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by Hazel Blomkamp (Metz Press)
Crewel embroidery has been around for at least a thousand years.
Jacobean embroidery is the style of crewel embroidery that developed during the reign of King James I in 17th century England.
Hazel Blomkamp brings Jacobean embroidery into the 21st century by utilising the variety of threads and beads now available in her projects.
She also introduces stitches and techniques from other forms of needlework while producing designs that are typically Jacobean.
This book caters for beginners as well as enthusiasts of varying degrees of experience.
The author gives concise general tips, advice on various fabrics and exactly what tools and materials to use.
Several projects are comprehensively illustrated with close-up pictures of details from the project and step-by-step instructions.
However, what makes this book worthwhile for your home reference collection is the chapter “Stitch Gallery”, which provides clear sketches of stitches used in the various projects in the book, accompanied by detailed instructions so clear that even a novice can follow. – Olga Accolla