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Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood. When her children were babies she developed a passion for embroidery, using it as her evening reward after a tiring day with her little ones. Although her children are now adults she still embroiders in front of the television every night, with a team of Boxer dogs lying at her feet. Hazel has been designing patterns for the past 25 years, and often pushes boundaries with her designs by combining other forms of needlecraft with traditional techniques. Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home and travels throughout the world teaching embroidery. She is a regular contributor to embroidery magazines, both home and abroad, and has written five books. Hazel lives in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. For more information on Hazel's work, and for a link to her blog, visit her website: www.hazelblomkamp.com
December 2017 Learn how to weave beautiful lacy motifs with Hazel Blomkamp's step-by-step guide featuring more than 40 key techniques, many of which have been adapted from original 19th century designs. The methods are laid out with comprehensive instructions and diagrams, providing and essential guide to this branch of embroidery. * Sew magazine * Needle lace is associated with 17th century embroidery styles such as Jacobean and stumpwork and looks complicated. If you are an embroider who wants to widen their repertoire and have a go at something different then this is a good place to start. A companion to this author's Needle Weaving Techniques For Hand Embroidery (also reviewed on this site this month) this book has a useful spiral spine so the book stays flat when you are using it. This is a more advanced book than the other and I would recommend it to more experienced stitchers, but the diagrams are easy to follow and go a long way towards making this technique seem accessible. After a very brief introduction on how to read the charts you are instantly plunged into having a go yourself and starting off simply. I think that starting at the beginning and doing some of the easier patterns first is the key to success here; there are thirty-four of these to work through and each one teaches something new. After this section there follows a short one on adding beads, another on making edgings plus a final chapter on extra techniques and fillers. These include picots, arches, daisy centers, and a padded buttonhole. Fillers are combinations of stitches for the stitcher who has mastered this book and can start to play . The needle weaving book had some insets showing photographs of actual work and this book does not which is a pity, apart from the cover. Charts are in color and easier to read than needle lace charts usually are, with a few written instructions often including a simple code (eg 2 x DBS into first BS = two detached buttonhole stitches into the first backstitch). A needle is often shown working a part of the stitch and I was pleasantly surprised that it all seemed doable and rather relaxing. Originally published in South Africa this is a very user-friendly primer and I would recommend it to anybody who wants to learn needle lace. -- Rachel A Hyde This book for embroiderers provides 40 needle lace embroidery techniques with line drawing diagrams on square blocks as shown on the cover. The book is inspired by and uses Dillmont's stitches published in the late 19th century. Guidelines on how to use the patterns and instructions are given. What this book lacks is samples of the finished lace techniques. The book lies flat for ease of use. * Karen Platt * Good clear images with easy to follow instructions -- Nicola Hazleton Love love love this book. -- Lorna Cowie Really straightforward and practical book for this hand embroidery technique -- Lisa Carson The instructional diagrams of the stitches are clear and easy to follow -- Ash Harris Fantastic book for a beginner to learn from. -- Sabrina Woodard Anyone who loves needle lace will adore this book. -- Nell Loops This book has very clear diagrams and well written instructions -- Rosemary Hydes it has a nice layout and wire spine allowing you to lie the book flat as you work -- Sarah Hall