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Discover the delights of punch needle embroidery in this gorgeous practical book, with France's favorite embroiderer and crafter, Marie Suarez.
Punch needle embroidery is a traditional technique that came out of the US in the 19th century and is similar to rug hooking. A strand of thread is pushed through loose-weave fabric, making a ‘loop’ on the other side. Repeated several times, this simple action creates a stunning, decorative, tactile design.
Starting with the key materials and equipment you'll need, as well as the basic punch-needle stitches and techniques, go straight into making the 20 charming projects inside – including flower-adorned pillows, pretty wall hangings and stylish bags!
All the projects are accompanied by beautiful photographs, diagrams to help you work out what to stitch first, and templates for you to trace off for quick-and-easy needle punching.
About the Author
While she was a nurse, Marie Suarez spent her free time embroidering, a passion she had had since childhood. After many years, she decided to make this passion her job. Self-taught, she spent time rigorously studying the works and techniques of trained and accomplished embroiderers, as well visiting museums, exhibitions and participating in conferences on embroidery, in order to improve her abilities. The Belgian designer has since received the title of Master Embroiderer, and is a best-selling embroidery author in Europe, writing 28 practical books in French. When she's not writing or creating commissioned work, she shares her techniques and thoughts via her blog, suarezmarie.canalblog.com, or sells her designs and the works of other established embroiderers via her website, mariesuarez.com.
Marie lives in Beersel, Brabant in Belgium.
Booklist, Feb 15, 2021
Punch needle embroidery has been around for hundreds of years, though its popularity haswaxed and waned over time. Here, Suarez, one of the current experts in this medium, providesan overview of all the commonly used materials and techniques as well as patterns for 15projects. Answers to frequently asked questions are interspersed throughout in the form ofhighlighted tips, and photo examples are provided for all of the materials referenced. Theprojects are graded into three levels of difficulty. Each pattern includes a list of materials,directions for embroidery preparation, and assembly instructions, along with an actual-sizetemplate, a diagram showing the order of working, and a color photo of the completed project.The projects are mostly for decorative items, though several, such as bags and purses, alsohave utility. The information about materials and techniques is likely to be useful as a referencefor anyone who makes punch needle embroidery a pursuit. The color schemes and feel here fitright in with the current cottagecore trend.