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Ukrainian Drawn Thread Embroidery

Allow leading Australian embroidery designer and needlework teacher, Yvette Stanton, to be your own personal tutor as she teaches you the basics and beyond of this historic embroidery technique. Merezhka Poltavska is whitework embroidery from the region of Poltava in Ukraine. It is a counted thread embroidery that appeals to stitchers of cross stitch and Hardanger. This full colour, step-by-step guide with over 300 clear diagrams and photos, will lead you from beginner to advanced merezhka stitcher.
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About the Author

Yvette Stanton is the publisher and designer behind Vetty Creations. She has a passion for whitework embroidery, and a passion for sharing it with others. Yvette has written three books on whitework, one of them with her twin sister, Prue Scott. Yvette is an accredited tutor with the Embroiderers Guild of NSW, and teaches embroidery classes, specialising in whitework at shops and guild groups around Australia. Yvette Stanton and Prue Scott are award-winning embroiderers with over 15 years' experience of producing beautiful intricate embroideries. Both Prue and Yvette have a particular love for whitework embroidery. Prue is also a trained botanist and botanical artist, and her beautiful designs are a feature of this book. Yvette's previous book, Elegant Hardanger Embroidery was published in 2002 by Simon & Schuster (Kangaroo Press). Both authors live in Sydney. Visit Yvette's blogspot at

Reviews A whitework counted thread form of embroidery that has great appeal. Yvette Stanton is one of my favourite embroiderers and all her books are well worth buying. Why not explore this fantastic type of embroidery with Yvette's aid? In this book, Yvette provides an introduction to Merezhka Poltavaska as it is known in the Ukraine. She then discusses the materials and equipment and how to prepare fabric for sewing. In chapters two and three, you learn the drawn counted thread method by making two samplers. The photographs guide and instructions are clear and guide you through the process. In chapter four you learn additional techniques and in chapter five you should now have mastered your way to producing the additional projects. Try your hand at a bookmark, bell pull, scissors case, miniature pillow, doily, table runner or handbag. All the projects are exquisite and work as testimony not only to Yvette Stanton's skill as a teacher, but as a designer too. I'm sure this book will be much appreciated by anyone interested in embroidery.

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