Skills Techniques 150 Practical ProjectsUnknown - 2012
From its humble origins as thongs holding together pieces of animal skins, cross stitch has advanced from a primitive functional tool to a sophisticated decorative craft. Evident in almost every ancient culture, over the centuries the technique has inspired work of intricate beauty and style. This comprehensive volume includes all the information a cross stitcher needs, from the basic stitch itself and delightful simple patterns, to advanced techniques and complex designs. Author Dorothy Wood follows the history of cross stitch throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and then amasses 150 highly original, decorative projects. Beginning with the rich motifs of the Celtic and Medieval eras, the book then moves on to the more formal cross stitch styles reminiscent of Victorian England. In the Folk Art section the simple patterns of the Shakers are juxtaposed with the bright ethnic designs of South America, Eastern Europe and Asia, while the Contemporary section highlights the bold modern motifs of the late twentieth century. Many of these projects use linen rather than aida, and with the use of rich threads and unusual combinations a tapestry effect is created, resulting in sumptuous finished pieces that delight the eye. The finishing processes are also highly innovative, with ideas for displaying your work on cabinets, stools, firescreens, pencil boxes, bookcovers and clothing, as well as framed pictures, cushions, pillows and tablecloths. Fully illustrated throughout, there are photographs showing all the step by step stages and techniques, and detailed charts and plans to follow.
Publisher: London : Southwater, 2012.
Branch Call Number: 746.453 WOO
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.