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Join Jan Vaine as she gives you the fundamental tools, techniques and confidence to explore and enjoy the timeless art of needleturn appliqué and embroidery.
Jan creates a one-on-one detailed class for you as you stitch the letter “A” and learn her favorite appliqué technique, Perfect Placement Appliqué. Then, you are guided through each step in the entire process from threading the needle and knotting the thread, to the appliqué stitch, points, perfect corners, smooth curves and reverse appliqué.
With Jan’s skillful guidance you will learn to layer the appliqué with simple embroidery and embellishment techniques to add beauty and dimension to each project.
- Detailed color photographs
- Detailed stitch selections
- Detailed step-by-step stitch instructions
- 16 basic embroidery stitches
- Step-by-step chart for stitching order
A Needle Pulling Thread: December, 2013
If you love the beauty of personalized embroidery, hand appliqué and artful embellishments, Janice Vaine’s new book Appliqué & Embroidery Fundamentals is for you.
Eighteen basic embroidery stitches and embellishing techniques with step-by-step instructions and large illustrations allow you to create as you wish. Or choose to begin with one of the small projects provided. More than 300 full-color photos provide inspiration and guidance. A ‘must-have’ for every stitcher’s library.
Complete alphabet and full block pattern. Project inspirations.
Barbara Rhoades: November, 2012
This is a good book for someone beginning to learn appliqué or embroidery. The first section describes transferring and placing a pattern on fabric. It continues with the way to stitch an appliqué and even talks about reverse appliqué. How to hoop and do ribbon embroidery is next. Then one way to embroider leaves is shown next. Ruched Roses, pressing and trimming finish up the chapter. The whole alphabet is next with the pattern ready for transfer. In the section names, More Stitches, how to do fabric embroidery (embroidery using fabric instead of just thread) covers many types of fabric embroidery. In the final chapter labeled Projects, there are six from a quilt to a sachet. The last pages have an enlargement and reduction chart and an author bio. If you want to learn fabric embroidery or beginning appliqué, this book will cover that information well.
The Appliqué Society Newsletter: Patti Ives, November/December, 2012
If you loved Janice Vaine’s first book The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery Embellishment and Appliqué you will want to have her newest book Appliqué & Embroidery Fundamentals. Personalize your work with the included complete alphabet block patterns. Each letter is encircled with a wreath that features a different embroidery embellishment as well as dimensional flowers. Starting with the letter A Jan teaches the basics of hand appliqué and embroidery in a classroom-like format. Beginner stitchers as well as experienced stitchers will enjoy honing their skills with the lessons provided. You will learn how to use her Perfect Placement appliqué technique. Beautifully illustrated diagrams are used to demonstrate all aspects of appliqué from threading the needle to how to handle both inside curves and outside corners and reverse appliqué. You move right into lessons on creating the wreath including leaves, puffed circles, marking the design for embroidery, working with silk ribbon, creating Jan’s Ruched Rose and last but not least pressing and trimming the blocks. Once you have mastered these techniques you are then ready to leave the classroom and work on the rest of the alphabet and wreath blocks. There are more than 300 full color photos and illustrations, 16 basic embroidery stitches and several smaller projects. Of course should you choose to work on the entire alphabet you will have a beautiful quilt when all the blocks are completed. This could be a fun project for a chapter. Each member could take an alphabet block or two.
Crafter’s Choice: Summer, 2012
In 2011, author Janice Vaine amazed us with the glorious projects in The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery. The book left many an awestruck beginner hungry to make the projects, but feeling unready to dive into such complex projects. Happily, Appliqué & Embroidery Fundamentals takes first-timers through the creation of the alphabet and a gorgeous assortment of appliqué and silk ribbon embroidered stems, leaves and flowers in painstakingly detailed, step-by-step instructions specifically written with the beginner in mind. The beautifully embellished alphabet blocks are stunning just as they are, or use them in projects such as an alphabet sampler, a Christmas Joy quilt, a lavender sachet, a needle and pin keeper and more.