your own Christmas decorations this year and embroider them
by hand. Whether you fancy having a go at freestyle, cross
stitch or counted thread and prefer modern or traditional
there is a design here to suit your holiday décor.
You don't even need to have done any before, although this
book is not specifically aimed at the beginner and some basic
knowledge is always a help. This is a book that obligingly
stays open when placed on a table, a real plus in any practical
primer. Sections at the front on materials and techniques
give a good grounding in what you need to know and obtain,
and at the back there is an excellent chapter on all the stitches.
There are not many of these and include most of the basic
ones complete with helpful captions. All the diagrams are
large and easy to follow, and there is another chapter on
making up and finishing techniques such as mounting for framing,
fraying a fringe and the best ways to prepare a stuffed shape
for turning. The projects include stockings, hanging ornaments,
napkin rings, mats, Nativity figures and tree centrepieces.
Several are Scandinavian in style, others have a simple traditional
look while things like the felt peppermints and"naughty
or nice"picture are contemporary. Patterns are full sized
(always a bonus) and each project has exhaustive but easy
to follow written instructions, some diagrams and photographs
of the finished items in situ. I reckon a beginner could tackle
most of the projects without too much trouble, and have a
houseful of festive decorations to be proud of. A really user-friendly
and beautifully laid out book.
If you cannot find a good range of origami materials locally
for a list of suppliers.