. It gives you quite a bit of information about crewel work and has a number of different stitch patterns and project ideas. I think it is a great starter book if you are looking at getting into crewel work. Good book for your collection!

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Have You Ever Wanted to Try Crewel Work but Did Not Know Where to Begin?

    This book is a fresh way of looking at embroidery to apply to your textiles in your home with a modern twist. The Author explains briefly the foundational history of crewel embroidery to give the reader the understanding of how crewel embroidery came into existence. With fresh new designs and colors, the Author teaches the reader how to look at different inspirational finished crewel pieces with a fresh look. She also shares with the reader fresh new patterns that you can duplicate at home once the reader has mastered basic crewel stitches.

    In the gallery area of the book, the Author, shows what the reader can do with these new patterns that they have completed to make into projects that that you can share with someone special. Some of the projects that they can make are: framed sampler, greeting cards, scrapbook cover, scented sachets and so much more! What is also so great about this book is that the Author provides color suggestions in the resource area at the back of the book for people that need that little extra help to create their projects with flair and style. Also in the book, there is a section on how to up-cycle different fashions that you might already have in your closet to give them a new look with a modern expression. Since we could all could use a new skill to teach us how to add to our already wonderful wardrobe, this fabulous book can teach you the basics to bring style to it.

    In this day and age when women's fashion budgets are tight financially, isn't it great to know that you can have a resource that can help you refresh your old fashion designs into something chic and fresh. To make your already tried and true fashions into something unique and truly your own design, that the reader make a one-of-a-kind original piece to wear. All you need is, Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery by: Katherine Shaughnessy, for patterns that are truly modern in design and style. So before you throw out your old tried and true pants or tops check out this book for great ideas on how to make them look uniquely your own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Its awesome!

    I didn't even know what crewel was, but boy did I learn. Ms. Shaughnessy makes it soo fun and easy to enjoy creweling (it that correct usage?). Her designs are real art, I love em. Lots of great photos. After reading this book, alls I want is more crewel. I guess you could say I'm a fwel for crewel. Seriously this book is a lot of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    new and fantastic

    I LOVED this book. Shaugnessy's designs are realy cool and unique, and they look amazing on almost anything. I've been dying for someone to make a book like this for a while...really fantastic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Not really crewel imho

    While I appreciate the author's attempt at updating crewel, crewel is by definition a traditional style of needleworking. So, I don't really consider this crewel once it's taken out of its element. The photos are nice, the instructions clear- just not sure if I'm so wild about the designs.

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