Needlepoint: A Modern Stitch Directory by Emma Homent
The ultimate resource for needlepoint, canvaswork and tapestry embroidery, packed with over 100 decorative stitches and techniques.
You may have tried tent stitch and cross stitch and you’ve probably seen some Bargello popping up in craft magazines, but did you know that these are only a couple of the needlepoint stitches out there? This essential guide to needlepoint will allow you to bring far greater texture and interest to your stitching, with expert guidance on how to embroider the stitches and how to choose the best stitches for your designs.
Always worked on an open-weave, grid-like canvas, even needlepoint’s most decorative stitches are surprisingly easy. In this step-by-step guide, packed full of handy how-to illustrations, beginners and expert stitchers alike will feel confident enough to give every stitch a go. Alongside the stitch directory, you’ll find all the information you need on materials and equipment, and 10 bite-sized projects with full-colour charts to show off your new stitching superpowers.
Author Emma Homent has been pioneering the rediscovery of all the incredible stitches in her popular #stitchmondays posts on Instagram. In this book, Emma shares her passion for this traditional craft in a fresh and contemporary way, with a desirable modern aesthetic for a new generation of needlepointers.
You'll learn about the tools and materials needed, how to organise threads, and how to frame up your canvas for stitching. Over 100 stitches are demonstrated with both photos and diagrams, with 10 easy and accessible projects to help ease you into trying out some of the fancier stitches - including a glasses case, plant hanger, accessories, gifts and more. Emma also shares her guidance on what stitches are best for backgrounds, for filling large areas more quickly, and which are best for adding structure and interest.
Whether you are a keen embroiderer or an absolute beginner, this invaluable guide is your go-to resource for everything needlepoint.