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  • Publisher: Stackpole Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 25 August 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9780811714365
  • Stock: 5 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £14.99
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An Embroidered Christmas


Patterns & Instructions for 24 Festive Holiday Stockings, Ornaments and more by Cheryl Fall

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Book Description

Gorgeous embroidery brightens up any Christmas scene! Decorate your home with original needlework designs—colorful stockings, embroidered tree centerpieces, and playful ornaments are sure to please. Wine presented in a hand-stitched bag makes a thoughtful gift, and felt peppermint candies draw the eye with holiday flair. 24 unique Christmas embroidery patterns with step-by-step instructions. Complete stitch guide for all of the stitches used in the book, making the projects accessible even for beginners. Projects include stockings, nativity figures, tree centerpieces, napkin ring, candle mat, ornaments, “Noel” banner, Christmas star, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” sampler, and more. All of the basic information you need to get started with embroidery, including fabric choices, needles, threads, and finishing.

About the Author

About Cheryl Fall

Cheryl Fall is the author of 13 books, and more than two thousand articles on crafts. She maintains the Needle-Knowledge.com website and was the host of the nationally distributed PBS Plus series The Creative Life. Cheryl has been designing professionally since 1986 and has been a designer for DMC Threads and J&P Coats/Anchor. She lives near Portland, Oregon.


Rachel Hyde - Myshelf.com

Make your own Christmas decorations this year and embroider them by hand. Whether you fancy having a go at freestyle, cross stitch or counted thread and prefer modern or traditional there is a design here to suit your holiday décor.

You don't even need to have done any before, although this book is not specifically aimed at the beginner and some basic knowledge is always a help. This is a book that obligingly stays open when placed on a table, a real plus in any practical primer. Sections at the front on materials and techniques give a good grounding in what you need to know and obtain, and at the back there is an excellent chapter on all the stitches. There are not many of these and include most of the basic ones complete with helpful captions. All the diagrams are large and easy to follow, and there is another chapter on making up and finishing techniques such as mounting for framing, fraying a fringe and the best ways to prepare a stuffed shape for turning. The projects include stockings, hanging ornaments, napkin rings, mats, Nativity figures and tree centrepieces. Several are Scandinavian in style, others have a simple traditional look while things like the felt peppermints and"naughty or nice"picture are contemporary. Patterns are full sized (always a bonus) and each project has exhaustive but easy to follow written instructions, some diagrams and photographs of the finished items in situ. I reckon a beginner could tackle most of the projects without too much trouble, and have a houseful of festive decorations to be proud of. A really user-friendly and beautifully laid out book

Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts

I love this book. There are 24 projects using cross-stitch, counted thread and surface embroidery. There's a stitch guide to make sure you have all the stitches to hand. You can make Christmas stockings, decorations, a banner, a nativity set, tree centrepieces, wine bags and more. The finishing section shows you how to sew the projects together. I really like the designs and you will find full-size template patterns in the book. One of the best Christmas project books I have seen.

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