Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães
By Yvette Stanton
Portuguese Whitework is an exquisite style of needlework from Guimarães in northern Portugal, which will inspire and delight you. In this historical style of whitework, drawn thread work and bullion embroidery combine to create needlework of exquisite beauty.
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how to stitch beautiful drawn thread work with the assistance of clear, thorough instructions
how to create perfect bullions and eyelets with detailed step-by-step instructions, and lots of hints and tips
about the history and background of Guimarães embroidery
how to make ten attractive projects ranging from small to large, for beginners through to experienced stitchers.
Inside 'Portuguese Whitework'
Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães by Yvette Stanton has 104 information packed pages, and 2 pattern sheets with full-sized patterns. Make sure you watch our video preview of this book.
Introductory information includes some of the history of Guimarães embroidery, photographs of historical examples, and information about the stitches, equipment and materials used.
The Portuguese Whitework Projects chapter has 10 beautiful projects including small projects such as a biscornu, bookmark and ornaments, through to larger projects such as a tablecloth, a cushion, a table runner and a sampler. Whether you're an absolute beginner or are wanting more of a challenge, there is something here for you.
The Drawn Thread Work, Surface Embroidery, and Additional techniques chapters are each packed with detailed stitch and technique instructions. Each stitch or technique is taught in fully diagrammed, step-by-step format. Clear diagrams and or photographs to help you see exactly how to work the stitch or technique, and concise written instructions explain each step.
A full index completes the book.
With so much easy to follow information, beautiful embroidery has never been so easy to master. You will save so much time and effort in your quest to discover Portuguese whitework because Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães has all this information in one place. This book makes it easy to learn all you need to know, and shows you exactly how to do it.
Portuguese Whitework: Bullion Embroidery from Guimarães by Yvette Stanton, provides a thorough course in
a beautiful, historical Portuguese embroidery technique, and you will refer to it again and again.
About Yvette Stanton
Yvette Stanton is a respected needlework teacher and author of needlework books. She particularly loves whitework and playing with embroidery stitches. Yvette first learned of Guimarães embroidery from an old book in her guild library. On seeing a picture of the work, she said to herself "I have to learn more about that!"
In 2008 Yvette travelled to Guimarães in northern Portugal to research the embroidery. Soon after her return to Australia, she became sick with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, so writing a book on the subject was put on hold. Her slow return to health meant that it was easier physically and mentally to work on a different style of book - with fewer large projects - so her left and right-handed stitch dictionaries were published first. (She returned to complete health during the writing of the "Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion".) Once those books were done, she was able to return to writing and embroidering for the Portuguese book.
During the process of making the many projects for the book, Yvette became even more enamoured with Portuguese whitework, and now nominates it as her favourite style of needlework. "It is just so elegant, with the crisp white on white, the beautiful base of drawn thread work, and the sumptuous surface of bullion embroidery."
We have been fortunate to obtain a pre-publication testimonial from Mary Corbet of needlenthread.com.
"Portuguese Whitework by Yvette Stanton is a glorious book - and a must-have for every hand-embroidery enthusiast. Anyone familiar with Yvette's embroidery books rightly expects to find both thorough instruction and beautiful projects in the books she writes and publishes, and her latest book does not disappoint in either regard.
Elegant Guimarães embroidery comes to life in the projects presented within - and oh! What magnificent projects! From bookmarks and biscornu to samplers and table linens, there is something here for every stitcher, whether beginner or expert.
Portuguese Whitework is an hospitable book. Yvette welcomes you to the world of Guimarães embroidery, and then, through her clear diagrams and comprehensive instruction, she makes you feel right at home with it. A lovely, lovely book by an excellent teacher!" — Mary Corbet, needlenthread.com
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