Drawing on work previously published as part of the best-selling "Beginner's Guide" series of needlecraft books, this book provides a must-have reference for anyone interested in surface embroidery. Expert guidance is provided on drawn thread work, Hardanger, goldwork, stumpwork, silk shading, Mountmellick, crewel and blackwork - all traditional techniques that are as popular and relevant today as they have ever been. Clear, step-by-step photographs and diagrams guide you thought all the essential stitches and techniques. Projects range from motifs that can be used to decorate clothes, accessories and other items, to bags, cushions, and samplers. Suitable for absolute beginners as well as those wishing to explore new areas or to develop their existing skills. Soft cover, 272 pages.