Fresh Ideas for Jacobean
1 March 2012 (US 1 September 2012) / ISBN: 9781844488483
Genre How-To Books/Embroidery
by Rachel A Hyde
I have been a keen embroiderer for years and confess a love for
Jacobean (or crewel) work but I have never attempted it. This is
because I am allergic to wool, and as embroidery experts have told
me many times, you have to work this style in wool. But rules are
made to be broken, and somebody has now done just that and produced
a whole book of Jacobean embroidery where no sheep have been involved.
Cotton floss, shiny rayon threads, metal goldwork strands and beads;
yep, got all that right here and used it for years. Feast your eyes
on this sumptuous treat of a book and look at all that lovely Jacobean
work made using these modern and wool-free materials. To begin the
author goes through all the aspects of starting that often get forgotten.
These include how to obtain the right glasses if you need them,
how to keep the work free of grubby marks and other helpful tips.
Choose your fabric, get the right threads and tools and then practice
the stitches shown over the next few pages, including needle lace.
Most of these are unique to Jacobean work and quite complex; they
are explained with a single drawn diagram showing the stitch being
done and with a few words on working. No, this is not a suitable
book for total beginners but anybody who is au fait with embroidery
and has made a few projects ought to be able to make something to
be proud of. All the projects have been made into items other than
pictures; there is a box, stool and several cushions and pillows
instead. They are beautiful too, shining with vibrant colors in
most cases or worked in monochromes or shades or ecru and featuring
those lush florals admired in stately homes and museums. The instructions
are detailed but aimed at intermediate and upwards stitchers on
the whole, but nothing wrong with that as there are plenty of other
books on this subject for beginners. This is a beautiful book that
will make any embroiderer itch to start stitching but not because
of any wool!
of other titles by Hazel Blomkamp
Weaving Techniques For Hand Embroidery
Lace Techniques For Hand Embroidery
Intentions (Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery)
Twists (Fresh Ideas for Jacobean Embroidery)