Discover the time-honored art of crewel embroidery with a front-row seat to every stitch! Expert embroiderer Kristin Nicholas guides you through 25 stitches, beginning with basics that work wonderfully for outlines, text and borders. Play with color and texture as you add dazzling dimension to your designs with the laid stitch and spiderweb stitch and create gorgeous fills using turkey work, needle weaving, squared filling and the cloud stitch. Bring two free pillow patterns to life in spectacular style with Kristin's expert tips for steaming and finishing your embroidery and preventing fabric fray. Finally, discover inspiring design ideas that will leave you eager to embroider everything from gifts to decor with the lavish look of crewel embroidery.
Meet your instructor, author and designer Kristin Nicholas, as she starts the class off with an inspirational introduction to crewel embroidery and its most popular uses. You'll discover the best ways to get started using various needles, threads and fabrics.
Start out with some of the most classic crewel stitches as you follow along with Kristin's engaging demonstrations. You'll learn how to create basic stitches from start to finish, including stem, satin, chain, lazy daisy, blanket and backstitches.
Turn classic stitches into beautiful embellished stitches with Kristin's tips for success along the way. You'll work on methods to create a whipped backstitch, a variety of chain stitches, a traditional buttonhole wheel and a variation called the inside-out buttonhole wheel. You'll love the endless design possibilities that each one offers!
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