The cover alone has that "ooh" factor, the sort of reaction that has anybody who loves
beautiful things reaching for their workbox. This lovely book lifts the lid on a whole
new world of embroidery pleasure, which is surprising easy to master but which has a vast
scope for being as challenging as you please.
I couldn't put this one down. It was originally published in South Africa, and three
cheers for Search Press for reprinting this gem for a wider audience. Anybody outside
that country might find getting hold of those printed canvasses difficult, but turn to
the back and see the four pictures printed there. Scan them in and use transfer paper
to print them onto your chosen cloth, resize them if you wish but only for yourself -
this book does NOT have an angel policy.
Once that is done, the fun starts, as the colored image is embellished with cutouts
(more than one canvas is needed), needlelace, ribbon embroidery, stumpwork, freestyle
embroidery and even beads. You name it; there might be a use for it to adorn these
wonderful pictures. The instructions are exhaustive, and need to be read thoroughly
before you begin. There are four sets of them for the four pictures, which feature an
old-world cottage a la Thomas Kincaid (the cover image), children on a fence, a lady
sorting through her treasures with a feline companion and - my own favorite - a
Mediterranean harbor scene viewed through a floral arch. Of course, once you have the
knack of it you can paint your own backgrounds or use other artwork. The author says
that this is the next step forward in embroidery, marrying technology with tradition
and I agree wholeheartedly.
One for my keeper shelf, and a lovely gift for any needleart-inclined person.
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