Cover image for Shay Pendray's inventive needlework.
Shay Pendray's inventive needlework.
Pendray, Shay.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, [2004]

Physical Description:
142 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Technique and inspiration for gold work, painted canvas, and shading" -- cover.

Includes index.
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TT770 .P376 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Author and needlepoint designer, Shay Pendray captures in writing for the first time her award-winning tips and techniques for stitching, from the basics-starting and stopping thread, laying multistranded threads, and framing-to embellishing, combining stitches, and new innovative couching techniques. More than just an ordinary needlepoint book-enthusiasts will find answers to questions found nowhere else!Readers will learn how to select composite stitches; new couching techniques and using metallics on canvas and metal threads; combining counted needlepoint stitches and embroidery; and embellishing canvas with silk-there is not a more complete reference on the market that addresses silk-types of silk and when and where to use silks. Suitable for needlepoint stitchers of all skill levels this reference combines full-color photographs and illustrations to demonstrate each technique.

Author Notes

Shay Pendray is certified in canvas work by the Embroiderers Guild of America and is a teacher, lecturer, designer, and host of the popular long-running PBS television series The Embroidery Studio. She currently produces and hosts the highly-rated new PBS series Needle Arts Studio 2

Table of Contents

Section 1 Gold Workp. 8
Chapter 1 Tools and Materials for Gold Workp. 9
Threadsp. 10
Japanese Gold and Silverp. 10
Couching Threadsp. 11
Bullionsp. 12
Pearl Purlp. 13
Twistsp. 13
Braidsp. 14
Crinklesp. 14
Silk Threadsp. 14
Fabricsp. 15
Japanese Fabricsp. 15
Needlesp. 18
Tools and Accessoriesp. 18
Komap. 18
Laying Toolp. 19
Tweezers and Scissorsp. 19
Chapter 2 Framing Up for Gold Workp. 20
Framing Up on a Roller Framep. 22
Framing Up on a Japanese Framep. 24
Chapter 3 Techniques for Stitching Gold Workp. 31
Couchingp. 32
Winding Japanese Gold or Silver on Komap. 33
Starting to Couchp. 35
Couching a Square Cornerp. 36
Couching a Sharp Cornerp. 38
Making a Sinking Needle to End Couchingp. 39
Sinking the Endsp. 40
Transferring Designs to Fabricp. 41
Transferring with Stitchingp. 41
Transferring with Transfer Paperp. 42
Chapter 4 Gold Work Dove - A Beginning Projectp. 43
Preparing to Stitchp. 45
Beginning to Couch the Dove Outlinep. 46
Couching the Branchp. 47
Couching the Back Wingp. 47
Finishingp. 48
Chapter 5 "Golden Leaves" - A Palette for Gold Work Techniquesp. 49
Couching the Edgesp. 52
Couching an Edge with One Pairp. 53
Couching an Edge with a Pair and a Halfp. 53
Couching an Edge with Two Pairp. 53
Shippo Couchingp. 54
Maze Couchingp. 57
Back and Forth Couchingp. 59
Raised Couchingp. 62
Cloud Fillingp. 65
Boxed Couchingp. 67
Section 2 Painted Canvasp. 68
Chapter 6 Tools and Materials for Painted Canvasp. 70
Ground Fabricsp. 71
Framesp. 73
Threadsp. 74
Silk Threadsp. 74
Cotton Threadsp. 75
Linen Threadsp. 75
Novelty Threadsp. 76
Metallic Threadsp. 76
Needlesp. 77
Accessoriesp. 77
Chapter 7 Techniques for Stitching on Painted Canvasp. 78
Stripping Stranded Threadsp. 79
Using the Laying Toolp. 80
Starting a Threadp. 81
Holding the Needlep. 82
Ending a Threadp. 83
Choosing the Right Canvasp. 84
Right Canvas, Wrong Colorsp. 85
Mixing Colors Opticallyp. 85
Stitching on Painted Canvasp. 86
Finding the Starting Pointp. 86
Choosing the Stitchp. 87
Compensatingp. 88
Outlining an Areap. 88
Chapter 8 Painted Canvas Examplesp. 89
Example #1 Arctic Santa Stockingp. 90
Example #2 Gingerbread Men Stockingp. 94
Example #3 Santa on Horseback Stockingp. 96
Section 3 Shadingp. 99
Chapter 9 Tools and Materials for Shadingp. 100
Ground Fabricsp. 101
Threadsp. 102
Needlesp. 102
Accessoriesp. 102
Designsp. 102
Chapter 10 Techniques for Shadingp. 103
Transferring the Designp. 104
Pink Flower - Shading with Random Long and Short Stitchesp. 105
Stitching the Yellow Centerp. 105
Marking Growth Lines on the Petalsp. 107
Adding Padding to the Petalsp. 107
Selecting Colorsp. 108
Stitching Random Long and Shortp. 109
Purple Flower - Shading with Precise Long and Short Stitchesp. 111
Marking Growth Lines on the Petalsp. 111
Selecting Colorsp. 112
Stitching Precise Long and Shortp. 112
"Climbing Elegance" Bell Pull - Shading on Canvasp. 117
Gallery of Designsp. 121
About the Authorp. 136
Indexp. 137