Colonial Lake Books

Needlework

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Alice Starmore's Celtic Needlepoint - $49.00
Alice Starmore. Using her stunning eye for design and knowledge of traditional designs, Alice Starmore brings you 18 original projects inspired by the artistry of the Celts. Done in the Celtic style which incorporates both the natural world and geometric design, each of the five chapters journeys through the stunning complexity of this historic art form. Designs are split into 'Key', spiral, knotwork, bird and tree and animal patterns worked in beautiful yarns on a variety of canvases. Needlepoint beginners have all the instruction they need in the techniques section, which discusses choosing yarns and canvases, as well as how to set up a project and begin creating amazing furnishings and gifts. And advanced crafters will find joy in the elegant complexity of several of the projects. Pb.

Beautiful Bargello - $44.00
Joyce Petschek. The author traces the history and legends surrounding this technique and presents references for the various terms used to describe this needlework style (bargello, Florentine embroidery, and Hungarian Point embroidery). The patterns are traditional in design but additional touches, such as beads in some designs and applications such as lamp shades and hat brims, are contemporary additions to the usual pillows and footstool covers. While there is no formal color theory covered, the lush photographs and the text take the reader on a mental journey through the author's vision of color and its relation to interior decor. Hb.

Embroidered Bags & Purses - $41.00
Sally Milner. Projects range from simple, functional bags to elegant purses including an elizabethan sweet bag. Contains full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Explores numerous embroidery techniques. 128pp. Pb.

The Essential Stitch Guides: Goldwork - $28.00
Helen McCook. The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected all over the world. It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back many hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forward in new and innovative ways. This series of Essential Stitch Guides has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN with the aim of providing a set of definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques. All of the authors were chosen by the RSN and all are graduate apprentices of the Royal School. Goldwork is all about the interplay of colour, texture and light, and it is this quality that is at the heart of Helen McCook's work. The book starts with a historical account of goldwork, then moves on to the materials and equipment required, framing up, how to transfer a design on to fabric and how to start and finish a thread. The main section of the book then covers all of the essential stitches and techniques through clear, step-by-step diagrams and photographs, coupled with beautiful, close-up photographs showing how they can be used in a finished piece. These include couching, bricking, basketweave, cutwork, spangles, s-ing, pearl purl, plate and kid. The book ends with a section in which the techniques described in the previous section are combined to create finished pieces, all beautifully and exquisitely worked by the author. 96pp. Sb.

Florentine Embroidery (2nd Hand) - $23.00
Barbara Snook. A guide to working Florentine stitches with information which ranges from choosing the right canvas to blocking the finished embroidery. The author suggests colours to be used and has included 50 patterns to embroider. The paper outer cover of this book is missing, so the cover is actually plain green clothbound. 160pp. Hb.

Goldwork: Techniques, Projects & Pure Inspiration - $47.00
Hazel Everett. The author is an exceptionally skilled goldwork embroiderer, and in this beautiful book she passes on her knowledge and expertise in a way that is both practical and visually stunning. Drawing on traditional methods, she creates works that are brilliantly executed, in a style that is both modern and unique. Here, Hazel provides expert guidance and advice on an extensive range of goldwork embroidery techniques. Her detailed descriptions and step-by-step instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams and embroidered samples, all carefully and exquisitely worked by the author herself. Throughout the book there are numerous examples of the author's own work, providing inspiration for embroiderers who wish to extend their skills in this fascinating area. The book ends with ten fabulous projects, including richly worked samplers, Christmas tree decorations and needle books, all using the full range of techniques, threads and other materials that the reader has learnt about in the previous sections of the book. 144pp. Pb.

Goldwork Embroidery - $30.00
Mary Brown. Ancient European tradition lives on in goldwork, an art form encompassing embroidery with all types of metal threads, not only gold. Once reserved for royalty and other aristocrats, goldwork is now available to all through this fully illustrated guide. Part historical reference, part project plan book, and fully stuffed with pattern templates, it is an authoritative sourcebook on the history, materials, and techniques of goldwork embroidery. There are 15 projects for readers to complete, such as the Ornamental Fan, Portrait of a Woman, a lush Cornucopia, and an arresting Byzantine Angel. Color photographs show examples of medieval designs, and provide visual guideposts through each new project, while a section on metal thread manufacturing delivers a rich historical perspective. 208pp. Pb.

Kilim Designs in Needlepoint - $52.00
Dorethy Wood. Is there ever anything completely new in design? British textile artist Wood borrows and adapts centuries old motifs from the rug makers of central Asia, and then translates more than 25 different kilims into personal and homestyle needlepoint items. Flat-weave carpets from Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iran are emulated. Chapter 1 provides a brief introduction to the geography and symbolism surrounding the weavings. Then each design, prefaced by a few sentences about its original provenance, includes a color photograph and a color graph as well as a list of materials and how-to-finish information. Great color combinations are featured, as are unique motifs and patterns, such as camels, peacocks, and two-headed unidentified animals. 127pp. Hb.

Miniature Needlepoint Carpets - $55.00
Janet Granger. This book is excellent as it lists materials used to work the designs and explains basic techniques (including stitching, finishing and blocking). The 25 carpet designs are rated simple, experience needed, and for experiencd stitchers. Each design has a sharp color photograph and easy to follow color chart (no symbols). Measurements are imperial and metric and there is a metric conversion table. Colors are Appleton's shade numbers with a description of each shade. Designs include: medallion, circular, paisley, rose, Berlin, Italian, Regency, Chinese, Bokhara, Persian and Aubusson rugs. 136pp. Pb.

The Needle-Made Lace of Reticella - $25.00
Jules & Kaethe Kliot. This addition to Lacis Publications collection of historic needlework editions is a collection of Italian needle-made laces. It has many needle lace motif patterns, many using a prepared braid for parts of the motifs. This book is for the lace enthusiast to reproduce these old needle lace patterns from photos and diagrams. 80pp, Pb.

Oriental Rugs in Needlepoint - $35.00
Susan Schoenfeld Kalish. Detailed instructions with extensive graphing of how to make 10 different oriental rugs, including Shirvan, Caucasian, Geometrical Kazak, Lesghi Star, Turkish Prayer, Lotto and Bergama. Section on display and care of rugs, bibliography. 127pp. Hb.

Patterns of Childhood: Samplers from Glasgow Museums - $19.00
Rebecca Quinton. Glasgow Museums hold one of the finest collections of samplers in the UK. This book presents a short introduction to the Glasgow Museums' collection of samplers and another essay on samplers in general - why they were made etc.; construction methods; use of different stitches, motifs etc., and other instructive uses such as for learning the alphabet. Then there is a selection of 40 of the finest/most representative of the 220 samplers that are held in the collection. The result is a beautiful intrroduction to both the world of samplers and the outstanding collection of samplers held by Glasgow Museums. 96pp. Pb.

Techniques & Tools of Embroidery - $19.00
Especially prepared by Gay Eaton for the 25th anniversary of the Otago Embroiderer's Guild, Annual Wanaka School of Embroidery 1985 - 2009. 52pp. Pb.