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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 26 August 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219316
  • Carton Qty: 32
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 150
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.95
  • Series: RSN Essential Stitch Guides
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RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork


Large format edition by Rachel Doyle

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Book Description

A new, larger format edition of the Royal School of Needlework's essential guide to canvaswork.

The Royal School of Needlework teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard, developing techniques in new and innovative ways.

Written by RSN apprentice and tutor Rachel Doyle, this book contains an extensive guide to canvaswork techniques, and includes complete information on the major stitches while offering stunning new design ideas. Here you will find diagonal stitches, horizontal and vertical stitches, raised, textured and filling stitches. Decorative effects are explored too, making this a fantastic source book and an invaluable reference for canvaswork stitches.

Table of Contents

The Royal School of Needlework 6, Introduction 8, The history of canvaswork 10, Materials 12, Framing up 18, Design 24, Stitch order 32, Stitches 34, Algerian eye, variation 36, Alternating cross 38, Barred square 39, Broad cross 40, Byzantine 42, Cashmere, diagonal 43, Chain 44, Chequer 45, Cushion, crossed 46, Cushion, reversed 47, Double linked cross 48, Double straight cross 49, Dutch 50, Fan 51, Fern 52, Fishbone, stepped 53, Florentine 54, Flying cross 56, French 57, Gobelin, encroaching 58, Gobelin, straight 59, Gobelin, tied 60, Half Rhodes 61, Hungarian grounding 62, John 65, Leaf 66, Maltese cross 69, Milanese 70, Moorish 71, Norwich 72, Oatmeal 73, Oblong double tied cross 74, Parisian 75, Perspective, variation 76, Pineapple half drop 77, Plait 78, Raised spot 79, Rhodes 80, Rice 81, Romanian couching 82, Scotch 84, Shell 85, Tent 86, Tied pavilion 88, Turkey rug knot 89, Upright cross 90, Victorian step 92, Web 93, Moving on 94, Index 96

About the Author

About Rachel Doyle

Rachel Doyle gained a degree in Textiles at Nottingham Trent University and then completed the RSN Apprenticeship in 2009. Rachel teaches RSN Day Classes as well as teaching on the RSN Certificate & Diploma and working as an embroiderer in the RSN Studio.

After she gained a degree in Textiles she completed the RSN Apprenticeship, teaching for the RSN in both the UK and the United States as well as on their Summer Intensive Programme. She has worked on a variety of commissions in the RSN Studio, including bespoke pieces for Savoir Beds and has taught Bespoke Classes for the RSN around the UK.


Customer Review

I've dabbled in cross stitch and embroidery, but I am a complete canvaswork novice. This book is really informative, starting off with some history, before detailing the supplies you need (and explaining the different types of needles), as well as how to start and finish a thread.

The main part of the book contains a stitch library, with detailed instructions not only on how to do each stitch, but the best uses for the stitch as well. The stitch diagrams are easy to understand even for novices, while the photos clearly show the stitches so you know how it should look at the end. The final pages of the book explain how to blend stitches and blend colours, for when you're wanting to make your canvaswork a bit more detailed.

While I think the book is ideal for beginners, I think it would also work well as a reference guide for those who have already got some canvaswork knowledge!

Customer Review

An excellent book for anyone new to canvaswork or wanting to learn more stitches. This book takes you back to basics giving a brief history and explaining the tools, techniques and stitches clearly. Written instructions are accompanied by clear diagrams and photography taking you through each stitch with suggestions on how to incorporate them within a project. A great reference book to go back to time and again.

Customer Review

I have always found the RSN books to be very good and this is no exception. Starting with a brief introduction and history it then goes into much more depth about how to prepare and stitch your own design. The bulk of the book is devoted to stitches. They have excellent photographed samples and clear diagrams which are easy to follow. The stitches I have tried so far have all worked well. What I particularly like is the photos of finished pieces which show how versatile canvaswork can be.

Customer Review

As someone who has done cross stitch, I was really interested to learn canvaswork. I think this book is a great introduction for beginners, it is mostly focused on initial set up and has clear and large pictures and charts of the stitches with concise info about their usage. There is small section on creating your own design and regular pictures of finished works to give you inspiration.

I think this book would be best used to practice sampler stitches, before moving on to larger pieces or perhaps a kit or two. It is a book that I will likely refer back to as and when I get more confident and attempt a design of my own.

Amazon Customer Review

This is a very useful reference book for canvaswork. There are comprehensive instructions for materials needed and preparation. The stitch diagrams are large and clear and the accompanying photographs illustrate and bring the stitch to life. I like the way that there are photos of completed projects throughout the book, many of which are contemporary and show how versatile and adaptable this technique can be.

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