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Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches



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Author: Jan Eaton

Publisher: Search Press Ltd

Publish Date: 19 Jun 2018

ISBN-13: 9781782216438

Pages: 304

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Preface

This classic book has been the go-to embroidery reference work since it was first published in 1934, owing to its clear instructions and huge library of stitches.

It includes full illustrated instructions for over 400 embroidery stitches, ranging from simple border and outline stitches, to filling stitches, canvas stitches and pulled fabric stitches. Scattered throughout are dozens of inspirational embroideries to show the stitches in use.

This detailed guide is ideal for those starting out with needlework as well as more accomplished embroiderers looking for inspiration for different stitches and techniques. This new, redesigned edition includes the internationally renowned embroiderer Jan Eaton’s revisions to the original text, and includes a preface by famed embroiderer Mary Corbet.
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About the Author

Mary Thomas, author of the original edition of this book, was born in Wantage, Berkshire. She was educated in music and art, and in her twenties went to America to work as a fashion artist for the New York Pictorial Review. At the outbreak of the First World War she returned to Europe, and went to France as an army nurse. After the war, she worked as fashion editor of the Gentlewoman, and in 1930 became editor of the Needlewoman. She took up freelance writing in 1935.

Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, published in 1934, was the first of her highly successful books, and it was followed in 1936 by Mary Thomas’s Embroidery Book. Although embroidery was, of course, her first subject, she also developed an interest in knitting. In 1936, she began work on an exhaustive compendium of knitting history and technique, which was published in 1938 and 1943 in two volumes.

Both her embroidery and her knitting books have remained in print for nearly half a century, and are regarded as standard reference works for the techniques of these crafts.

Jan Eaton is known internationally for her speciality in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines. Jan has written more than 10 needlecraft books and lives in Hove, East Sussex.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Outline Stitches 10

Border Stitches 24

Composite Band Stitches 52

Isolated Stitches 66

Open Filling Stitches 80

Solid Filling Stitches 96

Detached Filling Stitches 108

Straight and Slanted Canvas Stitches 118

Crossed Canvas Stitches 132

Composite Canvas Stitches 150

Insertion Stitches 164

Edging Stitches 170

Cut and Drawn Stitches 178

Pulled Fabric Stitches 186

Index 208
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