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    Yvette Stanton(Author) Prue Scott(Author)

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NOW FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDEDMountmellick embroidery is a highly texured form of whitework embroidery, originating from the town of Mountmellick in Ireland, around 1825.While it is sometimes referred to as Montmellick, Mt Mellick, Mountmellic, or even Montmellic, Mountmellick is the correct spelling as it is taken from the name of the town in County Laois (pronounced leash) in Ireland.Mountmellick embroidery uses floral motifs and heavily knotted and padded stitches. The plants featured are traditionally those that grew in the township of Mountmellick itself, such as oak, blackberry, dog rose, and ivy.Mountmellick embroidery is highly textured with many knotted and padded stitches used. Part of the fun of working Mountmellick embroidery is playing around with the stitches and working variations of them. On some historical examples of Mountmellick, there were only a limited number of stitches used. However, due to all their variations, the effect produced was highly patterned and varied.

March 05 This book begins with a fascinating history of Mountmellick embroidery in which the authors share their discoveries and observations of historic examples of this technique found during their research. After outlining fabric and thread requirements there is a collection of all the stitches used to build up Mountmellick motifs with clear, detailed instructions on how to work each one. The projects are varied as Mountmellick can be used for many applications as it is robust and, being all white, can be hot washed. There are traditional projects such as doilies and mats as well as contemporary applications such as bolsters and lampshades. NEW STITCHES Sep 05 ...Mountmellick is perhaps the chunkiest form of whitework embroidery, worked with thick cotton thread on a heavy cotton jean fabric. If authentic materials cannot be got, even from the list of suppliers in the appendix, then it does give some suggestions for substitutes. A short history of the technique is followed by a materials list. The section on stitches is clear and has a good combination of words and diagrams...This is a useful resource book. Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

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  • By ArtisanCat on 16 December 2010

    On one of my many (hobbies/crafts) internet trawls I came across Mountmellick Embroidery. It was nothing short of a revelation as a large part of my family are indeed from Ireland. I realised that the embroidered cloths etc. I had seen in relatives houses were indeed pieces of this work. I'd long admired them and some years ago tried to emulate what I thought the craft was in a tablecloth. Nice try, but honestly rubbish!So here is the book that has made my new hobby possible. It's almost a love affair at first sight. Mountmellick embroidery is basically a form of textured white work inspired by nature. The designs are usually floral and based on plants that grew in the local Mountmellick area. The diagrams and instructions make for very easy reading and to follow too. If you already dabble with embroidery its likely you will have most of the tools to create Mountmellick.There is also a very interesting section on the history of this art and how it was almost lost. A warning for many art forms I think.There a number of projects to start you off and I think this is a clear case of making sure you can walk before you run. I'm using white crochet cotton to start off with as obtaining Mountmellick thread is somewhat tedious. So it's started me off on my 2011 Christmas tablecloth project and will also be used as design aspects of other hobbies I engage in such as sewing, crochet, quilting etc.I'd recommend this book in a flash!

  • By S. Perkins on 25 May 2008

    An excellent book with clear instructions and diagrams. What I like about this issue is that the individual parts of the designs are shown in close up. Stitches are described very clearly and the designs themselves are beautiful. From beginner to expert this book is useful.

  • By ACON on 23 September 2009

    This book is excellent, it really makes you want to start stitching as soon as you start to read it. The pictures are so well taken that you can clearly see the stitch format. The fact that it also has patterns to follow makes it complete in every way.

  • By Chintzy on 11 November 2012

    I've never attempted Mountmellick embroidery and needed a book with clear instructions, I'm so glad I chose Yvette Stanton and Prue Scotts 'Mountmellick Embroidery Inspired by Nature', beautifully written with clear instructions, also included are projects and patterns with three knitting patterns to create fringes for the finished items....A great book which I cannot praise highly enough.

  • By wife of veteran cycle man on 23 October 2014

    Good clear instructions and pictures. Easy to follow and inspiring. This is the first time I have done mountmellick work and have so far done a lot of the examples to keep for future reference.

  • By joyce snell on 26 March 2013

    Beautiful book for anyone interested in this type of embroidery it is excellent. Very good illustrations and instructions.The background history of the work is very good.

  • By maureen J Jenner on 13 October 2016

    So beautiful, can't wait to get started, lots of hints, patterns, not saying it will be easy but it will be worth the effort


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