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Left-handers: this is the book you've been waiting for!

The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion

The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion

By Yvette Stanton

Are you frustrated by right-handed embroidery instructions and having to mentally flip them, use a mirror, or substitute right for left and vice versa? Be frustrated no more! Written by a left-hander, this stitch dictionary shows you the LEFT way to do embroidery.

Written in Yvette Stanton's clear, step-by-step style, this book will be your constant embroidery companion as it shows how to do over 170 stitches comfortably and sensibly, for you as a left-handed embroiderer. Counted thread, needlepoint and surface embroidery stitches are carefully explained, with many helpful diagrams and photos.

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Please note, if you are right-handed, we have a separate stitch dictionary just for you: The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion.

The benefits of 'The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion'
Inside 'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion'
About Yvette Stanton
Reader testimonials
Purchase 'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion'
'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion' at a glance

Benefits of 'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion'

Discover what it is like to study as if you have your own personal embroidery teacher at your side, as you learn from this helpful stitch dictionary:

  • how easy it is to learn and master new stitches, with instructions that are written in a clear step-by-step format with diagrams for each step, and helpful tips and notes
  • how to work surface stitches, needlepoint and counted thread stitches
  • how the stitches and their variations should look and how you can make yours look the same
  • how different stitches can be used creatively in your embroidery with colour, texture and different types of thread
  • the bright, colourful layout and images make this a book that will appeal to both young and old stitchers alike

Inside 'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion'

The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion: A step-by-step stitch dictionary has 160 information-packed pages, containing the instructions for over 170 embroidery stitches including variations.

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  • Each stitch is taught in fully diagrammed, step-by-step format
  • Clear diagrams to help you see exactly how to work the stitch, and concise written instructions explain each step
  • Photos of each finished stitch so you can see exactly what it should look like
  • Vibrant inspiration photos for each stitch to show you creative ways to use them
  • Diagrams showing how right-handers work each stitch, to compare the right- and left-handed methods. This is very useful for right-handed teachers of left-handed students
  • Hints and tips to help you with tricky steps and techniques
  • A comprehensive range of surface stitches, counted thread stitches and needlepoint stitches including: antwerp edging, armenian edging, back, basque, braid edging, breton, bonnet stitch, bullion knot, buttonhole, cable, cable chain, cable plait, cast on, ceylon, chain, chevron, chinese knot, colonial knot, coral knot, couching, cretan, cross, diamond, diamond upright, drizzle, eyelets, feather, florentine, fly, four-sided, french knot, glove, gobelin, hedebo, hem, herringbone, hollie, jessica, long and short, loop, montenegrin, mountmellick, mountmellick thorn, needleweaving bars, norwich, nun, palestrina knot, parma, pearl, pin, plaited braid, queen, raised fishbone, rhodes, rope, rosette, running, satin, scottish, scroll, seed, sheaf filling, shisha, smockers' knot, split, spider web, stem, tent, thorn, trellis, turkey work, vandyke, wheat ear, woven picots... and many variations of these embroidery stitches!
The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion sample pages

With so much easy to follow information, beautiful left-handed embroidery has never been so easy to master. You will save so much time and effort in your quest to learn new stitches and master old ones because The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion has all this information set out just for left-handed needleworkers. This left-handed stitch dictionary makes it easy to learn all you need to know, and shows you exactly how to do it.

About Yvette Stanton

Yvette Stanton is a respected Australian embroidery teacher and award-winning needlewoman. She is left-handed and always has been! She therefore understands the frustrations of left-handed stitchers with regular stitch dictionaries, and their difficulties with learning new needlework stitches.

"When teaching embroidery, I noticed how thrilled my left-handed students were to have a left-handed teacher. I've packaged myself up in a book so that all left-handed stitchers can have their own left-handed teacher.

And from the response the book has had so far from left-handers around the world who have heard I am writing this book, and from those who have already seen it, there are many lefties who will love this book. Really, it should have been written a long time ago. But I guess we can all just be very pleased that its here now!"

Yvette has written books on Hardanger embroidery, merezhka embroidery , Mountmellick embroidery and Portuguese Whitework. Yvette teaches at shops around Australia, and is an accredited tutor with the NSW Embroiderers Guild.

Reader testimonials

Reader reviews of 'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion' are flooding in from left-handers around the world. The feeling seems to be that this is a book that should have been written years ago! Following are some of the comments from both left-handed and right-handed embroiderers:

The LH Stitch Dictionary is proving to be so very helpful. I refer to it almost daily, and am always impressed with the precision of your instructions. They are so clearly stated that it is impossible to stitch incorrectly. It is an invaluable reference book and am so delighted to have it nearby. SB, France

Congratulations on your latest book! I bought it for my Mom who wants to know where you've been all her life. She keeps it beside her on the couch where she is stitching a Victoria Sampler piece and said to thank you VERY much. JR, Canada

Now here's a five star author and embroiderer, all of whose books you should own. I do. This is the first time in my life I have wanted to be left-handed. Unfortunately, I'm not. As right handers we can have fun flipping the instructions. This is a superb dictionary for all embroiderers, so don't miss out. As with all Yvette's books it has superb attention to detail. This has just become my number one embroidery book. This is a book you can judge by its cover, it won't let you down. Karen Platt, UK

Just thought I'd let you know I found your LH Companion at the London Bead Company and bought it. Its wonderful and just looking at the instructions I could follow them straight away. Unless you are left-handed its difficult to explain to folk just how hard it can be to have to constantly turn everything round in your mind, for someone who is bordering dyslexic its a nightmare. RM, England

My copy arrived yesterday. Am so thrilled to have pictures that show the needle pointing to the right (and not the left). The illustrations demonstrating finger positions etc. will be most helpful. Thank you. YD, QLD Australia

Mary Corbet of Needle'nThread has written an extensive review of "The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion". You can read it at her blog:

It is an amazing stitch dictionary that I know left-handers especially will appreciate because they've waited a long time for a book written for them with this kind of quality content. But it is not limited to left-handed stitchers. As a right-handed stitcher, I am certain this is going to be one of my "go to" reference books for stitches. Furthermore, as a teacher, I know it will be invaluable in the classroom and at workshops for instructing lefties!

Purchase 'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion'

Order your copy of this fabulous stitch dictionary by Yvette Stanton, today. With such clear step-by-step instructions, you'll be mastering new stitches in no time. And that stitch that you've always had problems with? This stitch dictionary will help you to sort out all those problems! It should be every left-handed embroiderer's constant companion.

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'The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion' at a glance

The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion
The Left-Handed Embroiderer's Companion: A step-by-step stitch dictionary by Yvette Stanton
  • 160 pages
  • Paperback
  • 195 x 275 mm / 7 5/8 x 10 7/8 in
  • 170+ embroidery stitches shown step-by-step
  • over 1000 full colour photos and diagrams
  • Published January 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-9757677-3-3
The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion: A step-by-step stitch dictionary is the must-have stitching companion. You will refer to it again and again.
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