Jacqui Carey has been meticulously analysing English textiles that have survived from the late-sixteenth to early-seventeenth century. The object-based research revealed a range of ‘lost’ needlework stitches, and this book aims to re-establish an understanding of these stitches by looking specifically at sweet bags. These highly decorative little purses provide the focal point for looking at the context, structure and potential methods of some needlework dating from the Elizabethan, Jacobean and later Stuart periods.
Beautifully illustrated, with full references, this book will be a welcome addition to both the textile historian and the practical craftsperson.
The author’s detailed study of surviving artefacts has revealed that many of the stitches found on 16th and 17th century textiles differ from those used today. For over one hundred years, publications discussing historic English needlework have described the historic stitches in relation to the stitches made popular by women such as Thérèse de Dillmont, Grace Christie (writing as Mrs. Archibald Christie), and Mary Thomas. However, the visual evidence found on the surviving textiles does not correspond with these modern interpretations. Unfortunately, most of the stitches shown in Elizabethan Stitches have been obsolete for so long that they do not appear in stitch dictionaries. It is hoped that this book will provide a valuable reference source for those wishing to identify and catalogue historic work, as well as providing practical ‘how-to’ instruction.
Over 130 specific examples are used throughout the book to illustrate each point, with the purpose of revealing the concepts behind the making of kumihimo, and explaining how these ideas can be employed to create new designs. The Book of Braids has naturally evolved from Creative Kumihimo and there is no reason why a total beginner cannot grasp the principles described in this new book. However, in order to avoid repeating information that has already been well documented, it will be assumed that the reader has a basic knowledge of making kumihimo on a marudai.
The method of translating marudai moves to slotted boards is also illustrated with clear diagrams.
Starting at the very beginning and detailing all aspects of Marudai braiding including finishing techniques.
Over 50 different braid structures using up to 16 bobbins.
A unique drafting system that enables the discovery
of infinite pattern possibilities for each structure.
Invaluable for the creative braidmaker.
A practical and inspirational guide to the many ways of combining beads with braids.
120 different samples with full working instructions made using just 8 bobbins.
Illustrated with diagrams and photographs.
Bursting with ideas using full colour throughout.
40 Gallery pieces to further inspire.
Exploring simple yet effective techniques that require little or no equipment. Round the Twist, Creative Cordmaking; looks at new ideas for the simple twisted cord.Ideal for any textile enthusiast who wishes to create complimentary embellishments.
Exploring simple yet effective techniques that require little or no equipment. Round the Beading Twist..Ideal for any textile enthusiast who wishes to create Beaded complimentary embellishments.
From military braids to mouse traps, antique to modern and handmade to industrial. How centuries of skill have turned a piece of string into a work of art.
Each braid features a close-up photograph, a recipe of materials and step-by-step instructions. All core techniques are clearly demonstrated with easy-to-follow photographs.
Step-by-step instructions give a clear guide to making the braids and the stitching methods used to apply them. A feast of colour and information.
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