Start to Stitch by Claire Buckley, Miriam Edwards, Nancy Nicholson


Start to Stitch by Claire Buckley, Miriam Edwards, Nancy Nicholson

Textile craft is easy and fun! This book will give you the techniques and confidence to make loads of fantastic decorative and practical pieces, ranging from cushions to bags to mobile phone cosies. There are full instructions on the materials and methods for four classic textile crafts - embroidery, applique, quilting and patchwork. This book is based on the following books published by Search Press: Start to Applique by Nancy Nicholson, 2008 Start to Embroider by Claire Buckley, 2008 Start to Patchwork by Nancy Nicholson, 2009 Start to Quilt by Miriam Edwards, 2008


This book is a compilation of 4 previous book published by Search Press which introduce the reader to applique, embroidery, patchwork and quilting. Each of the 4 sections of the book give an introduction to the basic techniques and stitches, before then going into several projects. There are 24 projects in total in the book. All the projects and techniques are accompanied by step by step photos giving a good visual guide, as well as written instructions. The book is aimed at children/teenagers but I think many of the projects would appeal to adult learners too. The projects include several different bags, cushions, notebook covers, a phone pouch, pet quilt and cat wall hanging. This book is a useful guide for children or adults looking to master the basics of applique, quilting, patchwork and embroidery.-The Sewing Directory This bright and cheerful volume is brimming with lots of cool projects, designed to appeal to the young person in your life. After an introduction to tools and materials chapters follow covering Applique, Embroidery, Patchwork and Quilting, each containing at least five projects. Lots of clear step-by-step instructions will guide the user through each project with suggestions for taking the ideas further. This is the perfect book for any budding sewing enthusiast.-East Kent Embroiderers

-embroidery, applique, quilting and patchwork.-Machine Knitting Monthly A collection of projects from the 'Start To...

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!) is sure to be popular. Every single project is illustrated with loads of step-by-step photos, so it would be the perfect introduction to simple sewing. Or, if you're looking for things to make, perhaps with your children or grandchildren,this could be just what you need.-Stitch This omnibus edition by textile teacher and designer Buckley, quilter Miriam Edwards, and art teacher Nancy Nicholson incorporates material adapted from the authors

-by-step color photographs, ensuring that novice sewists will know how each phase of the project should look. The embroidery section is the standout; the close-up, color photos of basic stitches will be useful to any beginning embroiderer, regardless of age. Verdict Though the book is oriented toward tweens and teens, the overviews of each topic are extremely useful, and parents may enjoy making the lively, colorful designs with older children. - Nanette Donohue, Champaign, P.L., IL-Library Journal USA Young stitchers will love this book as it explains in simple terms how to make lots of fun items, from a brilliant 3D brooch to a decorative border for a skirt.-Craft Focus

About the Author

Claire Buckley has been a teacher and textile designer for 20 years, teaching in secondary schools as well as exhibiting her work in galleries. She is the Chairman of the Young Embroiderers Guild. Her designs use embroidery for fashion and accessories and she often uses recycled materials. Her projects for children have been featured in magazines as well as on the internet. Miriam Edwards comes from a long line of dressmakers and tailors. Her mother taught her to make clothes for her dolls and then for herself, and alter she did the same for her own children. Miriam discovered patchwork when she went to the National Parchwork Championships with friends in 1992. She was enthralled by what she saw and came home weighed down with fabrics. She soon started attending classes and made her first quilt in 1993. In 2001 she became a Young Quilter's Representative, and she now holds regular children's workshops. Her patterns have been published in Patchwork and Quilting and Fabrications magazines. Nancy Nicholson grew up in a creative environment as her parents were both textile designers. She attended Maidstone College of Art where she did a BA in Graphic Design, and then went on to The Royal College of Art where she did an MA in Fine Art Textiles. Since leaving college Nancy has been working to exhibition with works in paper, print and embroidery, and experimenting widely in many aspects of textiles and design, both commercial and fine art based, including contributing to craft books and magazine articles. For the past ten years she has taught art and craft to children and adults. Nancy lives in Kent.

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176 pages


Claire Buckley, Miriam Edwards, Nancy Nicholson
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Search Press Ltd

Publication date

15th March 2013



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