Beginner's Guide to Miniature Embroidery

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Miniatures are fun, and anyone can do them, according to expert miniaturist Elizabeth R Anderson. Her enthusiasm and understanding of the subject have resulted in a wonderful, easy-to-follow book. Using three simple stitches, she shows how you can create your own embroidery miniatures to use as gifts or to decorate your home. Using charts and beautiful photographs, her step-by-step guide explores all the materials and techniques you will need in detail. She guides the reader through an exquisite selection of samplers, flowers, fruit, birds, butterflies, figures, animals and silhouettes in a series of clear, practical projects, which are suitable for all levels of embroiderers.

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Elizabeth Anderson is a leading designer and specialist in the finest silk gauze embroidery. She runs a successful business, selling her miniature embroideries all over the world, although she still finds time to undertake commissions for prestigious companies and private individuals who love her work. She sells her work at major needlecraft exhibitions and also teaches by appointment.

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Dec 05/Jan 06 Available at last - a comprehensive guide to miniature embroidery covering in details all the materials and techniques needed. With a selection of delicate and beautiful projects of flowers and animals, this is a great book for embroiderers of all levels. * Stitch * No. 99, Jun/Jul 06 In her new book Elizabeth Anderson aims to dispel the myth that miniatures are difficult to embroider, using specialist materials. She explains that miniatures are normally worked on evenweave fabrics: linens, Aida and silk gauze, and they are measured in holes per inch...There are many projects in the book, all preceded by materials lists and clearly illustrated instructions on stitching methods. Feature. * Workbox * May 06 Not every embroiderer enjoys stitching on a monumental scale. There are those who believe big is not beautiful and the smaller the better! The author is certainly one of these as she has been creating tiny embroideries since 1989. The book introduces a beginner to stitching in miniature with a brief history of the technique. This is then followed by a guide to the basic materials. Different framing-up options are presented so the best one for you can be chosen. Once the fabric is ready it is time to be taken step-by-step through a pretty rose motif stitched on 40 hpi silk gauze. The designs that follow use fabric from 14 count Aida to 60 hpi gauze but they can be worked on any gauge. There is a dainty sampler, a selection of plants, flowers, birds, animals, butterflies and more. All stitched in Cross, Back and Half cross stitch, the designs are given as colour charts with DMC stranded cotton listings. Miniature Embroidery is a perfect purchase for anyone who owns a dolls' house. All the designs in the book are absorbing, yet manageable, projects that are ideal to stitch as a break from larger, ongoing pieces of work or other techniques. * NEW STITCHES *

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