A Rainbow of Stitches

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A Rainbow of Stitches

Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Ideas

By Agnes Delage-Calvet; Anne Sohier-Fournel; Muriel Brunet

Watson-Guptill Publications, Paperback, 9780823014781, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2009

"A Rainbow of Stitches" is a how-to-stitch guide, a project idea book, and an encyclopedia of motifs, all in one go-to reference. Begin by choosing a motif from this extensive collection, which ranges from elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses. The "Get Stitching" section gives you the basics you need to get started, along with an illustrated how-to of the simple stitches that are used to create all of the motifs. Each of the following sections, which are arranged by color-fresh greens, pretty pinks, timeless blues, rich reds, and elegant white and taupe-presents ideas for embroidering motifs in single colors, showing how much can be achieved with just one color of embroidery floss on a plain background. Includes more than eighty beautifully photographed, inspiring ideas for stitched embellishment, from wearables and personal accessories to a variety of decorative items for every room in your home.

About the Author
AGNES DELAGE-CALVET, ANNE SOHIER-FOURNEL, MURIEL BRUNET, and FRANCOISE RITZ are lifelong needlearts enthusiasts and experienced teachers of embroidery and other fiber crafts.

FREDERIC LUCANO is a professional photographer specializing in fashion and home dEcor.