Jan Constantine has written this book as an inspirational guide to hand embroidery, with the aim of reviving the ancient craft which has generally lain dormant since the 1950s when television arrived. This book guides the reader through the various stitches and methods of sewing simple and useful items for the home which can be treasured and kept for the next generation. As an antidote to the throwaway lifestyle of today, Heirloom Embroidery is testament to the way our grandparents lived, appreciating, preserving and passing down the wonderful hand-worked textiles stitched by family members. Most of the stitches are very simple and with some practice, the results should be beautiful. Hand embroidery can become very addictive, but as it is very transportable, the work can be done practically anywhere. Heirloom Embroidery contains unique designs for all levels, from the beginner to the established seamstress. The range of stitches includes: running stitch, satin stitch, padded satin stitch, French knots, buttonhole stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch and many more. Constantine provides full, step-by-step instruction on all the above stiches as well as techniques for a vast array of gift ideas, soft furnishings and home accessories.