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Book Review: RSN Essential Stitch Guide for Crewelwork

And I just posted on another site, the stitchguide site for someone who needed help on new stitches. The Crochetville forum was founded in 2004 as an online place for crocheters to gather and encourage each other. Everyone is welcome, umbrella for hard hat from the self-taught beginner to the experienced crocheter. Members can get help with a crochet question, join in on a crochet-along , show-and-tell projects, and more. Crochetville is woman-owned by two lifelong crocheters.

The book does not get the beginner started with a project. If you are expecting that, this is the wrong book for you! Many of the Search Press books (for example, The Beginner’s Guide to Goldwork by Ruth Chamberline) feature projects or samplers to get the beginner started. It’s a stitch guide, so I don’t really find this to be too much of a problem. The Royal School of Needlework has begun publishing a series of “essential stitch guides” for various needlework techniques. The first two to come out in the series are on crewelwork and blackwork, and it looks as if two more will not be long in coming.

Thanks so much and I hope you continue your website for a long, long time. I think I’ve said before but I’ll say again the crewel patterns reminds me the Castelo Branco embroidery but this made with silks, remember? The tutorials are all clear and concise, with easy to follow text instructions that correspond with the photos. And the information on transferring the embroidery design is also excellent. There’s a good bit on using the prick-and-pounce method, which is good to know, especially when working on heavier fabrics that may not trace well on a light table. Each stitch pattern includes a swatch photographed against a black background.

The first stitch of any cast on method is a slip knot. The double loop stitch is made by wrapping the yarn around the index finger twice and then stitching the loops into place. Every crochet stitch in this guide is explained in full detail, and each stitch comes with a helpful tip or trick to assist you in your learning process. Provides an overview of basic, intermediate, and advanced crochet stitches and techniques. Worldwide with free shipping, you’ll find the Crewel Work essential stitch guide available here through Book Depository. Did I mention that the photos throughout the book are beautiful?

Hopped online and ordered both the crewel and blackwork books, and preordered the stumpwork. Now I Neeeeed It, even tho I won’t be able to start a crewel work project for awhile. There’s also a brief bit on the history of crewelwork. Don’t expect super-detailed history here; it’s the bare bones of the development of crewelwork, which I think is fine for a technique manual.

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More start-up info here – something not necessarily addressed in every technique book. This is a nice spread on handling the skeins of crewel yarn, pulling the thread out from the correct place, measuring a stitchable length, and threading the needle. My new twenty four page booklet, featuring my favourite embroidery stitches, appliqué techniques, and two darning and mending instructions will be launched in spring 2023.

Work another treble crochet into the same stitch. The two stitches together are shaped like a “V”. There are also onlineembroidery stitch tutorialswith videos showing you how to do each stitch. Plus embroidery tips for beginners such as using an embroidery hoop, preparing your needle and thread, finishing off ends, mounting and framing your embroidery. I received both of these for Christmas (I am addicted to books!) and love them, especially the way they lay so flat.

And for every stitch showcased, there’s a quick and easy project to practice on! This is the perfect guide for new stitchers and more experienced embroiderers looking to expand their skills. Packed with beautiful projects from talented designers, it’s a great gift for yourself or a crafty friend. From the makers of Simply Sewing and Love Embroidery magazines. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of crochet stitch guides. You might even say that I’m a stitch guide collector.