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Creative thread : 20 people-inspired embroideries using modern hand-stitching techniques / Jo Dixey.

By: Dixey, Jo.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Tunbridge Wells, England : Search Press, 2018Copyright date: ©2018Description: 127 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 25 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781782216872; 1782216871.Other title: Stitch people.Subject(s): Embroidery -- Patterns | Embroidery | Human figure in artDDC classification: 746.44/043 Summary: Embroidery has been rediscovered and loved today for its beauty, its creativity and its therapeutic qualities. In this book, tap into your creative side and start your stitching journey through these 20 abstract projects by professional embroiderer Jo Dixey, inspired by the faces and forms we see around us: people. Jo Dixey has designed this book to inspire and challenge both those new to embroidery and those with some knowledge of stitch who want to take their ideas further. The projects range from small embroidered cards to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple applique for a scarf to an embroidered jacket - all based on the theme of people. Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and technique, and as you work through the ideas you will expand your skills and gain confidence in using the stitches and ideas to inspire your own work. Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book, along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques, such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3D effects. Whether you choose to make one-off pieces of art, embellish clothing with images and symbols unique to you, or make beautiful gifts for your friends, there is an alluring breadth of designs to both inspire and lose yourself in.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Learn to embroider project by project with Royal School of Needlework trained, professional embroiderer Jo Dixey.

Sure - colouring books are enjoyable and great for stress relief, but what if you want more? More creativity, more mindfulness and more fun? There are myriad crafts that can give you all of these and embroidery, or stitching, is one of them. Tap into your creative side and make one-off pieces of art, embellish clothing with images and symbols unique to you, or make beautiful gifts for your friends.

Professional embroiderer Jo Dixey has designed this book to inspire and challenge both those new to embroidery and those with some knowledge of stitch who want to take their ideas further.

Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and techniques. As you work through the ideas, you expand your skills and gain confidence in using stitches and ideas in your own work.

The projects range from small embroidered cards to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple appliqué for a scarf to an embroidered jacket - all based on the theme of people. Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book, along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques, such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3D effects.

Previously published as Stitch People.

Embroidery has been rediscovered and loved today for its beauty, its creativity and its therapeutic qualities. In this book, tap into your creative side and start your stitching journey through these 20 abstract projects by professional embroiderer Jo Dixey, inspired by the faces and forms we see around us: people. Jo Dixey has designed this book to inspire and challenge both those new to embroidery and those with some knowledge of stitch who want to take their ideas further. The projects range from small embroidered cards to more complex pictures to hang on your wall; simple applique for a scarf to an embroidered jacket - all based on the theme of people. Each project introduces new embroidery stitches and technique, and as you work through the ideas you will expand your skills and gain confidence in using the stitches and ideas to inspire your own work. Templates of the images to stitch are provided for photocopying and there is a photo gallery of all the stitches covered in the book, along with step-by-step photographs of key techniques, such as transferring patterns onto fabric or using batting to create 3D effects. Whether you choose to make one-off pieces of art, embellish clothing with images and symbols unique to you, or make beautiful gifts for your friends, there is an alluring breadth of designs to both inspire and lose yourself in.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 7)
  • Introduction (p. 8)
  • Equipment (p. 10)
  • Projects
  • Beginner
  • 'Hands off' scarf - fusible web appliqué, couched edge (p. 14)
  • 'Cartwheel and Splits' skirt - back stitch on ready-made skirt (p. 18)
  • Waiting for Life to Happen' t-shirt - fusible web appliqué, buttonhole stitch edge on a ready-made t-shirt (p. 22)
  • 'Family Love' child's dress - simple dress making, chain stitch (p. 26)
  • Shopping bag - bag construction, stitched appliqué, back stitch (p. 32)
  • Wireless' needle case - working with layers of fabric, running stitch and back stitch (p. 36)
  • 'Street Style' drawstring bag - bag construction, back stitch (p. 40)
  • Intermediate
  • 'A Moment of Calm' cushion - back stitch, running stitch, quilting, cushion construction (p. 46)
  • Birthday cards - split stitch, simple lettering (p. 52)
  • 'Cell Phone Blues' picture - split stitch (p. 58)
  • 'Windows to the Soul' stitched mini panel - simple long and short, no shading (p. 62)
  • 'Moving but Still' metal thread picture - couching with metal thread (p. 68)
  • Seeding face picture - transferring a design using tissue paper, seeding stitch (p. 72)
  • 'Watch your Back' jacket - chain stitch, fusible web appliqué, buttonhole stitch on ready-made jacket (p. 76)
  • Advanced
  • 'Shades of Green' book cover - construction of a book cover, stem stitch, long and short stitch (p. 80)
  • 'Talk Talk Talk' phone case - satin stitch, long and short stitch, simple construction (p. 86)
  • 'Ouch' pin cushion - 2 colour long and short stitch, couched lettering (p. 90)
  • 'Bus Queue' stitch sampler - surface stitch sampler (p. 96)
  • Advanced +
  • 'Man in the Moon' brooch - Or Nue couching (p. 104)
  • 'Stoney Faced' long and short picture - shaded long and short stitch (p. 110)
  • Stitch gallery (p. 116)