Beginner's Guide to Stumpwork

Beginner's Guide to Stumpwork

by Kay Dennis


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A practical, step-by-step guide which shows clearly how to create beautiful raised and padded embroideries.

Kay Dennis is passionate about Stumpwork. This intricate, raised and padded embroidery has its origins in the seventeenth century, and is enjoying a revival amongst embroiderers and lacemakers. It is wonderfully versatile and will appeal both to the novice and imaginative needleworker. Using a mix of flat, padded, wired and free-standing elements, it employs a wide range of embroidery techniques. This comprehensive and colourful book covers both basic and needle lace techniques - sections on each containing a series of elaborate step-by-step demonstrations showing how to work individual techniques, followed by a project combining all the methods. Kay takes inspiration from a variety of sources and her designs include animals, flowers, fruits and insects popular motifs in the seventeenth century. She also creates contemporary designs and there are advanced projects on landscape and figurative work. A gallery of Kay's work is included to stimulate and inspire the reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782217909
Publisher: Search Press
Publication date: 03/18/2020
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Kay Dennis is a professional embroiderer and former Chairman of the Guild of Needle Laces. She has been teaching both needlelace and stumpwork for many years and is a member of the Embroiderers' Guild. She has written articles for leading needlecraft magazines and has lectured and demonstrated widely. Michael Dennis, also a former Chairman of the Guild of Needle Laces, now enjoys working in all aspects of woodworking. He assists Kay in all aspects of her work. Kay and Michael have been married for 45 years and live in Northwood, Middlesex.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

History 8

Materials 11

Fabrics Threads Scissors Needles Padding materials Embroidery frames Other equipment

Getting Started 14

Creating a design Preparing the background fabric

Embroidery Techniques 16

Flowing Flowers 18

Preparing the padding Working the stalks Working the leaves and petals Working the butterfly

Acorns 26

Stuffing the felt padding Working the acorns

Poppy Seed Heads 28

Layering the felt padding Embroidering the design

Topiary 30

Making French knot slips

Butterfly 32

Stem stitch Raised stem stitch band Spider's web stitch Padded satin stitch Other stitches

Needlelace Techniques 37

Leaf 38

Needlelace pad Making a cordonnet Filling stitches Top stitching and releasing the needlelace

Flower 44

Cordonnets Needlelace petals Needlelace bud Needlelace leaf Finishing the embroidery

Seaweed and Fish 48

Cordonnets Needlelace fish Needlelace seaweed Finishing the embroidery

Orange Branch 52

Cordonnets Needlelace oranges Needlelace leaves Finishing the embroidery

Mushrooms 56

Cordonnets Slips Needlelace shapes Finishing the embroidery

Foxgloves 59

Cordonnets Needlelace flowers Needlelace caps Slip Finishing the embroidery

Scenes and Figures 62

Birds and Beach 62

Painting the background Waves Posts Rocks Birds

Heads and Hands 66

Heads Hands

The Gardener 70

Painting the background Espalier tree Cauliflowers and cabbage Pear tree Currants Marrow Onions and carrots Strawberries Snail Butterfly Topiary and pot Fork Flower bed Gardener

Patterns 78

Index 80

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