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Title:
Crewel intentions : fresh ideas for Jacobean embroidery
Author:
Blomkamp, Hazel, author.
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Publication Information:
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Keeping to a theme started in 'Crewel Twists', this title continues the concept of using non-traditional techniques and materials in crewel or Jacobean embroidery. It showcases four large projects, each with an accompanying small project similar in technique, and shows needle workers how to be creative with threads, alternative stitches and beads.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781782211068
Format :
Book

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Keeping to a theme started in Crewel Twists, this book continues the concept of using non-traditional techniques and materials in crewel or Jacobean embroidery. It showcases four large projects, each with an accompanying small project similar in technique, and shows needle workers how to be creative with threads, alternative stitches and beads. Traditional techniques are explained but are extended with the use of bead embroidery, needle lace techniques, and stitches not normally used in crewel work. Many new needle lace and bead embroidery techniques are incorporated, and the book also explores weaving techniques used to create textures like twill and lace weaves, as well as patterns similar to tartan and houndstooth check.
Every project is clearly explained with step-by-step instructions and lots of photographs, and the completed embroideries are once again displayed in ways that are both decorative and functional in the home. Templates of the original designs complete this magnificent source for creative embroidery.


Author Notes

Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood. When her children were babies she developed a passion for embroidery to break the tedium of life with toddlers, using it as her evening reward for having got though the day with her sanity intact. her children are now young adults and she still embroiders in front of the television every night. She has been designing for the past 18 years. Peferring to design projects which appear to be traditional, she pushes the boundaries by introducing other forms of needlecraft into traditional techniques, exploring further in everything that she does. Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home. She teaches at her home studio, in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, and travels throughout South Africa and to Australia teaching embroidery and fine beadwork. She is a regular contributor to South African and Australian embroidery magazines and is a columnist for south African Stitches Magazine.


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Library Journal Review

Jacobean embroidery, with its distinctive floral motifs, is a classic needlecraft whose history goes back to the 17th-century reign of England's King James. Despite revivals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it's somewhat of a lost art, but South African embroidery expert Blomkamp (Crewel Twists) aims to change that. Combining traditional themes and styles with contemporary embellishment (think beading and metallic threads), the author brings this classic style into the 21st century. Blomkamp's advice is practical, and she doesn't adhere to tradition for its own sake, especially when it's out of date for modern embroiderers. The stitch gallery provides a fine overview of traditional crewel stitches, along with stitches from other types of needlework used in her pieces. The heart of the book is seven gorgeous designs, each presented with thorough, segment-by-segment instructions describing which stitches to apply. These projects are best suited for embroiderers who are familiar with crewel stitches, but Blomkamp's excellent directions offer sufficient hand-holding for adventurous beginners. VERDICT Hand embroidery is making a comeback with contemporary crafters, and these traditional designs rendered in bold colors and embellished for added sparkle will appeal to those interested in classic style. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.