The joy of working with a Jacobean shape is that it is a blank canvas waiting to be filled with, well, whatever you like, really.
Using only cotton, rayon and metallic threads, along with beads and crystals, the designs in this book are embroidered onto cotton, linen, taffeta and silk. The techniques, whilst making full use of crewel embroidery stitches, borrow from other styles and other needle crafts. Needle Lace techniques, Brazilian and bead embroidery stitches, Stumpwork techniques and last of all Loom Weaving methods have been incorporated into the embroidery that fills the Jacobean shapes in all of the designs.
Every project is clearly explained with step-by-step instructions and lots of photographs, and the completed embroideries are displayed in ways that are both decorative and functional in the home. Templates of the original designs complete this magnificent source for creative embroidery.
Filled with common sense, this book sets out to show you how to take Jacobean or Crewel embroidery into the 21st century.
Traditional techniques are explained but are extended with the use of bead embroidery, needle lace techniques, and stitches not normally used in crewel work. Many new needle lace and bead embroidery techniques are incorporated, and the book also explores weaving techniques used to create textures like twill and lace weaves, as well as patterns similar to tartan and houndstooth check.