Crazy patchwork has long been a popular subject amongst quilters and embroiderers, allowing them the freedom to be creative and to incorporate a broad range of techniques into their work. In this beautiful book, expert needlecrafter Hazel Blomkamp explores a wide variety of hand-stitching techniques and produces five stunning projects in which everything is created using just fabric, a needle, threads, ribbons and beads. She provides expert guidance on embellishment techniques such as beading, embroidery (with both thread and silk ribbon), needlelace, needle weaving and tatting, as well as on patchwork and quilting. Three projects are worked completely from scratch, and even the patches themselves are created with a needle and thread. The fourth project is a traditional crazy patchwork with hand-stitched embellishments, and the fifth project combine a traditional crazy patchwork with a Jacobean embroidery panel. The book will draw in both embroiderers and quilters, and inspire them to combine their skills in new and exciting ways.
Internationally acclaimed author and teacher Hazel Blomkamp has dabbled with all the needlecrafts since childhood and when she is not traveling or teaching, she still embroiders in front of the television every night. She has been designing for more than two decades. Preferring to design projects which appear to be traditional, she pushes the boundaries by introducing other forms of needlecraft into traditional techniques, exploring further in everything that she does.
Along with designing, she runs a busy website from home. She teaches at her home studio and travels throughout the world teaching embroidery and fine beadwork. She is a regular contributor to South African and Australian embroidery magazines and is a columnist for South African Stitches Magazine. Her previous books, Crewel Twists and Crewel Intentions, taking Jacobean embroidery to a whole new level, are very popular world-wide and reprint regularly.