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120 Embroidery Stitches

A how-to guide for hand embroidery in convenient PDF format, this ebook shows you how to do 120 different embroidery stitches using written and illustrated instructions. The book is split into eight chapters according to stitch family:

  • Straight stitches
  • Back stitches
  • Chain stitches
  • Blanket stitches
  • Fly & feather stitches
  • Cross stitches
  • Knotted stitches
  • Couched & woven stitches

Read more about 120 Embroidery Stitches and the accompanying sampler patterns here

"Congratulations on a beautiful, handy, clear, comprehensive and inspiring guide ... Makes me reach for my needle and thread – with confidence!" – Cindy, Facebook/email

"Beautifully detailed, great for beginners." – Nadya, Etsy

"I am loving learning new stitches and following your very clear illustrations!" – Martha, email

"I had been cataloging my embroidery library ... when I found your book, I called it quits and have designated it as my master reference ... Your book is beautifully and thoughtfully designed and satisfies on so many levels!” – Diana, email

"Absolutely love the convenience of this PDF book." – Tiffany, Etsy

 

embroidery tips, tricks & techniques

The perfect accompaniment to 120 Embroidery Stitches, Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques takes you from start to finish through the embroidery process, from choosing fabric to caring for your finished work, plus all the tips and tricks I've learnt along the way. It's everything you've wanted to know about how to do my style of embroidery in convenient PDF format. The five chapters in the ebook are:

  • Tools & supplies
  • Tips & techniques
  • Starting & ending threads
  • Projects
  • Caring for embroidery

Read more about Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques and see the detailed contents page here

 
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embroidered home

Embroidered Home (Kyle Books) contains more than 60 projects to embroider and sew for your home, in different decor styles – coastal, vintage, bold Scandi-inspired, modern country, contemporary, floral and festive for seasonal decorating. It includes a how-to stitch directory, easy-to-follow instructions and an introductory section on embroidery basics.

  • Embroidered Home is available in Finnish under the title Kirjottu kissa (Makela). 
  • Read an excerpt from Inspirations magazine's review of Embroidered Home here

Read more about Embroidered Home and see inside pages on Amazon UK.  It's available from most major booksellers.

"Full of fresh, modern designs worked with simple stitches and appealing colours ... None of the designs are overly complex and they all have a lovely, clean spare vibe that is very contemporary and appealing." – Inspirations magazine, Australia

"I rather like her pared back, deceptively simple surface embroidery designs ... This book’s strength is the quality and simplicity of Kelly’s designs. I also like that she uses such a variety of stitches." – Erica Marsden, Auckland Embroiderer's Guild

"Oh Kelly, I love this book so ... it is just what I needed for inspiration and motivation! I love Kelly's designs, they're so fresh and have just the right mix of simple and sophisticated, not fussy. As usual, very good instructions and the photos are beautiful." – Yummy, Amazon

 
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Stitch It Yourself

Stitch it Yourself by Petra Harms (Droemer Knaur, Germany) is a collection of hand embroidery projects by 14 designers from around the world. I contributed two projects: a whale notebook cover and some world traveller luggage tags. There are also fish, cats, ice cream, softies, sushi, tea cups, pouches, festive hoop art and more. The designs range from super easy to a little more advanced, but nothing overly complicated, and the layout is fresh and inspiring. It's in German, but most of the projects can be figured out without reading the instructions.

 
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Stitch: The Complete Guide to Handstitching & Embellishing Techniques

Stitch by Margaret Rowan "is the book which contains everything you need to know about hand stitching and embellishing". I contributed the fourth and final chapter to the book, a directory of around 150 embroidery motifs, including an alphabet of monograms. It's available in the US under the title Handsewn: The Essential Techniques for Tailoring and Embellishment.