New to the Library

Hand Stitched Crazy Patchwork, by Hazel Blomkamp, Published by Tunbridge Wells, UK: Search Press, c2016.

This is not a book about embroidering crazy patchwork quilts, although there is a short section covering making and finishing them. It is mostly about embroidery that looks like crazy patchwork. The first half covers the techniques used: embroidery, ribbon embroidery, needlelace, needle weaving, beading, tatting, and combination stitches. There are excellent stitch diagrams.

The second half covers five projects:
1. a round box lid, embroidered to look like crazy patchwork
2. a rectangular box lid in Blomkamp’s modern Jacobean style
3. the cuff of a Christmas stocking, in non-traditional colours
4. a wall hanging which is half patchwork embroidery and half modern Jacobean
5. a patchwork basket cover

This is an excellent book for anyone who would like to learn the basics of many embellishment techniques or who would like to apply their skills to making something pretty and different.



Wendy has finished a design by Alison Cole called “Bearded Iris.”  The results speak for themselves.  It is a stunning piece.