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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 06 September 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215189
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 148x210 mm
  • Illustrations: 80
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £12.99
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Needle Lace Techniques for Hand Embroidery


by Hazel Blomkamp

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Book Description

Over 40 key needle lace embroidery stitches and techniques in one handy and portable stitch book

Hazel Blomkamp has compiled over 40 key needle lace embroidery techniques in one handy and portable stitch book.

Working from the Encyclopedia of Needlework published in the late 19th century by the famous T.H. de Dillmont, and based on several stitches Dillmont used, Hazel has devised a book which thoroughly outlines and breaks down the basic needle lace techniques you need to create beautiful embroidered pieces.

Each of the 40+ stitches is explained with a clear diagram and step-by-step instructions. All have been detailed on one side of the page only, allowing you to place a magnetic cross-stitch board underneath. You can then use the magnetic rulers that come with the board to mark the row that you are working on, making the instructions easier to follow. The book is wire-bound, allowing the pages to lie flat while you work, and the book’s notebook-size fits perfectly in a work bag for easy transportation while stitching on the go.

With all the stitches needed for needle lace hand embroidery at their fingertips, both new and experienced embroiderers will find inspiration from this invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

Basic knowledge and tips
How to read the patterns
Basic stitches
The stitches
Numbered stitches
Beaded stitches
Edging stitches
Extra techniques

About the Author

About Hazel Blomkamp

Hazel Blomkamp has taught embroidery and beadwork in South Africa for over 20 years. She is the author of Crewel TwistsCrewel IntentionsCrewel CreaturesHand Stitched Crazy Patchwork, two stitch guide books  Needle Lace Techniques and Needle Weaving Techniques  and has collaborated on Freestyle Embroidered Mandalas with Di van Niekerk and Monique Day-Wilde. She is a regular contributor to local and overseas publications. Hazel runs a busy website from home, providing embroidery kits and supplies to the four corners of the earth. Travelling extensively both around South Africa and abroad to teach and promote her work, she is regularly invited to teach at international conventions. Her teaching has taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Western and Eastern Europe, North America and Asia.


Postcard Reviews

This book is perfect for practicing needlework stitches.

Each page is dedicated to a specific stitch with a drawn diagram that is easy to follow. The author has gone to great lengths in order to give clear instructions, hints and tips so that any stitched can master the craft. 

From basic backstitch to filler stitches, there is something that will outline and decorate your chosen project.

While there are no specific projects in this book, as a hand sewist I found this book extremely helpful. If you enjoy any kind of embroidery this book is invaluable for learning and advancing your skills.

I loved the coiled spine, which enables the book to lie flat and I am hoping that there will be a second book out soon.

Mary Corbet Needle n Thread

Mary Corbet's Needle 'n' ThreadIf you enjoy needle lace, if you do a lot of whitework and the like, if you're working on stumpwork pieces that might employ different types of needle lace, this would be a great reference book to have on hand!


About the Search Press edition: The wire binding allows the book to lie flat on open on your work table, so that you can easily reference the book while you're stitching.


This type of binding allows for printing on the spine, so that it's easy to see the title of the book while it's on the shelf, but it offers all the convenience of a wire-bound book, when it comes to using the book. The books are hard board covers with a glossy finish. They're very sturdy, and they're small enough to slip into a project back or basket for easy reference.


On the new editions, you'll find that only one side of each two-page spread is printed, so that there's a blank page to the left each time you turn the page. While it's tempting to write this off as wasted space in the printed books, in fact, if you're using instructional books as a work book, there's nothing better than blank pages. This is where you can take notes on things that work (or don't work) for you while practicing the techniques, and where you can work out your own stitch patterns and save them for future reference.


I've always been a fan of having at least one blank page in instructional books, for note-taking. Since most books don't have blank pages in them, I resort to an inordinate amount of post-it notes, which are never really permanent, and can be hard to keep track of. With blank pages throughout these two books, you can truly treat them like work books, with the instruction on one side and room to note your own experiences and experiments on the other.


-- From Needle n Thread by Mary Corbet, full review:

https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/10/needle-weaving-needle-lace-techniques-bookish-stuff.html and


Karen Platt

This book for embroiderers provides 40 needle lace embroidery techniques with line drawing diagrams on square blocks as shown on the cover. The book is inspired by and uses Dillmont's stitches  published in the late 19th century. Guidelines on how to use the patterns and instructions are given. What this book lacks is samples of the finished lace techniques. The book lies flat for ease of use.

Sew magazine

December 2017

Learn how to weave beautiful lacy motifs with Hazel Blomkamp's step-by-step guide featuring more than 40 key techniques, many of which have been adapted from original 19th century designs. The methods are laid out with comprehensive instructions and diagrams, providing and essential guide to this branch of embroidery.

Customer review

Anyone who loves needle lace will adore this book.

Customer review

Fantastic book for a beginner to learn from.

Customer review

Good clear images with easy to follow instructions

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it has a nice layout and wire spine allowing you to lie the book flat as you work

Customer review

Love love love this book.

Customer review

Really straightforward and practical book for this hand embroidery technique

Customer review

The instructional diagrams of the stitches are clear and easy to follow

Customer review

This book has very clear diagrams and well written instructions


Needle lace is associated with 17th century embroidery styles such as Jacobean and stumpwork and looks complicated. If you are an embroider who wants to widen their repertoire and have a go at something different then this is a good place to start.

A companion to this author's Needle Weaving Techniques For Hand Embroidery (also reviewed on this site this month) this book has a useful spiral spine so the book stays flat when you are using it. This is a more advanced book than the other and I  would recommend it to more experienced stitchers, but the diagrams are easy to follow and go a long way towards making this technique seem accessible. After a very brief introduction on how to read the charts you are instantly plunged into having a go yourself and starting off simply. I think that starting at the beginning and doing some of the easier patterns first is the key to success here; there are thirty-four of these to work through and each one teaches something new. After this section there follows a short one on adding beads, another on making edgings plus a final chapter on extra techniques and fillers. These include picots, arches, daisy centers, and a padded buttonhole. Fillers are combinations of stitches for the stitcher who has mastered this book and can start to play. The needle weaving book had some insets showing photographs of actual work and this book does not which is a pity, apart from the cover. Charts are in color and easier to read than needle lace charts usually are, with a few written instructions often including a simple code (eg 2 x DBS into first  BS = two detached buttonhole stitches into the first backstitch). A needle is often shown working a part of the stitch and I was pleasantly surprised that it all seemed doable and rather relaxing. Originally published in South Africa this is a very user-friendly primer and I would recommend it to anybody who wants to learn needle lace.

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