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Treasury of crazyquilt stitches : a comprehensive guide to traditional hand embroidery inspired by antique crazyquilts
Samples, Carole.
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Publication Information:
Paducah, KY : American Quilter's Society, 1999.
Physical Description:
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm

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TT771 .S23 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Are you crazy about crazyquilts? Does the beauty of intricately embellished Victorian piecework make your heart race? If so, you will be positively amazed at this comprehensive collection of 'Stitcheries' commonly found embroidered on antique crazyquilts. In addition to the antique styles, you will also find many examples of stitches by Carole Samples, collector and lover of all things 'crazy'. The author presents 50 basic stitches and so many variations of those stitches that you may never run out of ideas and designs to try on your own projects. This book takes you on a journey from simple straight stitches and blanket stitches to chevrons and herringbones. The 'patch picture' designs feature floral bouquets, insects, animals, and much, much more. The old-fashioned script alphabet provides just the right touch for personalizing all your own creations. Whether you are an avid collector of crazyquilts or are just beginning to study and admire them, this book belongs on your shelf. You are sure to acquire a renewed appreciation for antique crazyquilts and their makers.

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Library Journal Review

In 1981, Dorothy Bond self-published Crazy Quilt Stitches, perhaps the first compilation of sketches of embroidery stitches found on the seams of old crazy-patch quilts. For two decades, the "brown book," as it came to be called, was a valuable source for designers of crazy quilts. Continuing that tradition, Samples has collected and classified thousands of decorative stitches, both antique stitch combinations and new stitches of her own creation. Like its predecessor, this treasury is a collection of stitch and stitch combination drawings--not a "how-to" or project book. Samples's extensive "Crazyquilter's Reading List" refers the reader to other books on embroidery techniques with specific information on forming the stitches and to project books for patterns and photographs of crazy quilts. A recommended reference source for embroidery and quilting collections in public and academic settings. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Forewordp. 7
The Prefacep. 8
The Introductionp. 11
The Galleryp. 15
Part 1 The Fundamentalsp. 22
Chapter 1 One Stitch at a Timep. 24
The Six Basic Stitch Groups and Why It Mattersp. 25
The Primary and Preparatory Stitches of Crazyquilt Embroideryp. 26
A Dictionary of Authentic and Original Stitches for Crazyquiltsp. 27
The Great Pretendersp. 51
Chapter 2 Applicationsp. 54
... But Function Matters, toop. 55
Chart: The Nine Functions of Crazyquilt Stitchesp. 57
Chapter 3 From Stitch to Stitcheryp. 58
The Anatomy of a Stitchery: A Few Necessary Termsp. 59
Chapter 4 The Art of Linear Stitcheryp. 66
Multiples and Modificationsp. 67
Part 2 The Stitcheriesp. 72
Chapter 1 Straight-Thread-Stitch Designsp. 74
Chapter 2 Blanket-Stitch and Feather-Stitch Designsp. 110
Chapter 3 Tied-Stitch and Linked-Stitch Designsp. 126
Chapter 4 Knotted-Stitch and Coiled-Stitch Designsp. 136
Chapter 5 Combination-Technique-Stitch Designsp. 138
Chapter 6 Laced/Threaded-Stitch and Woven-Stitch Designsp. 142
Chapter 7 Plain and Fancy Embellishersp. 146
Chapter 8 Patch Pictures: Music for the Eyesp. 160
Chapter 9 Doodle-Stitch Designsp. 186
Chapter 10 Spiders' Webs: A Comprehensive View of a Traditional Motifp. 190
Chapter 11 Alphabets and Words: Embroidered Writingp. 198
Chapter 12 Texturingp. 208
The Acknowledgmentsp. 214
The Biographyp. 218
A Crazyquilter's Reading Listp. 220