The Art of Crewel Embroidery Author:Mildred J. Davis Here, in a handsome volume, is the definitive guide to one of the most decorative and enjoyable forms of needle work. Easy-to-follow directions make the creation and adaptation of these lovely designs to modern or traditional settings an exciting and pleasurable experience that will provide success for the beginner or challenge to the skilled ... more »artisan.
The author presents practical information on needles, yarns, background fabrics, frames, transferring patterns, finishing, blocking, and the principles of sound color planning. An especially devised color chart makes it easy to select yarns in the subtle gradations of color that are one of the charms of this art.
Each of the stitches used in crewelwork is carefully explained and clearly illustrated with photographs and diagrams. In addition to a treasury of 156 separate design units - flowers, leaves, vines, birds, and animal patterns - there are several composite designs in which favorite motifs are combined.
Besides providing step-by-step instructions on techniques involved in this delicate art, this all-inclusive book also traces its history and development. Delightful photographs, in color and black and white, show rare old masterpieces and examples of the coordination of creelwork designs with contemporary interiors.
Mildred J. Davis is an expert designer and colorist, and, above all, an experienced instructor.« less