Stuff Classic Needlework: Contemporary Designs Inspired by the American Past
by Judith Grow
ISBN-10: 0442228813
ISBN-13: 9780442228811
Van Nostrand Reinhold Company
HC w/ Dust Jacket
Pages: 112
Language(s): English
Like New/Very Good - Light cover and edge wear.

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From crewel bed hangings to Talish rugs, Chinese Export porcelain to Pennsylvania German fraktur - the American past offers a vast array of classic designs, many as yet unexplored by contemporary needleworkers. Who would not love to sew a William Morris motif on canvas, for example, or a placemat based on colorful timware stenciling? For the first time ever beautiful patterns derived from unusual eighteenth- and nineteenth-century sources have been translated into needle and thread and updated into exciting functional projects - in this book!

The author, Judith Grow, who has written a book about early American samplers, decided to turn again to the past for new ideas, just as our ancestors borrowed from England, Turkey, India and China, and to adapt what she found to different kinds of stitchery pieces that would be equally appealing to traditional and modern tastes. Here are the exquisite results, along with step-by-step instructions not only for the stitches and patterns but also for constructing the upholstery, clothing, pillows and other decorative articles in which they are incorporated - saving you considerable expense while you enjoy the thrill of doing it all yourself.

Following a brief history of American needlework is a comprehensive chapter on the basics, including essential tools - needles, thimbles, frames, hoops and other supplies - and preferred materials for both free and counted thread embroidery. Thirty stitches are described in explicit detail and general techniques are explained: transferring designs to fabric and canvas; signing your work; washing, pressing and blocking; mounting and framing. This overview is followed by a wonderful chapter of designs based on period classics: crewel bed hangings, bed rugs, Bargello purses, Chinese export plates, Talish rugs, Whig Rose coverlets, fraktur certificates and many more. Each of these period classics forms the basis for the contemporary projects included.