Crewel Creatures embroidery book by Hazel Blomkamp fresh ideas for Jacobean embroidery Searchpress ISBN 978 1 78221525 7 gift for stitchers

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"Crewel Creatures is definitely for the adventurous stitcher who loves colour, texture, beads, bling, lots of stitches, and a fun challenge! The variety of stitches and techniques, colours and patterns within in each projects is so extensive that theres just no way you could get bored while working any of them!" - Mary Corbet, Needle n Thread

Beautiful bird and animal designs, inspired by the African world, in crewel and Jacobean embroidery

Following the success of Crewel Intentions and Crewel Twists, which introduced embroiderers to needle-lace and loom-weaving techniques in their designs, comes Crewel Creatures, the third title in this series by renowned embroiderer Hazel Blomkamp.

Animals and birds are popular subjects in crewel embroidery, and here Hazel introduces needleworkers to the beautiful, exotic creatures found in the African wild. Using the Jacobean embroidery style for which she is well known, and incorporating the subtle influence of the fractal designs found in zentangle art, Hazel also brings beads and other three-dimensional elements into her designs to capture the stunning and colourful art that is traditionally associated with Africa. Those new to Hazels work will find the essential crewel stitches, needle-lace and needle-weaving techniques needed in an easy-to-follow how-to section and stitch gallery inside the book, and all embroiderers will be impressed by the wealth of design ideas and inspiration Crewel Creatures has to offer.

With every project, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs are included, along with a template of the design. All the projects are stitched and embellished on natural coloured linen, making them not only perfect for framing for display but also wonderfully economical for embroiderers to work on.

For readers looking for something different and new to stitch, and for those keen to challenge themselves with more complex embroidery techniques, this latest addition to Hazels Crewel series is an absolute must-have.

Table of Contents
Introduction 8

General tips before starting 10

Materials 14

Tools 17

Stitches and techniques 18
Embroidery stitches 18
Bead embroidery techniques 32
Three-dimensional beaded elements 32
Flowers 35
Buds, calyxes and other elements 54
Beaded embroidery worked directly onto the fabric 58
Needle-lace stitches 62
Needle-weaving techniques 68
Norman the tortoise 75

Audrey the ostrich 89

Maureen the owl 101

Janet the snake 123

Shirley the elephant 139

Roger the rhino 151

Templates 170


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