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Crewel Animal Portraits

Take this highly popular ancient art into the 21st century with 6 stunning multimedia projects from Hazel Blomkamp’s 5th title in the series.

Animal portraits receive Hazel’s stunning and practical treatment in crewel with a twist. Fun to read and highly practical this is a beautiful book of beautiful stitchery. There are six projects, each explained with detailed step-by-step instructions and clear photographs, with design templates and a full stitch gallery providing everything readers need to recreate them with ease. The sumptuous and inspiring projects covering iconic animals: Giraffe, Leopard, Lion, Monkey, Tiger, and Zebra

This is a celebration of Hazel’s signature techniques:


  • A wide variety of surface/crewel stitches, some of which are brand new and many with a different take or different ways of combining stitches to make them more interesting
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  • Needle lace techniques used as embroidery stitches, loom weaving techniques modified for embroidery, and unique combinations of both of these.
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  • The incorporation of beads and crystals adds even more dazzle to the intricate designs
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    For embroiderers looking for something different and new to stitch, and for those keen to challenge themselves with more complex embroidery techniques, this book is a must-have.

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