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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 06 May 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782211716
  • Stock: 44 in stock
  • Size: 210x228 mm
  • Illustrations: 700
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £12.99
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A-Z of Heirloom Sewing


The ultimate resource for beginners and experienced needleworkers by Country Bumpkin

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Book Description

Perfect for learning how to add that extra special touch to christening gowns, children's clothes, wedding dresses and delicate garments, this book has methods for every skill level. Techniques often involving a sewing machine imitate the beauty of French hand sewing.

The ultimate reference guides for needleworkers with amazing projects, detailed step-by-step instructions and stunning photographs. This best-selling series covering mainly embroidery but also sewing, knitting and crochet, was originally published by Country Bumpkin in Australia and has now been revamped for the modern needeworker by Search Press, with a fresh new design.

Discover the delights of heirloom sewing, a collection of fine needlework techniques that imitate French hand sewing. The use of delicate fabrics trimmed with lace, entredeux, ribbon and tucks are common characteristics of this beautiful technique. Perfect for adding that extra special touch to christening gowns, children's clothes, wedding dresses and delicate garments, this book has methods for every skill level. Filled with detailed instructions and useful hints, this reference book offers over 700 clear step-by-step photographs to help you achieve the perfect finish.

  • Revamped design of a book that has sold well over many years
  • Fine needlework techniques, often done with a sewing machine, that imitate fine French hand sewing
  • Clear instructions, hints, tips and historical insights
  • 700 clear step-by-step photographs
  • Construction techniques particularly suited to fine fabrics
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About Country Bumpkin

Compiled by the expert team at Country Bumpkin, renowned Australian publishers of embroidery books and magazines.


Library Journal, USA

September 2015

Heirloom sewing includes specialized techniques often seen in antique or couture garments, including entredeux, lace insertions, smocking, and decorative hems and edgings. This guidebook introduces heirloom sewing methods via step-by-step instructions with close-up photographs of each step. While contemporary sewing machines can be used for some of the techniques, the traditional method is often hand sewing, and this book presents both approaches as applicable, allowing sewists to choose which is best for their specific application. Heirloom sewing techniques are most commonly employed on formal clothing for children, and numerous examples of finished items demonstrating the use of multiple techniques are provided. VERDICT Though this targets a very specific segment of the sewing community, there arent many resources that clearly present heirloom sewing techniques in one place. Like other books in the series, this presents useful information in an easy-to-use package.

Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

Jul 2015


Today we are so used to buying clothes off the peg, so it is refreshing to see a book about sewing that can be handed down the generations. This is a wonderful resource for beginners and experts alike and is packed with information; equipment, fabric, stitches and pressing are all included, as well as lace techniques. While hand-worked edges and finishes are all described, most of the work is executed on electric swing machine, but this is taken back to its basics with pictures that can be easily followed. A beautifully produced book.

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