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With just one crochet stitch and 10 basic embroidery stitches to learn, create 10 beautifully embellished crocheted items for you and your home.
Single crochet (UK double) forms a dense, firm base that’s ideal for stitching on using either crochet yarn or stranded cotton. The effect is a beautiful, textured, raised design that combines the delicacy and charm of embroidery with the soft, tactile feel of crochet. This means you can transform your simple crocheted items into stunning, intricate pieces you'll love.
- A basic introduction to the materials, tools and techniques, including stitch instructions for both the crochet and the embroidery
- 10 pretty projects - discover an enchanting meadow-themed wall hanger, a basket set emblazoned with roses, a granny-square blanket adorned with woodland birds and magical mushroom bunting.
- All the projects will consist of a simple crochet pattern plus a chart and key to show how the embroidery is worked over the top.
- Includes 24 pages of reusable transfers that make the projects come to life!
The 10 stitches included in the book are:
- chain stitch
- straight stitch
- satin stitch
- French knot
- split stitch
- stem stitch
- back stitch
- running stitch
- woven wheels
- cross stitch.
About the Author
Anna was taught to knit and crochet as a child by her very talented mother, but without practice the skills were quickly forgotten. 12 years ago she rediscovered her skills and an obsession was born! She has not stopped knitting, crocheting and designing since. A few years ago she became Design Consultant for Rowan Yarns and a tutor for The Creative Sanctuary and Rowan.
Her work can be seen on television and her designs are frequently featured in magazines, including Simply Homemade and Crochet Now. Her work is often featured on the Love Knitting and Love Crochet blogs.
Anna is a keen blogger and with help from her partner David runs her website www.moochka.co.uk where all her patterns are featured. She currently has over 6500 followers on Instagram, and 3200 followers on Facebook page.
Publishers Weekly, January 2023
This cozy outing by Nikipirowicz (Crocheted Wreaths for the Home), a design consultant for Rowan Yarns, shows how to make pieces that combine crochet and embroidery. The 10 projects largely follow the same three-step process: crafters crochet and block a base, iron reusable design patterns onto the base, and then embroider the transferred images. The author provides an overview of necessary equipment and instructions on how to crochet and embroider, making this accessible for readers who only have background in one or the other. Projects include pillows, pennants, a basket, and a small tapestry, ranging in difficulty from small coasters with radishes and parsnips embroidered onto them to the more time-intensive blanket, adorned with a goldfinch, sparrow, and other birds. Nature lovers will delight at the cheerful plants and animals that feature prominently in the designs, such as the bluebells, buttercups, and forget-me-nots on the “wildflower wall hanging,” and the foxes and mushrooms on the “woodland pennant garland.” Additionally, the ample photos make it a breeze to get the hang of the needlework. Crocheters looking to change things up will take to these cute pieces. (Mar.)
Booklist, March 2023
Which came first: the crochet or the embroidery? In this case, embroidery trumps its companion, since every one of the 10 projects is defined by the stitches on its top. Prolific blogger and author Nikipirowicz (Crocheted Wreaths for the Home, 2020) has created nature-inspired home and hearth objects that fit into any décor, from a wildflower wall hanging and mushroom bunting to vegetable coasters and a birds and trees blanket. While the background for each pattern is a beginner’s joy of single crochet all the way (double crochet to those in the UK), the stitching on top takes fanciful needlework to portray—fairly realistically—items like roses and mushrooms. Straightforward directions include excellent color photographs, and it's an unusual treat that Nikipirowicz includes both the yarns she used and generic options, which will be important for U.S. stitchers who can't access brands only available abroad. Upfront sections on blocking projects, 11 embroidery stitches, and finishing are comprehensive and easy to follow. The only missing ingredient? Design templates are a bit tiny and not easy to duplicate.